This is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper

Another book where I’m going to be annoying and compare it to ones I’ve read by the same author in the past.

With Jonathan Tropper you know what you’re going to get to a certain extent: a readable witty story with a male protagonist who has usually suffered the death of a loved one and some romantic failings who is then reunited with an old flame and then fixes things with his family. I don’t mind the relative predictability of the books though since they are mostly very good.

This one has gotten pretty good reviews overall, but I don’t think it’s as good as his middle three books: How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, and The Book of Joe. His first book, Plan B was really bad – don’t read that.

Tropper’s books are great for a holiday or beach read, somewhere where you want something readable but not completely mindless and he’s really good at creating engaging characters. Definitely recommended if you like Nick Horby and those sorts of books.

Overall: 7/10


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