The Romance Readers' Book Club
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The Romance Readers' Book Club

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A southern tale of a teenage girl who opens a Pandora’s box of passion and guilt Bored with her sheltered life on the family farm in Rigby, Georgia, fifteen- year-old Tammi Lynn Elco senses things can change when she acquires a stack of forbidden romance novels. Eluding the watchful eye of her Granny Elco, Tammi forms a secret book club with two girlfriends and her eccentr...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Plume
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Michelle
Apr 19, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Maria!
Shelves: fiction, trashy-books
This book is so so fun to read! I am going to have to admit it is one of my favorite books ever. I will definitely be going back to this. Although, I was wishing for a really huge (and sexy) ending...I guess she leaves it up to our imagination as that's the point of the whole book?

"This is some hot stuff," says Tammi's friend (after looking through the bag of trashy books.)

"I think the librarian reads these things," says Tammi...

I found so much of myself in Tammi-Lynn. She is so passionate and...more
Liz
Jul 04, 2009 Liz rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Perhaps I'm being a little hard on Ms. Cannon, but adults are certainly not the audience for this book. The writing was simple and pedantic, definitely not a book for serious readers. However, I do get the feeling that this book would be a good "fluff" read for young adults.

While the highlights that the publishing house chose to include on the cover tout: "A coming-of-age story to cherish . . . Cannon's South is a destination readers will want to visit again and again," the book will disappoint...more
Christina
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Ashley Fisher
This was the worst book I have ever read. It didnt captivate me until about 3/4 of the way in and its about a girl's journey of getting what she wants. The last page in a half shows she can get what she wants and she decides she doesnt want it anymore and then it ends. It was a waste of time.
Stina
Apr 12, 2009 Stina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
My God, this book was hideously boring.
Mandi
To sum this book up in two words: horrible AND stupid.

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Lauren
If I could I would give this 2.5 stars. It started with such promise. But parts of the book felt un-even. Also the language wandered in the land of discomfort and I was pushed out of the narrative wondering if her references were time accurate. The book is set in the 1970s but the constant references to music, snack food choices, and clothes made me want to determine if the references were accurate. Which is a distraction.

The premise is a sheltered 15 year old from a strong religious upbringing...more
Hazel
Was in the mood for a light, fun weekend read. This book had an interesting premise, with the protagonist, a 15 year old southern girl from a conservative Baptist household, getting a hold of a box of romance novels, which she uses to start a book club. The author shows how the novels help the youth to dream outside the confines of her sheltered life, thinking of new places to visit and live, and generally a different life to aspire to. But I felt that, for a coming of age story, the author just...more
Sara Weather
This book had potential.I felt first of all that it reinforced the same labels of romance novels that soceity has put on it. It did not even do what it said it would do. I thought that it would have the church find out about the book club and have a campaign against it. I wanted to see the struggle between church and romance novels, to show the good of romance novels.But that did not happen.I did not feel for Tammi, the way she talked to Leon seemed and acted did not have the real consequences t...more
Phair
Serendipity that this book crossed my path just after I read Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels as that is pretty much the theme of this novel. Really enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book but felt the ending was a little flat. The focus on the romance novels and the Club faded a bit and other threads just sort of fizzled out as well. Now, a few days after finishing, I honestly can't recall how the book ended. Well worth it for the early sections.
Robyn
I've always thought Romance novels were, well, trashy. And a waste of time. Never well written. Never saying much. Never having a great plot--just words in between the 'sexy' parts where people speak in ways no one really talks. Hmmm...kind of like this book. How fitting then that it's about Romance Novels.

I thought this book would be cute initially, but I found it hard to get into. It skipped around a little too far in time at parts. And the main character was so dopey that the poor ending was...more
Shari
This was a fun book, kind of strange people but fun
Kelsey
I wish I could rate this book half a star. I thought it would be a fun light read but boy was I fooled! the main character isn't interesting I didn't feel for her at all. The time line is confusing to the point I don't know how many years have passed and the ending is disappointing. It was like being on a roller coaster waiting for your heart to jump in your throat until you realize you're just going in a straight line. The characters were lacking and so was the story line. I wouldn't recommend...more
Poetreehugger
I have never read a nearly-soft-porn/religious book before. It was confusing. Are we supposed to sympathize with the physical desires and "blossoming" lust of the female main character, or admire her search for the truth in her family's ultra conservative church life? Were the religious descriptions serious, or did they have a touch of sarcasm on the outdatedness of some of the ideas?
There were definitely some interesting place descriptions, fascinating and sympathy-arousing characters, and some...more
Carla
A 15 year old girl living in the south sneaks out to go trick-or-treating. She ends up with a bag of romance books instead of candy. As she reads them, she decides to recruit some others to start a secret book club. This is a story of a girl learning to understand the difference between lust and love and also coming into her own. Her granny is very religious and this causes her more conflicts as she tries to decide if she is a sinner or not.
Lindsay Barnes
This book started with so much promise and the concept was one I really liked. I'd been bringing this up to my book club for a few months and was pretty disappointed.
I didn't really like the main character after a few chapters and was somewhat confused as to when this story was taking placed. I thought the story just went so slow and then suddenly ended. I was really let down and wouldn't recommend this story.
Rachael
This book was really interesting at first then it just dragged on, and on. I didn't end up liking the main character near the end, I kind of related at first to her-hormonal, misunderstood etc-all the stuff most teenagers go through. But then some of her actions just didn't make sense, and a lot of this was really more the author's fault-the characters lost a lot of credibility in the last few chapters.
Erin
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Amber
I could not get into this book at all.
It was slow, uneventful, and just plain boring.
It was a quick read made even quicker by my shuffling of pages. And even doing that didn't seem to help the story or get me involved. It just felt it would never end and when it did, I felt nothing.
Deborah
Cute coming-of-age story about a fifteen-year old girl, Tammi who acquires a sack of romance novels. These books would be forbidden by her grandmother and classified as a sin by the church. Regardless, Tammi starts a book club where they discuss the books and other topics of love.
Susie Bradley
I have to agree with other reviewers. the whole book seemed to revolve around one girl's attempt to seduce her not-really cousin.
the title makes one think that the book has great promise but it just didn't come through.
PC
a good read...great characters with interesting twists. i found the ending a bit unsatisfactory but overall i would recommend it. you have to keep the time/place in mind as you read or you might pass judgment too soon.
Jessica
i had to put this book down. it was boring and i just couldn't get into it. perhaps i will try it again in a few weeks, but for now i am sticking to the 3rd jen lancaster book...
Renee
This book was definitely a low one on my list. I expected something much different from what was actually in the book. I found the character extremely hard to relate to, also.
Brandy
This book was cute but it sort of was a bust at the end. It was really rushed and sort of left you hanging. I would have liked to find out what happened to Tammi Lynn.
Tanisausa
I had high hopes for this book, but was just OK.
Teen at 15 with a bag full of books of very hot romance looking for passion discover good friend and true love.
Jackie
LOL! This book is so funny! I love it! :-) ~ A young woman being raised by her overly zealous religious grandmother is given a bunch of racy romance books. ~
Emily
I couldn't finish this book. It was painfully hard to read and just wasn't developing very well so I had to stop reading - and I don't normally do that!
Lacy
I have nothing good to say about this book. It was not written well and the story really never went anywhere. Was hoping for good summer read....oh well.
Suezq
Jun 01, 2008 Suezq rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SummerChickLit
Recommended to Suezq by: AmberLooHoo
Very cute, light story. Engaging characters, perfect for a fun kick back summer read. The ending is a bit weak, yet still well worth the read.
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