First of all, a BIG thank you to Melissa Westemeier, author of Kicks Like a Girl, for so graciously giving her time on a Sunday morning to attend our online book club! Also, thank you to the great women who joined us for a lovely chat with coffee and tea. I think we would all agree that it was a pleasure getting to know each other.
Having the author attend the book club meeting was a treat because rather than speculate about things like a character’s motivation or why a particular setting was used, we could simply ask her. We were also able to take our discussion beyond the story into topics like Melissa’s writing and publishing process, which was an extra treat for us writerly (that should be a word) types.
We decided that Melissa’s novel would make a great movie. So, of course, we had to come up with the perfect cast. For the life of me I cannot remember whom we picked to play the main character, Gretchen Benton, because after we cast the role of the police officer I forgot everything else, that’s why. If someone who attended the book club can remind me in the comments who is playing Gretchen, I’d be grateful. However, I do remember that we cast Taylor Lautner in the role of the karate teacher, and Taylor Kitsch in the role of the police officer. I’m not going to say which one gets the girl because I’m not a plot spoiler, that’s why. We also gave Melissa a cameo role (as Margo) in her movie because other authors like Stephen King, Hunter S. Thompson, Kathryn Stockett, and S.E. Hinton got cameos in the movie adaptations of their books, that’s why.
One of the things that readers often wonder about when a novel ends is what happens to the characters next. For example, in the book/movie The Fault in Our Stars, Augustus and Hazel travel from Indianapolis to Amsterdam just to ask the author of Hazel’s favorite book to tell them how it ends. But we didn’t have to go to Amsterdam or even out of our houses because we opened our laptops and asked Melissa what she saw for her characters in the future. If you haven’t read Kicks Like a Girl yet, grab a copy. You’re in for a treat.
My original review of Kicks Like a Girl is here.
Here’s a link to Kicks Like a Girl on Amazon.
Here’s a link to Melissa’s first novel, Whipped, Not Beaten, which is also very good!
You can find Melissa’s engaging blog, Green Girl in Wisconsin, here.
Oh, and we are so doing another book club with an author on Skype again. Details coming soon. Stay tuned!
NOTE from Blog This Mom!®: Although I like Melissa Westemeier (and her blog and books), I do not receive any compensation if you purchase one of her books. I think Melissa will like us if you buy her book, but I think she will like us even if we don’t, and especially so if we are nice people because Melissa is a nice person, that’s why. In any event, I have policies about reviews, you know, because this joint is a serious operation with policies and official legal language.