Growing up in a small town where I never really felt like I belonged, this book resonated with me. Written by one of my favorite authors, The Book of Joe tells the story of Joe Goffman, who, after graduating high school, moves away from Bush Falls, Connecticut and becomes the best-selling author of "Bush Falls". This novel is so popular that it is made into a top-grossing movie and everyone loves - everyone except the residents of Bush Falls, Connecticut. The story essentially tells the secrets of everyone in the town causing much controversy among its residents. Naturally, when he has to return home due to his father having a stroke, everyone can't wait to see him again and tell him what they thought of his book. Conflict after conflict with old bullies and an older brother leaves Joe ready to get out again, but old friendships and a love interest have a way of making home seem good again.
As with all Jonathan Tropper novels (which I recommend you read them ALL!), you will start out laughing and end up crying. His novels have a great way of turning on a dime making the reader sit back and wonder what in the world happened. Hilariously written and emotionally poignant, do not miss this book. It's a nice reminder that even though where you grew up may not be perfect, it is a big part of who you are today.
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