Some of my earliest memories are of visiting the library. We would take afternoon trips just to get out of the house and into the air conditioning. I remember borrowing stacks of books and gulping down the words hearing the consonants crash and bang until I found their steady rhythm. As the introverted child of a working single mother, books were my safe haven before I understood the need for one.
Writing this now as an adult, I’m proud to say my love of all things literary is as strong as ever. In fact, I’ve often sought out fellow bibliophiles to share in a mutual love of books and stories but as an introvert seeking other introverts to do relatively non-introverted things, well… it’s not been exactly easy. Answer? Online Book Club. This is an idea I’ve kicked around with several friends and much to my delight they’ve all eagerly requested that I follow through on this venture. So here it is.
As part of my Miles To Go blog site I will be dedicating a new page just for our book adventures. I’ll be posting book hauls, book reviews, and discussions about books I’ve/we’ve read and really just about anything else book-related that I love. Or that you love and want me to write about. So as my first official order of bookish business, after much agonizing debate, I’ve decided that the book I’ll be starting with is:
“Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend– of her crew. But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.”
DUN, DUN, DUUUUUUUUN…..
I, along with anyone else who wants to read awesome literature and discuss incredible things, will begin reading this book this December. I will be making predictions about what I think will happen based on the brief synopsis on the back cover and at the end of December when I come back to discuss it with y’all we’ll get to see how right or terribly wrong these predictions turned out to be. I would love to read your predictions down below in the comments and if you have any suggestions for next month’s book, let me know!
- Bianca’s friends (or at least one of her friends) are/is going to be jealous and angry when they find out about her secret relationship with Wesley.
- There’s going to be some sort of outside mean girl/mean guy influencer who throws a kink in the middle of their relationship which will either drive them together or further apart (or both) in a lame attempt to keep with the status quo.
- But will they end up together in the end?! I say no. I think they’ll appreciate what they had and the challenge will probably change how they view themselves and each other but I’m not sure that this is your typical ride-off-into-the-sunset kind of story. But what do I know?
So those are my predictions. Now, this book came highly recommended by a dear friend of mine who is well aware of my stances on body positivity, feminism, and just all around human decency. That in mind, I doubt she would encourage me to read something she knew would upset or horrendously violate any of these for me so if you’re not immediately excited by the title and/or overall premise, well. Sometimes that’s part of being in a book club. You read something you normally wouldn’t and you may be pleasantly surprised. If you’re not, then you suggest something more your speed for the next read. I hope you’ll join me in this fun new adventure. Comment below or send me a message to let me know you’re taking this crazy ride with me! And don’t forget to make your own predictions. Wishing you all good things, Miles tribe. Always. Xo