The Unbearable Book Club For Unsinkable Girls, Julie Schumacher, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
What did you like about the book? I thought this book appeals to a wide audience. The four main characters all represent different aspects of a typical high school population. There was also a little bit of a mystery and enough drama to keep most readers interested.
What didn’t you like about the book? There was very little action in the book and a lot of it was internal dialog. The authors writing style also takes some getting used to. She would frequently interrupt a very well flowing series of dialog by throwing in some description from the narrators point of view rather than keeping the conversation going. There were also a lot of loose ends. The entire book is supposed to be an essay that the main character is writing for a summer AP English assignment, but at the end the essay just ends and we are not given any closure about the essay or the assignment.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good book for fans of the Mother Daughter Book Club Books who need an older book to read.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries
Where would you shelve it and why? YA Fiction. This book deals with underage drinking, theft, abuse, and the death of a minor character.
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Don’t bother to read this one.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Bonny Anderson, Northborough Free Library, Northborough
Date of review: 6/9/12