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Forging a powerful bond in the mid-1970s that lasts throughout subsequent decades, six individuals pursue challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.
I have no idea why so many people enjoy this book and give it positive reviews. I found it to be incredibly dull and boring. The characters are shallow and unrealistic. The plot is that six young kids meet and become great friends at summer camp one year. In the following years, there are about 3 events that change the dynamics of the group; marriage, job success, and an incident that I won't detail as it is a spoiler. All of these events are ordinary and really not worth writing (or reading) about.
I can handle a slow plot as long as the characters have some depth or angle. Not a single one of these characters did.
Needless to say, I put down this book with 100 pages to go, and moved on to a far more interesting one.
First, the title, that was a name this group of teens gave themselves at camp to differentiate themselves from the others. But they never really called themselves that, it was only an early reference. The plot sort of reminded me of Eugenides' Marriage Plot, but I liked the characters better in this book. Also, the big secret that some of the group were able to maintain over decades just seemed improbable that could happen. Yet, things like that probably do. I'd say that one thing that kept me reading this was the era since for me, was relatable.