Bahhhhh, I don’t even know where to begin with this book! It was a roller coaster from the very beginning. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer follows a group of friends from childhood to adulthood, portraying life’s struggles and triumphs at every stage in between. The core group–Jules, Ash, Goodman, Ethan, Cathy, and Jonah–meets at Spirit-in-the-Woods, a summer camp in the middle of nowhere that is transformed by the spirit of youth into a magical land where they can finally morph into themselves. Back in the real world and forced into adulthood, the friends experience everything from death to crime to riches to illness to love, the strings of childhood friendship connecting them through it all. The novel is an in-depth look at the complexities and intricacies of relationships over time, and how you never know just what hand you’ll be dealt. While I found it boring at times, I just couldn’t stop reading because I needed to find out what happened to all of the characters. Wolitzer constructs so many different lives woven together within one lifetime that it’s impossible not to be drawn in, even if the characters aren’t entirely lovable. Shockingly honest and raw, this book is a worthwhile read if only for the ending and the mind-blowingly amazing last sentence that couldn’t fit more perfectly. (Click here if you’re not going to read the book but still want to read the sentence, although it won’t mean as much without having read the book! Fourth quote down.) I would definitely recommend even though I didn’t LOVE it, but not if you’re looking for something lighthearted.
Gotta love an author who responds to her fans.
I just started The Fault in Our Stars (ABM’s second book club pick) and I’m already falling in love with Augustus after just 60 pages. More to come!