Discussion Questions: Restart

restartRestart Discussion Questions:

  1. Chase Ambrose has amnesia due to a fall from the roof. He can remember some things – like how to talk. He doesn’t remember other things – like his own name. He doesn’t recognize his parents. He has one memory of a girl in a blue dress, but no idea who she is. How would your feel if this (memory loss) happened to you?

 

  1. Shoshanna Weber’s brother has been sent to a boarding school because he was the target of school bullies. And the biggest bully of all was none other than Chase Ambrose. Yet when he sees Shoshanna after his accident, he actually smiles at her. How would you feel if you were Shoshanna?

 

  1. Chase discusses the yogurt-over-the-head incident with his mother (pgs. 20-21). Do you think his mother is being entirely honest with him?

 

  1. At school Chase meets his friends again. What do you think of them?

 

  1. Since his accident, what are the first indications of major changes in Chase?

 

  1. In the principal’s office Chase sees two framed photographs – one of himself and one of his father. In these pictures, both were captains of the state champion football team. How might have Chase felt about these photos before his accident? What do you think he feels now?

 

  1. What do you think about Dr. Fitzwallace’s conversation with Chase? Do you agree with him that the accident, while terrible, may also provide Chase with an opportunity?

 

  1. Brendan Esponoza was bullied by Chase and his gang almost as much as Shoshanna’s brother. What do you think makes him ask Chase to be the cameraman for his YouTube video stunt?

 

  1. At the park, Chase sees his half-sister, Helene. What do you think about her reaction to Chase? What do you think about his father’s comments?

 

  1. Chase realizes that he has been famous at Hiawassee Middle School, yet some students seem afraid of him. Chase can’t understand what he has done. Explain the difference in the explanations between Aaron and Bear and his mom. How would you feel if you learned that you had been arrested for your actions? Who should Chase believe?

 

  1. At the car wash the manager immediately jumps to the conclusion that the stunt was Chase’s idea/fault until Brendan explains the truth. Is the manager’s conclusion justified?

 

  1. What do you think of Chase joining the video club?  What do you think of Shoshanna’s reaction to Chase becoming a member of the video club?

 

  1. Chase attends a football game but this time he is a member of the video club. What do you think about his interactions with his dad? With Helene? Watching the game, Chase’s memory about how to play begins to return. Do you think Helene has forgotten the teddy bear incident? Do you agree with Chase’s analysis: “Helene is perfectly happy now. No harm, no foul” (pg. 67).

 

  1. After the game, Chase goes to the locker room for interviews. Compare the reaction of the players to Chase’s questions to the answers they give Hugo.

 

  1. Chase was exempt from his community service at the Portland Street Assisted Living Residence due to his accident. So why does he go back to do it?

 

  1. After the pep rally incident, do you think that Chase has changed or, like Shoshanna, do you think he is still a “goon?”

 

  1. Do you think Kimberly Tooley’s reason for joining the video club is a good one?

 

  1. Aaron Hakimian asks the question: Is Chase Ambrose really the same person? What do you think?

 

  1. As more memories return, Chase remembers bringing his older brother Johnny to school. What do you think about this memory? “I am starting to wonder if that person is still inside me, emerging from the darkness, bit by bit, along with my memories” (pgs. 93-94). What do you think?

 

  1. Are Chase and Mr. Solway alike or different? How and why?

 

  1. “I hope I never hate anybody as much as that girl (Shoshanna) hates me” (pg. 101). Why does Chase say this and what does it show?

 

  1. Shoshanna goes to meet Mr. Solway about her video project. She doesn’t get far with him and is astonished at the change in Mr. Solway when Chase arrives. Chase and Shoshanna become partners on the project. Should Shoshanna tell her brother and parents?

 

  1. Ambrose tells Chase that he is taking Chase to a new doctor and then Chase will have his old life back. Should Chase agree to this plan? Is it a wise decision? Does Chase really want his old life back?

 

  1. Chase suspects Aaron and Bear of stealing Mr. Solway’s Medal of Honor. Do you think he is correct?

 

  1. The project with Mr. Solway and Chase has become the biggest thing in Shoshanna’s life – and yet she feels she can’t tell Joel. Do you agree with her? Do you agree with her new view of Chase or do you think her parents are correct?

 

  1. Chase’s friendship with Shoshanna is growing. Even her family is beginning to believe that Chase is someone different now. But what is happening to his relationships with his other friends?

 

  1. Bear and Aaron set up the incident to frame Chase. Why doesn’t Chase tell the truth to Dr. Fitzwallace? What do you think of his father’s attitude? Why does Chase regret his choices?

 

  1. Although Chase “gets away” with the fire extinguisher incident, what is the cost?

 

  1. When Chase gets the OK from the new doctor to play football again, does he have a choice? What are his choices?

 

  1. What do you think about the revelation about who stole Mr. Solway’s Medal of Honor?

 

  1. Brendan discovers the truth – with evidence – about Chase’s true actions in the fire extinguisher fiasco. What do you think will happen next?

 

  1. Chase discovers the girl in the blue dress with the lace collar and the full memory of what happened came back to him. How with this memory make you feel?

 

  1. What do you think of this statement made by Joel Weber just as Brendan shares the video evidence with him: “I’ve been victimized, but I don’t have to let that define me as a victim” (pg. 212).

 

  1. In the end Chase tries to do the right thing and return the Medal of Honor. What obstacles does he face? What help does he have?

 

  1. Chase takes full blame and ends up back in court. Does this seem fair? What do you think of the outcome?

 

  1. Do you believe that Chase has really changed? Do you think he can ever live down his reputation as a bully?

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