The first day of each month is always the best day of each month. Why may you ask? Because Book of the Month releases their monthly picks!
This month’s selections were:
- The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
- Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
- Lucky You by Erika Carter (Exclusive Title)
- Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
- Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
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This month I selected:
Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
I am so obsessed with this cover.
Book of the Month Description:
THE DOWNSIDES OF BEING ROCK AND ROLL ROYALTY
By Judge Dana Schwartz
When I was growing up in my quiet, suburban nuclear family, I sometimes fantasized about what it would be like if my parents were famous. How easy and wonderful everything would be—definitely worth being named something silly like “Rocket” or “Pomegranate”—to live in a world where I am always recognized, where strangers regularly congratulate me on nothing in particular, where people are fascinated by me simply because the person making my lunch has been on the cover of a magazine.
Janet McNally takes the kernel of that fantasy, and blows it up into a million directions in Girls in the Moon. The novel follows the coming of age of Phoebe Ferris, the second daughter of former rock stars Meg and Kieran Ferris who, post-divorce and post-band breakup, have retreated into their individual lives: Meg as a single mother who eschews any mention of her rock star past and Kieran, still a musician, who hasn’t spoken to his daughters in years.
Now Phoebe is a senior in high school and trying to figure out if she has an identity of her own hidden somewhere beneath that of her icon parents and her cool, indie-darling older sister Luna, who lives in Brooklyn and dropped out of college to pursue her music career.
McNally writes like a poet. It’s something of a magic trick looking back on it, how her language manages to exist so convincingly in the head of a 17-year-old yet still be dotted with phrases that get stuck in your head all day, like lines from a song.
Perhaps almost as dazzling is the way her story dips back in time to follow Meg Ferris, Phoebe’s mother, as her band and her relationship fall apart. It’s rare in YA to see a character as vulnerable and interesting as Meg, caught at the crux of wild musician and responsible mother, and even rarer still to see such a character treated with such delicacy and attention
If I had read Girls in the Moon when I was in high school, I can’t help but think it would have made me cooler. It’s woven with references to ‘80s bands that I kept having to Google mid-page, and then play on Spotify while I read, until another new band name or song was alluded to and I had to Spotify that one instead. Read with a playlist of Pavement and ‘Til Tuesday and Hole and Sleater Kinney in the background. This book made me feel like I could be in the East Village at 2am in leather boots and ripped tights, and I have never, ever been that cool in real life.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (Book of the Year Winner Special Edition)
If you guys know me, you know that All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is my most favorite book ever, and of course I had to celebrate it winning Book of the Year from Book of the Month Club by buying the special edition!
So, I want to take a moment to congratulate the very talented Bryn Greenwood. She deserves it.
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
I’m most excited about this selection, though I have to say, I had a hard time picking titles this month. They were all so good.
HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
By Judge Sarah Weinman
The mysteries of adolescence are catnip for writers. Generation after generation, we try to figure out why teenagers behave the way they do, why they seem so elusive, and why their worlds are so alluring. Love affairs and friendships form fast and dissolve in disaster, the smallest cruelties can be devastating, and decisions, no matter how trivial, become the most important choices in their lives. Authors who inhabit the adolescent world best understand how teens must come to terms with power, and zero in on those who are not afraid to use it.
The intersection of power, fear, desire, and pain is what makes Lindsey Lee Johnson’s debut novel The Most Dangerous Place on Earth so extraordinary. An assortment of students attending a Marin County, California high school – where one might expect an idyllic state bordering on pleasant boredom – can’t quite shake off the effect of a years-ago tragedy where unrequited love, an ill-advised letter, and social media bullying led to suicide.
Each of these students carry the burden of tragedy in unexpected ways, trying on and shedding identities like snakeskin. They include Cally, the original object of desire who transforms from proto-cool to waifish hippie, wanting visibility and invisibility at the same time; Nick, one of the original bullies, who projects a tough persona with his friends but has secret outlets and liaisons; and Emma, a talented dancer so disciplined by day it comes as no surprise that she tests her self-destructive limits by night.
With gorgeous prose and masterful insight, Johnson renders these teens, as well as their young teacher–barely a decade older but blind to how her students’ sophisticated surfaces will compel her to blur professional boundaries–with enormous heart and careful precision. She shows realistically, as too many writers fail, the behavioral consequences of social media use, how it’s the way teenagers use technology, not the technology itself, that’s the key. And when tragedy strikes again, it is both shocking and inevitable, and shows the truth, and the lie, of what bound these kids together in the first place.
- The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Now, this wasn’t a selection this month, this was a very special New Years gift from Book of the Month to its members. A ghost story from Gillian Flynn, famed author of Gone Girl. If you join Book of the Month today, you can receive this book in your next box!
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