I have finally done something that I’ve wanted to do for so long but wasn’t sure how to go about.
I joined a BOOK CLUB.
I’m an official old lady 23-year-old and I LOVE it! I also joined a writing club so I can hopefully destroy the writer’s block that has been infecting me for the past year and a half. Anyway, the first book we read for my book club was Chris Cleave’s Little Bee.
I really enjoyed the book, although at some points I did think it was a bit slow. I think he climaxed with the shocking part (which was built very high up by the book blurb) too quickly and then still had a lot of information to account for. I don’t think the things that were brought up after the shocking part were anywhere near as exciting, and I found myself a little bored at times.
A lot of people brought up how they thought it was weird that a white guy was writing from the perspectives a Nigerian teenager and a white, middle-aged mother. I, however, don’t think that’s weird and I think it’s great to challenge yourself as a writer. I never think as a writer that anything should be seen as a limitation because you aren’t this or that, and it’s always fun to mess around with other identities. So that part of the talk kind of annoyed me.
I thought that Sarah was a very strong female character who chose men who were weaker than her to fill the more feminine role, and she went out of her way to prioritize her first world problems (oh no I don’t uphold the values of my magazine that I originally did. ahh I’m bored in my marriage…. affair???) but what happened in Nigeria gave her a reality check which she wasn’t able to handle and therefore repressed it. She was strong in the ways that she could distract herself from life, but when it came to dealing with it, she faltered and broke.
Basically I did really enjoy the book and couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended.