Running hard after an extraordinary life turns out to be choosing a lie. The realest extraordinary is always found in the ordinary. The extra everyone’s looking for – it’s found in ordinary.
– Marjorie Knight
I hated this book. And I am so glad I read it.
From the beginning, I felt an oddly personal loathing toward the insecure, approval seeking main character of The Interestings, Jules Jacobson. Even opening the book filled me with dread. At first, I made this the book’s fault. I decided it was a terrible book.
Then I remembered: When I have a strong, visceral reaction to a book, it often has something to teach me.
Spanning decades, The Interestings follows the lives of six teenagers – Jules, Ethan, Ash, Kathy, Graham and Jonah – who become friends in the early 1970s at a performing arts camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. While drinking vodka Tang cocktails…
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