This is one instance where I actually enjoyed the movie ten times more than the book. I saw the movie first, and went to read the book, and found it tThis is one instance where I actually enjoyed the movie ten times more than the book. I saw the movie first, and went to read the book, and found it to just not be as good. So don't worry about reading this if you love the movie....it's not the same, and it's not as good....more
A quick, quirky, and likeable read for a little bit of Valentine's Day, love-is-in-the-air spirit. This novel is a fun read for those of you looking fA quick, quirky, and likeable read for a little bit of Valentine's Day, love-is-in-the-air spirit. This novel is a fun read for those of you looking for something along the lines of your good, old-fashioned romance movie. No steamy action, just some nice, clean fun that will make you smile.
This novel is a very quick read, but it is an enjoyable read too. The premise of this novel is the teenage version of the movie Serendipity, only without the dollar bill and the book. Just a good old-fashioned love-at-first-sight? kind of story.
The chemistry between Hadley and Oliver is extremely enjoyable to read. Their banter back-and-forth is very teasing and very comfortable--this is my absolute favorite thing about this novel! I just loved how easily and jokingly they could interact with each other inspite of everything that was going on in their personal life. It is definitely written in a very realistic way--how easy is it to spill what's on your mind to someone you don't know (or don't know well)? Hadley and Oliver's story is very cute and quirky, even if it is a little bit of insta-love.
I wasn't really expecting quality form this relatively shortish novel, but I must say, I found myself surprised at how much substance was included in this quirky YA romance with regards to family relationships. Though it does not go too in depth (it is only 236 pages after all), this novel addresses the dynamics with parent-child relationships. Hadley's dad is getting remarried to a woman she has never met, and she still feels the sting of when her father decided not to come home from his four month sabatical at Oxford. Oliver has to deal with a fragile relationship with his father after he decided to follow his own path. I appreciated this little bit of substance in this otherwise cheeky story.
Overall, this novel is a great read if you are looking for something light and fun without the steam of hardcore romances. It is just full of innocent serendipity and is a cute quick read. ...more
Dear Ms. Schumacher, Please tell me that you stumbled upon the name Adrienne Haus because you just wanted to include the anagrams sentence in your book. Because that is pure genius. =) Sincerely, Jennifer @ A Librarian's Library The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls is a book that is really unexpected. What starts out as a cute story about four girls from completely different worlds being forced together through summer reading turns into something so much more. This book is really more of a coming of age story focused on our narrator, Adrienne Haus. "A" is a girl who finds herself without her best (and only) friend for an entire summer because of a knee injury that prevents her from going on an outdoor excursion. As she mopes around the house and dreads this stupid book club her mother started, she finds herself identifying with the characters in her summer reading books, and these characters begin teaching her more and more about herself.
The other girls in this book club are very distinct (and somewhat cliche). CeeCee is your typical "A-List" girl who hides her problems behind her pretty face and outgoing personality. Jill is adopted from China and already has her life for the next 10 years planned out to the day. And Wallis is a mysterious new girl who skipped two grades. The four of them, who would not have interacted otherwise, find themselves thrown together for an interesting summer.
I am a firm believer in writers being intentional with every detail in their story. And somewhere I feel like Jill got lost in translation. I kind of feel like she was just thrown in the story because four is better than three. But in my opinion, Jill's presence in this novel doesn't add anything to the story. She was just someone who happened to be around.
I can tell you, I did enjoy this novel. But I can also tell you that if the summer club was centered around movies or cooking, I probably wouldn't have liked it all that much. I think the fact that this novel focuses so much on literature is the reason why the story developed into one that I liked. The five works of literature discussed in this novel (The Yellow Wallpaper, Frankenstein, The Left Hand of Darkness, The House on Mango Street, and The Awakening) really allowed for some dynamic MC development that would not have been able to be conveyed otherwise. I appreciate Ms. Schumacher's incorporation of these major works of literature into her characters lives. It really appealed to the booklover in me!
Surrounding the bookclub plot is the coming of age story, which mostly has to do with self-acceptance what the lack of a father means for Adrienne's place in the world. This becomes one of those subplots that seems more "thrown in for character development and growth" than anything else--if this were removed, it wouldn't affect the story at all. But Adrienne does find a way to define herself in her small town world, and she learns some valuable lessons about friendships and mother-daughter relationships along the way, and this is mostly because of Wallis. Out of the other three girls in this story, Wallis is the most dynamic and most crucial to the story, and she ended up being my favorite character. There is just something loveable about her to readers (and to A's mom) that the other girls don't quite understand.
I must say, the ending has a complete shock (which surprises me coming from a YA contemporary), but Ms. Schumacher sets up a beautiful open-ended Epilogue to her cute cute contemporary YA. Overall, I found this book to be enjoyable for lovers of literature like myself....more