Funny and quick read.
No it's not as good as his best book, "This is Where I Leave You," but it's still worthwhile. As with his other books, Tropper deftly navigates between comic moments and melancholy ones. The scenario is a bit contrived (a man who wrote a scandalous book about his small town returns to visit his dying father and runs into people from his past), but Tropper pulls it off in a way that is funny, heartfelt, and insightful.
Shortly after graduating from High School Joe Goffman leaves and never looks back, but you can’t always run away from your past and fifteen years later its time for Joe to come back home. There will be no welcome banners or a welcome home parade because when you write a best selling novel putting down everyone and everything in your home town people aren’t too enthusiastic about your return home. It doesn’t matter that your dad is in the hospital after suffering from a stroke, no one cares that you’ve hit writer’s block with your possible next novel, the bullies in high school are still going to beat you up and even your own brother doesn’t want to see you. Not to mention the copies of your book strewn all over the lawn of your childhood home by none other than the neighborhood book club! The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper, slated to become a movie in 2010, will have you laughing, crying, and reminiscing about your own past regrets.
Nowhere near as good as "This is where I leave you". It feels like it was written by a different person. Highly predictable.
I loved this main character - a screw up but one you can relate to. Laughter and tears in the one book. Worth a read.
Amazingly well written. Laugh out loud funny, sad without being sappy, human from beginning to end.
Really enjoyed this one. love the characters
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