Sharp Objects Review

Review Questions

  1. What similarities do you see between Camille and Amma? What similarities do you think Camille sees?
  2. Camille is addicted to “cutting,” a form of self-harm. Why do you think she specifically cuts words into her skin?
  3. Discuss the theme of violence throughout the book, including animal slaughter, sexual assault, cutting, biting, and, of course, murder. What do you make of the way residents of Wind Gap respond to violence?
  4. Why does Camille allow herself to be poisoned by Adora?
  5. How would you describe Alan—a man who, as Camille says, never sweats—living among so much anxiety? Do you see this type of contrast—between cleanliness and filth, order and disorder—elsewhere in the book?
  6. As a reporter, Camille often has to distinguish between original quotes and quotes that are influenced by “true crime” dramas. What is the author saying about our society and our exposure to crime stories? Are the police working the case also guilty of this pop-culture shorthand?

 

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