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Discussion Questions

Use Me

The first story in the book, "Eau-de-Vie," sets up Evie's loss of innocence and sexual initiation. How would you describe Evie's relationship to her father? For example, what is going on when he puts his younger daughter on his shoulders and doesn't touch Evie? What do you make of the symbolism of the title, "Eau-de-Vie," and of the pear in the bottle?

"Novice Bitch" introduces Mary Beth McEvoy. How do you think Mary Beth's home life has influenced her sexual behavior? Do you like Mary Beth despite her behavior, or do you like her because of it? Why does Evie like her?

In "Sisters of the Sound," Evie goes on a retreat to a convent. What is her motivation for going? Why is she so upset by the priest's quotation of Sartre, "If there is no God, then everything is permitted"?

Elisabeth Kübler Ross, in her famous 1969 book, On Death and Dying, said a person passes through different emotional stages when facing death. What are the stages that Evie goes through in dealing with her father's illness and death?

The title story "Use Me" is one of the most sexually provocative in the book. What motivates Evie's behavior? What happens when Evie "confesses" to Michael about her sexual proficiency? Do you think she is telling the truth?

Sex is frankly described in Use Me. Why do you think Elissa Schappell included these scenes so frequently? Do you think high school students should read this book? Why or why not?

Use Me
by Elissa Schappell

  • Publication Date: March 6, 2001
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • ISBN-10: 0060959606
  • ISBN-13: 9780060959609