Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers. Are you enjoying Love Will Tear Us Apart by Sarah Rainone so far? In this first section there are already several interesting characters to get to know. I'm intrigued by their early friendships and I'm having an easy time turning the pages. We'll talk more about this section in a moment.
First, a recap of how the Book Club goes: 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 questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.
The next section: Read through the section marked "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (stop before "Lover Lay Down"). We'll chat about this section a week from today, June 19.
To discuss last week's section of Love Will Tear Us Apart, in which we read from the beginning of the book to the end of the chapter titled "Born in the U.S.A." (stopping before "Blasphemous Rumours" begins),
- We've now gotten first-person narratives from several very different characters: the macho "bros before hos"-type guy Ben, coke-fiend city girl Alex, all-natural hippie Cort, and sensitive gay musician Shawn. I like how real they are in the sense that I feel sympathetic toward them but also sometimes repulsed. Is there a character you relate to more than the others? Is there one you like more than the others?
- Notably, we haven't heard from the actual bride and groom, Dan and Lea. Are you curious to see things from their perspectives? What is your opinion of the happy couple so far, just from the bits we've heard from the other characters?
- I love that, because these are characters from my age group, I know every single one of the pop culture references — intimately. I especially enjoy the way Rainone uses music. What do you think of the way she weaves music into the narrative? Do you think it's cool? Or trying too hard to be hip?
- Like our last Book Club book, My Sister's Keeper, here we have a female author writing from a few different male characters' perspectives. Do you think she's successful at this? I find the character of Ben to be particularly painful to read at times, which makes me wonder if it's because she's writing as a guy (and such a "guy's guy" at that) or because the character himself is simply painful to read.