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The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Schumacher, Julie

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ISBN: 0375851275     ISBN-13: 9780375851278
Publisher: Ember
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2013

Annotation: When four very different small-town Delaware high school girls are forced to join a mother-daughter book club over summer vacation, they end up learning about more than just the books they read.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Books and reading; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013023332
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.50" (0.45 lbs) 231 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): LIE SCHUMACHER is the author of several highly acclaimed children's books. She is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Bookish, quiet Adrienne is stuck in her small Delaware town for the summer with nothing to do except read books for eleventh-grade AP English. When her single mom insists they join a mother-daughter book club, Adrienne's proscribed world opens up, but her new experiences and self-knowledge come at a price. Chock-full of literary references and wry humor, this is a thought-provoking novel.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 June)

Gr 8 Up—Presented as an AP English essay assignment, with each chapter heading containing a definition of a literary term, this novel feels like a take on Ann Brashares's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Delacorte, 2001). Fifteen-year-old Adrienne Haus is laid up with a fractured kneecap and torn ACL for the summer so her mother forces her to join a mother-daughter book club. Wealthy, rebellious CeeCee; Jill, an adopted Asian girl; and mysterious, secretive Wallis are the other unlikely teen members. Adrienne is a moody, self-conscious girl, and the complexity of the relationship with her unflappable mother is a pleasure to read, especially as she falls further and further under CeeCee's bad influence. Exceptionally strong characterization and attention to detail thoroughly place readers in a summer suburb in Delaware. Teens need not have read all the classics discussed throughout the book (e.g., The Yellow Wallpaper, Frankenstein, The Left Hand of Darkness, The House on Mango Street, and The Awakening), although some familiarity with them certainly enriches the story. Adrienne is a thoughtful reader, applying quotes from each of the books to real-life situations. However, like Catherine in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, she lets her imagination run away with her and incorrectly dreams up horrible scenarios that lead to a highly foreshadowed, yet suspenseful, tragic ending.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Gwinnett County Public Library, GA

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