Book Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

I had to read this book as part of my University course in creative writing. This isn’t a book I would have normally chosen, but I am glad we had to read it as part of our course, as it has an interesting structure.

The book has thirteen chapters, which can either be read as individual short stories, or as part of the whole novel. The stories evolve around certain central characters and jump back and forth in time. Each chapter is written from a different characters view point and timeline. Chapter twelve is written as a kind of slide show or power point presentation. Although the book can be read a separate short stories, there is a threat that follows through the book and links the characters to each other and in the end the book comes full circle back to the first story.

I found the book a bit strange to start with and was looking for something I can relate to, but after a while I got used to the style and the way the different characters presented itself. The book is mainly based around New York, but some stories take you out of that setting into different countries for example Italy or a Safari in Africa. I have never come across a book written in this way and I have to say I liked it. I liked that it wasn’t predictable and kept me as a reader guessing of what might happen next. The book gets a 👍 thumbs up from me.

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