This month, Book Club read While I Was Gone by Sue Miller.
Comments related to the semi-serious discussion about the book:
I took perverse pleasure in the fact that it was an Oprah Book Club pick. I knew it was going to be a captivating and engrossing but easy read.
I was really drawn in.
The most interesting part was the author interview at the end.
It was a very pleasant read.
It spoke to how hard it is to be married and be a grown up.
I really enjoyed how life changes and how you deal with that.
I didn’t click with Jo, she was very secretive.
You could see that whole thing coming.
There were no surprises.
I wish it was not quite so twee.
I liked it.
I found the way she wrote about relationships was good.
It captures a married couple who had been married twenty years.
I found it odd. It seemed out of character after he [spoilers] when she [spoilers].
It was glimpse of what life is gonna be like in 15 years, you have a lot more time to think about the past.
There were moments when she really liked him and moments when she really didn’t care. It was real.
I feel like this book is not gonna stick with me.
I read it two weeks ago, couldn’t remember what it was about last weekend.
I devoured this book.
I was disappointed there wasn’t more of a twist.
I wasn’t as mad at her as I was at him.
It is so hazy in my memory but it felt very real to me.
For me, the most interesting part was understanding a different parenting approach, with her daughter.
It was a life lesson and I liked that.
–She just changed her name and moved into a group home, it didn’t seem that strange to me.
–You California hippie.
The beauty of it was her relationships with her family.
I really, really enjoyed this book.
I liked that it brought up ideas about what is private, what should be private, secrets.
I was taken for the ride.
It was ironic ’cause you’re in her head, she’s narrating, but I felt like I didn’t know her at all, didn’t know her motivations or why she did anything.
She didn’t feel like a real person to me.
I picked it because someone suggested to me that it had themes that might appeal to me.
I can see where she’s coming from because day in and day out gets old.
I kinda liked it but it was pretty predictable.
I couldn’t understand why Dana was so infatuated with her.
–Daniel annoyed me, he was so good. Self-righteous, piousness.
–No, he seemed great, I would totally go for him.
I think this was his fault, it was manipulative.
–[The sex scenes were] prurient. I didn’t need to read that.
–No, I loved it, I thought ‘there’s hope’.
We’re gonna rewrite the book again.
And, now some random not-so-much book related comments:
I used to wear a unitard and a cat collar.
We can Google each other and find out everything.
Jules’ Review: It had moments. I enjoyed the flashbacks to her life in the sixties more than the rest of it. And I don’t love books where I really don’t like the main character as I didn’t here. I’m sure most of Book Club would rate it higher than I would.
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