Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Club Book Review: This is Where I Leave You

Our book club had another successful meeting this past Friday. Lots of laughs, snacks, wine, and a little discussion about our latest selection, This is Where I Leave You. This will be a movie coming out in a few weeks, so you can anticipate another 'Book Club Goes to the Movies' adventure soon!

PlotThe death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.

Review: This book is definitely a dark comedy. I wouldn't say I particularly loved it, but I certainly didn't hate it. {That honor still resides with Invisible Monsters.} It had moments of hilarious brilliance, but I didn't really feel vested in the book because I didn't really care too much about any of the characters. I'd probably give it a B. I am looking forward to the movie because the cast looks amazing!!


Karen M. Peterson said...

I'm really looking forward to the movie and will probably read the book afterward.