A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Book 5/30.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a strained relationship with Pulitzer Prize winning novels as they tend to be either a hit or a miss for me. I haven’t read too many of them, but the few I’ve read had me feeling underwhelmed from start to finish. I even took a break from reading Pulitzer Prize winning books and didn’t touch them for a couple of years until I read The Road last year. So I was very apprehensive going into this and as a result I’m very aware of how dope it is that I enjoyed this enough to rate it 4 stars.

I could be wrong, but this is the first novel I’ve read that is written in the all too rare second person narrative. What I’m not wrong about is that I have never read a book with as many POVs as this one given there are at least 10 POVs in this book. And none of their chapters are titled so it can take a minute or two to figure out who the narrator is. Bennie and Sasha are the main protagonists of this book and each of the numerous POVs is connected to one or both of them in some way. The narration is not chronological as the timelines alternate between the past and the present with many references to the future. Those two stylistic devices could have made for quite the difficult read, but this was a surprisingly easy read. A lot of Goodreads reviewers have raved about the narration that was done solely in PowerPoint, but I don’t really get the hype. I mean I thought it was cool, but not to the extent which the reviewers make it out to be. I do appreciate it though for making the read time much quicker 😅

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the last chapter as I found it quite nonsensical, but other than that I am happy to say this was a hit 🤩

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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