AG Book Club :: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
This month’s AG Book Club book was The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. It’s hard to even categorize this book—literary and thematic, colorful and quirky, historical fiction with fanciful twists of the truth, at once about both comic books and World War II—it dazzles you with its originality.
When I first started reading, I wasn’t gripped. After about a hundred pages, I texted a friend who was also reading it and complained, “I don’t even know why I should care about these characters!” But the more the plot progressed and the characters deepened, the more I felt compelled to keep reading. In fact, I knew I’d really been sucked in when I had this conversation with Valentine over lunch one day ::
Me: If I was a superhero, I’d be Watermelon Woman. I’d throw giant watermelons at bad guys.
Valentine: I”d be Ice Cream Girl and smash ice cream into bad guys’ faces.
Me: And they’d be covered in watermelon juice and it’d be so yummy that they would suddenly be happy and stop being bad.
Valentine: And they would love the ice cream so much that they’d look at Ice Cream Girl and say, “I want to marry you!”
So this book has made me do what I’d literally never done before in my life—imagine myself as a superhero.
I would like to note that there were a couple of things that I didn’t like about this book. Firstly, it was soooooooo long. Seven hundred pages is a lot of pages, no matter how good the story. Secondly, there’s definitely some objectionable content in there that at times felt unnecessarily explicit and just…unnecessary. With that said, here are the two things I loved about it ::
Confession #1: I call a “C” an “S” in my video review. That’s…um…super embarrassing.
Confession #2: I haven’t actually finished the book yet. Again, super embarrassing to be the host of a book club and to not have actually read the book. But I’m close! I’ll let you know if I have any big changes of opinion once I get to the conclusion.
Next month is one of my all-time favorites :: Jackaroo! This is such a fun read (and don’t worry…it’s short!) and will be the perfect way to begin your summer reading list.