My Young Adult Fiction Book Club had its July meeting on Wednesday night.
Annie picked this month’s selection as a last minute stand in because we weren’t able to reserve Every Last Word from the library in time. That book got bumped from July to August.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Our group always meets at a restaurant that’s located fairly centrally. This month we met at Olive Garden. It was kind of funny because the last time we met there was in January, my birthday month. This Wednesday, July 29th was my half birthday. (I have a young child, so we celebrate half birthdays – for him at least.)
We pigged out on breadsticks, soup, salad (Annie and Sarah), and cheese ravioli (Kate). I know, I know, definitely not low carb.
The Book Discussion
Annie finished the book first as she usually does, and she rated it 3 stars on Goodreads, so I saw her rating before I’d even started the book. Even with that low expectation, as you may know from my review, I hated this book.
Sarah also disliked the book – finding some of the actions by the mean crowd too unbelievable. She almost rated the book 2 stars out of pity, but then decided on only 1 star – a more honest rating.
We all agreed that we were expecting a more interesting list and some actual confrontation with people she’d pissed off because of the list.
The Non-Book Discussion
Like any good book club, our book club isn’t really about the books. It’s more an excuse to get together. Hot topics this month included:
– My husband being out of town for the WHOLE week. And my decision to drive 9.5 hours alone with my 5-year old son to visit my parents for 4 days because I didn’t want to be a single parent the whole time Jim was gone.
– Movies. Annie and her husband, Ben, loved Inside Out. Jim and I found it too depressing as I mentioned in my Pixar ranking post. Sarah is still deciding whether to go see it with her boyfriend, Andrew.
Did you read the book along with us this month?
Do you want to join us next month?
We’ll be reading Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone for our next meeting on Wednesday, August 19th.