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The Interestings
The Interestings: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer
Named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Time, and The Chicago Tribune, and named a notable book by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington PostRemarkable . . . With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself.The New York Times Book Review"A victory . . . The Interestings secures Wolitzer's place among the best novelists of her generation. . . . She's every bit as literary as Franzen or Eugenides. But the very human moments in her work hit you harder than the big ideas. This isn't women's fiction. It's everyone's."Entertainment Weekly (A)From New York Timesbestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a new novel that has been called "genius" (The Chicago Tribune), wonderful (Vanity Fair), "ambitious" (San Francisco Chronicle),and a page-turner (Cosmopolitan), which The New York TimesBook Reviewsays is "among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzens Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot."The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Juless now-married best friends, become shockingly successfultrue to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken.Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.
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mom2bugnbee
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I realize that this isn't a new book, & it's been on my TBR for years. Wow. I love tales of dysfunctional families that speak many years, & I loved this book!

⭐⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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bourne.shell
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I really enjoyed this book and the main characters: Ash, Ethan, and Jules. Following the characters as they grow up together. She nails the antsy, discontentment of getting older and realizing that those special moments from our youth weren't nearly as special as we remember, that's it's really just a lament of wanting our youth back instead of dealing with the ups and downs of marriage and life.

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gimmeabook
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Gaylagal2
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EadieB @Gaylagal2 Nice covers! 2mo
Librarybelle I do like these covers! 2mo
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mcctrish
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Loreen
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I‘ve not posted her for a while. I need to get back in the habit! Here‘s my #fridayread. #weekendreading #readmyowndamnbooks #readingalfresco

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GidgetsTreasures75
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8-22-19: My 67th finished book of 2019! #theinterestings #megwolitzer 👍🏼📖#️⃣6️⃣7️⃣

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theladygreer
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I feel like the cover and the title both do this one a disservice, but when I finally picked it up, really enjoyed it. I find myself thinking about the characters at random moments weeks after finishing it, which is always a sign of a good read.

Megabooks I couldn‘t agree more! 5mo
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Jason7
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While this audiobook might not blow you away, it‘s quite good. The story focuses on characters and relationships. The plot is not a fast moving one, if that's what you're into, but it‘s interesting and should keep your attention. Plus, the narrator is really good. Judging by this novel and her latest release, The Female Persuasion, listeners can expect consistent, high quality work from Meg Wolitzer.

Overall rating: 4.41 stars

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BekaReid
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In this character-driven narrative Wolitzer seamlessly navigates the relationships of six friends over the decades as she weaves back and forth in time and through the lens of different members of the group. It's an extraordinary telling of ordinary life that absorbed and engaged me from the onset as Wolitzer explores what shapes friendships and how they evolve. She deftly handles tough topics- i.e., talent, envy, money, power, and mental health.

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BekaReid
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“She recognized that that is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.”

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CuriousG
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The lambs on my super warm & comfy new reading socks look an awful lot like this Litsy cat 😊 #cousins?

Getting started on Mount TBR and The Interestings today. It's been sitting on my shelf for years, so time to get going on it!

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gimmeabook
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Found 2 books on my reading list at the thrift store today! 🙌🏼 Something feels so good about pay $1 for a book that originally costs $27.99. 📚

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gradcat
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#adventrecommends Day 22 @emilyrose_x
I love many of Meg Wolitzer‘s books, but “The Interestings” is far and away my favorite. A group of precocious teenagers meet at a summer camp in the mid-70s. The camp is for arty students; all of the half-dozen featured in the book have a talent, and are creative as well. But as we follow them into adulthood, the promise that was exhibited in youth hasn‘t necessarily been realized in adulthood. Wolitzer ⬇️

gradcat ⬆️ is great at limning in words all of the shades of her characters, subtle and otherwise. In this tale we find great love, but it‘s tempered by envy, anger and disappointment...so, in other words, life. 11mo
Reggie Ethan!!!!!!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Trashcanman 😔 11mo
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gradcat @Reggie You‘re funny! I loved Ethan, too! 11mo
gradcat @Trashcanman Why the downcast face, buddy? 11mo
Trashcanman @gradcat call an optimist, I'm feeling blue. I need a hug from a big cloud of carbon monoxide. 11mo
Trashcanman Sorry 11mo
CSeydel @Trashcanman we‘re with you. Hang tough. 👊🏻💔 11mo
Gaylagal2 Oh my gosh....loved this book! It was my first Meg Wolitzer book and she's amazing 🤓 11mo
gradcat @Gaylagal2 I agree with you 💯 percent naturally 😊😊 11mo
gradcat @Trashcanman Holidays can really be blue times...sorry I keep missing you. Look up, buddy, we‘re about to get out of this nasty 2018, and into a fresh, new 2019...keep the faith 😌😌 11mo
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nosferatoos
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My Black Friday bookoutlet haul. I‘m so excited about all of these. #bookoutlethaul #bookmail #bookstacks

Jess Now that is a great stack of books! 12mo
candority Great haul! 12mo
BookishTrish Nicely done! 12mo
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TrishB
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Mehso-so

The actual story bits - where the story moved on, where good and ‘interesting‘ and there were lots of sub texts and themes in the book! Just a bit too many sections dragged a bit and didn‘t add much.
I think I liked it a lot more than some others on here- some stinging reviews!! 😁

BookNAround A reading friend and I declared that The Interestings weren‘t very interesting after all when we discussed it at book club. 😂 13mo
Cinfhen I bailed!!! 13mo
Reggie I loved this book. Ethan!!!!!!!! 12mo
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danibel
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Currently reading

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TrishB
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Thank you Cathy for your lovely gifts ❤️ so thoughtful! 😘Will look forward to seeing what I make of the book as I know it splits opinion!
The socks I will keep away from my daughter!
I‘m doing my best to get myself fit and healthy again 😁

Cinfhen So sweet !!! 14mo
Cathythoughts Oh so glad they arrived... get well , take care. ❤️😘 14mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it certainly is 💕 14mo
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TrishB @Cathythoughts 😘 I will. 14mo
batsy How thoughtful! Lovely gifts. Hope you're feeling better day by day ❤️ 14mo
TrishB @batsy I am thank you 😘 just not used to being ill or at home!! 14mo
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LeslieO
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Ready to cozy up and read these goodies! Thank you so much @Slajaunie ! What great picks. The coffee sounds amazing, will definitely be trying that tomorrow morning. I love Fall. 💛#fffs FallingForFallSwsp

LeahBergen I really enjoyed The Way the Crow Flies. 👍🏻 1y
Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 and what Great wrapping paper! 1y
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Deborah42
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Mehso-so

Several teens meet at an arty summer camp and form bonds that will follow them throughout their lives. They each believe their incredible and unique talents will bring them success and change the world. Unfortunately, for most of the group members, the day-to-day routine of ordinary life gradually squashes their dreams. Maybe a little too real.

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nomierosie
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Adding to my @Waterstones Wish list because I have a full loyalty card 💃 any recommendations? I'm mostly reading non-fiction at the moment but open to all suggestions 📚 #recommendations #recommend #suggestions

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Jaimelire
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I am taking a break from this one. The beginning was ok, slow but well written. Now I am half way through and it has come to a complete crawl. I love descriptive, slow books, but this one has me falling asleep every time I try to read it. So, putting it aside and will return to it later (maybe).

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wallacereads
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Labour day views. This book is so good...I can‘t believe how long it has sat on my shelf! #twointhree #bookaweek #mountTBRchallenge

MelissaSue81 This has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time as well! 1y
wallacereads @MelissaSue81 - I just finished it...highly recommend! 1y
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Dolly
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Mehso-so

On the edge of pick and so-so. I was disappointed in this book. This is the second Wolitzer I wasn‘t fond of. Others may enjoy, it‘s just too much relationship gazing for me. Note the monarch butterfly in mid takeoff. 🦋

emilyhaldi I agree, I was bored of this crew halfway through the book 😏 1y
Flaneurette Yeah, me too. Underwhelmed.. 1y
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SonyaBeatty
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britt_brooke Nice photo! 1y
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wallacereads
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This book has sat on my shelf for a long time. I finally cracked it open this morning and cannot put it down. #boutofbooks #MountTBRchallenge

melissajayne I couldn‘t put it down either. Excellent read. 1y
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Jaimelire
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I picked up the french translation of this novel by Meg Wolitzer at my local library for $1. It‘s pretty slow moving, but a lovely story of friendship. So far, so good.
Lots of smoke here from the BC forest fires, so I will stay inside with my book for the time being. I hope for lots of rain, soon🌧

Eyelit 🌧🤞 1y
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emilyhaldi
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#knowingmeknowingyou 6 teens grow close after spending a summer away at a camp for the arts. But as they grow up, their relationships change unexpectedly. Only some of them succeed artistically, and their lives don't turn out quite as they dreamed & expected they would. This book follows the lives of a not-quite-so-interesting group of friends and while it starts off intriguing, by the end I was left wondering why I should care. #ABBAinAugust

Cinfhen Great choice for today...I‘m still trying to think of a prompt!! And I totally agree with your book assessment 🙌🏻❤️ NOT SO INTERESTING, those interestings 1y
emilyhaldi @cinfhen it's not often you're stumped by a prompt! Glad you think my pick is good bc sometimes I wonder if they only make sense in my head 🧐 (edited) 1y
Readingismyescape I completely agree about them not being interesting. I was not a fan of this book. 1y
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Meredith3 Ahhhh !! I love this pic! 🧡 1y
Mdargusch I do too @Meredith3 🧡🧡🧡 1y
BookNAround I found the characters and the book uninteresting too. 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m a sucker for summer camp settings but this sounds dull. 1y
Pruzy Ouch, guess you didn‘t like it 😜 1y
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j9brown
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I'd really like to read more by this author. You get very into the characters heads and lives, you really get to see why they are the way they are. Even though it was long, the ending drama felt rushed. Overall though it is definitely a Pick.

KatieDid927 That‘s exactly how I felt too! I like her style. 1y
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j9brown
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Best place to read! 😁🏖️🦀

Michollio Pretty bookmark 1y
KatieDid927 ...now I know what you‘re readin‘! (Just asked on insta 😆) 1y
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alisonrose

Ok. No. Nope nope nope. I can‘t do it. I‘ve read 12 pages and every character has been referred to by their full name like 80% of the time and it‘s already driving me up the fucking wall. I know this might seem silly or petty but there‘s no way I can read a whole book like that. Not even gonna mark it as a bail b/c I barely started. Just 86ing it b/c fuck pretentious BS. I am def choosing my own next b/c I need something good! Sorry, Littens! 😣

Erinreadsthebooks Hmmm, I've picked this one up and put it back and picked it up and put it back. Such mixed reviews! 1y
Redwritinghood You‘re not missing anything great. 1y
pgh.femme I had to read the new one for my book club and it was misery. You were so right to bail (edited) 1y
alisonrose @Redwritinghood @pgh.femme Hah good to know!! 1y
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alisonrose

Oh for fuck‘s sake, this is one of those books where characters are referred to by their full names over and over again? I haaaaaaaate that. Ugh. Please tell me it stops at some point??!

alisonrose Damn it, it doesn‘t. I skipped ahead and all through the damn book, she refers to MAIN CHARACTERS by their full names at random times when they‘ve probably been mentioned hundreds of times. Ok ... I‘m gonna try but honestly, this is one of my biggest pet peeves and it could literally make me give up on a book all on its own. I want to tweet at her and be like WHY THO???????????? 1y
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alisonrose
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This has a middling average rating on Goodreads and a kinda low one on Litsy, so I‘m a little hesitant about picking it up after a DNF ... but I‘m being good and sticking with my TBR as the Littens decreed 😜📚 #nowreading

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Dempsey
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This is cheating a little, BUT, I live close to the North Carolina border. David Sedaris (Raleigh, NC) loved and recommended this book in a Condè Nast interview. #agameoffavorites #localauthors #day4 #adaylate

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BookishTrish
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I‘m thinking of doing a #makemereadit style challenge in September to help me tackle the books I‘ve received from other #Littens in swaps and #giveaways Would anyone out there be interested in joining me to #lightenmylittenload?

CouronneDhiver Sure! I‘ll go for it 1y
Samplergal I‘ll do it! I have enough books for at least a year! 🤣 1y
4thhouseontheleft I was thinking of doing additional rounds of #makemereadit for the next few months, just on a smaller scale. 😃 1y
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LapReader Definitely 1y
Reggie Omg, this is why I‘m not doing any swaps for a while. I have so many books from maybe the 4 I did that I‘ve never read. 1y
Soubhiville I might do another round with all books in my kindle TBR. 1y
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Pamwurtzler
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#stripes #readingresolutions
It‘s been a while since I read this, but I do like the cover.

DebbieGrillo Love the cover... didn't love the book. 1y
Jess7 Nice pick! 1y
Jess7 I saw this at my local library sale recently and was intrigued. 1y
Lcsmcat I had the same idea, having recently acquired a copy. But I saw yours and went with a different choice.😀 1y
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saresmoore
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Onto the next #audiocrochet combo, Meg Wolitzer and the neverending afghan. Seriously, I don‘t think I‘ll ever get this thing to blanket size. #24in48

Annl I always feel that way about my knitting and some one suggested I pin a safety pin so I can see the progress. It does help. 1y
PurpleyPumpkin It‘s lovely. 😍 1y
LeahBergen It‘s so pretty! 1y
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queerbookreader Ack afghans take forever and a day. I'm about to start one for a housewarming gift. I've been finishing up all my other current projects before I start the blanket because once I begin....my life will be 100% afghan 1y
Dolly I looks great. Hang in there, it will happen 😀 1y
JazzFeathers It's beautiful. But it looks pretty complicated... 1y
saresmoore @Annl That‘s a great idea! I have brightly colored stitch markers, so I‘ll definitely be able to see my progress. 1y
saresmoore @PurpleyPumpkin @LeahBergen Thank you! The yarn is luxuriously soft, too. 1y
saresmoore @queerbookreader I know, right?! I did a big blanket as a Christmas gift one year and dreamed of stitches every night. I‘m more of a fan of dish cloths and small tapestry projects for gifts now. 😬 1y
saresmoore @Dolly Thank you! I know you‘re right. It‘s going very quickly with an audiobook, too. 1y
saresmoore @JazzFeathers It‘s actually deceptively simple! It‘s worked on the diagonal, so has a basketweave effect, and I‘m using a variegated yarn to make it look extra complex. 😊 1y
queerbookreader Ya my mom refuses to make blankets as gifts, even baby blankets. The only crocheted gift she'll give are hot pads. There are whole books out just about fancy hot pads and they only take a few days to make, so that's a good idea on her part. I, however, am going to suffer through this whole blanket 😩 1y
saresmoore @queerbookreader You can do it! 💪 Share a photo when you finish, please! 1y
rustoryhuf I knit and have been making a blanket for over a year. My goal is to finish the blankety-blank thing 🤪 1y
saresmoore @rustoryhuf I started my first blanket (baby-sized, mind you!) when I was pregnant with my daughter and didn‘t finish it until she was two years old! I‘m sure you‘ll finish yours faster. 😆 1y
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Jinjer
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This book is literally saving me from the depths of despair right now. “Everyone and everything was shocked”😂😂😂

BookBabe That line made me laugh too! 😂👍🏻 Great book. 1y
Jinjer @bookbabe I laugh every time I think about it. Everyone and everything was shocked.😆😆😆 (edited) 1y
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Jinjer
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When your candy matches your book!!! PS I loooove this book!

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 1y
BookBabe 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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tholmz
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Meg Wolitzer is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. She sure knows how to create characters I care about. I prefer this to The Female Persuasion — and I loved that one too!

Reggie Omg, Ethan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1y
tholmz Oh, Ethan! I miss him already. 1y
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youneverarrived
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Finished the second quarter of #booked2018!! All were good reads. Into the Wild was my favourite 🖤 Looking forward to making my choices for the next one 😁

KarenUK I read ‘the Worst Witch‘ too! 1y
Cinfhen I love these choices, except for #steampunk because honestly, it‘s hard to love!!! 1y
nosferatoos I LOVE that Phillip reeves series so much and I‘m not a big steampunk guy but it was my favorite book series for so long. 12mo
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youneverarrived
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“You didn‘t always need to be the dazzler, the firecracker, the one who cracked everyone up, or made everyone want to sleep with you, or be the one who wrote and starred in the play that got the standing ovation. You could cease to be obsessed with the idea of being interesting. Anyway, she knew, the definition could change.”

I really liked this. Kept me turning the pages. Can‘t wait to read more by her. #booked2018 #friendship

Cinfhen Great choice for friendship ‼️ 1y
britt_brooke David Sedaris was praising this book when I saw him last week! #stacked 1y
SledgeReader I love Meg Wolitzer! This one is great! 1y
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youneverarrived @britt_brooke I‘m interested to see what you think when you get to it 👍 1y
youneverarrived @SledgeReader what would you recommend by her next? I was thinking of reading The Wife. 1y
SledgeReader @youneverarrived That was my first ❤️. Then give a look to 1y
SledgeReader @youneverarrived Keep me posted! I‘d love to hear your thoughts! 1y
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rather_be_reading
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My book haul from my fav thrift store 📚📚

SilversReviews Nice!! Enjoy!! 1y
Reviewsbylola Looks like a great haul! 1y
Crazeedi Wow! You did great! 1y
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AJones Awesome! 1y
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youneverarrived
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This is my pick for #booked2018 #friendship. Just arrived today so starting it soon ☺️

BarbaraBB Cool cover! 1y
Cinfhen That is a cool cover and nice choice for #friendship 1y
MeikeReads That's a great book, I hope you'll enjoy it as well! :-) 1y
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catherine2
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That night in July, Nixon was still over a month away from being lifted off the White House lawn like a rotten piece of outdoor furniture.

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CuriousG
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Day 5: #rainbowbookstack Have worked 40 hours over the past 3 days (with at least 30 more before Friday 😩) so reading isn't in the cards, but I am really proud of myself for managing to fit in a #riotgrams post each day!! #litsylifegoals 😅

rather_be_reading good job! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Finally reading again. Who has something to say about this one??? I'm not sure if I love it or hate it!

EKonrad I definitely did not like it but I think I‘m in the minority! 2y
TheBookStacker I think I just like it. No love or hate. 2y
Reggie I loved it. Especially Ethan‘s character. Ethan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2y
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Redwritinghood Maybe both? There were things I loved about it, but also a lot I didn‘t like. 2y
merelybookish I have it rated so-so. I think loved the first half, and didn't love the second half. 2y
Cinfhen Guess who HATED IT?!?!?! 🙋‍♀️ 2y
Lindy I found all of the characters interesting (ha!) even though Jules‘s jealousy got tedious. My favourite thing might be the way Wolitzer uses flash forwards in this novel. 2y
sammisho I hated it! I don't usually HATE books, but this was a big nope for me! 2y
Pamwurtzler It was okay. I didn‘t live or hate it. 2y
emilyhaldi Lol @Cinfhen but maybe that means I will love it?? 🤔 2y
emilyhaldi @Reggie Ethan is definitely the most interesting of all "the interestings" so far! ? I'm most curious about how his story develops... Sounds like you are the only person who truly loved this one!!! 2y
Reggie Lol, yeah I don‘t know why either. I think it‘s pretty good. 2y
Cinfhen This book just screamed privileged white people and that‘s not so interesting to me...I felt like theses were the preschool moms I knew and the guys I grew up with...😜😖 2y
Reviewsbylola Hahahahahahaha @Cinfhen 2y
Megabooks I ended up loving this. The character development was great! 2y
emilyhaldi I feel you @Cinfhen but I suppose privileged white people are kind of my guilty pleasure 😆 show me anything with The Secret History vibes and I'm in! 2y
emilyhaldi @Megabooks I'm definitely digging the character development! 2y
Mdargusch Well since the cover is so pretty the book should be good. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
KarenUK The Secret History vibes?! It‘s going to the top of my pile now! My guilty pleasure is privileged white people too 😂 2y
emilyhaldi Lol @KarenUK glad I'm not alone!!! 🙏🏻 2y
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CatchMyBookBreath
Interestings | Meg Wolitzer
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When all your library holds come in at once...

TheFunkyBookworm Great pic and great picks! 2y
JennyM Eney-meeny-miny-mo. Which one is first up? Enjoy x 2y
CatchMyBookBreath @JennyM I'm leaning towards Before You Know It. I like lesser known books. 😁 2y
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BookBabe
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It's #Recommendsday! Great book, beautifully written. I enjoyed it very much except for the sad parts, but the book feels very believable, authentic, true to life. Characters are complex & intriguing. It has: teenagers at art camp; living in NYC; rich & famous; poor & struggling. Lots of interesting, exciting things happen. And some bad things. Overall it's a book worth reading. The audiobook is fabulous!
Full review: https://bit.ly/2IL8E0B

tpixie ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
HeatherBookNerd Loved that book. 2y
melissajayne One of my favourite reads. 2y
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