The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

4 The Interestings were very interesting stars!

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I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was so unique. It took me a little while to get the hand of the writing style but once I did everything just flowed.

This book is about a group of teenagers who meet at summer camp. The summer camp is for gifted children or children gifted in the arts. Dance, film making, and music are some of the topics for the summer. With those topics also comes first love for some and unbreakable friendships.

This story does jump around a little bit. It’s almost like flashbacks of what has happened before that lead to now. However it is not confusing in the least. While most people complain that the main female character Jules is very selfish and rude I don’t feel that way. Yes she has a hard time being jealous but it’s not all the time. I feel it shows her inner thoughts a lot and dealing with a little bit of jealous tends to come of at times all consuming. However all of the characters seem to be jealous of something someone else has. While they all had such different childhoods I loved how the characters always depended on each other no matter what happened. It’s almost like watching cause and effect over years and years of friendship. Towards the end a couple of huge things just implode and you wonder if they will come back from this.

Here is one of my favorite snippets from this book..
“Ordinary father-daughter love had a charge to it that generally was both permitted and indulged. There was just something so beautiful about the big father complementing the tiny girl. Bigness and tininess together at last-yet the bigness would never hurt the tininess! It respected it. IN a world in which big always crushes tiny, you wanted to cry at the beauty of big being kind and worshipful of and humbled by tiny. You couldn’t help but think about your own father as you saw your little girl with hers. ”

book blurb…

Hardcover, 468 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Riverhead Books (first published 2013)
Original Title
The Interestings
ISBN 1594488398 (ISBN13: 9781594488399)
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, Jules’s now-married best friends, become shockingly successful—true 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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