The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society took me by surprise. I’d heard about it last year, before I knew it was going to be a film, and I was instantly intrigued. When I finally got the chance to read it, I was very excited to begin, and it did not disappoint!
The novel is about a young woman named Juliet who is having trouble deciding the topic of her next book, until the day she received a letter from a stranger telling her that he has bought a book Juliet had once owned (her name and address were written in the book). A correspondence begins, and Juliet soon becomes captivated by the man writing the letters and the book club he is a part of called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Bonds form with the other Society members, and letters start to flow in on a daily basis. Enchanted by their stories of life on Guernsey during the German occupation, Juliet purchases a ferry ticket to meet these extraordinary people. Upon arrival, Juliet learns more about the society’s haunting past. Juliet’s life will never be the same again!
This was the first book I’ve read where it was written entirely in the form of letters. It was incredibly creative, witty, and at times, hilarious! The characters came to life throughout the letters. I felt like a fly on the wall and could just picture Juliet at her desk writing a letter to Sidney or Dawsey and them responding once the letter was delivered.
I was so excited that I finished this book the day I attended a pre-screening of the movie, which was followed by a Q&A with the actors, director, producer, and screenplay writer! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk with the people involved in making this extraordinary book come to life! I could’ve spoken to Glen Powell (lead actor) and Thomas Bezucha (screenplay writer) all day! They were just as passionate about this book/movie as I was, and they perfectly portrayed the book. Of course, Thomas did make a couple of changes when writing the screenplay, but he didn’t lose the essence of the book! I commend everyone on the work they did on this movie because it really enhanced the book and was done beautifully.