Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher

Title: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls
Author: Julie Schumacher
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 84% or B
Buy It: Amazon

I'm Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn't want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee's parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of "The Unbearable Book Club," CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren't friends. We were literary prisoners, sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I'll turn in when I go back to school.

My Thoughts::
I requested this book on a whim on netgalley. My best guess why, besides that it looked interesting and I love book clubs? I miss summer, which is when this book takes place. I'm already tired of this short, cold, and dry Ohio winter. We don't even get snow yet. So I'm thinking back to the good days of summer.

This book was so cute. It's written like an essay, so each chapter has the main character's definition of a literary device, like similes or plot. This was fun and cute and definitely added to the experience. The description doesn't really tell you this, but there is an underlying sense of mystery, and as the novel progresses you sense more and more that somethings up and is gonna happen soon. It was also really hilarious with all of the different names they came up with for the book club.

The characters were very rough around the edges and inconsistent except for Adrienne. You thought you had their personality figured out, and then they'd do or say something that seemed very out of character. But on a good not, these characters were unlike ones that I've ever saw. They were very curious and weren't afraid to ask questions. CeeCee in particular was very intriguing and was the type of character that you'd hope to see in a sitcom. She was so funny and comfortable doing what she wanted. Nothing rubbed her the wrong way.

The ending was so crazy and it happened so fast that I had to reread some pages to make sure I was right in my assumptions. And whooooa did this book really have a twisty ending! I was holding my breath until the last second when we find out what happened. The book felt incomplete somehow, but it was a nice ending.

Overall I think that The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls was a fun read, especially at the beginning of these winter months. I would recommend this book to those who like to read about book clubs, or just people who can relate to a girl who doesn't quite know who she is yet.

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