YA Book Club: August 2015

Wednesday night was the August meeting of my YA book club.

The Book
(NOTE: My initial description of the book for July was incorrect, so this might sound familiar.)

Annie picked this month’s selection back in May. We originally planned it as out June book, but we weren’t able to get the book from the library in time, so it got bumped to August.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Venue
We met this month at Blaze Pizza. Sarah had suggested it a few months ago when I wasn’t cheating, and I vetoed it. But since I’ve been eating a lot of carbs lately, I figured, why not have pizza? I’d never been there before, and I didn’t realize until writing this post that it was a chain. They sell only individual pizzas made the way you want – like Qdoba or Subway.

I had a “Simple Pie” – read plain cheese pizza. Annie had a sausage pizza, and Sarah tried the “White Top” Signature Pizza with white cream sauce with mozzarella, applewood bacon, chopped garlic, oregano, and arugula.

My pizza was so good! I devoured it very quickly. Annie ate all of hers, minus the crust. I did not know she wasn’t a crust person. I would have eaten her crust (because I love crust!) except that I was saving room for dessert. Sarah was good and took half of her pizza home.

After dinner, we walked over to Dairy Queen for dessert. I got my traditional (since childhood) vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. I am the kind of person who has something good at a restaurant the first time and then always orders the same thing every time after. Are you like that? Or do you like to change it up?

The Book Discussion
If you’ve read my review, you know I LOVED this book. I plowed through it in two days while visiting my parents a few weeks ago. I gave it 5 stars.

Annie also gave it 5 stars. Sarah gave it 3 stars. She listened to the audio, so maybe that was an issue? I hinted in my review that I wasn’t a fan of the ending. Sarah really wasn’t a fan. She couldn’t get past it, and that pulled down the rating of the whole book for her.

We all liked the relationship between Sam and Caroline. I loved Sam’s swimming, and I thought the redemption story was good. Annie thought AJ’s guitar playing was a little too cliched. And weirdly, Annie’s Nook cut off half of the first letter of each line of poetry. She found that a little distracting.

The Non-Book Discussion
In addition to the book talk, we also chatted about:

– a tornado warning the night before and how Jim and I managed to get Christopher down to the basement and back to sleep rather easily
– the still un-revealed schedule for Annie’s school job, which starts on 8/31!
– how soccer coaching is going
– a co-worker visiting Sarah’s work from Montreal and the unfortunate need to spend too much money taking out-of-town people out on the town
– patience or lack there of
– my weekend at home alone!
– a beautiful outdoor wedding Sarah attended last weekend
– how everyone’s kid is not the smartest kid ever and how I feel like the only parent who finds their kid annoying a lot of the time
The West Wing. Rob Lowe. BRADLEY WHITFORD. (Don’t ask.)
– Christopher starting school and all of the school related activities going on this week and next
– First Communion. Real bread vs. hosts.

Did you read the book along with us this month?

Do you want to join us next month?

We’ll be reading The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler for our next meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd.

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  1. Oh my pizza sounds so good!! My husband is the type that once he orders something he likes from a place that is all he will get. I try to branch out but fall into the same habit as well. I have found that the audio can make or break a book so it is possible that affected her enjoyment of the book. But I know an ending that you don't like can also really affect the whole way you see a book too. Can't wait to hear what you guys think of The Summer Chasing Mermaids – it's on my TBR.

    1. I've heard such good things about The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I'm excited to read it. šŸ™‚

      The pizza was amazing! I am kind of picky about sauce and cheese, so I was glad I enjoyed it. I originally wanted to get the margherita pizza, so maybe I'll branch out and try that next time.

      Yes, endings and audio can definitely change your opinion of the book. Your mood has so much to do with it as well. Oh well. We don't all have to love the same books. Luckily!

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