Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Teen review: adult novel

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
480 pages
Fiction, not in a series
Reading level: Mature/Adult
Reviewed by Ari Eckols, 12th grade

The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer's 2013 novel and most recent work to date, is a sentimental yet unflinchingly honest depiction of modern human life. Following the lives of a group of hopeful, intelligent, yet naïve teenagers who first meet at art camp, the reader looks on as the characters mature, chase their dreams, come to terms with their selves, get married, drift apart, join cults, have kids, grow close, grow old, experience joy and trauma and excitement and tragedy.
 
A beautifully written, detailed and meaningfully told story, The Interestings is both uplifting and sobering. It is a gentle reminder that, while we may do whatever is possible with it, we are still limited by the hand we are dealt. It is a warning against self-absorption and naïvete. It is a reminder to be kind and also to be unforgiving when we must. Most importantly, it is a truthful portrait of life and its ups and downs. And it is very, very good.
 
Editor's note: While Ari may initially have been attracted to this novel by its protagonists' age at the start of the book (when they are teens), this is definitely an adult novel, following its characters from youth throughout their lives, and may be neither suitable nor interesting to you if you are below a certain age. But we all have eclectic interests and read at different levels, so we thought we would allow Ari to share his review!
 

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