Fri, May 10, 2013

Our Book Club Reads The Program by Suzanne Young

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My book club is, for lack of a better word, eclectic. We’ve read everything from Fifty Shades of Grey to a Charles Manson bio. Like I said, eclectic. But also up for anything!

So when we were asked to throw a themed book club for Suzanne Young’s The Program, all 12+ of us jumped at the chance.

My sister from another mister Tara is sharing how the meeting and book club discussion went today on Fiction Folio, and I’m sharing how I handled hostess duties — aka themed food and drinks!

First up: cocktails.

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In The Program, a teenage suicide epidemic is sweeping the country. To deal, adults are sending teens to “The Program” to take happy little pills and get their memories wiped. So, of course, we drank “Forget Me Nots.”

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That’s a wedge of lime juiced into a glass of ice. Add 1 shot of Kurant Vodka, 1/2 shot of apple schnapps, 1/2 shot of cherry brandy and top with cranberry juice. Whoa it was potent and lived up to its name. As my friend Michelle said, “This tastes like college!”

Next up: Snacks!

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Katie, posing above, was our champion baker of the night! Katie made us cupcakes with candy “medicine” on top, plus Skittles “pills” that match the color-coded, mind-erasing ones from the book. How cute is this?!

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Love it! Don’t forget to visit Tara’s site for info on the book itself. Plus, enter below for a chance to win a book club party featuring The Program for your very own club!

The Program book cover

About The Program
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

About the author
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked.

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  1. Our Book Club Reads The Program | Fiction Folio said:

    […] book club with The Program. I’ll be sharing our club’s thoughts on the book, while Anna is sharing her hostess with the mostest […]

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  2. Sarah said:

    Tastes like college! That’s so funny – I always say beer smells like college 🙂

    I don’t have a book club – I have friends not near me with similar book tastes and we discuss online a bit, but that’s it.

    I think the book sounds great and is a nice sounding new twist on the genre, sort of like Delirium.

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  3. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    “Tastes like college” hahaha oh dear. You girls are too cute! Wish I could be in your book club, too.

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  4. Tammy said:

    No book club, I wish! The Program had me hooked when I first read the description. This is a to-read for sure.

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  5. Bookworm1858 said:

    What a great idea-I love everything about these tasty goodies!

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  6. meghan said:

    I’ve been wanting to read this book since Jamie posted her book club post. This one made me even more excited!

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  7. Courtney @ The Lit Girl said:

    these are the coolest ideas for a book club meeting! not only is it fun, but it also creates a bigger experience for reading the book. now i want to round up my friends for an awesome book club, too!

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  8. Celeste O said:

    Your book club looks fun. I’ve wanted to read this book for a while.

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  9. Tara said:

    <3<3<3

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  10. Callie Stuck said:

    I do not have my own book club I wish though!

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  11. erinf1 said:

    no book club 🙁 but it looks like such great fun!

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  12. Gabi said:

    We’re actually starting a book club this summer! I was looking at this book at Barnes and Noble, it’s going on my to-read list!

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  13. Annaiss said:

    I don’t have a book club! I wish I had though. It seems fun!!!!

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  14. Lenore Appelhans said:

    I want to be in your book club! Love the themed snacks!!

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  15. Angeline said:

    The Program is a definite on my tbr pile. My book club consists of 7 teenagers, so no drinks for us but we’re also looking forward to The Program.

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  16. Emily Anne said:

    Wow, the program sounds powerful! I kinda have a reading club 🙂

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  17. Brooke Tollison said:

    I can’t wait to read this book!! It’s such an interesting plot!

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  18. Emily said:

    I go to a book club at my library! The last book we read was Legend by Marie Lu

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  19. ✽Laurenj426✽ said:

    I’ve been really excited to read this book! I’m not in a book club now, but I can imagine myself being in one someday. When I was younger though a couple of friends from school got together with their moms and we had a “mother daughter book club.” It was fun!

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  20. Stack of Hardbacks said:

    Yes! I have a book club and we read mostly everything! And I heard that the Program was amazing from a friend, plus from the description…I know my friend is going to be right!

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  21. Stack of Hardbacks said:

    Yes! I have a book club and we read mostly everything! And I heard that the Program was amazing from a friend, plus from the description…I know my friend is going to be right!!

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  22. Abi said:

    sound really good!

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  23. Elizabeth @ TatteredSpines said:

    This has a very Delirium feel to it, cool! I’m liking the description. I wish I had a book club, but it’s really just me and my bestie sharing books.

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  24. Erica said:

    this sounds so interesting!

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  25. Caitlin E said:

    This looks (and sounds!) like such a good read! I’ve been in the mood for a good dystopian lately and I think this is going to be the one!

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