Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! I can't believe this is the end of Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake! I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on the last essays and your impressions of the book overall. Stay tuned next week for my announcement of the August selection.
Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, has been every Friday in July). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
To discuss the last section of I Was Told There'd Be Cake, in which we read the stories "The Height of Luxury," "Smell This," "Lay Like Broccoli," and "Fever Faker,"
- I'm a little ashamed to admit this, but the appearance of the turd in "Smell This" was responsible for my biggest laughing-out-loud moment of the entire book. Are you fairly certain it was Justine's boyfriend, or do you think everyone at her party was suspect? I personally would have had no problem asking every single person who was there if they were responsible, but she was slightly more tactful — and I loved the description of her turd investigation.
- Speaking of the "Smell This" story — she talked about being a lackluster friend, someone who means to respond to emails but then doesn't remember if she did or not. I really enjoy when she writes these small confessions, and I think it gives her writing a lot of strength. Are you guilty of something similar? Do you get mad at friends like that?
- In "Lay Like Broccoli," Crosley states, "Because it's so common and often even hip to be a vegetarian, it's become socially acceptable to poke fun at us." Do you agree? Do you feel that the vegetarians among us are easy targets for mocking, or do you find most people respect their choices?
- "Fever Faker" seemed to sum up a lot of my issues and questions about Crosley as a narrator and a person: She seems to be torn between wanting some way to stand out (even if they have to manufacture the attention) and wanting to be the strong, silent type who just trucks along through life without whining about her struggles. While the story kind of bugged me (you really want to have an unfortunate disease?), I also felt like it made me understand her a little more. What was your reaction?
- We know that HBO has bought the rights to make this book into a TV series. So, what quirky actress could play the young, New York writer at the heart of these stories?