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The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
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Jul 10, 2012

it was ok

This story has a great premise with interesting characters, yet it falls flat. I was left turning pages looking for the rest of the story. Adrienne narrates this tale of four vastly different girls thrown together in a mother-daughter book club during the summer. A - as one of the girls calls her - has a single mom who is an English teacher. Jill is the only child of adoptive parents, CeeCee is the poor little rich girl woefully neglected by her parents, and Wallis is an enigma who actually wants to join the book club, yet never brings her mother and continually makes flimsy excuses for her.
The story never really ends - it just stops. Throughout the story, interesting questions are raised about the girls' situations - few, if any of those questions are answered. Most prominently is the question of who Adrienne's father is. She does not know who or where he is. Questions to her mother are answered with questions. She reads an email between her mom and aunt in which they write about her mother's "mistake" - A assumes that she is the "mistake." This perception is never addressed with her mom. Bottom line - the book was disappointing.
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Kary I totally agree with you. I ended the book with more questions than anything, and felt like there was no resolution.

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