Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! Last week I was peeved at the main character in the The Wishbones and this week I'd say I'm at about a DEFCON 1 level of frustration. Dave is making some cruel choices and I find myself steaming out the ears.
More on that after the jump. Here's how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in August). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments!
After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.
The next assignment: Read from the beginning of the chapter titled "Karma House" through the end of the book! We'll chat about this section next Friday, Aug. 29.
To discuss the third section of The Wishbones, in which we read from "This Sad Gift" through "War Pigs," read more!
- Dave seems surprised when Gretchen expresses a desire to get married someday, as though he thinks the hip, cool kids don't want marriage and only those who are trapped in boring suburbia find themselves needing to marry. His attitude toward marriage as the lamest thing ever is so frustrating and tiresome because why did he get engaged?
- Dave seems either completely oblivious or indifferent to the fact that he's hurting people (namely Gretchen, but Julie, too). When Gretchen says she's jealous of Julie, he's confused, saying, "She's the one being cheated on, not you." Later, in the car with Julie, he gets a sick pleasure from talking casually about Gretchen with Julie as she sits there, completely unaware that she's discussing her fiance's other girlfriend. These things make me want to punch a wall. Anyway. Do you think he is simply selfish, or is there something deeply, seriously wrong with him?
- Do you find yourself sympathizing with one of the women more than the other? I initially felt sorrier for Gretchen, but on the other hand, Julie is about to commit her life to a lying cheater.
- I really like Ian, and I think he might be the hero of the book for me. Do you have a favorite character?