Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws

Book Questions

Cover art byWalker & Company

Cover art by
Walker & Company

This book is written with two first person viewpoints. Why do you think the author chose to write the story this way? How does having two first person viewpoints help the reader understand each of Cami and Josie’s thoughts about their fight?

Josie wants to get a better wardrobe because she thinks it will help her be “in.” Is she right? Do clothes affect the way others treat you? Why or why not?

Cami feels second best because Josie is in all honors classes and is better at basketball. Does that really make Cami second best? What criteria do we use to judge ourselves? What qualities and abilities are most important in a person? How is it dangerous to compare ourselves to others?

Cami and Josie are loyal friends in the beginning of the book. What causes this to change? Have you ever had a situation in life where some person or thing was more important to you than a friend? Has a friend ever treated you like you were less important than someone/something else?

Both Cami and Josie are stuck with science partners they don’t like. How do stereotypes affect our judgment of other people? What happens to change Cami and Josie’s minds?

Younger siblings have a talent for embarrassing older siblings. I could tell you stories . . . Oh wait, I already did. If you think Jack is bad—hey, I grew up with three brothers. There ought to be a support group for people like me.

Josie says that she plays basketball like it’s a game—to have fun. But Cami plays basketball like it’s war. She plays to win. Which way is the best way to play?

Who do you think is to blame for Josie and Cami’s fight? Are fights between friends ever one-sided? How do you know when to end a friendship?

While talking about not having friends, Frederick tells Josie, “Finally I just got to the point where I stopped caring what other people thought about me. That makes everything easier. You still feel alone, but it doesn’t bother you as much.” Josie isn’t sure whether that’s a good motto or a really sad way to live life. What do you think? When should you worry about what other people think?

When Josie and Cami are trying to think of some revenge against Ashley and Erica, Daniel tells them, “If you’re worried about retaliating against someone, you get caught up in the wrong game and lose sight of your goal. You have to decide which battle you want to win, and concentrate on that.” What does he mean by this, and how does it apply to life?

How do Josie and Cami become friends again? How do they show that they are now loyal to each other?

Book Activities

Josie and Cami were given the assignment to write two poems about themselves. Have students write a poem about themselves.

Cami idolized WNBA great, Rebecca Lobo. Have students write about their idols. Is it wise to idolize sports figures? Movies stars? Why or why not? Who are the best idols and why?

Have students write a letter to their idol.