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The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
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Jun 27, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2010

Jonathan Tropper is my new favorite author. I have also read "This is Where I Leave You" and I thought it was outstanding and "The Book of Joe" is even better. It is basically a coming of age story of a 34 year old man. Tropper really does a good job of writing stories that seem true to the male psyche. I have read a lot of reviews on this book and they are almost all positive, but they miss the biggest point of the book. It is a hilarious book with some heart breaking moments that will lead you to tears...if you have a heart. Joe's best friends in high school are gay and I think the depiction of what it must have been like in the 80's in high school as a gay youth is right on. The story of these friends' life is painful to read at times, thankfully Tropper finds a way to add humor in a respectful way.

Basically, the plot is Joe Goffman leaves his small town and writes a best selling "fiction" novel about his town and his senior year in high school where basketball is king. He is brutally honest about the people, the basketball program, his friends, his girlfriend, his family, etc....never thinking he would go back, but when his dad has a stoke, he has to go back. The book leaves you wondering about the future of Joe, but leaves you with hope...which seems to be the montra of Tropper books. If you can handle the language and sex in the book, you will love this book. If you are a man, you will see yourself in a lot of this book, unless somehow you've lived the perfect life with no issues...if you are a woman, you will get a little better understanding of what is going on in a man's mind...unless you only like the goody goody guys....
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