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Thumbs Down for Mrs Everything

ILC Book Club  vibrant monthly Tuesday morning better than ever!

Thank you all ladies attending and Andrea accommodating us again - big celebration also for new covid rules- no masks indoors and gatherings of up to 250 allowed - 250 would be too much for our book  club though. 

Jennifer Weiner’s “Mrs. Everything”  got a no mercy treatment from ILC members, six of us present . 

Candy, (6) who apparently had the most accurate memories from the country and the times described in the book in question, felt  “disappointed”. The story was just too much to feel realistic, the reader felt kind of choked, out of breath with all the mishaps. She also thought that the few male characters described in the book were badly diminished  by the author.

Andrea’s (3) overpowering impression was that the story was just plain “boring, boring “ 

Ruth (4) reached her ever after unchanged opinion  having read just the first paragraph; “hate this book, too many adjectives packed in one rather meaningless sentence!”

Lindsay, (5) as ever polite, credited the book as an “easy, fast read”, I  (6) can second that as it only took me two days to wrap up those 466 pages! Chris (1) added another “I hated it” opinion delivering her lowest score ever - book filled with cliches, incest, rape, lesbian love descriptions, etc etc . Yes, indeed, Mrs Everything was packed with everything and anything (mostly) unpleasant that can happen to a girl/ adolescent/ mother/ wife in this planet earth, and reading the book felt like Jennifer Weiner didn’t want to save us from anything at all. There were no happy moments in the book - nobody could name a likable character in this story. I rated it 6/10mainly giving it the merit that in a weird way it was “undownputtable” - there was something mysteriously captivating in it. Later realized ,  it was the urge to finish it and get it out of my hands as soon as possible!

Claimed to be Jennifer Weiner’s best book ever... we were left wondering, in agony,  how would her previous books be like?

*** Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes; her books have sold more than 11 million copies and been printed in 36 countries. Mrs. Everything, her 13th novel, was published in June last year. The first print was 350,000 copies . ***

(And I have purchased one! 😬)

I also did get an email rating from Jennifer, she not finished yet, but said that up to now she’d give it an eight. 

Everyone’s scores  counted, ILC book club rated the book 4.7 out of 10 points. 

The book was a good book club read though, as the members present literally had to fight for turns to speak out  their minds! Another super fun book club morning not to be missed !

Amazed and happy to see  Candy back, and big thanks to her for offering to have us over at La Vela  next month !

Here is what’s up next:

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Meeting place: Candy’s at South Sound. Please, confirm attendance at your earliest convenience.

Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Meeting place/ host TBA

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

Jennifer is hosting, GT School district.

December: date and book TBA

Ruth is hosting, West Bay

All meetings take place on Tuesday mornings  at 10 am

Hope to see all Book Lovers in September - new to book club ILC  members most welcome to join us!

Happy reading !


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