Hello! It’s been a few weeks, but I’m baaack! I took a hiatus to work on Savage Revolution, the second book in my YA series, The Beastly Series. This means that I’ll have lots of exciting news about that later, but for now let’s talk reading.
I’m a member of 1803’s Book Club. We meet every third Thursday of the month and discuss a member’s pick. February was Judy Blume’s novel In The Unlikely Event.
1803’s Official Rating:
***SPOILER ALERT**** Here’s where I tell you about the discussion we had about the book. It includes details of events in the book, so if that ruins a book for you, and you totally had your heart set on reading this, scroll over the next paragraph.
What our group thought about the book:
I commented that the book read more like a YA novel to me, and thought Ms. Blume could have written it from Rusty’s point of view to truly make it an adult novel. Same story, different main character. Another member asked me if I thought the scene where Miri lost her virginity would be too graphic for this to be YA, and I agreed to a point, but didn’t think it would be unsuitable for older teens, like mature 16-year-olds and up. One of our members told us she could always tell when a plane crash was coming because the author would introduce new characters and they’d have a blip in the story, and then die in the crash. Overall, our group thought this bit was an unnecessary part of the novel, except in the case of Ruby, because Natalie claims that Ruby talks to her from beyond. We had a short discussion about the mystery behind Natalie’s roommate’s death while she’s at the hospital, but never really came to a conclusion as to how she died. We also thought it was strange how there was no definitive reason that Ruby stopped “talking” to Natalie. I brought up that I felt Judy Blume did too much “name dropping” when she described scenes because every page had a reference to a 1950’s movie, actor, singer, or song. Another club member liked that aspect of the book because she felt she could place herself “in the moment” more. Lastly, we liked that Mason and Miri had a spark at the end, even after all those years, but didn’t act on it.
Of course, this is a short summary of our discussion and doesn’t include everything. We got out rating of 3.75 by every member assigning a star number, and then I averaged out the responses.
If you’ve read this book, let us know what you thought in the comments. If 1803’s response to the book persuaded you to read In The Unlikely Event (or not), we’d like to know that, too.
1803’s club pick for March is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Here are quotes from some of the reviews:
“My heart was not prepared for those kind of feels… *sigh*”
“I thought it was going to kind of be like a cheesy love story but it was much more. “
“Throw away your shades of gray books and read about a real romance- one where individuals ultimately valued each others’ wishes and allowed the other party to grow.“
“Beautiful book with all the feels, my heart still aches weeks after. “
So… a love story that bruises the heart. Awesome. I like beautiful stories, and love romances… but it looks like I’ll be reading this with a box of tissues.