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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2012:
“The characters, especially the four girls, sparkle…. Smart and insightful.”

VOYA, April 2012:
"Required summer reading never seemed so exciting before."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2012:

"Schumacher, author of the compelling Black Box, deftly allows elements of The Yellow Wallpaper, Frankenstein, The House on Mango Street, and The Awakening to infuse Adrienne’s thinking as she immerses herself in them and as her own story unfurls alongside them. The result is a story that explores the way books can and can’t inform lives, as Adrienne’s summer leads to some surprising, even tragic events; that makes this a natural for book-club discussion by reluctant and eager attendants alike."

About the Author

JULIE SCHUMACHER is the author of several highly acclaimed children's books. She is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737739
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen @ The Bevy Bibliotheque on September 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
I confess, I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover before I began reading The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher. The lovely pool water, the casually tan legs, the cute nail polish and a book. I assumed that I was going off on a journey with a totally light novel.

I was slightly mistaken.

In addition to a certain degree of lightness and humor, Julie Schumacher delivers a novel of surprising depth in The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls.

Narrator Adrienne, alongside classmates CeeCee, Jill, and Wallis have found themselves completing their summer reading assignments in a Mother-Daughter book club. The girls have virtually nothing in common beyond the fact that they'll all be taking AP English next year as Juniors. The novel is Adrienne's essay, defining literature analysis terms with each chapter that I myself first learned beginning in my AP English class junior year.

Adrienne draws parallels from the required reading to her own life. A voracious reader, it was therefore easy for me to draw my own parallels from my thoughts to hers. One of my favorite moments is when she says:

"To me, a recently read novel was like a miniature planet: only a few hours earlier I had been breathing its air and living contentedly among its people"*

There are a ton of laugh-out-loud moments found in the interactions of the girls. CeeCee's attitude, in particular, surprised a laugh from me more than once. Adrienne's description of some of the other girls and people also had me giggling. Every time she said that Wallis "growled" some dialogue, I couldn't help but snicker imagining someone growling out a perfectly ordinary phrase.

This isn't a book about boys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Buttner VINE VOICE on November 6, 2012
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"The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls" is an amusing but nevertheless insightful and at times quite serious look at a fictional girls' book club. The title originates from a running gag in the book regarding the fact that the girls in the club keep coming up with different amusing names for it, though I don't think this particular name was actually used within the book itself.

The book explores issues of teenage angst, life and love against a backdrop of classic literature. A number of classics are featured and readers may find themselves interested to seek out these books. The ending is sad, but hopeful. I would definitely recommend this one for the young adult crowd and I'd say that guys and not just girls could find a lot to enjoy in this title.

Others have already pointed out certain flaws in the book, such as certain things not coming together and a lack of depth. Despite these issues, I feel the book is still well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Satia Renee VINE VOICE on July 20, 2013
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The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher is a young adult novel. When Adrienne's mother meets CeeCee's mother, the mothers decide to create a mother-daughter book club. The two girls are joined by Jill and Wallis. Through Adrienne's first-person point-of-view, we meet each of the girls, each falling into a cliché personae. Adrienne is the misfit who misses her athletic best friend. CeeCee is the privileged rich girl who is suffering the book group as a form of punishment. Jill is the adopted Asian daughter of non-Asian parents who encourage her studying for the PSAT, selling snacks at the local swimming pool, and all the usual Asian tropes. Wallis is the enigmatic weirdo, younger than the others because she's been skipped a couple of grades. Even her mother is a mystery, not coming to the book group meetings.

Together, the mothers and daughters read several classic novels, including The Yellow Wallpaper, The Left Hand of Darkness, Frankenstein, The House on Mango Street, and The Awakening. Of course, CeeCee can't be bothered to do the reading and she manipulates Adrienne who is missing a summer she had planned to spend with her best friend until she hurt her knee. Adrienne's essay begins by stating that "book clubs can kill you" and states that someone will drown by the novel's end. It is almost immediately obvious who will drown, once all of the necessary characters enter the story. So the big "aha" moment at the end is practically splashed across the page in neon lights.

To quote directly from the novel:

"The ending of a good book, I had always thought--at least, a book that sticks with you--should be satisfying but also sad. A character should die, or almost die, and the people left behind should see things differently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Brazier VINE VOICE on May 12, 2013
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Adrienne Haus finds herself in a book club with girls with whom she does not usually associate. Her mother and theirs organized a book club. Their goal was to discuss the books that their daughters must read over the summer for eleventh grade AP English. So Adrienne's summer is filled with these books, adventures with her fellow book club members, and the neighborhood pool.

This book is interesting, because each chapter begins with a literary term. That's because this book is Adrienne's project for her AP English class. It is her creative narrative. In it, she talks about her summer adventures and the books she reads.

I love the premise. Sadly, I don't think that the book followed through with the premise. If the plot could have been more tied in with either the books or with the literary terms at the beginning of each chapter, I think it could have been better. Only occasionally, does the book accomplish this.

Anyway, I found the adventures that the characters had a little strange and the characters unrealistic but fun. I believe that a teenage girl may enjoy Adrienne's adventures.
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