The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
What’s it about?
So my first thought was, “this is a remake of ‘The Big Chill’ for millennials”. I may not have been too far off with my first thought.... Much like “The Big Chill” this was thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end. Who isn’t drawn in by a group of childhood friends who years later are drawn back together for the funeral of one of the group? Did I mention it was a suicide?
What did it make me think about?
This novel is about friendship- pure and simple. Especially long enduring friendships. Rebecca Kauffman addresses her characters emotional lives head on- in a way that most writers don't. It made for a different kind of novel.
Should I read it?
SO- keeping in mind that I may have just been in the mood for something quick and easy- I would say yes! This novel was just fun to read. Lots of drama, lots of quirky characters, and some mystery. I must tell you that you will need to suspend your disbelief and just go with it (for example- if Mikey is truly that well-loved wouldn’t he have made some more friends over the years….). But so what! Sometimes it is fun to just read something that is engrossing and keeps you interested. I would say this is a really good summer, beach read with some thought provoking, deep points made by the author.
“He said, ‘I think at various times in life we’re either more or less true to who we really are. But that essence, that who we are…I don’t know if that that ever changes.’”
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!