My Thoughts: I don’t usually review a book I didn’t finish, but I did read 55% of The Topeka School and I think that’s enough to share a few thoughts on it. I really wanted to like this story of a family steeped in psychiatry, with a son moving toward manhood. The story started out strong with a really sort of odd opening that completely drew me in and left me wanting more. From there, things went down hill. It felt like Ben Lerner had a lot of things he wanted to write about and he tried hard to squeeze it all into a single story. Paragraphs became overly long and rambling. The story took cake walks, veering off into sub-plots that had little to do with what (I think) was the heart of the story. Everyone in the story seemed to have their own thing going on, leading to a lack of any cohesive storyline. The more I read, the less I cared until I finally could go no further.
Note: I received a copy of this book from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (via NetGalley) in exchange for my honest review.