Several people recommended this book to me. It was a big hit when it came out and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. So I was pretty excited to read this book. I presented it as an option to the Arden Dimick Book Club, they picked it, I started reading it and…
I hated it.
But, that’s OK. Because sometimes the most interesting books are those we dislike. It took me a while to figure out why I disliked the book so much and that process helped me figure out some pretty intense things about how women are presented in male narratives. It also made me hug my daughter and my dog, both of whom seemed confused but pleased, so that was good. There were passages that I loved and whole subplots that made me furious. So I am very much looking forward to discussing this book with you all over the next few weeks.
A bit of background: Most of what I review on Geek Girl In Love is science fiction or fantasy, but I also read quite a bit of contemporary fiction and non-fiction. As facilitator of the Arden Dimick Book Club, I get a chance to stretch my reading a bit and try different genres and styles. We work with one theme for three months. In May, June, and July our theme is “Animals Among Us”. If you live in the Sacramento area, come join us on June 22, 2014 at 2PM for our in-person book club at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento!