Hooray! Judy Blume has released a new book for grown ups and it’s our new bookclub pick for June.
Blume wrote some of our favourite books when we were kids including: Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge, to name but a few. She is charming, funny, gentle and wise. At 77 years old she claims that this will probably be her last book, so jump on board and have a read.
It has only just been released but critics have been positive so far. It’s set in her hometown of Elizabeth New Jersey and is based on three actual airplane crashes that occurred in her childhood. The New York Times said, ” Blume nails every 1950’s detail, from the refinished basements with wet bars and knotty pine walls to Elizabeth Taylor haircuts and mentions of Bogart and Bacall,” Ooh, this may help me ease my Mad Men addiction . Excellent. Let’s start discussion on the last Friday of June.
Now as for The Girl on the Train……
Overall, I enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed, but only because I had heard so much hype about it. Also, I felt like it was very similar to Gone Girl.
I liked the ending – I was glad it wasn’t the counsellor because he seemed really nice and I wouldn’t have enjoyed knowing that he was capable of such a thing. I also really enjoyed the premise of people sitting on the train and each one of them having such a different life that we seldom get access to. I’ve been on trains and looked at houses and wondered what was going on inside them. It was fun to see Rachel do that too and then to get to go inside one of the homes and watch the drama unfold.
For me, this was primarily a book about characters and I didn’t like very many of them. That may also be why I didn’t like it as much as I expected to. I became quite frustrated with Rachel and just wanted to scream at her to stop drinking. At the same time, I was also feeling empathy for her. I found her roommate the easiest one to relate to for that reason. She was on the rollercoaster with us and just had to watch Rachel helplessly.
Here are some questions I still have that maybe someone can help me with:
1. Why on earth were these three women so attracted to Tom? That seems a little implausible to me. I mean, he was evil. How could three intelligent women all fall for him to such a degree?
2. In the last couple of chapters, did anybody else want to grab Anna and shake some sense into her?
3. Was Scott emotionally abusive to Megan? Or did he just crack under the pressure at the end?