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The Kidney Hypothetical or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee

Book Summary

The main character is set up for success - headed to Harvard, vying with a competitor for top dog in terms of popularity and club memberships his senior year, secure place in his family - but when it starts to crumble, he has to question what success really means for him.
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The Kidney Hypothetical

Book Review

This story is no fairy tale - it's fairly grim in places, actually, especially if you contemplate a future without any real choices. An unexpected plot line with well-crafted characters explores the ethics of ambition, relationships, and figuring out who you want to be.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Ambition; Ethics
  • Family Relationships
  • High School Social Systems
  • Friendships; Enemies
  • Goal-Setting; Pressure to Succeed
  • Self-Awareness

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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