For the rest of the year, we're counting down our top ten favorite books of 2013, one a day, as voted on by the Darien librarians! Coming in at number 6: The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer. Stephanie reviewed it for You Are What You Read back in April, saying: “This week I could not put down The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, the story of four friends who meet at summer camp and think they are going to change the world and be fascinating their entire lives—that then follows them through their adolescence and adulthood and their entrance into the real world. There are a lot of things to say about this book, and smarter people than me are going to say them, so I will just note that I loved it and very highly recommend it to pretty much everybody I know. How much did I love it, you ask? So much that I accidentally ate an entire bag of chips while reading it because I was so engrossed.”
Ann did not love it at first, but soon came around: “At first I didn't find this too interesting, but then on approximately page 145, it became quite interesting. This is the story of four friends who bond at camp as teenagers and we as readers will follow for the next forty years. Ash and Goodman are brother and sister, Jonah is the son of a famous folk singer and Julia, renamed Jules by the group is not as privileged as the rest. Yes, this is a coming of age story but there are certainly some twists that keep you ‘interested’ especially as jealousy and secrets simmer below the surface. The characters are easy to relate to and very well developed. This is a terrific read.”
We were lucky enough to be visited by Meg, in conversation with Jami Attenberg and Rosie Schaap, earlier this year. You can see their amazing and hilarious conversation here.