This month we are reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Hopefully everyone was able to read through the first nine chapters. We’d still love your thoughts even if you are not yet quite there.
Having read this book before, I’m trying to be very careful to not include any spoilers. I love this series and it’s a little hard to curb my eagerness to talk about the whole book. But I’ll give it my best effort.
1. First, what do you think of the book so far?
You all know what I think, so I won’t repeat myself. But I’m really interested to see what others think of this book.
2. Have you read any of Libba Bray’s other books (Going Bovine or Beauty Queens)? If so, how do you think they compare with A Great and Terrible Beauty? I’ve read both. While I thought Going Bovine was very well written, it was also hard to read.I found it very confusing, but the main character is confused and the story is told from his point of view. Beauty Queens was a riot. I’m originally from Texas and Miss Texas had me in stitches. At the 2011 Texas Book Festival I told Libba that I laughed my butt off while reading Beauty Queens. She laughed back and said she laughed hers off while writing it.
3. Despite her visions, Gemma is not so unlike the other girls at Spence in her feelings of alienation and her yearning for acceptance. Gemma’s need to fit into her new school leads to her being locked in the chapel in the middle of the night. Would you have made the same choice? Have you ever done something you didn’t want to do, to get someone to like you? Have you ever taken advantage of someone who wanted you to like him or her? I’m a “woman of a certain age” – a nice way of saying I’m old and so while I do remember as a teen wanting to fit in very badly, I can’t recall any of the less than wise things I did just to get people to like me or to fit in. On occasion I did stand up for myself and refuse to do some things (I refused to drink until I was of legal drinking age – but my friends didn’t hold that against me. They liked having a designated driver.)
So! What are your thoughts? Inquiring minds want to know.
For next week, lets read through the end of Chapter 17 by Tuesday, March 20th. Is this pace OK for everyone?