If you’ve ever watched Archer and heard Lana say “Nope,” you can understand when I say that my reaction upon finishing [b:A Visit from the Goon Squad|7331435|A Visit from the Goon Squad|Jennifer Egan|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1290480318s/7331435.jpg|8975330] was pretty much that. It’s not a bad book, in a lot of ways it’s probably a good book. There was just one giant problem for me–I didn’t enjoy it. Not in the way of a book that is uncomfortable for its honesty or its tragedy or the humanity it depicts. In fact, all of those elements are present, although too many slip by frustratingly neglected. Rather, it was unenjoyable because it lacked substance. The characters had all been through heartbreaks, but something still felt off. There was something lacking. I truly do not understand the reaction to this book. Maybe it’s just me.
October 12, 2011