Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Club: May

Hi Everyone!
Today is book club day! April's selection was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A lot of you were very excited to read this book.  We hope you enjoyed the selection, and can't wait to hear your thoughts. As promised, we will each give our thoughts on the books and then discuss below in the comments section with you guys. 

Carrie Beth's Review: Ok, I just stink and reading when I am busy and like always, I've been busy.  Only 3 more weeks of school though and then things should slow down a lot for us.  I haven't finished this book yet, but I am close.  Much closer than I was for our last month's book club.  I will share my thoughts so far though.  

I found this book a little hard to follow because of the way it keeps switching back and forth between characters and also back and forth in time.  That was confusing to me and I felt like I needed to keep notes while I was reading just to be able to tell where I was in the story.  

That being said though, when the initial twist in the plot happened I was hooked. I wanted to know what was happening and how the story ended (which I obviously just don't know yet, but I'm close).  The suspense and mystery in this book are definitely enough to keep you reading!  

Jen's Review: Gah! Books like this always stress me out. Confession: sometimes I skip to the end just so I can figure out who "did it" then go back and read to finish in the details. I can't stand the guessing game sometimes of mysteries. Isn't that awful?? 

I came away from this book feeling the same way I did when I finished Gone Girl...disturbed.  On multiple levels. I won't spoil the ending away here, but I might share a few things in the comments. 

Throughout the book I would find myself trying to cheer for Rachel and then she would do certain things that would make me scream (in my head) "why??!?". I think the only character I consistently liked throughout the whole book was Cathy. She seemed like a nice normal caring friend. Go Cathy. 

And the end. I just can't even. So disturbed. 

Over all I thought the book was good, and the plot definitely keeps you guessing. I would highly recommend this if you love a good mystery or "who done it". 

Now to Discuss: 
Did you enjoy the book? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Rachel? The ending? Did you figure out what happened to Jess? Did you learn anything from this book? Want want to hear your review! Post questions/thoughts/feelings in the comments below!

May's Selection: Nobody's Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle

From the Back Cover: 
There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living RoomNobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”
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