Reading Group Resources
Book Club Private Tour with author Jonelle Patrick (6:45)
Visit a Japanese host club, meet the residents of a cat cafe, and take a close look at a collection of razor sharp samurai swords.
Let's Go To A Japanese Host Club (5:56)
Inside the world of Japanese host clubs – what it's like to visit one, work in one, and how much it all costs.
Reading Group Discussion Questions
• If there were host/hostess clubs where you live, would you go? What would appeal/not appeal to you about going to a club like that? Would you go alone, or with friends? Would you tell people you went, or would you be embarrassed?
• Do you think it’s wrong for married people to go to host/hostess clubs? What about unmarried people in a relationship? What about single people?
• If you were a twenty-year-old from a small town, with no opportunity for higher education, would you consider moving to a big city and becoming a host/hostess for five years in order to make money? What do you think you’d gain/lose by working nights and being forbidden to have any real relationships between the ages of twenty and twenty-five? What would you do if one of your kids wanted to become a host/hostess?
• Should people consider more than personal happiness when making a decision about getting married? If you were Yumi, would you break your engagement to Ichiro? If so, at what point in the book would you decide to do it?