BOOK CLUB | The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers

What happened to the summer! How is July already over?

This month’s book club read was The Circle by Dave Eggers. All signs, reviews, and summaries were positioning this book in our minds as a life-changing read!

I always hear people my parent’s age talking about how “millennials” are too obsessed with cell phones and social media. I used to roll my eyes at this when I was in high school, but now at age 25 I’m beginning to see just how different technology (specifically social media) is altering how children are growing up and experiencing things.

The Circle is about a girl names Mae Holland who gets hired to work for “The Circle” (aka Google). The book followers her from her first day on the new job, being nervous and technologically challenged, to months later when she is projecting every second of her life to millions of viewers (they literally watch the back of the bathroom stall as she pees…. weirddddd!).

At times this book is very far fetched, but at other times it sounds like they are describing present day (which is a scary realization).

NOTE: Do NOT read this book if you are looking for amazing literature, character development, or a wild ending.

I suggest you only read the first half of this book and then stop. Mainly because it begins to drag in the second half with no real exciting or meaningful ending. But also because this book does a much better job of making you think in the first half. It presents the idea that soon there won’t be anything in the world that you can keep to yourself. No more secrets. There’s no such thing as “personal” anymore in the eyes of The Circle.

This book sparked some interesting discussions in book club about what things you should be allowed to keep private, why people are so obsessed with posting to social media, and what will happen when we have children. (Will we be like those annoying moms who post pictures of their child on Facebook five times a day because they “counted to 10 backwards”?? )

Rating: 3 out of 5

Here are some great discussion questions for The Circle if you read this for your book club as well! Even if you didn’t, they will still start a great discussions in your own head :)

Have you read this book? What were your thought?

P.S. The main character Mae drove me up a wall (just like she drove Mercer off a cliff)!

P.P.S. Photo credit goes out to my best friend who bought the book. I listened to it on Audible, which was a mistake! All of the main characters were women… listening to the man narrate women’s voices 90% of the time was rough.

P.P.P.S. My P.P.S. comment brought up a very interesting discussion in book club about male author’s writing about female friendships. We all felt the description of Annie’s and Mae’s relationship was  elementary and just humorous. After much debate and examples of this, we concluded that it was because a man was trying to describe a female relationship… and that could just never possibly be accurate.

10 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB | The Circle by Dave Eggers

  1. kdeitmen July 31, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I didn’t really enjoy this book at all. I could appreciate the point it was trying to make, but you’ve accurately summed up the problems it has. I hadn’t thought about the female friendships being lame because they were written by a man, but now that you mention it I think that could have been a part of why a lot of the book seemed just a little off.

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    • Amanda Brooks August 3, 2015 / 12:26 pm

      Exactly! That’s what my bookclub decided at the end of the discuss. Something just seemed a bit weird.

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  2. Seema August 3, 2015 / 8:38 am

    I really enjoyed this review — Amanda, your descriptions of the short comings of this story seem incredibly astute. I have read other novels written by male authors about female relationships, like Memoirs of a Geisha, but they all seemed to be much more accurate. I wonder why this author chose a female protagonist for this novel. Was the story heavily focused on the tech industry and culture as it relates to technology? I can understand a man being drawn to a technological subject matter when it comes to culture, but I wonder why he would try to tell his story from a female perspective.

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    • Amanda Brooks August 3, 2015 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much. I couldn’t figure out why he chose to speak through the eyes of a woman, but it just didn’t seem to connect. I agree, some men can write beautifully via a female protagonist, but it just didn’t translate as well for me in this novel.


  3. fitwithdasha August 5, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    I almost finished reading this book but I never got through. I’m so mad because I never do that!

    Anyways, I’m really looking into reading a new book…any bestseller/new release suggestions?!

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    • Amanda Brooks August 6, 2015 / 10:40 am

      I hate when that happens too! Have you tried The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain or All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr? I loved both of those books!

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  4. Dazey2 August 12, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    I absolutely loved this book and will recommend it to anyone I know looking for something to read. I agree that the first part of the book was fantastic in getting you to think about the role of social media today (and in the future). To me, the second half of the book took all those questions and what if’s and put that into a fictitious story- and almost a warning to our future. I didn’t even notice that the male author described a female-based friendship oddly. That never occurred to me. I suppose you can’t please everyone with every book, but I think the important thing is that a) you read it and b) the book is making its rounds. Even if there were some parts in the book that may not have felt plausible, the book was written to be *potentially* realistic, which I think is fair. Kind of like, Science Fiction, it’s based off what we know, and is predicting the future. Glad to have read your review!

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    • Amanda Brooks August 12, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      I completely agree! It is scary how realistic this book was even though it was fiction. I am very happy that I read this book and it really did get me thinking about social media and technology on a larger scale. The fictitious story actually sounded like it really could happen in the next few years. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! If you have any other books you would recommend along these line I would love to hear about them.


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