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No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Don’t harass her about parasailing or taking Italian language courses. Forget about suggesting she join a gym. Marie Sharp may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads toward the big 6-0, but she’s fine with it. She would rather do without all the moving-to-Florida-bicycling-across- Mongolia-for-the-hell-of-it hoopla that her friends insist upon. She’s already led an exciting life: She came of age in the 1960s, after all. Now, with both a new grandchild and a new man on the horizon, all she wants to do is make the most of what she considers the most interesting stage of her life. In this wonderfully astute novel based on the author’s own experiences, No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club is the funny—and often poignant—fictionalized diary of an older woman . . . a decade or two past her prime and content to leave it all behind her. So don’t tell her to take a gourmet cooking class, and whatever you do, don’t you dare tell her to join a book club. Fresh and truly unique, moving gracefully on in years has never been more hilarious than in this forthright grandma’s take on the “third phase” of life.

The View:

The light mood of the book’s cover and the fact that it had a book club mention in the title forced me to pick this one from the local library. I don’t know what I was expecting but I hoped for a lot of mentions to books and book clubs (You are probably nodding your head and laughing at my stupid ignorance).

I liked the lead character Marie Sharp and believed that she had the attitude, spark and audacity to give an interesting twist to the plot. She had a sarcastic, realistic and a witty approach to turning 60. I have another 30 years to get to her age (Ok, if you need an honest count than it is 27) but I could connect with the critical life’s learnings she imparts along with her crazy sense of humor.

Now what I didn’t like about the book was that it was not funny enough and failed to utilize the wit of Marie effectively. The email references were lame and so were many other incidents or references. The plot had no interesting event and even refused to add spark to her monotonous life. Her love for her grandchild though sweet was not enough to carry the reader’s interest forward. I finished reading this book only because it was a light reading material.

Rated a 3 on 5 for the strong impressive characters and the weak subtle storyline.



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