The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
While this may be listed in the "classic" realm, this was not a fan favorite. In fact, many readers did not finish the novel. The reason mainly was the style of writing. Readers did not feel as though the characters were well developed. While the ideas in the novel were sad and disheartening, readers didn't feel the connection enough in order to really "feel" for Pecola or relate to her situation.
Upon further analysis, however, Pecola's inner thoughts were very disturbing. The idea that someone feels ugly without really ever being told she is ugly is sad. Furthermore, the idea that girls who are different than the stereotype of pretty (white with blond hair and blue eyes) are automatically deemed ugly made readers feel more sympathy for Pecola.
Readers felt that if Pecola were more developed throughout the novel, it would have had more of an impact.
Karla Erdman, book club founder and organizer
Each month the club meets to discuss a chosen book. The blogs are notes from each meeting and club members' comments.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are going to read any of the discussions below, you may learn more about a novel than you wanted. Some endings have been revealed.
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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman
A Dog's Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Night Road, Kristin Hannah
The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark
Copper Sun, Sharon Draper
The Total Money Make Over, Dave Ramsey
Little Bee, Chris Cleave
The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
The Between, Tananarive Due
Scaramouche, Raphael Sabatini