The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I believe that further editing might have saved this book. The idea is good — kids meet at an arts camp and, seeing themselves as destined for greatness, form a sort of club. Over the years, these characters’ lives remain entwined, partly because of the true friendship that is there and partly because of a tragic incident. Unfortunately, there is just too much detail and too much bouncing around from time period to time period and from character to character to keep it really engaging. In addition, the “foreshadowing” that the author uses is in so much detail, that it feels the story is being told over and over again.
I think a shorter, simpler version of this book would have been so much more “interesting.”