For the first time ever, I've put a jump into a post so those of you who haven't read the book yet can read this intro and not be exposed to spoilers. Because A) After the jump, SO MANY SPOILERS. and B) You will want to read this book or at least see the movie. And you want to be surprised.
I'd like to thank those of you who suggested this book for making my job so very easy. This book is the reason book clubs were invented. In the absence of an actual book club, you'd want to call up someone who read it and find time for coffee or margaritas or late night cheesecake so you can talk about it and hear what they thought. So if reading questions and responding to them online isn't exactly your jam, make sure you know someone who's read it or is reading it when you do. Or plan on dinner after seeing the movie with someone who also hasn't read it.
Those of you who already have, pour yourself a glass of wine, and click below.
Whoa. Am I right?
First of all, let me say that Raj can breathe easy, secure in the knowledge that I can't even execute a trip to the grocery store for three items without forgetting something, much less a flawless plan to frame him for my murder. With back ups.
Secondly, I thought this was a very well written book. She's created a cast of profoundly screwed up characters, but I didn't find myself struggling to believe any of them. Ok, maybe Desi, a little, but I've certainly been around the kind of oily guy who hasn't done anything overtly creepy in a casual encounter, but makes you want a shower after he's gone.
Now here are some discussion topics. You can respond to any or all. Or just leave us your impressions overall. Or respond to what someone else has said. Or ask your own question for the rest of us to consider. Surely I'm not the only one who's wondering what other readers thought.
What, if anything, surprised you?
Did Desi deserve to die? (Unintentional alliteration, ahoy!)
Do you think Nick could have been happy in a regular marriage with a regular woman, either before or after Amy?
How much blame do you think should go to Amy's parents?
How do you see things playing out between Nick and Amy (and Go and the kid) in the future? OR How would you like to see things play out? OR Answer both.
Here's the part where I stifle the powerful urge to go ahead and answer first. Because, yes, I have things to say, but I don't want to steer the conversation too much. I'll participate in the comments though.