New book club mixes young adult reading, TV, movies

A new book club is going outside the library walls for a growing community that enjoys popular titles, good food, and lively discussion.

to_all_the_boys_ive_loved_beforeYoung at Heart’s first book talk will be Sept. 13, and the group will meet at 6:30 p.m. every second Thursday in Old Style Deli, 200 S. Second St., downtown Elkhart.

“While we have several successful book clubs at EPL, we wanted to see if we could do something to capture a different audience,” says librarian Allison McLean, who helped organize the club.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations with people that love to read these books that are marketed for teens,” says McLean. “For some people it helps them feel a little younger or capture those feelings of being young.”

The book for the first meeting is “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. A movie based on the novel will debut on Netflix in August.

“We were able to tie some of the books to new releases that are coming out as movies or TV shows,” McLean says.

Finding books that are being spun off into TV shows and movies helps the club appeal to a broader audience, as well as help pick books that are more relevant in pop culture.

“There’s a lot of fun stuff that’s being published in this genre right now, whether it’s realistic fiction, sci-fi or fantasy,” says McLean.

Meeting outside of the library helps bring a lighter atmosphere to the event, while also helping support other Elkhart businesses. “Just to make it a little more fun and to enjoy some of the places that downtown Elkhart has to offer to eat,” McLean said.

In October the club will read “The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon, which is a love story that takes place over the course of one day. A movie based on the book is due out next year.

The club will read “The Hate U Give” for the November meeting. It’s a story about a girl whose childhood friend is shot in front of her by the police.

“It’s a lot more serious but it’s relevant to a lot of issues going on,” McLean says. “It’s sure to generate an interesting discussion.”

A movie based on that book is set for release Oct. 19.

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