Although our first book club is going to take place in a week from now, we already want to present you the options for the second meeting! This way you can start reading right after our first book club without having to wait for another week. Because a whole week without reading a book sounds just horrible, doesn’t it?
Anyone can vote once online. The book clubbers showing up on the 3rd of October will get to vote for a second time and we’ll make the book for the next book club known during the evening. So show up if you have strong opinions of what book to read, because your vote will be twice as important.
Now onto the books! We have three amazing picks for you:
Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
This book is inspired by The Bell Jar written by Sylvia Plath, so great if you are also interested in getting to know that book. Wolitzer writes about Jam, a girl who’s sent to The Wooden Barn – a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont – after her boyfriend Reeve dies. This ‘school’ for kids who deal with loss turns out to be different than she imagined. Jam signs up for a class called Special Topics in English and is asked to write in a journal (more Bell Jar references!) and finds that she gets transported to Belzhar, a place where she can revisit her past and of course, Reeve. The book is a story of loss, and love with a little bit of magical realism thrown in!
I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
When we meet Noah and his twin sister Jude at age 13 they are incredibly close. Noah is the calm one, he loves to draw and is secretly in love with the boy next door. Jude is a dare-devil, always wearing red lipstick and talking for the both of them. The first years are written from the perspective of Noah, but when we move three years into the future Jude takes over and the twins are barely speaking to each other. What has happened between them to wreck their relationship? Then Jude meets a cocky, broken boy as well as someone else, who prove to be an even more unpredictable force in her life. Will this help Noah and Jude find a way back to each other? This book will make you laugh at the best of times, and ugly-cry at the worst.
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
August Pullman, lovingly known as Auggie, was born with a facial deformity that made sure he couldn’t go to a mainstream school, that is until now. He will start 5th grade and being the new kid in school is already hard enough if you don’t have to worry about having a different face. Will he be able to convince his classmates to like him, despite his appearance? An uplifting and heartwarming story filled with funny moments that will make the sad even sadder.