I’ve read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels and when each year’s selection is made, I look forward to sinking my teeth into it. This was certainly no exception – in fact my expectations were even higher than usual. It seemed that A Visit From the Goon Squad had made every summer reading list and it seemed that everyone I knew was either reading it or had read and loved it.
Unfortunately it didn’t grab me the way it seemed to grab others. Yes, she is a talented writer. Yes, she did a superb job of switching between narrators and writing convincingly from numerous points of view. But at the end of the day I would describe the book as ultimately forgettable. None of the characters stuck out for me. I was never properly taken in by the plot.
Would I have enjoyed this book more if I’d picked it up off the shelf and had no expectations? Probably. But I believe that I would have still found it to be less than exceptional.