Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Every Day

Recap by Cethan Leahy.

In October 2013, the book club choice was Every Day by David Levithan. This is what was discussed at the Library Bar.

General Thoughts

• The similarity of the premise of Every Day to Quantum Leap was mentioned, which led to discussion on the internal rules of the conceit and if they held up to scrutiny. It was generally felt it was fine that it was left mostly unexplained although the transporting to bodies within driving distance was a bit convenient.

• If A swaps bodies constantly, does A have a gender? It was decided that A doesn’t have one necessarily but A did scan as a male.

• Was A weirdly passive aggressive towards Rhiannon? Shades of “Nice Guy” entitlement.

• Mention of the suicidal girl as a particularly strong chapter.

• There is a sequel and people agreed that they were looking forward to it.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Anna and the French Kiss

We looked at Stephanie Perkins's Anna and the French Kiss and had thoughts! Namely:

  • Oh, the title, why the title? Bookseller types noted it put some people off.
  • We loved the setting - Paris! - and the boarding school.
  • Though perhaps the kids had too much freedom - even though they were Americans in crazy liberal drinking-at-18 Europe, would they have been allowed quite so much? Did it feel more like she wanted to write a college novel?
  • Was St-Clair a bit too grumpy considering he has a girlfriend? Was Anna's reaction to Bridge a bit OTT and unsympathetic?
  • Like candy. Good candy. We basically liked it.