Phew! I cut it close with this book club post. I finished reading the book yesterday and actually just started it a couple days ago. I had a few other books on my plate before I read Brie’s book club book so I had to cram to read it before today! It wasn’t hard because once I got into it I wanted to keep reading until the end! For those who haven’t read one of these posts before, today I’m linking up with Brie from “A Slice of Brie” for her monthly online book club. We review a new book each month, post questions and comments and have somewhat of an online discussion.
This month we read “Keep Me Posted” by Lisa Beazley. I actually, for potentially the first time ever, didn’t read the description of the book before I started reading. I was in such a panic to read the book before book club that I just dove right in without any look at what I was getting myself into.
“Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.
It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?
The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.
But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet…”
It wasn’t the most thrilling book ever, and I was bored when I first started because distant sisters attempting to rekindle their relationship with letter writing isn’t exactly the most stimulating stuff, but it got emotional and interesting and dramatic. I was so curious as to how the letter writing would change the sisters, it was communication of course, but it was raw and honest and therapeutic. I loved this idea of writing letters as someone who likes mail and notes and letters. It was interesting that each sister seemed to have somewhat of a “the grass is always greener” outlook and the letters helped them see that that wasn’t always the case. From the outside, each had a pretty incredible life but it wasn’t always easy to see that from the inside.
I definitely became totally engrossed in the book about two thirds in when Cassie discovers that the letters had accidentally been published online, their honest and revealing and private letters were out there for the world to see. I couldn’t even imagine that happening… even as someone who writes openly and honestly in a blog every day… it would be horrifying to have letters to your sister or a loved one in general, something like a diary, published online. I could feel that gut-wrenching sickness of that revelation as it happened when I read the book and it definitely kept me engaged.
I thought the ending was extremely predictable, especially when Sid’s son’s father re-enters their lives through an apology letter. I never doubted that Cassie’s husband would come back because of course he would and it seemed predictable that Sid’s husband would be gone because she was too mature and calm of a person to be with someone like that. I enjoyed reading the book, even with it’s predictability, and it was a great summer day read. For a first-time publication, Beazley did a great job and I look forward to her development as an author.
…and with that short and sweet review, I’m out!
Head over to Brie’s blog to check out her review, the link-up, comments, discussion, and more!