Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers. This month we're reading Love Will Tear Us Apart by Sarah Rainone. Much of the story takes place at a wedding and now that we've read through the second section it's getting a little stressful — this wedding is quickly going downhill! We'll discuss this section after the break.
Here's 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 from "Lover Lay Down" through to the end of the book! We'll chat about the conclusion a week from today, June 26.
To discuss last week's section of Love Will Tear Us Apart, in which we read through the section marked "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (stopping before "Lover Lay Down"),
- I didn't care for Ben's character at first, but I'm warming to him. Does knowing about his experiences with missing the Little League World Series (and seeing Dan get all the praise there) and encountering the attack on Shawn make you feel sympathetic toward him at all? Or do you think he should have just sucked it up and gotten off the bike to help Shawn?
- Speaking of Dan and the Little League World Series, I was so curious to know what Dan was feeling during that time. And I continue to be curious about Lea's point of view, like what she was thinking during that game of Spin the Bottle. Do you still want to hear from Dan and Lea? Or do you agree with Rainone's decision to keep their perspectives out of the narrative so far?
- I also wonder about Lea's motivation for inviting Alex to be a bridesmaid. These two seem more like frenemies than friends. Why do you think Lea asked Alex to be in the wedding party? Was it a deliberate jab? Or maybe after her mother's death she wanted to be reminded of how things used to be? Do you think it was a genuine gesture of friendship, or was it mean-spirited?
- In "Blasphemous Rumours," Alex describes how she very deliberately crafted her image as a mean girl: "I realized that no matter how hard I tried, I would never be the good girl, but I could be the next best thing: the bitch who in real life would have beaten her every time, stealing her boyfriend with a smile on her face, consoling her with backhanded compliments in bad times while plotting her demise in good." Do you relate to this section at all? It made me cringe with embarrassment to think that there was a period of time in which I wanted badly (and tried my best) to be just like Brenda on 90210.