Have you ever daydreamed about what it might be like to join a book club with one of your favorite celebs? Yes? No? "Call Me, Maybe?" Well good news, current/future literary geniuses, because SparkLife favorite Carly Rae Jepsen just launched her very own interactive "Nerdy Girlz Book Club," and your membership is literally just one click away.
Each month Jepsen will read through user comments and select a book for members to read and comment on over at the virtual book club's homepage. October's book du jour is Let's Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson. "I wrote a book and it only took me 11 years. (Shut up, Stephen King)," is how the author introduced her new book to her legions of online fans. It's safe to say there's a fair amount of humor tucked away inside Lawson's "mostly true" memoir.
Members of the Nerdy Girlz Book Club will have the opportunity to review and rate the book of the month using Jepsen's "Kiss of Approval" system—which, coincidentally enough, is how we rated our pancakes before being banned from a particularly close-minded Denny's. The rating system is easy to execute—you just give the book one to five kisses in each of these categories:
1. Bosom Buster (bodice ripping/hot and steamy scenes)
2. The Goods (plot)
3. The Voice (author's style)
4. LOL Moments (comedy)
5. The Sticky (the linger factor—how long the book stuck with you)
For example, if we were to implement the "Kiss of Approval" system on the last book we read, we'd rate Tom Perrotta's excellent short story collection, Nine Inches. BUT since we already know Jepsen's thorough technique works on books, we decided to utilize her system of analytical summation on the last item we read: our toothpaste tube.
Crest Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening with Tartar Protection Fresh Mint Toothpaste
1. Bosom Buster: 2.5
Toothpaste and first kisses go together like last kisses and garlic-flavored coffee.
2. The Goods: 4
We started with the goal of brushing our teeth, and we are happy to announce that we have succeeded. Not a hero's journey, but a journey that reached its conclusion nonetheless.
3. The Voice: 3
We completely "got" what the author was attempting to convey about society's shortcomings with this product. The toothpaste was obviously a metaphor for hope. Minty fresh hope.
4. LOL moments: 4
We used our toothpaste-filled foamy mouth to pretend we had rabies. Real rabies is quite distressing, but fictitious toothpaste-induced rabies is fun, fun, fun.
5. The Sticky: 5
Did you notice all those descriptive terms used to define our toothpaste? We won't be forgetting about this particular brand of toothpaste anytime in the near future.
Make sure to visit the Nerdy Girlz Book Club homepage to leave your very own feedback on Let's Pretend This Never Happened, chat with other like-minded lit fans, and read Jepsen's exclusive review of the book! Also be sure to check out her new single "Part of Your World," which you may remember from a little mermaid movie called...well...The Little Mermaid. Crud. We should have placed a spoiler alert somewhere in that sentence.
Are you going to join the Nerdy Girlz Book Club? What book would you recommend for November?