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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Funny, Sad--a SIX star book!, June 28, 2009
This review is from: This Is Where I Leave You (Hardcover)
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This is Where I Leave You is a wonderful book will make you laugh out loud and bring tears to your eyes--truly an incandescent story about love of all kinds and forgiveness.

Judd Foxman is separated and heading towards divorce, unemployed, and living in a basement apartment, all of which are directly related to the affair his wife Jen is having with Wade, Judd's boss. Then Judd's father dies of cancer, leaving a final request that his entire family sit seven days of Shiva, and Judd and his siblings return to the suburban home where they grew up.

During the seven days of mourning, a variety of family dynamics play out. The relationship between Judd and his brother Paul is dominated by old resentment, and awkwardness with the fact that Paul's wife is one of Judd's past high-school girlfriends. Judd's sister Wendy takes the opportunity of being home to reconnect with her past love, while Phillip, the baby of the family and chronic screw-up, brings home his much older fiancé. Judd's mother Hillary is a psychiatrist who wrote a bestselling book about parenting, and her infamous directness adds more tension and humor.

While grieving for his father, Judd is also immersed in feelings of anger, betrayal, and helplessness brought on by the affair between Jen, his wife, and Wade, his boss. Once Jen tells Judd she is pregnant, Judd refuses to speak with her, leading both Jen and Wade to show up at Judd's childhood home, adding more complications and stress.

It would spoil too much of the story to tell more about any of the funny parts, but there are many throughout the book. Simultaneously, the book is bittersweet as the family mourns the Dad they loved and take small steps to mending their own relationships. This is Where I Leave You is exceptionally well written with great character development and emotion, and is a book that deserves to be read by everyone.
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Initial post: Jul 19, 2009 8:59:38 AM PDT
holly says:
hi

how have you managed to get a copy? I LOVE jonathan troppers books, but I live in the UK and Amazon UK don't have a release date for this which I had understood to be 6th August....

juls

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2009 11:52:17 PM PDT
Julia Flyte says:
H Juls, members of the Amazon Vine program get advanced reader copies to review. Julia

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2009 8:06:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2009 8:07:09 AM PDT
Spoilers! You revealed too much!

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 8:42:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 23, 2009 8:44:56 AM PDT
Walrus says:
This reviewer really needs to warn people if he/she is going to reveal almost the entire plot. Great Book.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2009 9:04:32 AM PDT
I'm reading the book and you pretty much get all the information from the get-go anyway. The author gives the low-down right away, so it's really not a spoiler or revelation of the entire plot since you find out much of it right from the beginning.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 1:44:25 PM PDT
Walrus says:
Agreed, Amanda, but if I wasn't reading the book and was considering reading it, this review would ruin many of the surprises. That is why I refrain from reading reviews before I read a book. Some reviews say way too much, and this review IMO does just that. I don't want to know this much before reading a book. Maybe that's just me. Maybe most people buy the cliff notes before they read a book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 10:21:14 AM PDT
Walrus, you mentioned that you refrain from reading reviews before you read the book, but you read this review...just curious....if you had refrained from reading this review then you wouldn't been "spoiled" by the review...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 3:45:41 PM PDT
Walrus says:
TPBP,
I wasn't saying I was "spoiled".LOL. I read this review after reading the book. I'm saying that IF I had read this before I read the book... Actually I was quite clear in the above comment. No reason to repeat that part.
Many people write detailed reviews with spoilers, but what I was suggesting is warning people. Many people may write ***SPOILER ALERT*** ETC... (see comment #4) Basically the whole plot and many details within are revealed. I can read the NY Times book section before I read a book and feel confident that the review will not contain spoilers, yet give me information needed to decide whether to read a certain book. I rarely read Amazon reviews before reading a book because some reviewers do not warn you that they are going to reveal the entire plot and ruin many surprises. One example is telling us his wife, Jen, is pregnant with his bosses child. That is a spoiler, too much detail. I was surprised when I originally read that in the book. There are others. That type of "Review" reads more like Cliff Notes, a synopsis, if you will. There are ways to write an effective review without revealing too much. Hope that clarifies.
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