Restart in Bristol

Restart in Bristol Reading Group Guide


1. CC and Holly fell in love at a young age. What are your thoughts on young love? Does it create a special, enduring bond?

2. Holly believes wild, passionate, can’t-live-without-you love is the love of youth, and grown-ups should seek a solid, steady love instead. Do you agree? Why or why not?

3. Holly’s nomadic childhood and passionate parents impacted her beliefs about love and family. How do you think your family and your childhood impacted your ideas about relationships and love?

4. Holly struggles with balance, while it comes easy for CC whose mom taught him that it’s important to play as hard as he works. Please share any tools or techniques you’ve successfully used to incorporate balance in your life.

5. CC’s mom, Anita, indicates there is no such thing as coincidence and that everything happens for a reason. Do you agree? Why or why not?

6. Anita teaches CC the basics of the Law of Attraction. She advises that his attention and actions must align with his desires in order for the universe to deliver. What do you think this means? Can you think of any examples?

7. Skye says people overthink meditation. According to Skye, meditation is simply giving your body a rest and your mind a timeout. Using this definition, what do you find to be a meditative experience?

8. Skye talks with Holly about embracing uncertainty and asks Holly what she would do differently if she let go of her fears and trusted herself to deal with situations as they arose. What would you do differently if you followed this advice?

9. CC researches the Law of Attraction (LOA) after his mother takes a class in order to help him. Are you familiar with the LOA? If so, how have you used this in your life?

10. Ella tells CC that the universe will deliver on his requests, but the package might not look like he expects. What do you think she means by this?

11. Skye is overweight, but she loves herself as is and “doesn’t see the sense in wanting anything different.” What are your thoughts on her philosophy?

12. Holly harbors resentment toward her mom and dad until an event makes her realize that her parents are more than just caretakers of her. In thinking about your relationship with your parents or your adult children, was it easy or hard to make the shift from a parent-child relationship to a parent-adult child relationship? Please share your experiences.

13. Skye quickly got over a former relationship even though her ex did her wrong. She indicates that anger isn’t a good use of her energy and holding onto anger would hurt her, not her ex. Do you agree with Skye’s ideas on anger? Why or why not?

14. Holly comes to realize she’d had many happy childhood memories. This leads to an epiphany— she’d told herself so many stories about her horrible childhood that the stories eventually became her reality. Have you ever focused on the negative and created a story in your mind that was different from reality? Please share.

15. Rob was embarrassed by his scars, especially after his ex-girlfriend broke up with him because of them. When Skye calls his scars “a badge of courage,” he gains a different perspective. Have you ever helped someone see a situation from a different point of view? Please share your experience.

16. Skye shares her life philosophy with Rob: You get what you contribute. If you help others, help shows up for you. If you want to be happy, surround yourself with happy people. When you experience a setback, believe it happened for a reason and the universe has something better in store for you. What are your thoughts on this philosophy?