riveting; interesting and pathetic and comical characters; multi-layered plot; sad commentary on parenthood, careers, sacrifice, unfulfilled dreams; the realization of past greatness confronting the present mediocrity of life. A fast read.
I picked this up at the bookstore in 2006 having heard nothing about it and having no preconceptions. I am so glad that I did because it was a fantastic novel. I was hooked from the beginning of the book. The plot line, involving several characters, continued to be fascinating throughout.
I saw the "Little Children" movie recently and the movie came close to living up to the quality of the book, which is very rare.
I highly recommend this book by Tom Perrotta.
I just finished this book and I absolutely LOVED it. It was gripping and got me interested in the first 5 pages, and then I couldn't put it down. At first I was a little dissapointed about the ending because it was so vague & ambigous and the more I think about it the more I come to appreciate it. I think if the author clarified anymore it would have ruined the whole feel of the book. Basically, this is a must read :]
I really enjoyed this book, and wasn't surprised to find out it was by the author of Election (which also became a movie). It's dark, a little bit wry, but gripping and compassionate. I enjoy books with lots of people that with interwoven storylines and this definitely satisfied me as a reader.
Loaded with unlikeable, self absorbed characters I was unable to emotionally connect with Sarah and Todd...and because of this, I didn't particularly care about their romance or how it would ultimately turn out. Many professional critics dubbed this book laugh out loud funny...but I found it to be overall quite dull and at best mildly amusing in parts. The book is a very interesting look at the lives of several people in the middle of a mid life crisis before mid life. (if that makes a whit of sense). I can definatley see where I would have related to this book more if I had similar life experiences...much as Sarah's views on Madame Bovary change after reading it again later in life. If I'm ever unfortunate enough to be in a position in my life similar to Sarah's...perhaps I will return to Little Children with a fresh set of eyes.