The Book of Joe

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The Book of Joe

The Book of Joe Right after high school Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls Connecticut and never looked back Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge h

  • Title: The Book of Joe
  • Author: Jonathan Tropper
  • ISBN: 9780385338103
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • Right after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sopho slump with his next novel when he gets a call his father s had a stroke, so it s back to Bush Falls fRight after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sopho slump with his next novel when he gets a call his father s had a stroke, so it s back to Bush Falls for the town s most famous pariah His brother avoids him, his former classmates beat him up, and the members of the book club just hurl their copies of Bush Falls at his house But with the help of some old friends, Joe discovers that coming home isn t all bad and that maybe the best things in life are second chances Fans of Nick Hornby and Jennifer Weiner will love this book, by turns howling funny, fiercely intelligent, and achingly poignant As evidenced by The Book of Joe s success in both the foreign and movie markets, Jonathan Tropper has created a compelling, incredibly resonant story From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Jonathan Ashleigh on said:

      This is Where I Leave You is wonderful and if you liked it enough - you will probably read this book (also by Jonathan Tropper), but you probably won't like it as much. I wish it would have stuck with it's original title - Bush Falls. I like that a lot more, as it is the book which the main character writes that makes everybody hate him. I did like this book but only because it was sort of like This Is Where I Leave You. The characters were good but did not have the dimensions I was looking for. [...]

    2. Kelli on said:

      "God," I say. "Remember high school?"“Full of promise, full of dreams, full of shit. Mostly just full of yourself. So full you’re bursting. And then you get out into the world, and people empty you out, little by little, like air from a balloon.” Jonathon Tropper is my age. I know this because I looked it up somewhere in the midst of listening to this book. I had to look it up and yet I think I knew the answer long before I saw it. How else could it be? How else could he get everything so [...]

    3. matteo on said:

      An absolutely incredible book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. I read a lot of books, but I rarely respond to them like I did to this. Upon finishing it, I immediately called several of my friends and told them to go get it RIGHT NOW, because it felt like Tropper was writing exactly what we had been through. Tropper writes as though he is in the minds of his readers: you can feel the love, hatred, hurt, joy, confusion. The story might not always be fantastic, but his ability [...]

    4. Dashka on said:

      I wanted to like this book. I had every reason to -- not only was it the only book I had with me on vacation, but it had been recommended by someone whose opinions I trust and the author had been compared to Michael Chabon and Richard Russo, writers I love. But no matter how much I tried, I could not ignore the absolute awfulness of the writing. Tropper piles on adjectives randomly, giving ridiculously elaborate and yet banal descriptions of mundane things like drinking a soda ("long, thirsty si [...]

    5. Reese on said:

      A psychiatrist friend once told me that the psyche knows no greater pain than shame, that shame is so painful that, within a nanosecond, it is experienced as anger. The word "angry" clearly falls short of capturing the intensity of feelings about Jonathan Tropper's Joe Goffman, who had the chutzpah to make the name of his hometown the title of a novel -- one that would become a best-selling book and then a movie. The fact that Joe's work is fiction does not diminish the embarrassment felt by the [...]

    6. Jake on said:

      So the story is this:Smartass non-athlete kid grows up in a shitty sports town, moves away at 18 and writes a book savaging everyone he grew up with. After 15 years, the now-successful writer has to return to town because his father (who he hated) is sick.There's potential there. Despite being a blatant rip-off of Elizabethtown (maybe not the best thing to swipe from, BTW), this could work if one could avoid all the typical 'prodigal son' cliches. Such as:Former jock turns out to be gay.Former a [...]

    7. Sean Kennedy on said:

      I really enjoyed This Is Where I Leave You despite its at times-overbearing resemblance to a feelgood independent script aiming to be Oscarbait, so I decided to check out Jonathan Tropper's back catalogue.The Book of Joe is very similar - awash in cinematic cliches such as the estranged son returning home due to illness in the family, reacquainting with an old girlfriend he never got over, etc etc. It actually pulled together in TIWILY, but not here.I think what annoyed me the most was the use o [...]

    8. Jennifer Tatroe on said:

      Jonathan Tropper's The Book of Joe reminds me a lot of Michael Chabon's early work stirred up with a bit of Nick Hornby. Echoing so much of two of my favorite contemporary male authors, it's no surprise that, by the end, I really fell in love with this book and can't wait to read more from the author who wrote it.Joe Goffman is a lapsed Jew from a small town in Connecticut. After leaving home as a bitter and estranged teenager, he wrote a scathing (and bestselling) novel about his experiences gr [...]

    9. Kelly (and the Book Boar) on said:

      Joe Goffman is a self-described asshole. He’s such an asshole that he wrote a scathing “fictitious” novel about his hometown where he completed lambasted nearly everything and everyone contained there. He never dreamed the book would become not only a national sensation, but also an A-List movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kirsten Dunst. He REALLY never dreamed he’d have to go back to said hometown and face the subjects of his novel. However, when his father suffers a stroke, that’s [...]

    10. Rachel Elizabeth on said:

      Granted, I only read about forty pages of this one before deciding it wasn't my thing. But I was struck by how right Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult were when they said that men's fiction that has the plot tropes of "chick lit" is always just called "literary fiction," and I would hold this book up first as an argument for that. There are points in the first 40 pages when, in my opinion, it approaches saccharine. Despite being a person who cries practically on command at every viewing of Waters [...]

    11. Elyse on said:

      Loved it!When I want a book with heart that I can count on being hilarious--an author I turn to is "Jonathan Tropper".After having read the most awful book of my life recently ---(a book which actually made me angry on so many levels--a book which calls itself "NOTHING"), --- I wanted a moving, funny, compulsively readable book ----"The Book of Joe" was the perfect fit ----ending 2012 ---starting 2013!

    12. treehugger on said:

      So, I really, really enjoyed this book. It's about a man who, upon realizing he is inhabiting an empty, souless life and hearing about his estranged father's life-threatening stroke, returns to his small hometown in Connecticut. There are some really predictable things that happen from here, but the study of human relationships, the resiliency of the human heart, and final note of home on which the novel ends really did it for me. There was big emotion packed into this book, and it dealt with so [...]

    13. Michael on said:

      When his father suffers a stroke, Joe Guffman returns to the hometown he left behind 17 years before to confront his past and ponder his future. The biggest complication--Joe wrote a fictional book based on his life growing up in the town that didn't exactly sit well with some of those who depicted in his novel.Upon his return, Joe is involved in a bar fight, has a drink thrown in his face and finds copies of his book thrown onto the front lawn. But Joe is having other issues--his second book is [...]

    14. Eric_W on said:

      BEWARE: This book was originally published under the title of Bush Falls.He's a prodigy of alienation. Now a successful writer, having written a book about his home town, Bush Falls, that savaged the place, Joe receives a call from his sister-in-law that his father has had a stroke (he was at the top of the key, had just released the ball, and came down unconscious. Basketball aficionados present noted the ball swished.) Joe's brother, Brad, ex-sports star, and their father never had much time f [...]

    15. Amy on said:

      I just love Jonathan Tropper something about his writing and characters just speaks to me. Although this particular novel wasn't quite as good as This Is Where I Leave You, it's a really good novel that was a joy to read. I laughed, I cried and everything in between. Tropper just has a way of making you FEEL as you read - the good, the bad and the ugly. This book definitely reminded me of the TV show October Road (which was one of my favs before it was cancelled way too early).I wouldn't say th [...]

    16. Maida on said:

      Remarkable. I laughed, I cried, I shrieked, I cringed, I pondered and then I laughed some more!!! Witty & beautifully crafted, this book inspires tolerance, openness, vulnerability, resilience, & an affection for human idiosyncrasies & imperfections. Thank you, Jonathan Tropper, for taking me on such a glorious journey!!!"I find that most people worth knowing are f*cked up in some way or another.”"We make mistakes. They don't make us. If they did, we'd all be royally f*cked, especi [...]

    17. Melissa on said:

      Really good book.After a horrible senior year in high school, Joe moves away from his home town. Once Joe is on his own he rights a sort of tell all book about his home town, and his home town is not happy. Actually, a lot of people hate him in his home town. His mother passes away, but his father, brother, high school sweet heart, and his old best friend are home waiting for him when he returns.I read somewhere that this book is being made into a movie. I have never seen the T.V. show, but Octo [...]

    18. Carol on said:

      This is my third JT novel and like the others, it drew me in from the beginning and kept me interested until the end. The story Is entertaining, packed with emotion, interesting characters and wit. I truly enjoy Jonathan Tropper's writing style and highly recommend this sentimental page-turner.

    19. Rick on said:

      First off, this was a difficult book to rate. On the plus side, it made me laugh; it made me cry. I was caught up in the character's lives and cared about them. The author has a winning and simple way with prose. The negatives are what made me downrate it so much. Aside from the main character's intense self-pity that we're hammered over the head with, I had trouble suspending my disbelief for his best friend, Wayne, who deserved a much fresher and more thoughtful approach. Wayne is one of two g [...]

    20. Kamryn (GreyZone) on said:

      The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper is The Perks of Being a Wallflower plusWinger for adults. It's the type of hilarious that earns actual laughs rather than exhales, it's the type of insightful that makes you want to look at the people in your life differently. It's profound because it's about life rather than made-up magic and romantic ideals. Joe Goffman wrote a best-selling book absolutely slandering his hometown. Upon his return, he has to face everyone and their dog who was made into a dis [...]

    21. Larry H on said:

      Sometimes it's not that you can't go home again, it's that you shouldn't. Take Joe Goffman, for example. He left his hometown of Bush Falls shortly after high school and then years later wrote a fictionalized account of life there which left his former friends and neighbors feeling a little, well, angry. The book became a bestseller and was adapted into a movie, so the whole world got to see what Joe had to say.Joe returns to Bush Falls 15 years later, after his father has a stroke. Needless to [...]

    22. Snotchocheez on said:

      "The Book of Joe" reminded me much of my own life as it has progressed from high school to present (I am 42 at this writing). The plot centers on a novelist (with only one book, although it's a successful Peyton Place-esque novel based on his former home town) and his return back to his home town after his father suffers a near-fatal stroke. While I'm not a writer, I found myself identifying with much Tropper had to say about the protagonist's not being able to fit in with the mainstream, which [...]

    23. Abbie on said:

      I love this book. The writing is outstanding.Joe has so many issues:Mommy issues. His mother killed herself when he was a child.Daddy issues. His father always favored his older, athletic brother.Commitment issues. He hasn't grown up - at 34 - and he isn't over his High School girlfriend.And he wrote a book about everyone in his hometown and it wasn't very nice.Joe has one more problem: His father has had a stroke and he has to go back home and face the music.

    24. Marcia on said:

      Kept me up crying in my bed reading until 1am. Woke up my husband, who was terrified re: my crying. This hasn't happened since out honeymoon in Paris, where I stayed up until 3 finishing and sobbing to The Time Traveller's Wife and Matt awoke so confused as to why his new bride was crying in Paris. This book was nothing like that book except in the fact that I liked it and it made me cry.

    25. Sassacaia on said:

      It's been a long time since I read a book that I couldn't put down. This is one of those books, where it doesn't leave your head and you find yourself back in Bush Falls, wondering what kind of trouble Joe is going to get into now, even when you're at Casa Grande in Arizona. It's sweet and funny and engaging and just a pleasure to read.

    26. Nina on said:

      I've been reading a lot of YA/NA novels lately so I decided to go for an adult one this day. So I picked this up. Little did I know that it was like a YA/NA novel inside an adult novel. I like Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You. Despite its many vulgar words, it's a good one. Yes, many vulgar words, sexual content. A lot of profanities. So I wasn't surprised when The Book of Joe also contains those things. Honestly speaking, I found a LOT of similarities between the two. But the thing [...]

    27. Dani Peloquin on said:

      The Book of Joe is described by one reviewer as "a coming of year 34 year old tale" and I have to agree. However, this is not a bad thing! The story is about a man named Joe who writes a scathing book about the town in which he was raised. In his novel, he addresses how poorly everyone treated him and his friends. He also chronicles how the basketball team and its coach run the town while preaching conformity and intolerance. When Joe's father falls into a coma during a basketball alumni game, J [...]

    28. Todd Carper on said:

      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 [...]

    29. Elizabeth A on said:

      I participated in the BOTNS Secret Santa game last December, and this is one of the books I got from my elf (aka Lil). This was one of her fave books for the year, and I can see why. I was hooked the moment I started reading it. So imagine that you are a teenage boy growing up in small town America, and not only do you have no friends, let alone a way to get laid, but your mother kills herself, and you cannot find common ground with your father or older brother. Your final year of high school th [...]

    30. Rachelle on said:

      Joe Goffman is coming to terms with the fact that he just might be an asshole. He is forced to return to his hometown of Bush Falls, when his father has a stroke. His homecoming is slightly complicated by the fact that during his 17 year absence, he wrote a bestselling novel bashing the town and everyone in it. Oh yeah and then the book was turned into a movie… Needless to say the town isn’t too happy to see him. On the upside, Joe’s return home reconnects him with his best friend from hig [...]

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