Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! I'm excited for my June selection, which appears to be a heartfelt and nostalgic Summer read.
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Sarah Rainone initially caught my attention simply by having song lyrics for a title. But as I read more of the description, the book sounded almost too good to be true — especially for music lovers like me. Many who have read the book compare Rainone to the likes of Nick Hornby in the way she uses her awesome musical taste — Nirvana, The Geto Boys, Madonna, and more — as a tool to tell her story.
For those of you new to my book club format, here's how it works: I'll announce a new book each month. Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in June). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few discussion-provoking questions for you to respond to in the comments section.
To find out what Love Will Tear Us Apart is about and get the first assignment, read more.
The synopsis for Love Will Tear Us Apart reads:
High school sweethearts Lea and Dan are getting married — and no one’s surprised. After all, they’re both perfect — so perfect that their "friends" can’t help but be reminded how screwed up they are in comparison. As an awkward night wears on, and getting wasted is the only way to make it through, a killer soundtrack — from Madonna to Nirvana, the Geto Boys to the Grateful Dead — takes us back to the first cracks in their friendships, their shaky transitions into adulthood, and the few moments of love and connection that have defined them through the years.
The first assignment: Read from the beginning of the book until the end of the chapter titled "Born in the U.S.A." (Stop before "Blasphemous Rumours" begins). We'll chat about this first section a week from today, June 12.