Moment of Truth: Questions for Book Clubs

  1. In what way is the title Moment of Truth appropriate for the book? What do you think was the “moment of truth” in the book? If you think there was more than one, which was most critical to the book?
  2. Jack was willing to give his life in order to protect his daughter. Do you think that he was doing this for Paige out of love or just out of guilt, and why? To what lengths do you think a parent should go to protect their children?
  3. What do you think was Mary’s obligation to her client? If she thought Jack was innocent, do you think she was legally, ethically, or morally responsible to prove him innocent? Why or why not? What do you think Mary should have done once she realized she was attracted to her client? Should she have stayed on the case, or passed it on to someone else?
  4. In what ways do you think being a child model helped Paige, and in what ways do you think it hurt her? How do you feel about children being models? What kind of regulations do you think should be in place to protect them? Do you think most child models are pursuing their own dreams or their parents’ dreams?
  5. Do you think Paige should have been legally emancipated from her parents? Why or why not? Besides money, what other factors should be used to decide when a child is capable of living on his or her own? When do you think children are mature enough to manage their own finances?
  6. How did you feel about the tough decision Paige had to make at the end of the book? What do you think you would have done in her circumstance? Did you agree with her decision, and what do you think it says about her?
  7. What kind of father was Jack? What do you think his mistakes were? Do you think Jack let Paige down? Why or why not? What kind of relationship do you think Jack and Paige will have after everything that happened? What do you think parents have to do to make up for past mistakes they have made with their children?
  8. Where does Mary go to find refuge, and why do you think she goes there? Where do you go when you need extra support?