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Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.

Book Club Pick!

1. How does the title, Fan Art, relate to the theme of the book? 2. The Gumshoe, Lincoln High’s literary magazine, was recently resurrected after budget cuts. Has your school ever gone through similar issues that affected the arts? 3. Both Jamie and Eden are gay but their families have had different reactions. Have you ever experienced or had a friend go through a similar situation with his or her family? 4. The poems and artwork in many chapters depict different characters’ feelings and experiences in ways they can’t express in real life. How did this influence your understanding of the characters? Cite examples. 5. The GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, is mentioned throughout Fan Art. Does your high school have a GSA or a similar group? How is your school similar to Lincoln High? How is it different? 6. How does the friendship between Jamie and Mason change throughout the story? What are the pivotal moments in their relationship? 7. Jamie is considered somewhat popular at school and voted “Most Likely to Have the Most Facebook Friends,” but feels he doesn’t fit in. Why do you think Jamie feels this way? 8. Do you think Jamie should have asked Mason to prom instead of Eden? Was it better for Jamie and Eden to go as a straight couple even though they are both gay? Why or why not? 9. Why do you think Jamie insisted on putting Challis’s comic in The Gumshoe even though it was voted out twice? Was it worth the risk? Do you think his punishment was fair? 10. Jamie attended the last GSA meeting his senior year. Why do you think Jamie waited so long to come out at school even though he was out to his family? 11. Eden says, “No more fan art for real people.” (pg. 348) Do you agree? Why or why not? 12. Jamie finds love and a boyfriend at the end of Fan Art. Do you think this would have happened if Nick hadn’t put Eden’s fan art in the graduation program?

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