I’ll admit that this blog was conceived much after a few of our meetings. It would have been much more convenient to create said blog at the beginning so that each book could be reviewed in a timely fashion, but ’twas not meant to be. So instead, here’s a quick recap of our first 3 meetings.
I picked this book because it was one that was fairly popular a few years ago, but that I still hadn’t read. (Neither had most of the girls in book club either, apparently.) We were all pretty excited about having a book club that we may not have been as honest with how we we felt about the book. We were fairly lukewarm on the story. I did not particularly enjoy the book. I found some of the historical information on circuses interesting, but the flash forwards with the protagonist as old man was completely uninteresting to me, which made me feel like a bad person. It made me feel like I don’t like old people, which made me feel bad. That makes me annoyed at you, author. Stop making me feel bad! Most of us felt that the book was rather slow in the beginning, but it started it to pick up as we continued reading.
We were all OBSESSED with this book. It was pretty long, but a very quick read. It had intrigue, plot twists, and interesting character development. We talked a lot about how we didn’t understand why CeeCee made some of her decisions in the beginning, especially when she was completely blind to what her boyfriend was doing in the beginning. Some of us were mad, and some rationalized her behavior to lack of mother figure in her formative years. All in all, we wanted more books like this one, but we didn’t want to get stuck in a genre and not explore other books. So, next we selected…
I really liked this book, as did two other girls, but the majority did not like this book. It’s a historical fiction book that focuses on the Holocaust. I agreed that the protagonist isn’t a strong character and that I didn’t particularly identify with her much or understand her motivations at times, but I still enjoyed reading about the subject matter. I don’t read enough historical fiction, and there’s something about the Holocaust that terrifies and fascinates me that humans were/are actually capable of something so horrific. It feels like something out of science fiction. Other girls in our group felt that there is already so much literature on the Holocaust that doesn’t focus on other events of persecution that still go on today in other countries.