The Best Kind of People

The Best Kind of People

Book - 2016
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George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father's defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men's rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2016.
ISBN: 9781770899421
Branch Call Number: WHITT
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 21 cm

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maritimerjean
Oct 17, 2017

I read this book because my stepfather is a pedophile and my mother, who knows, has stayed with him. I found her actions the hardest to forgive and impossible to understand. There are no books about "women who stay with pedophiles".

Perhaps this is too much information; I mention it because I believe the ending is perfect. It is what actually happens, especially when there is no criminal prosecution. People go on, even after being ripped up, and the ones who rip up others still need their emotional needs met and still have intimate connections that they crave.

Some, not all, of the ones who were ripped up cannot form connections with new people because part of them is broken, but in a way that jives with the one who broke them. Bad love is better than no love for some, and is just as strong.

This was an amazing book, the complexity and the nuances were as ephemeral as reasons for why people do the things they do.

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asbidner
Aug 06, 2017

I was really enticed by this book most of the way through, but was thoroughly disappointed by the ending, which is arguably the most important part of a book.
There was a lot of good struggle and some personal development for certain characters. It was really the ending that ruined it for me.

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tuesdayfrog
Jul 05, 2017

Found this clunky and rather pointless. Characters are without merit so I really didn't care what happened to them. Pacing was very slow.

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denise99
Apr 20, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel about a respected and highly regarded teacher in a small town that is accused of attempted sexual assault by several of his students. The nightmare that his wife, son and daughter must now endure through the ostracization of those that were once colleagues and friends is thought provoking. The ending may not be to the liking of some but I respect the author not giving us a predictable closure.

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mdextras
Apr 08, 2017

** spoiler alert ** It has been a while since I have read a book that I could not put down. I wanted to find out what happened. I can't say I really enjoyed it, the subject matter is difficult and I so wanted the wife Joan and the daughter Sadie to pull out of the nightmare their life had been throughout the year before the trial with some dignity and a promise for a fulfilling life. But the impression is that Sadie is still conflicted and Joan eventually goes back to George. And life in Avalon Hills is back to normal, like nothing has happened!

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becker
Mar 15, 2017

This book is an insightful look at what happens to the members of a family when the father is accused of the attempted rape of a minor. I thought this was very well done for the most part and a great study of character. The book also touches on many current day social issues and handles them thoughtfully.

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Akmcgill
Feb 21, 2017

I was really excited to read The Best Kind of People. The blurb sounded great and the very few chapters were really interesting. But then the unlikable characters and boring story line took over. I couldn't wait to finish this novel just to get it over with.

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rosiealex
Feb 02, 2017

Great book ! Finished in aday

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siobhan_i
Jan 17, 2017

Really good book. Like other reviewers, I have thoughts on the ending, but absolutely worth a read.

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KatG613
Jan 17, 2017

This is one of those books I ended up devouring in a 24 hour period. I really enjoyed it, but did have some issues with the characters; as well as with the ending. Worth your time to read it, for sure!

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Aug 08, 2017

libraryeee thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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