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Buzz Book Club: I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

Buzz Book Club: The Conclusion of I Was Told There'd Be Cake

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,"

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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. "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?
  5. 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?
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juicylove juicylove 7 years
this book was by far the worst i have ever read. i didnt bother to finish it. the whole "someone pood on my floor" was just so stupid. ugh. biggest waste of life.
Megatron Megatron 8 years
I am fairly certain the person behind the turd was Trevor. She was mean to him but he deserved it and, judging by the way she tells the story, I wouldn't put leaving a special surprise for Sloane beyond Trevor. Yes, the investigation was absolutely hilarous! I love how she took us through the stages. For me it added a much needed comedic component to an otherwise disgusting story. I am totally guily of being a friend who sometimes does not make the effort to keep in touch with people and then expects them to come hang out whenever it's convenient for me. Honestly, I don't find people mocking vegetarians for their dietary choices. But I grew up in and live in the Bay Area for the moment so that might have a lot to do with the opinions I am exposed to. In "Fever Faker" it seemed like she was drumming up some drama so she could take the attention away from her disease-ridden sister. Personally I did not find this story to be a strong finish for what I considered a great collection of essays. "Smell This" should have been the finale IMHO. I have several people running through my mind for the TV series. Claire Danes, Ellen Page, Zooey Deschanel...
vintagesugar vintagesugar 8 years
I really thought this book was funny, especially since I have a deal with one of my friends to call a maid service before informing authorities in case of my accidental death. Sloane is obviously worried about this aspect of life, also. These are called *essays* which leaves room for poetic license which a *memoir* does not. Good for her. I hate it when I find out that a memoirist has played fast and loose with the real details of life.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
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adw7984 adw7984 8 years
"Smell This" --> I would hope it was Justine's boyfriend who left Sloane a "present". Otherwise, she had some strange friends! However, I definitely would have asked everyone because I am fairly sure that it is poor social etiquette to leave such a "present" in the bathroom of your hostess. I am very similar to her in the fact that I always have the intentions to keep in touch, but it doesn't always work. I try to keep up, and for the most part I do. If I don't keep in touch with someone, I won't ask them to get together because I fear the awkward situations! I think by adding these small moments, Crosley is reminding the reader that these events really did happen and that she is a real person. "Lay Like Broccoli" --> I don't know too many vegetarians, but I feel for the most part that people respect their decision if it is for the right reason. If people are vegetarians because they don't like the treatment of animals, then I am okay with it. If people are just doing it to be trendy, that is cause for mocking. "Fever Faker" --> I liked this story because we finally got a glimpse of what her family was like. The story left me wishing that we would have gotten more of those anecdotes. This story bothered me as well; who wants a bad disease? Is she one of those people who wants the bad things to happen to her so that people feel bad? That's no way to live!
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