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The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,118,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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Be careful…joining a book club just might be the death of you. It’s the summer before junior year, and Adrienne’s mom is ruining her life. As if being stuck home with a knee injury all summer didn’t sound bad enough, Adrienne is also forced out of her comfort zone and into a mom-mandated book club. The four unfortunate members of the Unbearable Book Club are about as different as they could be: average Adrienne, spoiled CeeCee, overachieving Jill, and total weirdo Wallis.

As the girls slog through the reading assignments for their AP English class, Adrienne starts to find that she has a real knack for literature and actually enjoys the books in spite of the opposition from the rest of the club. Her membership in the club is even beginning to afford her a newfound social life, though her late night rendezvous with flighty rich girl CeeCee get her into plenty of trouble.

The more they read and hang out together, Adrienne, CeeCee, Jill, and Wallis begin wading into more and more dangerous waters. By the end of the summer, Adrienne tells us in the very first chapter, someone will be dead. Who knew that a mother/daughter book club could cause so much turmoil?

Told in essay format by Adrienne, The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls is a fast read filled with plenty of twists.

This review originally appeared on ABookandaHug.com
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As a former high school teacher, I would say that this is a must read for AP students and/or any high school students. The book is set-up in such a way that it is a long summer essay for Adrienne Haus's upcoming AP class.

I expected the book to be more vapid given the title but it has surprising depths. The premise of the book is that the mothers of four girls who go to the same school but have nothing in common--the mothers met at yoga--have decided to start a summer book club to connect with their daughters and help them through the upcoming AP curriculum. The girls are forced to join and the mothers have no idea what the consequences of "a little book club" will bring their daughters.

You know from the beginning that someone will end up dead and that this is somehow related to the book club. Throughout the entire book, I was so sure I knew who it would be but the ending is a shocker. Most of the characters are not as deeply drawn as Adrienne but Adrienne is the narrator of this tale.

Adrienne is a lost girl. She has no idea who her father is--neither does her mother purportedly--and this makes her feel like part of her is missing. She was supposed to spend the summer with her friend until she hurt her leg and now she is forced to do the book club, her essay and physical therapy in the local pool where most of the girls end up meeting up throughout the summer despite their wishes.

Jill works at the pool. She's Asian and adopted but she doesn't struggle with the issues that Adrienne does with her absentee father. She's very matter-of-fact and put together.

CeeCee is the popular girl that you know is going to cause trouble right from the start.
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