“3 1/2 stars
I found this book at Border's Going-Out-of-Business sale a few months ago. I bought it not because I had read great things about it, but because it was the least expensive book with most accolades on the cover, so I took a chance on it. (I couldn't in good conscience leave a booksale empty handed. Borders was still somewhat expensive even going-out-of-business, so this was all I bought that day.)
"A Visit from the Goon Squad" was a pretty good book. Before I began reading it, I read a few reviews first here at Shelfari - and I'm glad I did. Before starting it, I knew that it was a story told out of sequence. Knowing this fact in advance added to my enjoyment of the book. Incidentally, from the other reader's reviews, I thought I wasn't going to like Goon Squad - but I did like it, and I'm glad those reviews didn't deter me. The writing was good, the characters were interesting and the book as a whole kept my attention.
I don't have much else to say about it. It was a fun read, but its not a story I will make return visits to in my mind, as I do with my favorite fiction. Good book, but somewhat forgettable.
A book similar in style to Goon Squad that I preferred was Philip Roth's The Counterlife. Counterlife, however, is probably best enjoyed if one is familiar with Roth's recurring character, Nathan Zuckerman.
I recommend Goon Squad for a pleasant way to kill some time on airplane trips and the like. I'll be releasing this book through Bookcrossing.”