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Gump and Co. (Forrest Gump #2)

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Forrest Gump captured our hearts in the #1 New York Times bestselling novel "Forrest Gump", and in the blockbuster film, winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor. Now he returns in the long-awaited sequel to the book hailed by Larry King as "the funniest novel I have ever read." A little older, and wiser in his unique way, Forrest is still running ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Pocket Books (first published 1995)
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Mar 12, 2014 Vasia rated it it was ok
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Jan 30, 2010 Chris rated it did not like it
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J.m. Darhower
While I never read the Forrest Gump novel, I heard this sequel picked up at the end of the movie and continued on from there... being as it's one of my favorite movies, I thought this was the perfect way to continue on with the characters (and admittedly, I was curious to know how he fared parenting). However, after reading it, I wish I could go back and unsee what I've seen in this book. Instead of making me enjoy the characters I loved so much, I found myself annoyed with them, their charm slo ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Don rated it really liked it
"Gump & Co." is another thoroughly entertaining book. There is one note though, this book is not a continuation of the book "Forrest Gump", it was written after the movie's success and it actually continues the storyline from the movie, not the original novel.

If you liked the movie read "Gump and Co." after watching the movie. If you liked both the movie and "Gump and Co." then read "Forrest Gump" and view it as just an alternative life for the character Forrest Gump.

Forrest Gump is a great
Jul 23, 2015 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fun, quick read. I read a review that said it was based on the movie and not the first book but not true. There was a very brief movie tie in but it had no influence on the story. 3 1/2 stars.
Sep 17, 2012 Jeff rated it did not like it
The first book was witty, fun to read and they made a movie out of it you either hated or liked. Then came the academy awards where it won a slew of Oscars and not one member of the cast and crew thanked the author for whom this movie would never have ever been created. So, in a fit of pique (or so it's said), he wrote a sequel vowing to make it completely impossible to film. The result was a mess with little to no plot or pacing and to fit as many events and incidents as possible to the point o ...more
Bridget Bailey
May 28, 2015 Bridget Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read the first book but have seen the movie. Knowing how the movie was I knew this book would be the same way and I enjoyed it because I knew how the book was going to go. I read a lot of bad reviews for this book; however, if you know what kind of book you are getting into, they shouldn't have so many negative comments, they should have known better. It was a light book full of the many nuisances of Forrest Gump. One annoying thing I didn't like was that Forrest kept getting into thes ...more
Todd Carney
Jul 01, 2014 Todd Carney rated it did not like it
I'm adding this to my Goodreads books, just so people don't think I totally love every book I read. This book is probably the worst book I've ever read. It was a gift from a former supervisor back in 1996. I started reading it and had to put it down. Over the next few years, I would pick it up, just remembering how ridiculous it was, and I'd read a few chapters or less before putting it back on the shelf. Finally, I forced myself to finish it so that it could become the measuring stick for awful ...more
Miguel Angel Flores
Feb 21, 2015 Miguel Angel Flores rated it it was ok
Leí la primera novela cuando tenía como 8 años, debo admitir que algunas partes no las recuerdo muy bien (volver a leerla está en mi lista de pendientes), pero si de algo estoy seguro, es que la primera parte no se compara en nada a esta secuela.
La verdad no tenía muchas expectativas respecto a este libro, ya había escuchado que se trataba de una secuela escrita solo con afán de sacar dinero aprovechando la buena fama obtenida por la película, pero jamás imaginé de qué forma tan descarada se ref
Sean Chambers ray
Mar 25, 2015 Sean Chambers ray rated it liked it
I like the first book better. The second book seem like it was nothing but a string of getting in trouble where there was varying degrees of success. It just was kind of hokey in the middle, but it really finished up with a great ending. I can't say that it wasn't full of adventure. It definitely had adventure and funny points to it. So overall, I really enjoyed this book. Again, there is the language factor. So for those of you who do not like reading books with a lot of colorful language, I mi ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Grahame rated it liked it
I laughed quite a bit when reading this. It was written after the movie was made and the endearing bits of the movie seemed to lead the author to include those types of stories.
I didn't find the writing too flash but the story overall was very readable.
Brittany Perry
Jun 21, 2014 Brittany Perry rated it really liked it
Okay so I thought I'd be okay with reading his since I had seen the movie. I was wrong. First off it seems Jenny didn't die in t first book and she DID NOT MARRY FOREST! It didn't happen until about thirty or so pages into this book that she died and I don't guess she married forest at all! Still I read the book and I am trying to find a reasonable copy of FOrest Gump,so I can be sure of what happened. Still I was pretty shocked by how many times Forrest has ended up in the slammer. There were a ...more
Kalli Meisler
Dec 28, 2015 Kalli Meisler rated it really liked it
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Kim Smiley
Not a very long book, but it definitely has a lot of comical situations that will make you laugh out loud. I haven't read the first book, Forrest Gump yet, as it wasn't available at the library yet. What i can tell you, is that it has to be different from the movie.

In part II, Jenny is still alive but with someone else. Forrest starts off the story by losing the shrimping business and he's broke and looking for work so he can send Jenny money for their son, Forrest Jr.

The situations he gets int
Jay DeVine
Oct 11, 2009 Jay DeVine rated it did not like it
"Forrest Gump" is one of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book. THis sequel should never have been written. It is atrocious.
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I rated this below the original, which only got 3*. The author wrote this just to cash in on the fact that is first novel was made into a movie. I have two major complaints. The first applies to both books and that's although Forrest is slow he keeps being referred to as a "certified idiot", or by any number of other similiar rude names like moron, "dumber than a rock", etc. It gets old quick, and is insulting. Forrest may not be smart but even he knows he's being asked to do somethings wrong an ...more
Jul 19, 2008 Yi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Mar 22, 2013 Chingy_sk rated it really liked it
Gump and Co.

Gump and Co. is the sequel to the movie Forest Gump. The book talks about the things

that happened to Forest after all the good things he did in the movie. It seems like the book talks

about all his failures that happened to him. It describes that he lost all of his money in Apple, so

he has to set out and make money for little Forest.

Little Forest comes to stay with Forest during the summer, where Forest is working at a

pig farm. Little Forest is a smart kid and he notices all the
Aug 19, 2012 C rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I never read the first one, only saw the movie, it seems like the movie changed some stuff. Jenny in this book is not married to Forrest. But little Forrest indeed is his son.
This book raises spirits, Forrest keeps on making mistakes, and keeps on standing up, finding new opportunities. And the story has a happy ending, what I usually like.
The only thing about this book is you need to get used to the language. Like figure would be spelled figger, and business would be bidness, based
Dec 25, 2015 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you saw the movie and thought this would pick up where it left're not going to like this. The movie is so much better than this book. However, if you read the first book and enjoyed it, then you're going to love this book as you shall already be familiar with the characters as the author portrayed them. I was expecting Tom Hanks portrayal of Forrest Gump and was extremely disappointed with the reality of the author's vision of Forrest Gump. With that all said, I did learn to appreci ...more
Alex R.
Mar 09, 2014 Alex R. rated it really liked it
Overall I liked this book quite a bit. It wasn't quite as good as Forrest Gump but it was a good read. I gave this book four stars because although I enjoyed it the book, it felt a little out of sync. As some sections of the story were far too short. My other problem with this book is that it really felt fairly discombobulated almost like Winston Groom didn't know how too fit all of his ideas in one story. Once again tis is still a good book and I would recommend it to fans of Forrest Gump.
Dec 27, 2015 Adrian rated it liked it
Continuación de la historia de Forrest Gump un hombre que acabó con Guerras, con formas de vida, deportista profesional en varias disciplinas, fue millonario, pobre y otra vez millonario... y del que acabaron haciendo una película. Una persona que era amigo de sus amigos, y un gran padre.
"Lo que cuenta en la vida son los recuerdos Forrest; currado el resto se ha acabado, los recuerdos lo son todo"... y de eso nuestro protagonista tiene muchos muy valiosos y variados.
Mar 19, 2009 Claire rated it really liked it
I adored the first book, it was so well written and captivating. But Gump & Co left me slightly disappointed. I still enjoyed it immensely, but this one was just so much more unrealistic! He got himself into something good and productive, and then had to run away because it turned sour, and he would run right back into something that seemed good. There was no layover time, just bam, bam, bam all right in a row. The shenanigans that he got himself into were very humorous, but so unbelievable. ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-fiction
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Chris Hand
Jan 13, 2015 Chris Hand rated it it was amazing
I watched the film numerous times, and enjoyed it, but if you want a really special book to read, this has got to be it. Fantastically written, and so over-the-top that it might just be believable. Probably the best book I've read in the past year. I read it in two sittings, and that's only because I had to sleep sooner or later. 260 pages of rollicking fun.
Jun 11, 2010 Kristin rated it liked it
I read this book off and on during my dinner breaks at work over the last couple months. Never read the first book, but I've seen the movie numerous times. Essentially, this one picks up where the movie left off, namely how Forrest tries to make a living for himself and his son. Little Forrest is unfortunately left at home for most of this book, so his character is underdeveloped. There are familiar names from Forrest's past who he runs into during his adventures. The main theme of this book is ...more
Nowhere Fast
Jul 07, 2014 Nowhere Fast rated it liked it
I always wondered what might happen to Gump after the movie ended. I have never read the first book---apparently the movie doesn't follow the first book too close. I need to go back and read the original book. A few things I didn't like---Gump cussing a lot--he is too sweet for all that, little Forest not liking him at first, Forest losing all his money and being broke. Some of the historical coincidences were not so great compared to the movie, etc. Still a good book. 3 stars from me.
Stoneme Mayo
Jan 03, 2009 Stoneme Mayo rated it liked it
Well first of all, I watched the film first and then found a copy of this book at a local charity shop. It took a little getting used to the language and style but I soon adapted a reading style in the same sense of the film. Gump seems to carry on from where the film left off (unless I'm mistaken) and finds himself in all sorts of comical meanderings. I began to grow bored of the constant repetitions in plot but did enjoy chuckling to myself at some of the situations Gump found himself in. I di ...more
Collin Preciado
Feb 11, 2012 Collin Preciado rated it liked it
The majority of the book lacked any real direction other than the relationship with his son (which acted more of a subplot). The ending, however, has a great payoff and I thoroughly enjoyed that bit. The book reads more as a series of sketches which makes it a quick read for folks with low attention spans (people like me). I finished this book in two days and despite what I've read from other reviews on this site, it is not a continuation of the events of the movie. You can read this book withou ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: spin-offs
I found this on my most recent (and probably last) journey to the Auburn Public Library. As usual, I was looking for other books, and as usual, the library did not have them. Anyway, this book was very interesting, and the whole time I read it, I wish I had read the first Gump book that the movie was based on. Forrest referenced many events from the first book that I recognized from the movie, but, or course, they happened differently in the book. But, this book took place in the 80s, so it was ...more
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Winston Groom is an American novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for his book Forrest Gump, which was adapted into a film in 1994. Groom was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Mobile, Alabama where he attended University Military School (now known as UMS-Wright Preparatory School). He attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the Army ROTC, and ...more
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