This particular title garnered four out of five stars on Goodreads—in other words, really fantastic. I tend to only give five stars retroactively, when I find I can’t stop thinking about a book. So time will tell if this one ends up with five.
Anyway, “Plan B” is Jonathan Tropper’s first novel, and the first novel of his that I’ve read. Five friends from college are now 30 and assessing where they find themselves in life. Appropriate, since I’m currently nearing the end of year 30.
One of the five—Jack—is a famous actor with a coke problem, and the other four decide to do something about it. Chaos ensues, during with all five learn something about themselves and come to terms with their 30-ness.
Yeah, it’s a made-for-movies ending, right down to the black screen at the end with white copy that explains where everyone is now. But it’s good. The characters are flawed and feel very real. Each one wants and needs something, and is working in their own way to get it.
I’m not sure if I’d classify this as plot-driven or character-driven. I guess it’s a mix of both. Maybe that’s why it works so well for me. If I have one criticism, its that it ends to … prettily. I hardly ever like a happy ending. At least this one didn’t make me groan.