15815333She recognized that that is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.

What is this book about?

Six kids meet each other at a summer camp for special creative kids and become a tight knit friend group. They decide to call themselves The Interestings because no one is as interesting and special as they are. During summer camp their perfect lives seem to last forever, but coming back to reality changes things quickly. Friends fall away and soon a much smaller group is left. The novel follows these characters from this first summer to the end of their lives.

Why is it boring?

Even though the book has some exciting bits, it’s mostly just about life. About how life can drag you down and how it can be fair or unfair. Wolitzer writes about these people and their lives without trying to make it seem better or flashier then it actually is. Sure some of them are rich and famous, but the heart of the story is Jules who is none of these things. What she is, is jealous and maybe not really that special, but isn’t that just what life is like for most?

Who would you recommend it to?

Although the book starts in the 1970’s and tells the story of that generation of teenagers, the book would also be very good for kids from the 90’s. The story is about teens growing up thinking they are special, but finding out that maybe all the encouragement to find their creativity wasn’t that helpful at all and now they find themselves completely disillusioned by life. Sound familiar Generation Y?

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

It’s just so honest about human emotions. These things are not pretty, but they are powerful and painful. The book is a joy to read. Wolitzer lets you follow these people like you are an actual part of the group. The friends find themselves intertwined after that first meeting and are still a part of each others lives well into their fifties. None of them are perfect, but they stick together anyways. Even though the book is long the writing is fun and light, never getting you bogged down in the heavy amount of pages. If you want to read what a long life does to a person without getting too depressed, this is an amazing book.

Rating: 4/5
If you want to read The Interestings you can order it here

Author

Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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