The girls of No Boys Allowed Reviews had our first book club meeting Tuesday night (via video chat), to discuss Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe.
We discovered some very important things.
Firstly, Google Hangouts provides users with the option to accessorize. Who knew?! As you chat, you can choose to wear a Viking beard and a golden crown against an icy background of the fjords. You can transform yourself into an adorable kitten, a frightening clown, a pillaging pirate, or an adventure-seeking snorkeler. You can turn your all girl’s book club into an old boys’ club, each lady becoming mustachioed with a single click. And who wouldn’t want that? It’s so tongue-in-(stubbled)-cheek!
We also learned that only one of us (which is surprising, as more than half of us were English majors!) had read Franny & Zooey (J.D. Salinger’s novella, after which Graham’s protagonist, Franny Banks was named). Apparently, in said stories, Franny is a girl and Zooey, perplexingly enough, is a boy! This sent us off on a long tangent about how we’d never known a boy named Zooey, and how in fact, aside from (aside from Zooey Deschanel, of course), none of us had a reference point for the name Zooey, at all! This was soon countered by a meekly mumbled, “Wasn’t there a muppet named Zoe?” And then excited exclamations about what we remembered the muppet, who may or may not have been named Zoe, to look like. In case you need a reminder, there absolutely was and still is a muppet called Zoe, who’s a character on Sesame Street. We didn’t remember much about her, except for the fact that she was orange… but what was revealed upon googling was a little disconcerting. Zoe seems like she might need a hangout sesh with us forward-thinking women.
She’s clearly let societal norms and the media dictate to her who she’s supposed to be, as a lady muppet.
And finally, we discovered what we actually gathered together to discover: what each of us thought of our first read, Someday, Someday, Maybe.
Generally,we liked it. As a group, we found that Someday, Someday, Maybe was able to break 3.5 out of 5 locks on our chastity belts.
Visit page 2 to find out more about what each of us specifically liked and didn’t like, in turn!