Don’t you love it when a book is not only engaging, but long after you read it you keep thinking about it? I’m having book hangover and unable to pick up another book to read because I’m still lost in the world of This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, a New York Times bestseller that is hitting the theaters September 19th.
I took my besties out for a fun brunch to chat about This Is Where I Leave You. We received copies for each of us to read and get together for a fun Book Club, and we were also able to join in on the film’s facebook page to share our thoughts with others reading the book, a virtual book club with other fans. You can join the Wednesday #TIWILY Book Club also, and may win signed movie posters or a trip to the premiere in Hollywood while participating.
This Is Where I Leave You stars an award-winning cast, including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda, and we can’t wait to see the film rendition of a book we now love (and with great actors too). Honestly, I just want to jump back into the Foxman family and feel like I’m part of the familiar angst and love once again,
We got together at a local eatery for brunch and chatting, and these are just a few of the many points we discussed during our book club:
– We of course focused quite a bit on the story between Judd and Jen. Judd discovers his wife in bed with his boss and we feel initially feel sorry for him, but as Judd’s character is fleshed out we realize the ways he let his wife down, most particularly after her miscarriage, and we found ourselves feeling compassion toward her (a total 180 from our initial impression of her). His later actions (kinda creepy) make him even less sympathetic, and I loved the levels his character is given. We don’t know the ending to his story, some things are left up in the air, and I feel like we really didn’t need to know.
– Penny, a childhood friend of Judd’s, sort of floundered over the years, and reminded us all of someone we knew…to be honest, I thought of her a bit after finishing the novel. She is a sort of sad character and felt so familiar to me, like a friend who needed help and was sort of left behind, never found love but wanted to, that I wanted to just jump into the novel as a character and help her.
– The sibling relationships resonated with us. I understood the confusing spectrum of sibling relationships in a home with multiple brothers and sisters, where you quickly go from feeling like you’ll always be there for each other. to wanting to ring each other’s necks and not talking for weeks. When the brothers in the novel fought, even bitterly, you sensed that it wouldn’t be a permanent rift, because that is the nature of sibling relationships- we had to live with these people for at least 18 years whether or not we got along, so we forgave a lot, lol. I loved this aspect of the novel because it was so real and it’s what made us root for the family most.
– The dynamics between the children and parents would take sooo long to discuss here, but we discussed them at length, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.
Have you read the book? Did any parts have a particularly strong impact on you? Join us in talking about our pick of the month for our book club chat, and check out the movie in theaters starting September 19th!
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