Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekend READcap: Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings

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As seen in my occasional TV reviews, my Weekend READcaps 
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Favorite Aspect of Storytelling:
The non-linear plot
We meet these 6 characters when they're teenagers, then flash to when they're in their 50s. From there, we jump around time as we learn their life stories.

Favorite Character:
Ash Wolf 
Ash is wealthy and blessed her entire life, but she may be the most modest person you'll ever meet. You won't get back-stabbed or guilt-tripped by Ash Wolf

Least Favorite Character
Ethan Figman
We're supposed to like Ethan. He expends an extreme amount of energy into being humble and dependable, but there's a bit of self-pity that makes him unlikable (See: Jules, Mo). I have a feeling I may be alone in is assessment though...

Favorite Quotes:
On life
“But clearly life took people and shook them around until finally they were unrecognizable even to those who had once known them well. Still, there was power in once having known someone.”

On love
“Just the act of sleeping beside someone you liked to be with. Maybe that was love.”

On relationships
"Neither of them yet knew how to be a boyfriend or girlfriend. This was not a skill set that could be taught; you just had to do it, and you had to want to do it, and somehow through doing it you became better at it”

These quotes really demonstrate the strength of this book. Want to take a break from life, by reading a story about growing up that may very we'll resemble your life at several points? Go for it.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard of this. Thank you for pointing it out!