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This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and I found it to be a quick read, overall. On the last page, I felt like a whole bunch of nothing happened throughout this novel. And at the same time, A LOT happened. Essentially, this book was about several broken people and how they use and abuse each other or vices to help them cope with life. On one hand, I hated all of the characters of this book for being selfish and irresponsible and lacking self-control. Yet, I also empathized for Greg and Marie as they tried to overcome and make-up for their parental shortcomings. At the end of the day, I disliked the characters and their behavior. To some extent, they deserved exactly what they got (Especially Greg with his drinking and misogyny)... but there is still something that makes me empathize with his situation. I will certainly say this is NOT a feel-good story. But it is a pretty easy read, all things considered.
I keep seeing comments about the book "not being funny". This was NOT a funny book, it was sad, raw and real. Anyone that has ever loved an addict would appreciate the honesty and frustration of this book. These days I imagine addiction effects everyone to some degree. Whether that be drugs like GJ or food and sex like Greg. Even the mundane existence of trying to live a perfect life that is a lie like Deb... I found every character relatable to myself or someone close in my life. I loved this book.
So I read all that and still didn't find out where or what happened to GJ. So disappointing for my first BOTM
I feel like Marie knew where GJ was or how to at least get a hold of him. I don't think she ended up filling out the police report. I think she agreed to help Greg search to help Greg through his issues and to gain some sort of closure with his son. I think Marie and maybe even Deb knew that if he came in contact with his son that it would do more harm than good. What do you think?
I was disappointed with the book as for I had expected the book to be funny and so much more. The writing was still good and I was still caught in the pages wondering what would happen with GJ.
Not what I was expecting
I'm a little confused with the ending... GJ writes Greg a letter pretty much saying he wants nothing to do with him... I get that. But why didn't GJ talk to Marie? The ending left me wondering what happen next.. I guess that was the point?
Did you not like it? I personally felt that it was too short. I wasn't a fan of the ending.