BOOK CLUBBIN': THE INTERESTINGS

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Just finished reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and thought it went well with this week's theme of "Camping". (I also was inspired to create a book jacket design incorporating this theme above). This tale follows six friends, who refer to themselves as the "Interestings", from their inaugural beginnings together at camp in the seventies through to their adult lives, post-growing up, humbled by lessons only time can teach us. What Wolitzer captures beautifully is the unforgiving sense of youthful self-importance that pervades our teen years, and lets be honest, twenties...and even thirties to some degree. Taking a cross-section of character types with her leads, Wolitzer is able to dissect the universal need to belong and ultimately where this desire leads each friend. As I'm writing this I can't help but think of lines from another quintessential study on teen self-discovery (stop me if you know this one)..."what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...an athlete...a basket case...a princess...and a criminal."