The Best Kind of People
To the shock of his family and community, George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual assault at a prestigious prep school in Connecticut. While he awaits his trial in jail, his family is left to pick up the pieces.
His wife, Joan, a trauma nurse, is unable to triage her emotional reactions, and vaults between rage and denial....more
"When someone is your husband or father, that's simply who they are. You don't stop to question much about them, unless you're given reason to, and they'd never been given reason to."
The Woodbury family is well known in their suburban Connecticut town; in fact, the family has lived there for years and the Woodbury home is a fixture in the neighborhood. About 10 years ago, George, a popular science teacher at the town's prep school, thwarted a gunman who came into ...more
“If only she could have the privilege of believing him entirely. What kind of person, what kind of ungrateful daughter, doesn’t believe her own father? She had never doubted him before. She never thought he was anything but moral and civilized. She wasn’t even sure what those words meant. But if someone puts the possibility of something terrible in your head—and people around you believe it—you can’t go back to thinking it completely inconceivable. The possibility i ...more
When I give a book above three stars it is because the book held my attention. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to the characters next. The most interesting character development I thought, took place with Sadie, ...more
IT ALL BEGINS with an enticing prologue! Science teacher George Woodbury saves the day when he tackles a gunman at the academy averting what could have been a major disaster....with many lives lost.
BUT....life as a hero takes a turn for the worse when George is accused of sexual misconduct of four minors on a school sponsored ski trip. Everyone is shocked and family chaos sets in, but the story flatlines here (for me) as it l...more
The Best Kind of People is like a train wreck - you want to look away, but you just can't (in a good way). It covers the very serious topic of rape-culture; which is dealt with and analyzed very thoughtfully and realistically. Whittall's novel focuses on George Woodbury who is now the small town's hero since saving the local prep school from a shooter. ...more
I received this book as a birthday gift from my best friend, but it wasn't until I heard the news that one of my favorite Canadian "celebs" actress/director, Sarah Polley, expressed a plan to develop the book to screen that the book moved up on my priority list. "The Best Kind of People " chooses to lay its focus on the family of accused sexual offender, decorated teacher, George Woodbury. George 's wife, Joan, daughter, Sadie, and son, Andrew take center stage ...more
George's arrest has left behind his wife Joan who is torn between denial and outrage ...more
I immediately bonded with the family. The author does a great job of capturing the confusion, that whole back and forth about what to believe. What is a good person ...more
For months Joan would replay this moment, trying to decipher the look on her husband’s face. Was it guilt? Confusion? Indignation? Stoicism? Acting? But nothing, not even a revolving camera of omniscience, a floating momentary opportunity to narrate, would allow anyone to truly understand the truth about George. He became a hard statue, an obstacle, a symbol.
I don't think I quite get the hype about The Best Kind of People: sure, discussions on rape culture are timely, and whether we're talkin ...more
While many reviews of Whittall's shocking novel, "The Best Kind of People," focus on the current state of the "rape culture" in American society, for me this was a tale of yet another dysfunctional American family. The rape - whatever your thoughts on guilt or innoc ...more
The arrest divides the town of Avalon and the private school where George teaches and Sadie is a senior. It was hard reading the stuff from the men’s rights group, who think women make up rape charges when sex didn’t go ...more
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Solid 3.5 Stars rounded to 4
George Woodbury is a local teacher in at Avalon Prep School and local hero. He would be Teacher of the Year for the next ten years for stopping a shooter at the school, saving hundreds of children. But when he starts to receive cryptic notes, no one can foresee the whirlwind which will determine his ultimate fate. George Woodbury, accused of sexual impropriety of four high school students, is ...more
You should probably skip it if: You prefer feel good stories, you like books with a single point of view, you hate ambiguity, you prefer a clear, likeable protagonist, you like more typical crime novels.
If you told me you absolutely loved this book, I would understand. If you told me you ...more
The Woodbury family is well known in their suburban Connecticut town; in fact, the family is part of the town's founding and the Woodbury home is the first in the luxury neighborhood. About 10 years ago, George, a popular science teacher at the town's prep school, thwarted a gunman who came into the school to kill o ...more
I really wanted to like this book more. Whittall certainly chose a really ambitious topic, delving into how an upper middle class all-american family deals (or fails to deal with) accusations of sexual impropriety against the patriarch. Whittall thrusts us into the psychological earthquakes that all the other family members deal with, while also tackling the issues of rape culture, how our society treats accusers and how those guilty of sexual assault are rarely prosecuted let alone convict ...more
Right from the beginning it left a sour taste in my mouth. A rich, white, privileged male is convicted of attempted rape of minors in a rich, white town. He is a ~town hero~ so no one could ever even begin to believe that he could have done something like this. Fine, I'll buy that part, it's trying to tackle contemporary issues. But the way that ...more
Just how well do you know your husband? Your Father? Your co-worker? Your employee? What secrets do people keep? How are they able to keep them? Just how good a liar or they? Or do people become good at ignoring the truth? What ...more
George Woodbury is a denizen of his community. He is wealthy, charming, and someone who is looked up to as a pillar of society. That all seems to be crashing down when George is arrested on charges of sexual impropriety with girls he had taken on an overnight ski trip. George's family is devastated and each member ...more