Book Club Off to a Successful Start; Next Book Selected

Clare Ravizza, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

This past Tuesday seven students and two librarians gathered around their coffees, teas, and books in a quaint corner of the Daily Buzz Cafe and held the first meeting of the NDA Book Club.

This new club was the idea of librarians Mrs. Treena Leonhard and Mrs. Katie Gelb, who picked the downtown coffee shop where the meeting was held, as well as the book selection.

The novel selected for the first meeting was New York Times bestseller Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

It’s a novel about 26-year-old Lou Clark, whose life of comforting normality is radically changed when she loses her longtime job at a local cafe and gets hired as a caretaker for recently paralyzed Will Traynor. Will is a sharp-tongued, moody, mid-30’s quadriplegic, whose exciting and extreme lifestyle was halted by a tragic motorcycle accident.  Naturally he is very unhappy with his loss of independence.

Lou, pessimistic at first about her six-month job, soon begins to unlock a new side of Will. She finds herself on a mission to show Will the good in life, and all the while learning that there’s more in life for herself than she ever realized.

A heartbreaking and romantic novel, Me Before You was thoroughly enjoyed by all the attendees of the Book Club.

“I loved the book,” said CJ Ledvina, one of three freshmen who attended the Book Club, and says she would definitely go again. “[The Book Club] was a really good atmosphere, and I had a ton of fun.”

Mrs. Gelb agrees with Ledvina. “I thought the book was a really good story, and everybody, over all the ages, enjoyed it.”

Mrs. Gelb thought the meeting went great. “I was excited about the students’ participation, the discussion and the turn out. We’ll definitely do it again.”

The next Book Club is on April 14 at 6:30 at the Daily Buzz Cafe. The book selected is Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Permission slips can be picked up in the library soon, and all are invited.