The Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain...and ultimate healing.
It is a real, unflinchingly honest look at life and all of the horrible things that happen. It is also a reminder of the reasons that life is still worth living in spite of those horrible things.
No-one grieves the same. No-one is to blame. But the family fractures for all that.
There is something very raw how this premise is developed, and th...more
The movie, to me, is not as good as the book. I almost always think that t...more
The main character, Conrad, though he ma...more
This book, Ordinary People by Judith Guest, is easily a recommendable book. But I did not love it. It had its ups and downs, not like a great book should, but like a good book that caught my interest. The main characters might have been ordinary people, but so many extraordinary things happen to that family, which elevates the Jarrett family past the level of normal. It is with a skeptical air with which I view this book, both in the duration of the reading and af...more