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Welcome to my book blog.  My annual goal is to read 100 books per year and share my love of reading with my two daughters.

The Interestings

The Interestings

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The Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 1594488398

So many books and movies portray summer camp as an idyllic fantasy.  The Interestings isn't idealistic, it's real.  The novel follows a group of teenagers with artistic aspirations throughout their lives.  The author nails what it is like to be a precocious teenager who thinks everything they think and feel is epic and profound.  Very few artistic children manage to make their art into a career, and The Interestings is true to life in this respect as it tracks the life of each character.  Art leaves our lives for a variety of reasons, but it always lingers below the surface.

This book was a push towards self-reflection, for me.  I found myself thinking back to my own childhood pursuits that I let go of in college, namely music.  I felt guilty giving it up, but it was like I had to make a clean break from it in order to "adult."  The experience of having that kind of passion for something as a child and the friendships I made with other young musicians was rewarding and a part of who I am.  I felt very connected to the characters, who were complicated, funny, and imperfect.  These are definitely characters worth knowing.  There isn't a lot of flash in this book -- it is a steady-paced drama.  However, The Interestings was a very satisfying novel to read as an adult.

Rating:  4/5

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