A few months ago I was given the opportunity to review a book… which gave me the idea to host a monthly book club! In March, we read Paper Towns, by John Green.
Before we discuss sangria, let’s talk Paper Towns- as a 31 year old mom to two, who in a past life, and maybe a bit today, has battled mental illness.
It was a good book, but would have been much more appreciated by my teenage self. As a parent reading, I found the adult characters in the book to be enabling with a whoa-is-me complex- almost as if passing the buck on your children once they turn 18 is a way to solve what is seemingly a lifelong battle with an undiagnosed illness. I found the way the story unfolded to be out of the realm of reality… a good thing to get lost in a book, but this didn’t seem to read as fantasy, as much as a story of privileged teens with uninvolved parents.
The end of the book, as the kids ditch a huge life milestone, deciding to continue down a pipe dream, again their parents seem disillusioned, yet somehow still allow the motley crew to continue their journey- and ultimately the final straw of letting a loved one who had been emotionally screaming for years about needing help- wander into the abyss of anonymity. A truly disappointing ending.
Paper Towns has a great story line, one that explores mental illness and the need to delve deeper into our loved ones lives- even when they’re pushing back against us. The desire to have something of substance in one’s life, relinquishing the facade of high school friendships littered with betrayal. Coping with the true confrontation of death and suicide. Heavy stuff I felt just didn’t come together as I would have liked, as a parent. Though 15 years ago, I would have given anything to be allowed to walk away.
I got it. I just didn’t relate to it. For me, not worth reading again, but definitely hanging onto it for my someday high schoolers- the perfect summer read!
- 2c Bota Box Malbec
- 4c Ocean Spray Cran-Pomegranite Juice
- 2c Cran-Raspberry Seltzer, Soda Steam
- Using a Soda Stream, make Cran-Raspberry Seltzer
- Measure out your ingredients and pour into a pitcher
- Using a wooden spoon, gently stir
- Serve over ice
The kids can join in, too, with the mocktail version– just don’t add wine!
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Next up Eleanor & Park which lured me in with the description...what it's like to be young and in love with a book. #bookclub Click To Tweet