It did. But I have mixed feelings about the fact that the book crossed my radar.
At the beginning of the book I was drawn in by Wolitzer's interesting use of words and the honesty of her characters - they were each incredibly believable. I found it interesting how she would give you parts of information early on, but not reveal the complete story until later in the book. The way she jumped between the older and younger versions of the characters, particularly towards the beginning of the book, was also a different approach than most books I've read.
I understood Jules' struggle, and I definitely sympathized with bits of it. The artistic pursuits and passions of the characters definitely struck a cord with me - I was a musical theater major in college and have always been involved in all kinds of "artsy" things. I think my main struggle was that is felt like the book just...ended. I turned to the last page and felt highly unsatisfied. There were small peaks and valleys corresponding with the character's lives, but the overall plot of the story did not seem to move. They just seemed to glide - which is much more true to life, I suppose.
Personally, the book just left me feeling empty and disappointed at the end. I wished that the end had retained some of the wit of the beginning and that it had wrapped up in a more defined way. I saw that the characters had begun to change like you knew they were supposed to, but I never got to see it to fruition and I had trouble using my imagination to see it ever getting there.
I know a lot of people who have enjoyed it, though. Personally, it's not my cup of tea.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Confession, I'm already most of the way through this one! It was supposed to be my something happy to accompany my second selection...oops. I may actually have finished it by the time this post goes live - I'm typing this on Monday evening.)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Second confession, I'm dreading reading this one. Emotionally charged books are normally not something I run towards. However, a ABM book club is reading this one next and I know that I would find it beautiful - my sister adores it - so I think I'm going to use ABM as motivation to bite the bullet. I'll just mix a good dose of happier books in there with it.)
Have you read The Interestings? What was your take on it?
What's next on your "to read" stack?