September 01, 2015
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Literary Ladies: Book Review - Judy Blume In the Unlikely Event

Hi guys, Excuse me while I recover from a long weekend - I had Monday off. It was Independence weekend in my country (you can read my Independence post from last year here) and coming off of a birthday week, it meant I got not a lot nothing done. But alas, celebrations do come to an end and its now September. 

Its also the first Tuesday of the month which naturally means its Book Club time!

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I should start by saying I was really excited for this month's book because I grew up a Judy Blume fan. I read her constantly as a kid and couldn't wait to get my hands on this novel.The review is short today because of the long weekend but I encourage you to read the novel anyway.

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I could sum this up in this way. I liked it, I didn't love it. Honestly, while I was excited to read the book, I was terrified that it would disappoint me and lower Madame Blume in my estimation. While I still cherish my Blume childhood memories, I think maybe my expectations were too high with this one. It honestly wasn't bad, but I expected great. Eh, it is what it is! Generally a good book though and I would still recommend it. 

What I likes about the story was that it was fiction, but based on real events that Judy Blume herself lived through, namely three plane crashes that occurred in a short time frame. The story is told from the perspective of more than one person in the community, which was done well in my opinion. Now I like a good conspiracy theory myself and historical novels can be counted as some of my faves but the part that fell short for me was that this was based on real life events yet felt just a little contrived? I don’t know.

Anyway, I still recommend. Good writing, good characters (maybe too many but still good), and good story.

Did you read it? What did you like about it?


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** Its going to take me a while to catch up on posts and comments etc but I will. It was a crazy week last week and a crazy weekend.

Have a great week guys!!

21 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Judy Blume in forever! I will have to check this out!

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  2. SO many characters, seriously. Yeah I just think my expectations were too high and it was not at all what I was expecting - I was really hoping for a good fiction story.

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  3. I haven't read this yet but want to. However, I really don't like books with muliptle POV, it's too confusing for me. haha

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  4. Oh man! I totally spaced on reading this one. August was really busy for me so I didn't read much at all in general. Should I read this or just skip it? Is it worth it?

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  5. I was really excited when this book came out and wanted to read it with you all but when I read the synopsis I just knew it was going to be one that I wouldn't be able to get in to. Plus, I have to get on a plane in a few weeks for work. I can't be reading about crashes lol. I will have to check out this months to see if I want to play :)

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  6. I've been wanting to read this book but wasn't sure how it was going to be so I put it off. Now I may put it off longer because I have been in a reading slump and only GREAT books can bring me out of it!

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  7. I have never been a Judy Blume fan. Gasp, I know. I have seen this one making the circuit though.

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  8. Thanks for the review! I loved Blume books growing up too! I may check this one out, sounds like one I would enjoy but not necessarily love.

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  9. Loved Judy as a kid and a teen!! Read this book as soon as it came out! Her writing hasn't changed too much over the years!

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  10. I haven't read this book. I saw it and didn't even put it on my list. I think I want to keep Judy Blume in the kid genre. Someday, I might check this out though.

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  11. Oooooh your birthday AND independence day back-to-back sounds like a goooooood time! I'm not sure why, but I want to leave Judy Blume in my childhood, so I can feel all nostalgic about her.

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  12. I haven't read it yet, but I'm next on the list for it from my library. Judy Blume has long been one of my favorite living humans and her books have all had a really big effect on my life. I'm a little disappointed to hear the lack of OMG THIS IS THE BEST rave reviews, but I'll just have to read it for myself and see. Thanks for sharing your opinion about it!

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  13. I wasn't able to get this one from the library or e-book before today, oh well. Its too bad that you didn't love it. But I am glad that you still liked it enough to recommend it. :) Throne of Glass looks really interesting! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  14. I loved Judy Blume as a kid. I haven't read this one yet. The book for next month does look pretty interesting. Glad you enjoyed your long weekend!

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  15. I used to read all your Judy Blume books lol. Big sister confession. Lol. This one looks interesting. I'll check it out too.

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  16. Ps. I'm reading The Star of Deltora. By Aussie author Emily Rodda. I love her books. Can't wait till the kids are old enough to enjoy them. She writes for kids age 8-15 or thereabouts. Her prose isn't perfect, but the stories are fantastic.

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  17. I ended up not reading it because the library transfers take forever. I requested it at the beginning of the month. Oh well, I have a lot of books I need to wrap up on anyway!

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  18. My roommate just got that book. I should steal it and read it.

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  19. I haven't read this because of my expectations. I loved Judy Blume books when I was little. I think that the premise is intriguing though.

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  20. I was disappointed by this one too. I just had such high expectations. I mean it's Judy Blume!

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