Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Jonathan Tropper. I happened upon a review of his This is Where I Leave You and suspected I would enjoy it. I did more than enjoy it, I loved it, and promptly began searching for the rest of his works. I think I have all but one at this point. The Book of Joe
was the next one that peaked my interest.

The premise of the book is that Joe, the protagonist, had some truly rough teenage years that he fictionalized in a book that not only hit the bestseller lists but also was made into a feature film. He is estranged from his family, and hasn't found a reason to head back to the hometown that he fictionalized, and subsequently infuriated in the process, until now. His return home is nothing short of notable. Between run-ins with past friends and acquaintances as well as his family members, the book takes you from hilarious to heartbreaking sometimes within a single paragraph.

While I suspected I would enjoy this book, I had no idea how much. This is definitely a good book, I would highly recommend it, especially to anyone who has a dysfunctional family or feels like the black sheep in the family.

Don't forget, I love book recommendations! Tell me what you're reading these days!


Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

This is one of my favourite books - I really enjoyed it. Apparently Brad Pitt has the film rights to the film - would make an interesting one I think!

Have you read Turning Thirty by Jonathan Tropper as well? It was his debut novel! That was a good book too about...well him and his friends turning 30! I would recommend reading it it was really good too!

Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

Sorry - the book is actually called Plan B not Turning Thirty - but is about Turning Thirty!!

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