Discussion Topics

Becoming Mia is a great book club read. Here are some topics Becoming Mia might bring up. If you have other topics or thoughts about these topics, please let me know by sending me a comment.

  1. Mia isn’t the only character who is trying to discover her way. Chip, Jacob, and Jamie all are becoming themselves. How do each of these characters plan their futures and how do these plans change over time? What are the advantages and disadvantages of their plans?
  2. The 1960s, a time when the United States’ culture changed dramatically, play an important part in Becoming Mia. How does the book’s description of this time compare with what you experienced, read, or heard of the period? The book takes place in Cambridge and Berkeley, which may color the way the period is  understood. How might that era have seemed different if experienced in another location?
  3. Mia says, “Love sounds like a cop out to me. A word filled with sound and fury, signifying, what? Lust? Need? Something else?” How does Mia’s attitude about love change over the course of the book? Do you think she finds love? How would you answer Mia’s question?
  4. Mia hates Sam, from the first time she meets him in chapter 2 to the very last chapter. Both Jacob and Chip have much kinder views of him. Do you think Mia is being too hard on Sam? What do you think of him?