Observations, every now and then, from my book club.
My book club group have been meeting for about 4 years. It sprung up out of necessity – Some of us had worked together for many years and were all moving onto new projects.
We had shared so many years of laughter and tears, had watched each other develop and grow, we wanted to be able to continue seeing each other - forming a book club removed the guilt from what was, really just a social.
We all have different literary preferences and have 'endured' rather than 'enjoyed' books that have been chosen – the book club equivalent of 'taking one for the team'. Over the years we have enjoyed guessing who would love a chosen book, who would hate it. The discussions about the books have been varied in all sorts of ways – some have barely earned much discussion at all. Jazz baby was not one of these.
Jazz baby was discovered through Koobug. It offered a chance to explore 'new' and 'unhyped' material. It was an uncomfortable read, it failed to deliver what we all wanted from within the story line – we wanted Emily Ann Teegarten, baby, to have a much easier ride; to be able to live her dream and to do it without enduring scumbags. It would have been easier to read a fairy tale version of what happened to Baby.
Having said that, the sometimes gritty story lines gave us a lot to talk about. Jazz baby turned our game of guessing who would like it on its head! Our discussion was emotive and opinionated – a real blast of fresh air! We all read it differently and wanted different things for the characters – this book could have gone in so many different ways if we had been at the sharp end of the pen.
What we could agree on was that Beem Weeks has produced a very worthy book which managed to get under the skin of us all. This is the book that has provoked the most discussion in the group so far – not bad for undiscovered talent. If you want to read something thought provoking, challenging uncomfortable and brilliant, I suggest you give this a go.
4 comments (click to read and post)
You don't have to sign up to Koobug - you can read all of the content on the site. However, if you'd like to comment or recommend books and posts, you'll need an account.
It's completely free to use, whether you are an author or reader.
All we need from you is your email address, which we'll use to send you an access link. You can then click on the link and choose your password and profile picture.
We will not disclose your email address to anyone else, or use it to send you spam.
Enter your email address into the box, and a password if you have one. If this is your first time here, or you can't remember your password, leave the box blank; we'll email you a temporary key.