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Review: The Meryl Streep Movie Club

September 4, 2012

Kat and the two cousins who were raised with her are summoned back to the family’s inn because Kat’s mother, Lolly, has an announcement to make.  June and Isabel haven’t been home in a while so the atmosphere is a little tense when they first arrive.  When Lolly invites them all to join her for the inn’s weekly movie night – this month’s theme is Meryl Streep – all of the women find characters and situations they can relate to.  They have some great discussions about the movies and each of them make some decisions and changes in their lives because of them.

I’m sure you can kind of figure out what happens in The Meryl Streep Movie Club, by Mia March, from that description.  The book is pretty predictable, but it’s still entertaining, especially if you enjoy movies and Meryl Streep.  Until I read this book, I didn’t realize Meryl Streep has starred in so many movies.

Each of the characters comes to the inn with her own set of problems and secrets.  Even though they’re in their late twenties and early thirties, they’re having trouble figuring out what direction their lives should take.  I think a lot of women will be able to relate to at least one of the women or their problems.  I have to admit that I had to make a little cheat sheet because I had trouble keeping them straight in my head – even though I knew their past, I didn’t feel like I ever really knew them.

I do enjoy Meryl Streep’s acting and enjoyed the way the author connected the movies to issues the women were facing.  I thought it was clever and I found myself wanting to watch the movies mentioned more than once.  Book clubs might consider discussing the book and then watching one of the movies.  (There are discussion questions in the back of the book.)

I enjoyed The Meryl Streep Movie Club, but I didn’t love it.  I thought the story was clever and original but wanted the characters to be developed a little bit more.  I’d suggest this book for movie lovers and those who enjoy women’s fiction.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster for She Reads.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
36 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2012 6:42 am

    I always notice this one at the grocery store 🙂 Sounds like a good beach read. I do love movies.

  2. September 4, 2012 6:57 am

    I love Meryl Streep, but it’s funny the older I get it seems I have a hard time relating to the problems of those in their 20’s, and tend to now avoid those types of novels.

  3. September 4, 2012 7:03 am

    I’ve been on the fence on whether to read this – mostly for the reason Diane mentioned in her comment. I’ll keep it in mind, though!

  4. September 4, 2012 8:23 am

    I’ve got this one to read too, and I have concerns like Diane, at my age how do I relate to women in their 20’s. Thanks for your thoughtful points.

  5. September 4, 2012 9:20 am

    Sometimes I like a predictable book. I’ll keep this one in mind.

  6. September 4, 2012 9:27 am

    Your thoughts echo mine — I haven’t finished but I can see where this is going, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! But when books depend on a plot device like this, I think sometimes the characterization suffers. Still, it is a sweet read, good for the end of summer!

  7. September 4, 2012 9:35 am

    I have to be honest, I don’t care for Meryl Streep so I probably won’t read this one. Thanks for your honesty.

  8. September 4, 2012 9:50 am

    Sounds like a great summer read, which to me is anything women’s fiction. So, I’d definitely be up for this one, because I do enjoy me some good women’s fiction now and again. Plus, I really do like Meryl Streep’s movies, so it’d be fun to see which movies they choose to use in this book. Great post!

  9. September 4, 2012 10:38 am

    Who can not love her movies, but this might be a bit too much chick-lit for me.

  10. zibilee permalink
    September 4, 2012 10:41 am

    I have never been that big of a fan of Meryl Streep, but I do like women’s fiction, so this one is a toss up for me. I think the fact that you had to use a cheat sheet says a lot about the book though. I am not comfortable when there are too many underdeveloped stories going on in one book. I might go ahead and pass on this one.

  11. September 4, 2012 11:53 am

    I’ve read books with multiple characters like that, where it’s hard to keep track. The Meryl Streep aspect of it does appeal because I generally like her movies.

  12. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 4, 2012 12:09 pm

    Great honest review. I love that it got you watching the movies too.

  13. September 4, 2012 12:52 pm

    This sounds like a good one, I am a fan of Meryl Streep. I can imagine reading this would get you in the mood to watch her films.

  14. September 4, 2012 12:53 pm

    I recently mentioned Meryl Streep in a post of my own! This sounds like a fun book for fans of her films. Sorry this fell a bit short in terms of character development.

  15. September 4, 2012 1:03 pm

    Great idea about a book club combining this with a movie showing!

  16. sandynawrot permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:22 pm

    I liked this book. It WAS predictable, but you kinda know that going into it, and I just took a step back and let it happen. I thought the issues that the women were going through weren’t necessarily relatable to me, although other things did strike a chord. Still it was an enjoyable read.

  17. September 4, 2012 1:42 pm

    This does sound interesting, though maybe not for me. Love the idea of watching the movies along with the reading though!

  18. bookingmama permalink
    September 4, 2012 1:51 pm

    I pretty much had the same reaction that you did. The characters didn’t really work for me.

  19. Patty permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:07 pm

    Yep…it is that kind of book…

  20. September 4, 2012 3:23 pm

    I recently read and enjoyed this book, and then stacked up my DVDs of Meryl Streep movies so I could have a marathon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  21. September 4, 2012 3:38 pm

    Sounds a bit gimmicky but Meryl Streep is an impressive actress. I’m sure I’ve forgotten many many of the movies she’s starred in.

  22. September 4, 2012 3:44 pm

    Sounds like a fun light read for the summer.

  23. cherylmash permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:53 pm

    I have this one on my “requested review” shelf and after reading your review, thinking I might move it down in the pile. Thanks for your honest review.

  24. September 4, 2012 5:10 pm

    I like Meryl Streep very much but I am echoing Diane’s views!

  25. September 4, 2012 6:19 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Whilst I also enjoy a good Meryl Streep film, it sounds as though much of the story revolves around her films, rather than much of a plot of its own.

    I thought that perhaps we could put it down to it being Mia’s debut novel, but after having visited her site, I have discovered that this seems to be the start of a format she is following, as her next book is going to feature Colin Firth very prominently, in much the same way as she has done with Meryl.

    She comments that the premise for this book, came about following a similar family situation she had experienced personally, but I am still not convinced that featuring ‘celebrities’ so prominently, works.

    I might give this one a miss!


  26. September 4, 2012 6:36 pm

    This sounds like such a cute read. I especially like how Streep’s movies tie in to the plot. You have me wondering which movies are included- I think the last Streep movie I’ve seen is Mamma Mia.

  27. September 4, 2012 7:26 pm

    Hubby and I are BIG Streep fans. Think we’ve seen every movie of hers. I think I’d really enjoy this book!!

  28. September 4, 2012 7:38 pm

    What’s funny is I never would have thought to write a book about the many movies that Streep has been in…:)

  29. September 4, 2012 7:53 pm

    When Stacy posted about Streep I never realized how many movies she’s made either!!! I liked the idea of this book…maybe a beach read for next summer!? 😀

  30. September 4, 2012 8:25 pm

    I enjoyed the story… I think mainly because as I read it I found many movies with Meryl Streep in them that I have never seen. This book actually created the Meryl Streep movie club that will start this month with a group of my friends. I am going to post about it and offer it as an on line movie group as well. (I think the Hoep Springs movie – also Meryl Streep helped push me into a Meryl Streep mood) 🙂

  31. September 4, 2012 9:47 pm

    Sounds like a fun summer read, but I’m not sure if this one is for me, however Meryl Streep is a phenomenal actress, so I might consider this one if only to see how many films are referenced! She’s brilliant.

  32. September 5, 2012 6:43 am

    I like Meryl Streep so I thought I’d read this one. I figured it’d be predictable and I didn’t have have expectations to begin with. If I give it a try, I won’t expect much in terms of character development.

  33. September 5, 2012 11:10 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it. It does sound very original!

  34. September 5, 2012 2:52 pm

    I’ve picked this up and put it back down again a few times in the supermarket. I was immediately drawn to it as I’m a HUGE Meryl Streep fan. I think I’m going to actually buy it next time I’m there. It sounds light-hearted and fun, and I often like this kind of book after reading something more taxing. Thanks for the review!

  35. September 6, 2012 11:37 pm

    Haha, after I wrote a post questioning Streep’s appeal I see this?! This is a cool concept, especially for book clubs. Maybe you should start one here on your blog for it 😉

  36. September 9, 2012 1:49 pm

    Not my usual fare but I love Meryl so I can see myself reading this one at some point.

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