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Discussion Guide

Dear Bobby: A Portrait of Addiction, Depression, Love and Loss

By Jackie Young

If you are the mother, father, sister, brother, friend, co-worker, boss of a drug-dependent person, this book is especially for you.

Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.

In discussing conducting research for his novels, author Anthony Doerr says, “Rather than write what I know, I write what I want to know.” Do you think this quote also relate to writing a memoir, when so much of the “research” is personal and subjective? Are memoirs guided by what we want to know?

Have you ever been involved in a relationship in which decisions take on life-or-death significance? If yes, how would you recommend others care for themselves to help mitigate the stress and uncertainty this causes? If not, what do you think would help you to deal with this?

How do we make sure we continue to still “see” everyone else we love when blinded by problems as serious and frightening as drug addiction, alcoholism, terminal illness, PTSD?

"If you have ever dealt with a person dependent upon drugs, this book is for you.
If you are the mother, father, sister, brother, friend, co-worker, boss of a drug-dependent person, this book is especially for you. It ripped out my mother’s heart strings that are located in my soul. The revelations are real. It will make you think, look up, and even cry about what is going on in this country and maybe even, in your family. Brilliantly and beautifully done." – Judith Bonaduce, PhD, RN