240 pages; published May 2012
Here’s what you know from the beginning. Four couldn’t-be-more-different girls (a Popular Girl, an Unpopular Girl, a Smart Girl, and a Strange Girl with Secrets) are forced into a summer mother-daughter book club. And somebody dies. But there’s a lot to learn before you know who and why and what’s really going on.
Adrienne Haus started her summer as one super-frustrated young lady. Because of a broken knee, she’s been left behind while her best friend goes on an epic camping adventure. Back home, Adrienne’s mother commits them to participating in a mother-daughter book club with three other girls – also stuck in lame West New Hope, Delaware this summer – who could not be less like the kind of people Adrienne wants to spend time with. Suddenly, she’s thrust into some kind of friendship with super-popular Cee-Cee, super-smart Jill, and super-weird Wallis, trying to figure out what’s what while also preparing for 11th grade English class. There are confusing situations, a cute boy, deep discussions, not-so-deep discussions, missing items, strange figures in the mist, and more confusing situations. Then somebody dies. But before you know who, you get to know and like all the more-interesting-than-you’d-think-from-the-surface members of the Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls.
Mostly funny, sometimes sweet, and definitely unexpected. A great summer read, with just enough provocative insights to entice some readers to go on to enjoy the same excellent novels by and about women read by the Unbearable Book Club:
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula. LeGuin