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The Interestings

Wolitzer, Meg. Book - 2013 Fiction / Wolitzer, Meg None on shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3.8 out of 5

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Forging a powerful bond in the mid-1970s that lasts throughout subsequent decades, six individuals pursue challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.


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The Interestings submitted by Beth Manuel on June 18, 2014, 12:32pm First, the title, that was a name this group of teens gave themselves at camp to differentiate themselves from the others. But they never really called themselves that, it was only an early reference. The plot sort of reminded me of Eugenides' Marriage Plot, but I liked the characters better in this book. Also, the big secret that some of the group were able to maintain over decades just seemed improbable that could happen. Yet, things like that probably do. I'd say that one thing that kept me reading this was the era since for me, was relatable.

Recommended submitted by monkk on June 24, 2014, 8:55pm Beth told me she really liked this book. :)

Incredibly Boring submitted by samanthar on June 15, 2015, 4:32pm I have no idea why so many people enjoy this book and give it positive reviews. I found it to be incredibly dull and boring. The characters are shallow and unrealistic. The plot is that six young kids meet and become great friends at summer camp one year. In the following years, there are about 3 events that change the dynamics of the group; marriage, job success, and an incident that I won't detail as it is a spoiler. All of these events are ordinary and really not worth writing (or reading) about.

I can handle a slow plot as long as the characters have some depth or angle. Not a single one of these characters did.

Needless to say, I put down this book with 100 pages to go, and moved on to a far more interesting one.

Great Read submitted by carolinepbg on July 24, 2016, 3:30pm As with all of Meg Wolitzer's books, this one did not disappoint. Her perception of the ways that people change over the decades of their lives and reflect on the many things that shape who they become and then, ultimately, who they wish they'd become, is well perceived. She is such a wonderful writer that it is a rather effortless read (the beauty of reading good writers!) and the story line is interesting and unique and many parts that are relatable and thought provoking.

great book submitted by KOH on August 11, 2017, 9:29pm I enjoy long books that span decades of someone's life because you get the whole picture of a person's story. In this, you get six people's complicated stories and the way they interweave from childhood to late in life. Well crafted and compelling.

Loved this book submitted by onpaper24 on July 26, 2020, 8:53pm I liked that we got to hear from different characters pointed of view and it was just a good story.

Good book submitted by Lydia Levinson on July 9, 2023, 6:21pm It seemed kind of predictable and formulaic, but I did like the level to which the characters were developed.

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New York : Riverhead Books, 2013.
Year Published: 2013
Description: 468 p.
Language: English
Format: Book


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