The Interestings — Review

June 28, 2014

To put it bluntly, Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings is about six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts and the self-involved adults that they become. Wolitzer follows these teens — praised and admired for their talents and charmed at age fifteen — as they move through their youth and into middle age and shows how fortunes play out in different ways and relationships survive, but at certain costs.

It is a glimpse into the world of the sickeningly rich and the devastatingly middle-class in New York and how they might intersect. The book also provides a portrait of that most vile of human emotions — envy — particularly of a beloved friend and how it can tear a person (or people) apart.

When it comes down to it, this is another book where the characters aren’t necessarily “likeable” (perhaps, in this case, because each is a little too relatable in one way or another), but that might just be part of the book. The characters’ flaws make them who they are and while they’re occasionally insufferable, they make a good story.

If you have a low tolerance for obnoxious, annoying, or self-involved characters, skip this one, but otherwise give it a read because it really is worth it.

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