By Alison Oh ’19
Members of Book Bistro conducted a Skype session with author Stephanie Kuehn during break on Oct. 21. Kuehn is the author of the young adult novels “Charm & Strange,” “Complicit” and Book Bistro’s October read “Delicate Monsters.”
During the video call, club members asked Kuehn questions about her book “Delicate Monsters,” a psychological thriller centering on three teenagers struggling with mental illnesses and violent behavior. Although the novel is graphic and deals with some mature themes, members of Book Bistro said that they enjoyed the read.
“The book wasn’t like the books I normally read. I liked that it addressed a lot of issues that aren’t commonly addressed in [young adult] novels,” Book Bistro member Taia Cheng ’19 said.
The club also skyped with Kuehn last school year to discuss her sophomore novel “Complicit.” Librarian Anna Martino was able to set up the meeting after she emailed her through her website’s “Contact Me” page. According to Martino, the first Skype session’s success led to this year’s event.
Similarly to last year, this year’s Book Bistro’s members had a positive reaction to the Skype call with Kuehn.
“It was really interesting talking to Stephanie Kuehn again. She’s such a nice and open person, and she was was willing to answer all of our questions,” club leader Sarah Moon ’19 said.