Wednesday, November 23, 2016
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.
Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.
As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.
This book is both funny and sad...I can even go so far as to say it's funnily sad and sadly funny at the same time. There are moments of near heartbreak but the next moment you will be ROTFLOL (rolling on the floor laughing out loud) ...er...did I get that right?
I felt for Judd throughout the book as he tries to come to term with all that happens and although he didn't say much, readers can sense that he missed his dad too and in a way, he missed is siblings. There's a lot of stories that developed from this especially involving other siblings like Wendy and Philip.
It's quite like a chic lite but the main focus is a guy so what's the term for a male version of chic lite?
I enjoyed this book and am happy with it. :)