The Plot

by Jean Hanff Korelitz | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1250790751 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingQueen72wing of Hobbs, New Mexico USA on 12/7/2022
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingQueen72wing from Hobbs, New Mexico USA on Wednesday, December 7, 2022
I really enjoyed this literary thriller. A creative writing teacher, Jake Bonner, steals a plot from a former dead pupil. It sounds like a victimless crime, right? But Jake's novel is a huge hit and stuff starts happening. A few twists I didn't see coming made this an enjoyable book for me.

Journal Entry 2 by wingQueen72wing at Hobbs, New Mexico USA on Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Released 3 mos ago (12/10/2022 UTC) at Hobbs, New Mexico USA


Released to GoryDetails as part of the 2022 USA & Canada Wishlist Tag Game . Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, December 12, 2022
The wishlist book made it safely on this chilly day; thanks so much! And I was able to use the QR code on the bookplate to make this journal entry - fun with technology {grin}. This one sounds like an intriguing thriller - and it's been optioned for a mini-series as well.

Later: I enjoyed this story about a not-very-successful author who filches the impressively twisty plot told him by a student at a writing workshop after learning that the student had died, and becomes wildly successful – until he starts getting messages calling him a plagiarist and thief. (There's a delightful stealth-nod to Patricia Highsmith's character Tom Ripley, which tickled me.)

The book includes excerpts from the in-story novel, spaced out through the main narrative, and while I had some quibbles about style I did find it an entertaining thriller. (Among the quibbles: the writing style of the main narrative was not distinguishable from the writing-style of Jake's novel-within-the-novel, or from the original snippet from the workshop student. I know it's tricky to fiddle with writing style, but it irked me.)

Jake was initially a sympathetic character, but I admit that his choices throughout the story tended to annoy me. As for the main character in the original workshop plot - well, she was fascinating, if dark; a young woman, almost a girl, taken advantage of by an older married man, restricted in her options by her parents, turned again and again into a life she didn't want... Can't really say more about that without getting into major-spoiler territory, but I dearly wish she could have had some good therapy early on!

[There's a short TV Tropes page on the book, though nearly all of it is spoiler-blanked out, suggesting that I should save it until I've read the book!]

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (1/24/2023 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm sending this to BCer djf1968 to fill a wish, for the US/Canada wishlist-tag game. Enjoy!

** Released for the 2023 Keep Them Moving challenge. **

Journal Entry 5 by wingdjf1968wing at San Ramon, California USA on Friday, January 27, 2023
A wish granted…thank you so much!

Journal Entry 6 by wingdjf1968wing at San Ramon, California USA on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
John chose this one to read on his trip to Atlanta this week. I'll read it when he gets back.

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