Exciting news! M.B. Earnhardt has heard from several bookclub groups who intend to use Switch-A-Wish as one of their reads. To help with their discussions, M.B. has put together a list of questions. If you haven’t read Switch-A-Wish (and I think you should) scroll down for the buy links. 🙂
Book club discussion questions Switch-A-Wish:
1. The book focuses heavily on empathy (the ability to share and/or understand the feelings of another). Why do the characters find themselves so out of touch with each other and how does the empathy they cultivate in the book bring change to their relationship?
2. Who had the better strategy for dealing with the problems in the relationship before the wish? Was it Chris who wanted to stay married, but was looking to find fulfillment of the needs he felt his wife couldn’t fulfill? Was it Amanda who wanted to end the family and start fresh?
3. Switch-A-Wish adheres closely to traditional patterns in a marriage (wife at home with kids, husband working outside of home). Are these traditional roles important to the story, or would Switch-A-Wish have worked if Amanda worked outside the home and Chris was the primary caretaker?
4. What does the book tell us about the life-cycle of romantic relationships?
5. How did relationships with other characters (friends, family) impact Chris and Amanda’s understanding of each other?
6. Thinking about Chris and Jenna’s relationship,clearly he handled it poorly. What would you have done differently? Would you have ended it differently?
7. Thinking about Amanda and Linda’s relationship, did she handle it poorly? Would you have treated Linda differently?
8. Who is someone you would want to switch places with? What would you picture your switch looking like? What’s one thing you would be excited to do as the other person and one thing you would dread the other person learning about your life?
9. Did Chris and Amanda stand a chance at staying together without the wish and switch? What would have happened if they never switched back? When they try to switch back at the end, will the wish work again? What more would they hope to learn about each other?
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Chris and Amanda Claridge are that couple. They look happy. They live in a well-kept house, have three little girls and fit squarely into the traditional roles of a husband and wife.
Chris is a handsome college professor, and easily charms most everyone he meets. He loves his job and can’t wait to go to work each day. Amanda is a dedicated mother and caretaker. She tends to the kids and appreciates how important her job is, even if others don’t get it.
Underneath the surface of this functioning family, things are unraveling. Their marital problems are about to split them apart when something magical happens. Chris and Amanda make a bedtime wish that forces them to live the life of the other person.
Chris must pretend to be his wife as he takes on childcare and household chores. Amanda steps out of her heels and into Chris’ shoes to tackle his job as a college professor. The role reversal is a revelation for the couple. Neither one has it as good, or bad, as they expected.
Can Chris and Amanda’s newfound understanding of each other survive when the secrets come out? Or, did a magical wish just cost them their marriage? Will they be able to switch back?
Switch-A-Wish examines the complexity of a stressed relationship through the eyes of partners who are required to live as each other. This unique perspective allows Chris and Amanda a chance to find their way back to the feelings of the love they once shared.