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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: This knowing, generous and slyly sly new novel follows a group of teenagers who meet at a summer camp for artsy teens in 1974 and survive as friends through the competitions and realities of growing up. At its heart is Jules (nee Julie, she changes it that first summer to seem more sophisticated) Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress who comes to realize she’s got more creative temperament than talent; her almost boyfriend Ethan Figman, the true genius in the bunch (he’s a cartoonist); musician Jonah Bay, son of a famous Baez-ish folksinger; and the Wolf siblings, Ash and Goodman, attractive and mysterious. How these five circle each other, come together and break apart, makes for plenty of hilarious scenes and plenty of heartbreaking ones, too. A compelling coming of age story about five privileged kids, this is also a pitch-perfect tale about a particular generation and the era that spawned it. --Sara Nelson
In that self-obsessed, hyperaware, and mordantly ironic way of privileged teens, Ethan, Jonah, Cathy, Ash, and her brother Goodman dub themselves “The Interestings” when they reconvene at their trendy creative-arts summer camp in the Berkshire Mountains. Jules, née Julie, Jacobson is both flattered and flabbergasted to be admitted into their little enclave, where she uses her sardonic wit to compensate for a lack of beauty, money, or social graces. To her surprise, golden-girl Ash adopts her as her best friend, while the dorky but brilliant Ethan becomes mired in unrequited love. After a tragedy affects two of their members in very different ways, the remaining group slogs their way into adulthood, embarking upon careers and relationships with varying degrees of success and satisfaction. Despite being rooted in a wealth of pop-cultural references, from Nixon’s resignation to the Moonies to Wall Street scandals and even the aftermath of 9/11, Wolitzer’s clique of narcissistic friends turns out to be not so interesting after all. --Carol HaggasSee all Editorial Reviews
Well Meg would disagree, but I find Reagan to be much more compassionate, good spirited, optimistic, charismatic and more Interesting than any of her characters.... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kim
I found this book to be very well written. Nostalgic as it takes place during my times.Published 4 days ago by jajic
It was a great book and interesting to follow this groups of friends through their lives. I liked yhat it jumped around a bit o it kept you interested.Published 6 days ago by Christy A. Williams
Definitely NOT interesting! It was just too boring. Rich kids, poor kids, typical life story. Not worth the time.Published 6 days ago by Boden
It has a little something for everyone. It is artsy and....well....interesting. I would recommend for someone who is looking for a different view of life.Published 10 days ago by Amy Ward
This book was heartfelt and good. Not a whole lot happens except lots and lots of emotions. It was a surprising delight.Published 11 days ago by S. Lewandowski