There is one really hilarious story about Buckingham getting high on Quaaludes at the AMA awards… I read that part in my cubicle at work and actually laughed out loud.
At first, I didn’t think I’d enjoy this book. The story takes place over a span of decades and revolves around a group of friends who meet at a camp for young artists when they were in their teens. The book chronicles the characters’ struggles and successes as well as shows how the relationships between them change as years go on.
My biggest complaint about this book early on eventually became one of its strengths. The characters are all based around New York City and most of them — with the exception of Jules Jacobson, who is arguably the main protagonist — are all very privileged and a little snooty. I didn’t think I could find a way to relate to them or to empathize with them, but I will admit that I enjoyed watching the story progress and watching how sometimes the privilege led to some pitfalls.
I enjoyed this book because each of the main characters is fully fleshed out and feel like real human beings, even if they are not the type of people I know in my personal life. The author very realistically paints the picture of true friendship, including the not so happy parts of it.
While I enjoyed the book overall and think Dratch is a wonderfully funny writer and seems like a great person, I will admit that I was a bit underwhelmed with this one. I read a review which pretty much sums up what I thought. The reviewer was basically asking why Dratch would write a book because there wasn’t a lot that actually happened in it.
This is kind of true. I liked that she didn’t do a bunch of name dropping (there is some, of course, but she worked on Saturday Night Live so of course there are some celebrity names that come up) or a bunch of bragging about herself. However, her actual story wasn’t really a page turner.
This was still a nice, easy read and I liked it more than didn’t like it, but I just don’t feel like she had a lot to say.
Attachments was Rowell’s first book and, in my opinion, is her weakest. This book is about adults, where the other two books were essentially young adult novels which featured teenagers as the main characters.
In this novel, we meet Lincoln. Lincoln is in his late twenties, lives with his mom, is unlucky in love, and takes an internet security job at a newspaper. “Internet security” mostly means that he patrols employee email to make sure people aren’t emailing things they shouldn’t. Also, this takes place in 1999. Anyway, Lincoln ends up falling for this girl who works at the paper based off of reading emails she and her friend send each other.
Lincoln feels creepy about this and thinks he will never have a chance given his job and the fact that he’s been invading her privacy. Things happen.
This book did have a lot of heart and I ended up falling in love with the characters, but I simply felt like the build up wasn’t worth the pay off of the ending. It also felt a bit cliched, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even though the actual layout of the book was unique, it was at the end of the day the same story I’ve read a thousand times.
Have you read any interesting books lately?