Plan B

Plan B

A Novel

Paperback - 2000
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Turning thirty was never supposed to be like this. Ten years ago, Ben, Lindsey, Chuck, Alison, and Jack graduated from New York University and went out into the world, fresh-faced and full of dreams for the future. But now Ben's getting a divorce; Lindsey's unemployed; Alison and Chuck seem stuck in ruts of their own making; and Jack is getting more publicity for his cocaine addiction than his multimillion-dollar Hollywood successes.

Suddenly, turning thirty - past the age their parents were when they were born, older than every current star athlete or pop music sensation - seems to be both more meaningful and less than they'd imagined ten years ago.

Jonathan Tropper's wonderful debut novel is about more than friendship, love, celebrity, addiction, kidnapping, or even turning thirty - it's a heartfelt comic riff on what it means to be an adult against your will, to be single when you thought you'd have a family, to discover you are not, in fact, immortal, and to learn that Star Wars is as good a life lesson today as it was when you were six years old.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312272760
0312272766
9780312252533
0312252536
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: viii, 358 p. ; 22 cm.

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wiley1827
Apr 04, 2018

This guy is odd and writes in a way that you will like or not - he is not putting out pulp for the beach. You'll enjoy all the way or you'll put it down by page 20.

His portrayal of people is interesting, not exhausting, and enough to let you know who is who.

Stories have nice quirks. Relationships seem good but then they're not.

A little smut here and there - I think he wants to show that the "spiritual" aspect of relationships is overrated - and basic human urges are a big component - not usually to everyone's advantage.

Hard to classify his stuff - but after a couple of books digested, they seem to have their own genre. I would recommend to reader who needs a break from Russian negativism, spy thrillers, or nut cake Middle Eastern jihadists in novels. Not as crisp as Salinger but aiming more that way than another story of boring business titans or drug dealers.

Worth a try - make up your own mind.

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Beata2Mo
Feb 08, 2015

Just finished this delightful read. I love Troppers descriptions -- plot turns and humor ! This is another of his book that would make a great movie.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 04, 2014

Thirty. Shit. This is the mantra of the protagonist of Tropper's debut novel who is on the cusp of turning thirty. I turned thirty many years ago and the anticipation was worse than the reality. Growing older, regrets, life crises (divorce, unrequited love, drugs, stalled careers)and strained friendships are common themes in his books and he handles them with wit, nuance and bitter sweetness. In this novel, a group of friends kidnap their drug addicted movie star buddy, take him to a cabin and try to get him clean. It's a little like a very special episode of "Entourage," but funnier and less douche-y. If you like Tropper, you'll like this.

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Idealstrontium
Sep 13, 2010

Turning thirty has never been fun, so I hear. This book is no different. The book mainly focus' on the past and regrets most the characters have. This is for anyone who is worried about thier age or anyone who is having a hard time moving on and growing up. B-

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