Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Club: Gone Girl

Last night I had a blast hosting book club! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my book club! Sweet girlfriends, food, wine? What's not to get excited about? Notice I didn't say "book discussion". At first we really tried to talk about the book but now we just talk about everything else! We do still assign a new book each month and some girls read it (me!) and some girls don't, but it's still a good time. It has become a night that is less about the book and more about making friends. Book club is really how I started to make girlfriends in town and I credit it with saving me from the funk I was in. When I moved back to my home town I really thought it would be easy to make friends but it wasn't as I expected and I was kind of depressed about my lack of posse! I had my husband and parents, but a girl needs girlfriends, you know! When I was invited to join this book club I was THRILLED and I remember planning my outfit for days and trying to read the book over a weekend so I'd fit it. When I realized it was much more about making friends than reading comprehension I was overjoyed--not that I didn't want to read (I am the nerd that ALWAYS reads the book for book club) but because I was more interested at that time about making friends! I think that is why book club is so important to me and why I always am inviting new people to join--the more friends, the merrier!

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 My sweet friend Farrah enjoying some deliciousness at book club last night.

 In the spirit of all things book club, today I'm linking up with sweet Bonnie for her book club (see, I'm all about making new friends!). When I "met" Bonnie I was thrilled that she had a book club and even more thrilled that many books from her list were already on the list that my book club is using, so I'll be able to participate several times this year! Bonnie gave a really in depth review on her blog, but mine is going to be a little less scholarly (Bonnie is an English teacher, for crying out loud) and a lot more "fan" review!
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Ok, first of all, I loved this book! It was definitely different from anything I have ever read. I started reading it while Forrest was in Colorado and I was home alone--bad idea. It wasn't scary, just suspenseful, and as one prone to bad dreams, I had to stop until he came home! I also exclaimed out loud several times during the reading of this book. Poor Forrest would be drifting off to sleep and I'd scream "OH MY GOSH" or "I KNOW SHE DIDN"T". Needless to say he got a total recap of the entire book. The book has several twists and turns and I honestly didn't see any of them coming. The writing is really good at making you think everything is one way and then pulling the rug out from under you. It's no Shakespeare, but that's what makes you get lulled into thinking everything is find and dandy and then BAM! You are tricked. I think any writer that can make my heart race is worth her salt, and my heart was definitely at a full sprint during this book. I hate spoilers so this is really all that I can say without giving anything away. I will say that in the end, I was disappointed in the characters. Go check it out for yourself and see if you agree. I don't know any other way to end the story, but I didn't think it would go down the way that it did. Also, I'm still worried about Bleeker the cat. I never got any closure on him and would really appreciate the writer letting me know that he is ok. Weird, yes!
I give this book a 5 out of 5 and will definitely be downloading Gillian Flynn's other books asap! Have you read Gone Girl yet? If so, what did you think???


  1. I read this earlier this summer, so I can't remember all of the details, but I do know that I LOVED it. I read the whole thing in two days. I could not put it down.

    I agree with you: I didn't see any of the twists and turns coming, and when the big secret was revealed (you know what I mean), I'm pretty sure my jaw actually dropped. I went back and forth between feeling sorry for some of the characters and then hating them later, but by the end, I was just sad for at least one of them. Overall, I would say it's amazing how much I was interested in characters that I absolutely hated.

    The characters kind of remind me of the characters in J.K. Rowling's new book, at least as far as disliking them all. And I hate to speak negatively about J.K., but Gone Girl was much more page-turning than J.K.'s latest.

    1. I totally agree Casey! I loved the husband, I hated the husband. I loved the wife, I hated the wife. In the end I was just sad for them too! I haven't read JK's new book but I will have to check it out!

  2. So. I could go on and on about this book because, as of now, it is my favorite! I finished it a couple of weeks ago and am still not over it. I'm having my hubby read it and, somehow, he already has some of it figured out, which is infuriating because I wanted him to be equally as shocked as I was. But, that's a different story for a different time I guess lol. Did you know that they are thinking about making this into a movie!? So exciting! I was a little disappointed in the ending too, but also don't know how else I would rather it ended up. I remember being SO shocked when I found out the big secret! Oh my goodness! And I love the fact that you mentioned sweet little Bleeker, I hope they atleast truly love him!

    1. I did hear that they are making it a movie! I will be first in line to see that for sure!

  3. Gone Girl is on my reading list for sure… I keep meaning to get to it, but other books keep getting in the way.

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  4. Great book! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend it if you like books with a twist. Never saw it coming!

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  6. This novel is a tale about how opposites should remain separate, much like bleach and ammonia. This book was well written and actually made me feel something. You will find yourself at times routing for each of the characters or neither. A very intense weekend read.

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