by Julie Schumacher
Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 8, 2012)
Ages 12 and up
Their mothers meet in a yoga class and start a mother-daughter book club, throwing together four teens who, were there anyone else still in town, would never dream of spending summer evenings together. Julie Schumacher's The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls brings together Adrienne, a bookworm; CeeCee, one of the high school's royalty; Jill, whose main concern is her SAT scores; and Wallis, a brilliant outcast. All four spend their summer hanging out at the pool and reading books for their upcoming AP English class and working on the class's required literary essay.
A friend of mine reviewed this book on Goodreads, and, though she gave it only two stars, I wanted to read it to find out what books the book club had chosen. (Nothing I like better than a good book list.) The unsinkable girls read the following:
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin,
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros,
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman,
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, and
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
To buy from Amazon, click on titles below:
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls
The House on Mango Street
The Yellow Wallpaper
The Left Hand of Darkness
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus