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Ordinary People

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Perfect!

This has to be my absolute favorite book of all time. Anyone can relate so well to this, it is such an adaptable book. I feel that the author talked about and explained psychiatric and social problems so honestly that it wasn't exploiting anyone. The characters are so r...
This has to be my absolute favorite book of all time. Anyone can relate so well to this, it is such an adaptable book. I feel that the author talked about and explained psychiatric and social problems so honestly that it wasn't exploiting anyone. The characters are so real and relatable, Judith Guest is an excellent author.

posted by TipsyInCT on January 20, 2009

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A very bipolar book

This book was hard to follow due to the constant switching of perspectives, point of view (1st and 3rd), and present to past tense. Also, there was not very good character building at all. On top of that, the book is overly, unnecissarily descriptive when it comes to u...
This book was hard to follow due to the constant switching of perspectives, point of view (1st and 3rd), and present to past tense. Also, there was not very good character building at all. On top of that, the book is overly, unnecissarily descriptive when it comes to unimportant details. I don't recommend this book at all and give it a zero of five stars, though i gavebit a one above just because it wouldnt let me post if i didnt give it a rating.

posted by 3612692 on December 31, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    A classic

    One of those instances where the movie is better then the book, however still a good read. At times depressing, but also uplifting in the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Not so Ordinary

    Ordinary People is the story of Conrad Jarret and his family as they cope with the death of Conrad's older brother, Buck, and Conrad's attempted suicide. Needless to say, the title is deceiving, as this family is far from 'ordinary.' Conrad is helped in his quest for control in his life by a psychiatrist suspiciously resembling Robin William's character in the recent movie 'Good Will Hunting.' This book is very moving if the reader is in a life-defining mood. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is having a good time and is generally happy with their life the way it is. If you are feeling a bit depressed, though, it makes you feel better to think that Conrad, Cal, and Beth are worse off than you are. Ordinary People is filled with miscommunications that are so blatantly obvious that it could aggravate the reader that the characters do not perceive them. The charcters are too wrapped up in themselves and there is not enough interaction within the family to make this book worth while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    ORDINARY PEOPLE: Review

    The book Ordinary People by judith Guest is a bout an ordinary family that go through some problems due to the death of a family member. The main characters are Beth (mother)Cal (father), and Conrad (son). Buck was another son and he drowned in a lake while he was boating. Conrad couldn't save him and in result of this he had a suicide attempt. he went to a mental hospital for eight months. He comes back home and tries to do everything the way it used to be. he has some problems with himeself, parents, and friends. Then he's mother leaves leaving him and his dad alone hoping she will return. one of the major conflicts is realy not knowing if his mother loves him. Beth doesn't show that she loves him and he is not sure either. Conrad now has to learn to have control over everything he does. He goes to Dr. Berger and he helps him but he has to take control over all of his feelings and emotions in order to get better. he also had to make friends, because the friends he has were Buck's friends. The theme of this story is how an ordinary family can break apart little by little. Overall I think this was an alright book. It wasn't very exciting that's why I didn't like it very much, but it's cool because the problems that the family faces can happen to any family in our society. I would not recommend this book to people that like to readd exciting books because thi is not one of them, but to people that like books that deal with real life problems the book is pretty good.

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