Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

The Internet Magpie’s #CBR4 Review #2: A visit from the Goon Squad.

(Jennifer Egan)

I didn’t get it.

This is a really hard review to write, because it was a good book and I enjoyed reading it, but I feel like I’m missing something here. Egan’s novel is a series of characters whose lives intersect via music and technology, and I can certainly relate to that, but I didn’t feel much of a connection to anything in these pages.

She was amazing with details and character descriptions (some of her characters would have been perfectly at home in Francesca Lia Block’s LA, and I loooooooooooooooved Francesca Lia Block’s LA when I was growing up a super-awkward teen in Massachusetts) and little glimpses of the future, but I think I missed something.

Who else read this and got a lot out of it? It was a great book about Pretty People with Problems and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t super-affecting and didn’t much make me think. I just enjoyed it. I really wanted to enjoy it more than I did!

Seriously, can we discuss this in the comments, either here or on my blog? Sometimes talking about books helps me appreciate them more.

(340 pages)

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One thought on “The Internet Magpie’s #CBR4 Review #2: A visit from the Goon Squad.

  1. toepic on said:

    I’m not going to help you appreciate it more. I thought it was ok. It reminded me of a movie that has great actors playing interesting roles but not much story. Maybe if she added a murder mystery or something to thread it all together I would have enjoyed it more. <– only partly kidding

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