Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Rejected Writers' Book Club

Book: The Rejected Writers' Book Club
Series: Southlea Bay #1
Author: Suzanne Kelman

Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually pueblish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.-Goodreads

Review: 'The Rejected Writers' Book Club' is an extremely "cutesy" book about a bunch of women who band together over their failed attempts at being published. When the Doris, the leader of the group, receives a letter that she will be published, she's devastated that the group will have to be disbanded. She's also concerned that sensitive information is in the manuscript that could ruin someone's reputation. Enter Janet, the local librarian, who Doris deems a 'book person.' Janet allows Doris to talk to her into a road trip to San Francisco to retrieve the manuscript. 

I found the entire premise of this book to be ridiculous. I understand women banding together over failure. I have a hard time understanding their devastation when one of them actually has success. Janet was a total doormat and allowed Doris to walk all over her. Janet's relationship with her daughter was very odd, the raccoon situation dragged on way too long and I  didn't care to hear about the soap opera. I will say that there were a few funny moments on the road trip. 

Overall-I didn't hate this book, it is extremely "cutesy" and might appeal to an older demographic. 

Grade: 2/5

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