Hope all are well. Finally, a review!
Four college classmates from a Massachusetts move to New York. JB is an aspiring artist, Malcolm an aspiring architect, Willem an aspiring actor, and Jude an aspiring lawyer.
Their bond is strong, but JB and Malcolm tend to pair up and Willem and Jude tend to lean to each other.
The group has a tendency to gravitate around Jude. He has disabilities in his walk and is extremely enigmatic about anything about his life before college. Rightly so, as we learn about his horrendous childhood with monks in a monastery and further.
We slowly learn of the abuse he suffered and the horrors he feels about anything pleasant happening to him, he feels he does not deserve the good things in life.
There are times that you are in love with Jude, feel sorry for Jude, hate Jude. Reading how he interacts with others is fun, sad, frustrating.
This is a very intense novel. There are undercurrents of abusive behaviour, but nothing very graphic. I personally felt it a bit lengthy and thought that it could have been done in a more concise manner, but it is not my book.
Book with a red spine. (PopSugar 2017 challenge)