Book Review 41: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

23 Oct

I wish I had reviewed this book early because I found it fascinating.  Jules, Jonah, Ethan and Ash meet at a summer camp for the creative arts.  And they form a group, centered around the fact that they feel that they are the MOST. The most interesting, the most creative, the most unique of the campers.

And as time goes on, they are interesting. Ethan and Ash end up married, and wildly successful, leaving Jules behind. Jules, working as a social worker, giving up on her actress dreams, finds herself jealous of Ethan and Ash. Jonah is a successful engineer, giving up on his musical dreams.

There’s a lot of resentment among friends. As I get into my late twenties, your oldest friends change. They get married, have kids, find astonishing success, or find an astonishing lack of success. There are gaps and cracks in friendship that appear. People judge each other because they feel defensive about their own choices, or honestly jealous of others.  It puts a strain on friendships that no one talks about. Who wants to admit that they’ve outgrown their oldest friend? Or that they’ve changed so substantially that their friendship is no longer meaningful, or special?

No one.That’s ultimately what The Interestings is about. How we hold on to friendships, and friends, and harbor resentment, because it’s easier than letting go.

There’s another, mystery-like plot line that drives that book that I don’t want to spoil.  Ash and Jules keep a secret about Ash’s brother that tears the group apart. And ends up destroying some of the connections between friends. And that poses a whole separate set of fascinating questions – what do you do if your friend is accused of something horrible? what would the evidence need to be for you to believe it?

Anyways, I highly recommend checking out The Interestings. It gave me a lot to think about.

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