It is summertime and Adrienne Haus is finally out of school. But instead of going off on an adventure with her best friend, she’s forced to stay home nursing a hurt knee. To keep her daughter occupied, Adrienne’s Mom enrolls her in a mother-daughter book club with three other girls. These girls,Jill, Wallis, Cee Cee and Adrienne, didn’t know each before that summer, but they end up spending a lot of time together at the community pool and at the club. Cee Cee doesn’t take long to become comfortable in the group. She has a daring, adventurous attitude and doesn’t always think things through or abide by the rules. She pulls Adrienne out of her home in the middle of the night for sporadic, somewhat dangerous, excursions. Just as the girls are getting chummy, situations arise that threaten to pull them apart. Jill’s father’s pain medication goes missing after they host a book meeting, Wallis’ mom never shows up to a meeting, and a midnight swim at the pool goes horribly awry. All the girls end the summer a little wiser and changed, and some may even have learned something from the books. Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls is a charming read with relatable and diverse characters displayed with sharp, witty writing. It’s a coming-of-age story with a hard twist, and it will certainly appeal to a wide audience.
NetGalley review Publication date 5.8.12