Review: The Rejected Writers’ Book Club by Suzanne Kelman



Publication date: March 29th 2016

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.

My Review:

This book is really unlike any other Book Club type of books that I’ve ever read so far. If you’re expecting a bunch of ladies gathering every month discussing about books, this is definitely not the book that you’re looking for. But if you are looking for something wacky, zany and so ridiculous in a good way, you’re in for a treat!

I nibbled nervously on the remnants of my lemon cake, deciding I must be in some sort of island episode of the Twilight Zone. They were all thoroughly batty.

The book started off with Janet who works as a town librarian in a small island town of Southlea Bay who was asked for help by a group of ladies calling themselves Rejected Writers’ Book Club. Made up of eccentric and quirky characters, the members reveled in the joy of getting rejected letters from publishers instead of getting published. So imagine how they felt when one of the founding members received an acceptance letter! With the need to amend the situation, they invited themselves together with Janet who needs to go to San Francisco to visit her daughter. Lots of hijinks, crazy antics and comedy of errors ensue, as you would have expected!

The pacing of the story is just nice, not too fast but not too slow either. The writing made it feel like I was just zipping through it, it was so entertaining. I read it in just a day! Some of the scenes were kind of ridiculous but I was willing to look past that as I think without those scenes, it wouldn’t make this book into such a fun read.

What I love the most about this book is the way the characters bonded throughout the trip. In the beginning of the book, Janet was very reluctant to be associated with the the group and personally, I do not blame her. However, she warmed up to everyone during the trip and they in turn also warmed up to her, giving us a chance to see them opening up to each other.

“How was the crazies’?” asked my husband, not looking up from the newspaper as I walked in that evening.
I couldn’t answer, and he finally looked up and noticed my red, puffy eyes.
“I love them,” I said, bursting into tears again.
He looked bemused as I fell into his arms, sobbing.

This is a good book if you just want to read something that is humourous with quirky characters.

My rating: 4/5 stars

Disclaimer: I received the ARC from the publisher, Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews.


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