Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Evolution of Interesting

Since The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer seems to be one of the most hyped books of the summer, I was cautiously (read: really) looking forward to diving into it. I thought the writing was really strong and while I've since heard mixed reactions to the characters’ appeal, the book was well plotted. The story follows a group of friends from an artistic summer camp through adulthood. Par for the course, their relationships change over time but what I actually found the most interesting was how their original characteristics evolved as the years wore on. Insecurities grow, greatness is achieved, depression and entitlement rear their heads, and so much more. The outsider will always feel this way, the fragile and feminine will only grow more so, the true genius flourishes and no amount of time or scenery takes them as far from those summers as they think they have come. At times there is awkwardness, at others there is jealousy; but overall there is a certain sense of confusion, insecurity, and manipulation that plagues the central characters well past their teenage years.

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