Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Open Pages Book Club Book Talks

So we just had our first meeting of the Open Pages book club and it went well. The group voted based on our book talk on the next book that we would be discussing and the title is (drum roll please) Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. If you missed the meeting and are interested in what we talked about here are the book talks we did:

The Fold by An Na (YA Na) 2008
We all have things we don't like about ourselves, for Joyce it was her acne. When Joyce finally gets the nerve to finally talk to guy at school, she is modified to be mistaken for the ugliest girl in class. Now Joyce's Aunt Gomo has won the lottery and she wants to spend her winnings on her loving family. She get growth pills for Joyce's younger brother, for Joyce's perfect sister Helen she signs her up for a dating service, and finally for Joyce a doctors appointment. "Yes!" Joyce thinks she can get her acne cleared up - but it’s not a dermatologist that Gomo wants Joyce to visit, it’s a plastic surgeon. Now Joyce is faced with the question about her own face should she or should she not get the fold to make her Asian eyes look wider. Many women have had it, but will this really make her look better and make her life better?
Issues: High school, Family, Plastic surgery, Homosexuality, Body image, Acceptance

Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge (YA Koertge) 2005
Few weeks before graduation from high school and all Larry, Elliot, and Teresa can think about is getting out of their small Illinois town and heading to California. Each one has clung to the other throughout their school years for different reasons and now they wonder if running away will really be the answer. For Larry its moving to a place where he can be accepted, Teresa just needs to get away from the memory of her mother who ran away from her and her father years before, and Elliot the town all star who can do no wrong well he can imagine not always being with his two best friends. This novel is delivered in first person through each character’s eyes. This style helps the reader truly understand the state of mind of each person.
Issues: Abandonment, Religion, High school and the after, Homosexuality, Sexuality, Eating Disorders

Luna by Julie Anne Peters (YA Peters) 2004
Regan has a huge secret and it’s not about her, it’s about her sister Luna. Luna wakes Regan up every night to talk about her hopes and dreams and desire to be accepted in the daytime in her true form. Luna is not really a girl she is Liam, Regan's brother. During the day Liam is trapped in his boy body denying who he really is inside- Luna. Regan world gets turned upside down when Luna decided that she wants out for good. How can Regan protect her brother/sister from the dangers of the outside world? This novel told in present tense and through memory delivers an authentic tale of what its like to live with this issue.
Issues: Coming of age, Transsexuals, Family Issues, Acceptance

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (YA PBC Hartinger) 2003
Russel Middlebrook is a sophomore at Goodkind High School. He has a secret crush on a baseball jock, Kevin Land, and soon discovers that Kevin is also gay. The boys become friendly outside of school and set up the "Geography Club" with three other gay students, one of whom is Russel's closest friend, Min. The club members relish the opportunity to discuss their lives and to relate to one another openly and honestly. Eventually, however, intense peer pressure and insecurity take their toll. Someone has spread a rumor that there is a group of gay students meeting- are the members ready to come out and let the world know who they are, will the Geography Club go unnoticed, or will the members try to form a new club?
Issues: High school, Peer pressure, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Acceptance
If you would like to join the Open Pages Book Club call the library at 201- 599-1309. The books for the book club are available at the circulation desk at the Paramus Library on Century Road.

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