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The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    I was excited to read this book because of the topic: a book clu

    I was excited to read this book because of the topic: a book club. The four girls brought together by the club belong to different social groups and bring their unique perspectives to the club. I thought that interacting with each other would teach the girls something and bring to light some universal idea. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing really happens. Even the chapter titled “climax” turns out to be another record of what happens during the summer of the book club.

    While Adrienne writes about each of the girls in the club and even participates in investigations into the girls’ lives, I never really felt like I got to know any of the girls. Adrienne confesses early on that she doesn’t know who she is, and she tries to investigate her past; however, she never clarifies if she figures out the truth. Her relationship with the other girls is the same. She talks to them, but everything feels staged and unreal. The characters’ motivations aren’t clearly defined.

    Much of the book is spent with Adrienne reading the books and discussing what’s happening in the novel before finally mulling over them. I’ve read some of the books, and I don’t want to read a novel discussing the books read in the book club. Outside of books and the clubs, it feels as though the other girls, especially CeeCee, drag Adrienne around. Her only heroic moment is when she spends nine minutes trying to revive a drowning “victim.”

    While teenagers go through times when they don’t know who they are, I want to read a book with a plot—where the characters go through change. The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls is a summer read that I won’t be recommending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    I don't have a lot to say about this book. I'm not even going wr

    I don't have a lot to say about this book. I'm not even going write the title in my review because it's just to long. Anyways, this book started off like any other contemporary book. It was normal. I'm not even sure what the main plot of the book was, other than it having a book club. The main protagonist, Adriennce, is forced to go to a mother-daughter book club with her mom. She meets the other girls there, and they sort of become acquaintances. Their relationship with each other was really weird for me to decipher. Some of the characters really annoyed me. They were bossy, naggy, and just mean.
    I was waiting for something major to get me excited about reading the book, but sadly there was nothing. If there was something, I sure didn't realize it. It felt like I was reading an everyday life book, and to me, even my every day life would be boring to read about. I didn't get the typical message contemporary writers try to convey to the readers.
    I did think about stopping the book and not finish reading it, but it had something that just made me want to know what the ending of the book will be. I do have to say that it had some interesting parts, so I wasn't bored throughout the entire book. I don't know if I might pick up the next book by the author, but if you're a contemporary reader, do give it a try!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    Great Summer Read


    This book was a fun, fast read. Very entertaining and engaging. Very funny. The voice of our MC, Adrienne (I can’t help but channel Rocky Balboa’s voice every time I say her name, so, from now on, I’ll refer to her as A like CeeCee does in the book), is sarcastic and witty.
    The main thing I want to know is this, how the heck do I become friends with CeeCee? This character is G.R.E.A.T. Not even kidding. She’s the “queen bee” from school and has decided to honor A with her friendship, even though A doesn’t want it. Her personality is entitled, snooty, snarky, funny, and stuck-up without being a putt-off (hence my friendship request).
    Julie did such a fun and wonderful job making each of the four girls real and complex and deep. Their interaction together over the summer because of the book club is 100% what I remember from my high school days. Even the way they disbanded when it was over natural.
    Wallis is a bit of a creepy yet ambiguous character. I never quite got the feel for her, I thought one thing, but then that never played through. That happened a few times during the story.

    Did I mention I really love CeeCee? Cuz if I didn’t, I do.
    Good descriptions. Funny lines all over the place. Fast-moving plot. Loved, loved, loved this book.
    Great lines:
    • When I turned toward her she smiled a closed-lipped smile, making me think of an alligator sunning itself on a riverbank. (ebook pg 11)
    • If a bear could be trained to talk, I thought, it would sound like Wallis (ebook pg 42)
    • My mouth was a saliva-filled marsh, boggy with pockets of vomit and gin (ebook pg 123)
    • Listening to the noise of the pool in the background—the shouting, the whistling, the general commotion—I thought, I am a lonely person. That’s why I read books. (ebook pg 189)
    A is a great example of strong female character without being strong in the stereotypical sense. Even though she doesn’t know who she is and she’s experimenting, deep down she’s consistent and the same reliable, unbending (constant) person.
    One thing I was unsatisfied with, though, was the fact that Willis kind of felt like a throw away character to me. I mean, I know the mystery of her character was there to push A into discovering deep down who she was, but I also wanted to know about Willis, and we never got that far. I felt a bit cheated, I’ll be honest. We were never given a picture at the end of the book about what actually was going on with Wallis, which, I guess, is okay, but really, I’m not okay with it.
    Okay! What’s my usual disclaimer? That’s right! Pick it up and read it for yourself. :)
    Happy reading, my friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

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    Since Adrienne is going to be stuck at home for the summer due t

    Since Adrienne is going to be stuck at home for the summer due to a knee injury instead of canoeing for 6 weeks with her best friend, Liz, her mother makes plans with a fellow mother from yoga class to plan a book club for mothers and daughters. Unfortunately, the daughters don't really know each other or care anything about a book club that would force them to socialize with each other...and their mothers. But the woebegone group do enjoy making up names for their misbegotten group and eventually, through trial, error, trauma and 5 titles chosen from their English 11 AP list, they manage to bond in a completely un-icky way. The book is told in Adrienne's voice, and though she's not smarmy, she still has a meandering-through-a-fifteen-year-old's mind- kind of wit that was enjoyable and sometimes laugh out loud funny. And with its brief studies of each title and the chapters headed with a definition of a literary term, Schumacher's novel could serve as a Lit 101 intro for any teen...or book club.

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