‘The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls’ by Julie Schumacher


May 9, 2012 by Alice in Readerland

I’m Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn’t want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee’s parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of “The Unbearable Book Club,” CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren’t friends. We were literary prisoners, sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I’ll turn in when I go back to school.” ~ Goodreads description

Title: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls

Author: Julie Schumacher

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Imprint: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Publishing Date: May 8th, 2012

ISBN: 9780385737739

I received this book through NetGalley

I enjoyed this concept, four very different girls brought together through a summer book club. The dynamics between Adrienne (her knee is in a brace and she’s wondering about her absent father), CeeCee (the popular girl), Jill (the overachiever), and Wallis (the odd, mysterious one) was interesting and the different personalities coming together made for some humorous scenes. I particularly enjoyed the different opinions on classic books.

With a bright summer setting, some laugh-out-loud lines, and Adrienne’s honest voice, this is a nice and easy summer read about coming of age.

Cynical Cindy Says:

This book didn’t really do it for me; I felt it was a great concept with not-so-great execution. It read like most book-club/good-girl-meets-the-popular-and-quirky-girl stories, without anything really unique to make it stand out. It became a tedious read for me and I couldn’t stand the main character. 

2 out of 5 teacups

6 thoughts on “‘The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls’ by Julie Schumacher

  1. Lynn says:

    I read this book on the day it came out. HATED IT. Wish I’d seen your review first.

  2. BethLovesBooks says:

    Go Cindy!

  3. *Sophie* says:

    Love the honest review! :)

  4. Mandy R. says:

    Thanks for the review! =)

  5. Sunny says:

    It sounds like a great concept, however, the execution, of course, is the main part. I loved how you were honest though, and while the synopsis pulled me in, I have to listen to Cynical Cindy!

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