A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

To say that I was disappointed in this book would be an understatement. I have this outrageous habit of reading a book just because everyone else says it’s good. I saw A Visit from the Goon Squad on every best seller list and book blog that I came across. Naturally, I had to have it. When I cracked it open, I was actually immediately intrigued by the story line—that is, until it changed 987654321 times. Every chapter was told from a different person’s point of view and kept jumping from past to present among different groups of friends. If you’ve ever seen movies like Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve or even He’s Just Not That Into You, you’ll know what I’m referring to when I say that the characters were all somehow connected to each other. The problem was that, in this book, it’s on a much larger scale—MUCH larger. With so many names to remember and trying to recall where the link was, I found myself more burdened by retaining the information rather than enjoying the stories themselves. It got to the point where I kept checking to see how many pages I had left until I was done with the book. It seemed like it would never end! Lastly, I want to point out that while many people suggested that the “goon squad” is somewhat of a metaphor for aging or death or simply the passing of time, I just didn’t see it. I feel like the book tried to be deeper than it actually was. Does that make sense? I apologize to the masses who adored this book. For me, it was far from stellar.

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