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The Best Kind of People

byZoe Whittall

Paperback | August 27, 2016

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2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist

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Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

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?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001), The Emily Valentine Poems (2006), and Precordial Thump (2008), and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws (2003). Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads' Top Ten Essential Novels of the De...
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Title:The Best Kind of PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.95 inPublished:August 27, 2016Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible, timely, important. An engaging, important story.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed - but a nice read I read reviews of this book expecting a life changing story line. I rushed through the book, waiting for the punch line to appear, but it never did. The story lacks substance, and sometimes feels like its far-fetched... I enjoyed it, but as a nice holiday, relaxing book. I guess if I hadn't expected as much, maybe I would have liked it more..
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book consumed me. I lived in every word, and felt every feeling.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpeice I borrowed this book from a friend and really enjoyed the way the writer went into to detail. the common issues that are happening in out culture right now are very touching.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down! Very interesting read (especially with #metoo gaining so much attention these days). Loved some characters, others did not do much for me, but I still think the author managed to explain well the feelings that come with a situation like this. The ending was unsettling for me, but i can understand why she chose it. Very interesting read, couldn't put this down and read it in 2 days!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Talks about issues present in our society.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thought it would be better Found it hard to really get in to. Ended up skimming so I'd be able to talk about it with the person who lent it to me. It was ok, not terrible but not great.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving Story A good read that started strong and kept going. Took an interesting take on the subject matter and what can happen when justice isn't perfect.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read An interesting perspective. A difficult topic. Complex and engrossing characters. A great read.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell short I enjoyed the opening scene of the story, but the rest of the novel fell short for me. I expected more from a novel such as this, which was nominated for numerous awards.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read, but didn't do subject justice I thought the book was well written and it was readable, but the story itself and the characters weren't really fully formed or developed to the extent it needed to be. It could have been more gripping, more relevant - although this is perhaps in light of all that is coming out now. Generally a glossy, light read on a gritty subject.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from harrowing a harrowing read--difficult at times but worth it.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Such a good story! Keeps you interested throughout! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every page I could not put this book down. It was so captivating and you get so engrossed in the characters. I was invested in them and just kept wanting to know more. Great read
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Read! I didn't love this book, but just wanted to continue reading to find out what happens at the end. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Loved the book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read A great account of an all-too-real and disappointing phenomenon. Rushed a little at the end but still enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from writing is on point this book is a great quick study #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from writing is on point this book is a great quick study #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Thought it was pretty good but not spectacular
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I found the writing a bit boastful and dull at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No! I was sorely disappointed by this one. I went in expecting something reminiscent of a Jodi Picoult book, however, it was far from hitting that mark. I heard great things about this book, and I knew that it was written by a Canadian author, but all of the hopes I had built up around this one came crashing down as I got further and further into this boring mess. Long story short, I wouldn’t recommend this one and I don’t really have a lot to say about it. I
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from overall enjoyable I found the story became fairly underwhelming at the end with a rushed conclusion. Overall it was well written and I was invested in the characters which is why I think I felt that way about the ending. Easy but not "light" reading, and overall enjoyable
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i am so excited for this to arrive!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I thought I would be lost with no idea about what was going on within the story or the characters. Man, I'm happy I was wrong on that account.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended. easy read, even though the ending gave me a lot of thoughts
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent read I read through this easily, and I did want to keep reading all the way through. The verdict did surprise me, and I won't give away what I thought to keep the spoilers at bay. And the very end... didn't really surprise me because of ... well, how these things work out sometimes for everyone. Worth the read I think. It wasn't the most exciting read, but I am happy I read it.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book A very easy read. Good storyline with lots of twists.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Underwhelming The first chapter was the best part of the book. It was dark, twisted and suspenseful. It set the book up for great success however it did not measure up. The book was well written and the characters well developed, however the story line was dry and dragged out. Not what I was expecting, but happy to support a Canadian author.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well written This book was as stated above, very well written, and I found the plot engaging enough that I basically couldn't put the book down for two days. That being said, I found the ending rather depressing though whether this is the fault of the book or just a sad reflection of current societal norms, I really can't say. I would have liked more insight into the father's mindset though as I felt there was a much better grasp of all of the female characters points of view but not the main character/villain. Was this perhaps a device used to reflect on that character as being more of an every man and therefore more of a damning judgement of Man - who knows for sure but perhaps.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was ok Not boring but not exciting. The type of book that is predictable.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Good read, at times difficult due to topic, but would recommend
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I read quite a bit over the last few days. The plot-twists left me shocked and confused in the best way. It left me thinking hard, pondering every detail of the book. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I read quite a bit over the last few days. The plot-twists left me shocked and confused in the best way. It left me thinking hard, pondering every detail of the book. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read It's a very easy book to read, the story and writing flow nicely. However, it's a bit superficial both as social commentary and character examination. The main characters do not have any meaningful conflicts among themselves. Each develops on a separate subplot with generally 1-dimensional secondary characters. They also do not seem genuine. They display moments of intelligence and self-awareness (via dialogue) but their feelings/inner conflicts are not examined and few of them show any growth. I found it difficult to relate to the characters because their motivations are either inconsistent or not explained. It's a beach read with a heavy subject matter at best.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok PLEASE READ THIS BOOK - IT WILL FOREVER CHANGE YOU.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such an interesting story, it was very hard to put down! Wish it had ended differently though. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read, Wrapped Up Too Quickly This book pulled me in and had me wondering what the end result was going to be. While it held true to what would happen in real life, I found the book wrapped up the story it had developed, way too quickly in two short chapters.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Found it somewhat dry at times.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Interesting premise. The plot moved along fairly quickly and it was overall an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down! I read this book in literally 2 days. I could not put it down and cannot wait to read more from this author.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from couldn't get into it i got this book because i had heard such great things about it but it just wasn't my cup of tea. it didn't interest me and although most people who read it seem to like it, i wouldn't be able to recommend it to someone
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Something's Missing It was interesting enough to keep me reading til i reached the end... but that ending really left me wanting more, there was so much lead up to an ending that could have happened 200 pages sooner.. I will still recommend it for the story and the play on power struggles, age and sexual relationships
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend Everyone needs to read this book. What was interesting to me was how Whittall explored sexual assault as a power issue rather than a sex issue. People often conflate these two things when talking about rape. We see this when she delves into the other characters' stories. Whittall perfectly captured what it is to love someone so much but still have such hate for them in your heart. She's right - things aren't always so black and white. When you find out that someone you've loved for half your life has done something terrible, those feelings of love don't just disappear. There's a lot to sift through. The novel made me realize that someone else's actions can have a profound effect on their loved ones too. They are often forgotten. In case the news reporters' concerns for rapists' well-beings and futures, the harassment of sexual assault victims and the frat boys' chanting wasn't enough to clue you in, here's a little wake up call: Victim blaming is real. Rape denial is real. Rape culture is real. And anyone who says otherwise is delusional.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner! I couldn't put this book down, I just kept wanting to read more and more until I hit the end of the book!! I want more!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this is such a great book! I loved the plot, storyline, and everything in between!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh this was a respected, well written story, however I really had problems with some tropes and some parts just didn't seem genuine.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! One of the best books I've read in a while.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted more from this book I read this book based on the recommendation from a friend, I enjoyed it for the most part however I felt that there was some character development that was missing, I wanted more to be rooting for this family, as I was not that engaged/interested in the outcome or ending.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This! A very well written book that I couldn't put down.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shocking I enjoyed the book, but was disappointed in the end.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, but also lacking Overall I enjoyed this book because of the story it was trying to tell and the perspectives of each character. BUT... I find it was ultimately lacking something, and I'm not entirely sure what. The characters could have been a bit more well defined (in fact, I think some of the characters could have been removed completely), and I find that instances where the plot should have had an emotional impact it just... didn't. Still, an enjoyable read than makes you think.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from yes I enjoyed this book so much
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating COuldn't put this book down
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good to ok read The first half to threes quarters was great and had me hooked. The last quarter was just slow and ended rather weirdly and was not sure what to make of the ending. I felt like it just left everything hanging.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from best kind of people heartbreaking. well written
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes I was pulled right into this novel from the first page
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from thrilling I was thrilled by the first half--make it maybe two-thirds--of the book (it started as a powerful straight punch) but eventually i felt disappointed. The ending was a big let-down for me, not particularly because of what happens, but rather because of how it's written. Whereas the first few chapters span over a few days, the final chapters don't have the minutiae of the beginning, and the epilogue sums up several months (i hate epilogues!) in a couple of paragraphs. I noticed that several people commented on the very last sentence, to express their frustration with it, and i actually think it's a very strong sentence designed exactly to the purpose of frustrating the reader (and expressing a terrible, frustrating reality). However, the 2-3 chapters leading to that sentence actually felt rushed, definitely sloppier than the first half. I also feel that there were some inconsistencies within the novel and that it tried to tackle a little too much. Several scenes or secondary plot paralleled back to the main events, but I felt they were not exploited to their full potential.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no This has to be the weirdest book I have read. What a bunch of descriptive nonsense
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it This book was entertaining and easy to read.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Not overly memorable, but an entertaining summer book!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would not read this again The plot was good but the writing lacked emotion and creativity.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated It was well-written but it felt as if it was written to be well-written and not much else. It wasn't as exciting as I was hoping it would it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit lacking I didn't find the book to be very engaging. It hooked me off the start and then I kept waiting for it to match the initial suspense...
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very nice a good weekend read that's a total page turner
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow i previewed the book and was instantly hooked, great read!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh! Was really intrigued by this book initially, was super excited to read it but thought there would be more to it! I kept reading thinking the story was going to take a turn but it didn't. It was ok overall, well written but fell a little short.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! I really enjoyed this book. I was in a reading funk for a while and as soon as I picked this up, I couldn't put it down. Excellent story! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! couldn't put it down. highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wild Very interesting book, lots of witty stuff.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Canadian Fiction I have been on a good run with some fabulous Canadian authors, and this book was no exception. This is the story of a husband/father/teacher who is accused of sexual interference with four minors while supervising a school field trip. The perspective switches from his wife Joan, to his daughter Sadie and finally, his son Andrew. All viewpoints are compelling and heart wrenching. To see the aftermath of this situation from the eyes of the family, rather than from the accused, is unusual and very powerful. 4 Stars (only because I thought it wrapped up a bit too quickly and there were a few storylines left dangling that I was still curious about…Jimmy anyone???)
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from many important messages was this book captivating from start to finish? absolutely not. however... it had major concepts about sexual assault and the stigma that surrounds it which is often overlooked/not talked about enough. i think there are very important messages within this novel involving rape culture, how there is not a "clear" definition of sexual assault, and the technicalities and hardships which surround it that are sometimes left in the dark. i think it's an important read, however i was very let down with the ending.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't meet my expectations - but made me want to keep reading. I was looking forward to reading this book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. It was slow in the beginning, got better in the middle, but the excitement was never met with the drama I initially was imagining. After finishing the last page I was okay with the uncertainty of what happened, but it was not as exciting and intriguing as I wanted.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and well-written I bought this book as a read for a book club. In reading the synopsis, I wasn't sure if it would be a good fit for me - but it was very well-written and took a surprising twist that kept the momentum going. I highly recommend reading this book!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A promising book at first glance... A promising book at first glance. The synopsis drew me in, and the first half of the book drew me in even more. The problem I had with this book is that it seemed like the author either ran out of ideas or didn't know how to properly wrap the story up. I was left a tad confused by the ending.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Do not recommend Easy to get into the book and it's a quick read, but very little action - you expect much more to happen. Did not like the ending. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended! Zoe Whittall is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I would argue that this is her best book yet. Through a variety of characters, she explores the implications of sexual allegations on a family and community... and explores consent in a variety of forms. As in life, there are no easy answers, no black and white characters, no clear-cut endings. Messy, timely, and thoughtful.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Impressive letdown. I was SOOOOO intrigued by this novel's premise and soaked up the first 100 pages while delayed on the tarmac. But after that, it was just downhill. The characters were so self-absorbed and often behaved in ways that were inconsistent with their own personality and character, and the entire thing felt like more of a melodrama. There was so much potential to touch on such a subject with wisdom and compassion but the whole thing fell flat. In the last handful of pages, the author threw in the Ghost In the Machine with regard to the trial that never happens and completely gave up on the story. While I'll certainly not dwell on whether or not George did it (which says a lot - I'm a famous dweller), I'm feeling quite bitter about the fact that I wasted hours and 15$ on this immensely over-hyped, eye-roll of a novel. How this thing won a major Canadian literary award, I'll never know.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is for sure a must read! This was a very interesting novel to read. It is unlike any other novel that I have read before. The author writes about difficult topics to understand, however she writes about them in an easy to understand way that does not confuse the readers. She writes about relationships between teachers and students, about how this "secret" takes a toll on the families that are involved. It is a novel that has a lot od depth to it and it is very intriguing and definitely a page-turner.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is for sure a must read! This was a very interesting novel to read. It is unlike any other novel that I have read before. The author writes about difficult topics to understand, however she writes about them in an easy to understand way that does not confuse the readers. She writes about relationships between teachers and students, about how this "secret" takes a toll on the families that are involved. It is a novel that has a lot od depth to it and it is very intriguing and definitely a page-turner.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Started off with some excitement but it quickly fizzled out. I would have preferred some more action. Decent, easy read though.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Captured me into it's universe right away and had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I liked this book. I was very into it and read it in only a few night, but I was disappointed with the ending. It was a good book, well written, but the real-life human-aspect seemed to be fiction at times. I'll probably read it again, just not soon.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Weak and Gimmicky I bought this because I heard Zoe Whittall interviewed on CBC's "The Next Chapter" with Shelagh Rogers. The premise of the novel sounded interesting; a story about a man accused of sexually exploiting children, told mainly in third-person from the point of view of his wife and daughter, and occasionally his son. The Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee stamp, as well as the "Heather's Pick" seal of approval convinced me to buy the book. I got bored after the first couple of chapters. Some of the basic prose is okay - there are a few really beautiful passages with interesting analogies, and little else - but the action is boring and repetitive; I must have read "made her/his way into ... etc." too many times to count. People constantly pause by windows or while they are making coffee; "Joan paused as she stirred her coffee; it used to be commonplace for her to take a sip and pause to take a moment to fix George's coffee as well, and test it to make sure it was to his liking before presenting it to him. The absence of this ritual unsettled her, so she paused by a window to contemplate it." The author also does not write dialogue well. A lot of it reads like a script from a soap opera. People say each other's names too much when conversing, which is not a very natural thing to do. I am surprised this was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize - possibly because it is gimmicky; it explores rape culture and the whole sensation of she said/he said stories - and I will be even more surprised if it wins.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner Literally could not stop reading! Finished it in two days.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice! Nice plot and good story-telling.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it thoroughly enjoyed reading this.good plot and great characters
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Would recommend this book to everyone! Did he do it? We don't know!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read was a book about a very real issue in our modern day and really explores the relationships and connection between people and a convict
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Good Read and by a Canadian author!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good well written and talks about a very present issue
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this! A well-written book. The plot and characters are believable.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I thought this book would have me more invested in the characters - make me really see each person's point of view. It failed at doing that, I really didn't feel any sympathy of any of the characters.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Struggled to finish I didn't quit this one though I wanted too at times. Glad I finished it though.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from vgreat read very interesting and compelling
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book with character 3.5/5 I was initially interested in this book because it's written by a Canadian author and because Whittall is a University of Guelph graduate. Although I had an interest in the book I did not have any expectations but am nonetheless very please with the book. I enjoyed how all the characters and their stories were interrelated. I also liked that each character was introduced at the perfect time giving the reader enough time to get to know them before their role was made relevant to the story. I wish there had been more depth to Jimmy. He was a character with lots of potential and Whittal sometimes dipped into that, but often times she left him at being a horny teenager. Some parts related to Kevin were exhausting but it didn't take too much away from the story and his role in the story definitely added to the plot. I'm glad Sadie and Joan visit Andrew in New York. It showed more of their character which was beneficial to effectively delivering the story. I really liked when Joan is reflective about her son's boyfriend and distinguishes between knowing and being aware he has a boyfriend and the reality of it and living it. For the most part the characters were overall very nicely thought out and written. I really liked the last few lines of the book. It leaves so much up to the reader's imagination without being a cliffhanger per say.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable but challenging to stick with at times This was a decent read but found that overall the storyline and plot lacked substance. Strong points were the writing style as well as character development.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable This was a very enjoyable read, I would highly recommend it!!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recpmmended Great Read although I did struggle at times it was a good read if you stick with it!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Kind of People I read this book as part of my book club and I couldn't put it down! Excellent read that really challenged my perception of people going through similar situations in real life. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great writing I couldn't put this book down! Wasn't really happy with the ending, but maybe that's okay - perhaps it's better reflects the real-world fallout of events such as these. Great read :)
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a surprise was hoping for a good read but this was really good read it in 2 nights
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Read Was genuinely, pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick read This was an easy and quick read. It's the kind of story that grasps you but doesn't really hold your attention once you put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from addicting I couldn't stop reading this.. lots of twists
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good Good read, can drag a bit at times but over all worth the time to read.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strongly recommended I have been on a good run with some fabulous Canadian authors, and this book was no exception. This is the story of a husband/father/teacher who is accused of sexual interference with four minors while supervising a school field trip. The perspective switches from his wife Joan, to his daughter Sadie and finally, his son Andrew. All viewpoints are compelling and heart wrenching. To see the aftermath of this situation from the eyes of the family, rather than from the accused, is unusual and very powerful. 4 Stars (only because I thought it wrapped up a bit too quickly and there were a few storylines left dangling that I was still curious about…Jimmy anyone???)
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! A little hard to get into but it's an interesting story!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Very intense book and sometimes a little hard to read. However, it was a interesting take of a very horrible situation. You often do not realize how the family of the accuse go through. Amazing book.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Found this to be a slow read, but still enjoyed the interesting take on this major issue. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read Definitely an easy read but was disappointed with certain parts. It was well written and it was fun having some Canadian references throughout the book.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting This book is interesting, and thoughtfully written, though I felt it could drag at times. Ultimately worth the read, though it wasn't THE BEST BOOK EVER.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay The book had it's good moments and I wanted more but then it slowed right down. I was disappointed that there wasn't more of a story about the husband did like the fact that I did get a lot of information on the family and how they seemed to deal with what the father had done.It was my first time reading this author I would like to read more...All in all I thought the book was okay a good read on a rainy day or cold day....
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So so Rating is 2.5, not a new story plot and I had difficulty with the believability of the husband character.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read !! Couldn't stop reading this book. Mostly treats with the lives of teenagers but still great for an adult audience.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved this book! From the first chapter it caught my interest. Found it really interesting to witness family drama from inside of a family, and how it tears them apart and brings them together.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it couldn't put it down, such a good read
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This was a bit hard to get into, but in the end I read through it. The book is a good read if you are in the mood for this genre.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best kind of book This was a treat, cover to cover. A creative and unexpected bit of Can Lit.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it such a great book couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read It makes you think and is well-written, enough to keep you entertained until the end.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A challenging read This was a difficult book to get through as I didn't find the writing style to be very fluid. The premise of the book should have been captivating but I found it to be very heavy at times and hard to navigate. While I understand that the situation created in the storyline would be extremely emotional to deal with, I especially found the emotions of the daughter to be implausible and unwarranted - and therefore, not credible.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought provoking This book makes you see different sides of an event. This story was captivating and keep me second guessing myself as to its outcome all the way until the end
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from DISAPPOINTED ME AT THE END I couldn't put this book down, but once I got to the end I was so confused. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to believe that he was innocent of one type of sexual crime, but guilty of something else (adultery). I didn't feel as is any members of his family came out of this OK, except maybe the father. I felt very deflated when I finished the book.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read! This book is well-written and enticing. I didn't put it down until the last page.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading I found this book worth the read, but I wouldn't say I loved it. I enjoyed that the family went through a whole range of emotions, but I feel like the book could've pushed a few more boundaries just to capture a truly accurate account of family members who have had the same experiences. The acknowledgements say that the author did a lot of research for this book, but I don't think it quite captured the whole scenario.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would recommend Good story, relevant to the times we are living in.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Very Real. The topic is dark and the book not that well written. A lot more research needed doing into the true emotions of family members and friends. I found it somewhat light on substance and reality.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written I really enjoyed the authors writing style.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Different story of getting caught in different paths.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Overall the book was well written and keeps you interested throughout. A little disappointed with the ending.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read! This book certainly held my attention all the way through. The characters were well drawn and it was interesting to see how the different members of one family dealt with the very difficult subject of sexual assault.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wanted to like it The storyline gives way for a quick read although I couldn't connect with the characters and found some of the dialogue to be unrealistic. It also bugged me that an accomplished Canadian, based this story in a US town (marketing ploy I assume).
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoyed the book...couldnt put down
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful and easy read A book that is very easy to get into! admirable and relatable characters and a great writing style from the author. The story line is wonderful and enticing
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down! Loved this book and read it incredibly fast! It has a hint of mystery and definitely keeps you interested.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book is well written and easy to get int. I read it in a couple days because I just had to find out what happens! Great storyline with a hint of mystery.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I read this book in about two days and couldn't put it down. The subject matter intrigued me from the start and I was certainly torn about who to believe and what I wanted to be right throughout the whole story. I found some of the plotline about the daughter was overdone and a bit strange. I loved the character of the son, even though he never quite overcomes his issues.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderfully written but not gripping I was very excited to start this book - the premise seemed so interesting and I couldn't wait to see how the store wove between characters. And while I found it was wonderfully written, I was not overly compelled by any of the characters. An interesting story that narrates the connection between family but again, I didn't find any of the characters gripping enough to elicit a connection with them.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For sure a must read! This was a very interesting novel to read. It is unlike any other novel that I have read before. The author writes about difficult topics to understand, however she writes about them in an easy to understand way that does not confuse the readers. She writes about relationships between teachers and students, about how this "secret" takes a toll on the families that are involved. It is a novel that has a lot od depth to it and it is very intriguing and definitely a page-turner.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner I thought this book was very well executed as the story progressed. It is worth reading and adding to your library.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read well written with interesting charecters
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and thought provoking I though this book was well written and thought provoking.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoyed the book, was a page turner. Would recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking This was an excellent novel, I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting read with interesting characters. Author leaves you questioning innocence right up until end of novel.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this it was amazing and there was so much depth
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good. Good. I liked to read it it was interesting.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Couldn't put this book down. Very relatable characters!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book It was a good read however the ending didn't leave you with much knowledge about what really happened. Although, it was interesting seeing the story from the perspective of the family. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, disappointing ending This book started out exciting. I was excited to see the suspense that was to come. I was disappointed with how it ended. Others may like it, but I thought it was a let down.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read really good read, highly recommend
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a good read!! couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Emotional Exploration This book was interesting and made me think but I found many character struggles difficult to enter into and would have enjoyed more conclusiveness.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Complicated characters and an interesting premise. Makes you think what you would think if everyone in your life was suddenly questioned. The story drags on a bit. The ending wasn't satisfying at all.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a good read I enjoyed reading this book and I often found myself thinking about the plot long after I had finished reading. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-29

Editorial Reviews

"Heartbreaking and complex, The Best Kind of People offers no easy answers. This is a masterly exploration of the damage an entire community incurs when the secret at the heart of its most perfect family detonates." - Lynn Coady author of The Antagonist"With incredibly rare nuance, sensitivity, and insight, Zoe Whittall takes us deep into our contemporary conversation around sexual violence and shines a vital spotlight on the individuals and communities that live in its long shadow. Whittall's undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. With The Best Kind of People, Whittall has created an urgent and timely document, one that asks us to reflect on how we can best serve survivors of abuse and best support all of those who exist in its aftermath. With incredible empathy, and undeniable skill, this book is sure to spark much needed dialogue, vital debate, and richly deserved acclaim." - Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity"The Best Kind of People examines the effects of rape culture on an entire community with rare nuance and insight. Every character is fully rounded, flawed, and achingly human. It puts me in mind of a twenty-first-century Ordinary People - which, for the record, is one of my favourite novels." - Kate Harding, author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture - and What We Can Do About It"An astounding portrait of a character by omission." - The National Post"Whittall places the reader right at the centre of their pain. It's the best depiction of female suffering I've read since Jane Smiley eloquently tackled sexual abuse in A Thousand Acres." - Patricia Dawn Robertson, The Toronto Star"Toronto author Zoe Whittall's new novel The Best Kind of People is the best kind of book - it's got a compelling story characters readers will recognize and come to love and writing that makes it effortless to turn page after page." - Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun".fast-paced.but never melodramatic." - Shanda Deziel, Maclean's".exquisitely emotional." - Owen Sound Sun Times"Nuanced to the end, Whittall's novel achieves something that's rare in real-life cases of sexual violence. She gives a voice to the ones we never hear from: those who are collateral damage." - Rachel Giese, Chatelaine"The jury found Zoe Whittall's The Best Kind of People urgent and timely, nuanced and brave. This gripping story challenges how we hear women and girls, and dissects the self-hypnosis and fear that prevent us from speaking disruptive truth. With subversive precision and solid veracity, Whittall calls into question pervasive forms of silence and acquiescence." - 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury"The Best Kind of People is all-of-a-piece and well worth the read not only for what it adds to the conversation about accusation and rape, but also for the pleasure it offers to those who like a good story." - Hamilton Review of Books"The Best Kind of People is a story with so many shades of grey that you won't know what to believe but you're guaranteed to feel almost every emotion possible while reading this new novel." - Niagara This Week"Zoe Whittall's novel gets into the hearts and minds of an ordinary family forced to confront the monstrous. There are no heroes and no villains in this world - there are only people grappling with guilt and truth. This novel is a timely discussion of what we owe those who abuse and those who are targeted in our communities. It's a compelling exploration of the ways a crime implicates all of us." - Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman