Ordinary People / Edition 1

Ordinary People / Edition 1

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by Judith Guest
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0345335058

ISBN-13: 2900345335059

Pub. Date: 02/12/1986

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain...and ultimate healing.

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The Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain...and ultimate healing.

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ISBN-13:
2900345335059
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/12/1986
Pages:
256

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Ordinary People 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
TipsyInCT More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in high school, and actually liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book for my Language Arts book report, because I had seen the movie, and fallen in love with the story. This book made me cry and truly think about how often one tries to create and exemplify the perfect lifestyle. I fell in love with the Jarrett Family, and I will always remember this book as being the first book that I had ever read that made me feel like a better person after reading it. Please do yourself a favor and read Ordinary People by Judith Guest!
Lily_Cullen More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book for my English class book club. It sounded like something I would enjoy, I just didn't expect that I would enjoy it so much! It was a very quick read for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. This story was touching; it made me laugh and cry; over all, this book was frigging awesome. I can't say enough about it. Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a deeply moving book! I really enjoyed it. The way Guest wrote it reaches into your very soul, into the very things that bind humanity together and make it whole. Most of all, it is real. It isn't some imagined joke of some sort, it is fact. The things that occur in Ordinary People are not, in society normal. Neither, however, are they abnormal. I think that is where the true heart of the book lies, in challenging normality. Who, the reader asks, is to decide what 'normal' is? Who can? No matter what, each individual has their own opinion of 'normality' crafted by experience and those around him/her. Ordinary People explores an 'ordinary' American family and shows that nothing is what it seems- that NOTHING is normal, that no one is perfectly sane. I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great story. The Jarrett's go through alot of pain and sorrow. They deal with death and suicide. It's hard for the family to connect. They just want to start over and be ordinary people, but don't know how to begin. Conrad feels guilt over his brother's death. He goes through depression. The family has lost touch with one another. It's hard to say goodbye to someone you love. Healing is what this family needs. A good story. I couldn't put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Love this book, would highly recommend it
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A Beautiful sad and heartbreaking story of a family dealing with life and death. After experiencing the lost of one son, the family forgot about each other.
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Ordinary people is a exceptional book i will definately read it a millipn times!
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