Monday, December 7, 2015

Book Review: "A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan

Bennie Salazar is a music executive, known for discovering one of the biggest acts ever.  Sasha is his assistant who knows exactly what she's doing, even if it isn't right.  From there, we twist through different moments of time, and see something new from a different character's perspective.  It's a wild ride - you're not sure which character you'll hear from next, from which point in time...  or why.  Each new discovery is a surprise, a hint at the big picture.

This is one of those books that people seem to enjoy or they hate it completely.  From the reviews I glanced at on GoodReads, it seems that people didn't like the jumping around.  I kind of liked that.  I enjoyed trying to fit all of these very different characters together like a puzzle.  It was confusing at first, especially with the added feature or jumping around in time as well but I got into it.  Each chapter is like a short story, but they are all connected.  One chapter is written completely as PowerPoint slides which I thought was genius.  I didn't expect to gain as much emotional insight to the characters as I did!

I'm really glad I finally read this Pulitzer Prize Winner.  It's been on my shelves for years and on my TBR List for RoofBeam Reader's Challenge for at least the past two years.  I'm so glad to finally cross it off - and that I liked it to boot!

*****
A Visit From the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
Knopf, 2010
340 pages
Source:  Contest Prize from another blogger
*****

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