Saving You Saving Me Book Discussion Questions
1. Samantha has her heart set on becoming either a Counselor or Psychiatrist. Do you think that is why she is drawn to Daggers or is it because she subconsciously relates to him?
2. In Samantha’s narration of the story, she brings up Sigmund Freud’s id and ego, personified by Lola and Serious Susan. Lola represents Sam’s id, the instinctive and primitive side of her unconsciousness that is driven by the “Pleasure Principle” which strives for immediate gratification of all desires, wants, and needs such as hunger, thirst, anger, and sex. If these needs are not satisfied immediately, the result is a state of anxiety or tension.
Serious Susan represents Sam’s ego, which operates on the “Reality Principle” – the part of our human consciousness that strives to satisfy the id with realistic and socially appropriate ways such as delayed gratification – acting on the behavior during an appropriate time and place.
At one point, Samantha even uses the name “Susan” as her alias at Sawyer House. Do you think it was a conscious move or unconscious? As she talks to Daggers as Susan, did she act on her Lola side or Susan side?
3. How did her feelings for Daggers finally raise itself? In a dream? In her conversations with him?
4. Why do you think Samantha had a nervous breakdown?
5. Who is more messed up? Daggers, Samantha, Collins, Derek, or Samantha’s mother Mrs. Sullivan? Why?
6. Daggers mentioned Sam had peeled one layer of him, but he is darker than that. What do you think he is trying to hide from Samantha, but feels he must reveal in order to have their relationship work for them?
7. Should Samantha confront her father about the Billy Incident?