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The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer

The Romantics

by Galt Niederhoffer

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three stars for that STUPID ending alone. I honestly thought my Nook didn't download the entire book. Ugh. ( )
  aelizabethj | Apr 1, 2013 |
I watched the movie first and was left with an empty, slightly disturbed feeling. It had potential, but didn't quite make it. I was hopeful the book would fill in gaps and increase my liking for the characters. It didn't! In fact, the movie was an amazingly accurate rendition of the book. Many of the movie conversations came straight from the book dialogue. I wanted to like this book and the movie; but ultimately wouldn't recommend it to another. ( )
1 vote Motherofthree | Sep 4, 2011 |
This was an interesting book to read, but I imagine it would only appeal to a certain kind of reader. More of a character study than a story, with what story there is being very cliche and predictable, there's not much to move the reader forward. That said, I do want to give credit where credit is due. What Neiderhoffer lacks in his story, he makes up for with his love for his characters. Each character is beautifully described--their histories, motivations, fears, reactions, eccentricities are so rich that the reader feels as if she's part of the group; that she's grown up and gone to college with them. I was able to both love and despise them at the same time, the same way they all simultaneously love and despise each other. If you're a people watcher, the kind of person who likes the beginning "get to know you" part of movies best, or loves finding online the biographies of your favorite public figures then this might be the book for you. If not, I recommend you skip it. ( )
  bkwurm | Jun 8, 2011 |
Well written book. I didn't like the ending to this book ( )
  PennHumphrey | Jun 4, 2011 |
This book was very well written with strong, captivating language.
***SPOILER*** However, I'm not happy with the way the story ended. ( )
  princessjaynemiller | Dec 21, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312373376, Hardcover)

"The Romantics is a smart, edgy novel that is wickedly insightful about class and privilege, amusingly cynical about love and friendship, and thoroughly entertaining throughout. Galt Niederhoffer is an elegant prose stylist and a shrewd social observer."—Tom Perrotta

Laura and Lila were once as close as could be--college roommates at the center of a tight-knit group of friends. But the friendship has wilted a bit. Now, ten years after college, the friends--and the boyfriend they shared--have reunited for Lila’s wedding at her family’s seaside estate in Maine.  

Laura is reserved, single, and the only Jew in the group, while the bride, Lila, is a WASP-y moneyed golden girl, and the groom, Tom, a swim team star from a working class Catholic background, is a perfect paradox of confidence and confusion.  As the wedding draws near and wine flows faster, the disappointments and desires of the reuniting friends come quickly to the surface. A drunken game on the estate’s dock goes awry when the revelers are pulled out to sea by the current.  When they swim back to shore, they are short by one—the groom. The search throws the group’s shifting allegiances into relief and results in new betrayals as well as confessions.

With Lila’s family’s picture-perfect Maine summer house as the backdrop, Laura not only sees her old friends in a new light, but reassesses herself as well—is she the only one of the group destined to be unmarried into her thirties?  Was it always this obvious that she was the only Jew in a pride of WASPs? Struggling with the traditionally thankless role of maid of honor—not to mention contending with Lila’s formidable mother Augusta—Laura also realizes she can't stop thinking about her complicated, long and intense relationship with the groom.  But isn't that relationship far in the past?

A wry observer of cultural and social mores, Niederhoffer creates a pitch-perfect group of characters and a winning novel about friendship, class and love.

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"Laura and Lila were college roommates -- one brooding and Jewish, the other the epitome of golden WASP-dom -- at the center of a close-knit group of witty, warm, quirky friends. Now it's ten years later, a day before Lila's wedding to Laura's former boyfriend, and as the guests arrive, Laura finds herself the only one not coupled up. Struggling with the traditionally thankless role of maid of honor, Laura realizes for the first time why she can't stop thinking about her long, tangled relationship with the groom. And it appears that he is not entirely ready for the altar himself. Unfolding over two days at a dazzling estate on the coast of Maine, the story follows the shifting allegiances among an unforgettable set of characters, with a powerful bittersweet romance at its heart." Book cover.… (more)

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