As I mentioned before, this was my second reading of This is Where I Leave You. Luckily, I didn’t completely remember the ending, so — spoiler alert! — I kept wondering if Judd was going to end up back together with Jen or pursue Penny or what. Of course, we don’t know the answer to that. What do you think? I hope he and Jen don’t get back together, but remain friendly co-parents. I think Judd dates Penny briefly (again) and eventually embraces being alone, focusing on being a father and getting his life back together. He’ll find love again, but it will happen when he isn’t looking for it.
Other predictions: Alice becomes pregnant (baby conceived during the shiva, so she’ll never know who the father really is). Phillip remains a fuck-up forever. Wendy eventually divorces Barry, but stays on the west coast and spends her days lounging by her pool and driving her kids to and from different activities. The mom, whose name is escaping me (and I already returned the book to the library), stays with Linda for a long time — maybe even forever — but has numerous affairs with men, mostly widowed.
I’m so happy that Jen and Wade break up at the end. The thought of them together nauseated me.
I didn’t buy that someone like Tracy — successful, polished, sophisticated, has her shit together — would be dating a guy like Phillip. And I definitely didn’t buy that she’d just hand over her Porsche to him. WTF?
Penny gave me the sads and I wish we knew a little more about why her life turned out the way it did. I felt like her character/ storyline could have been developed a bit more.
And what did you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Was there anything you particularly loved or hated?
Oh! And I also liked that the house seemed almost dilapidated, but could be worth well over a million dollars. I felt like that was an interesting metaphor for this crazy family. There may be a lot of cracks in its foundation, but the love in there.
And don’t forget: This month we’re reading Fifty Shades of Grey, which you can buy here.