Meg Wolitzer travels through the life of six friends who meet at a summer camp. The reason this story is so intriguing because Wolitzer doesn’t try to paint a picture perfect image for these friends–she displays them for what they are: human. They each are composed of their own baggage and dealing with their own issues but they are drawn to each other. Of course, some get along way more than others and, like a sickening disease, jealously even evolves.
I enjoyed Wolitzer’s writing style because she gave us a view from each of the characters. She allowed us to witness their growth and downfall. The character that stood out like a sore thumb, though, was Julie “Jules” Jacobson. Jules was accepted by The Interestings and found herself solely dependent on the group because she didn’t much like being at home since her father’s death. She is inspired to become an actress and is steadily attempting to get involved in ways to perfect this craft. However, she is told that she isn’t that good and all her dreams and aspirations come crashing down. Instead of deciding to ignore that negative opinion to continue to do what she loves, she allows the unfavorable energy to consume her. She develops a disgusting attitude towards the success of her friends as if they should apologize for their accomplishments. During those times in the book, I was nearly sick to my stomach at her negativity. As you can imagine, Wolitzer allows her reader to build relationships with the characters: I fell in love with Ethan. I felt malevolence for Goodman. I felt sympathy for Jonah. I felt angry with Cathy. And I understood Ash.
It’s a great read that shows how a group of friends get to know each other, love each other and then separate and led different lives.