The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
Published: August 27, 2016
Publisher: House of Anasi Press
5-star rating: ★★★
“What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?”
Georgy Woodbury, a friendly teacher, beloved husband, and father is arrested for sexual misconduct at the school he works at. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage and the community turns on her. Sadie, their daughter, is an over-achieving senior and becomes a social recluse. Their son, Andrew, believes his father is innocent and wrestles with his own issues about being back in his hometown.
While George is locked up, how do his family members pick up the pieces of their lives? How do you defend somebody you love if you’re not sure of their innocence?
I’m torn about this book. The premise was promising, and the writing is beautiful, but I felt let down by the storytelling. There were so many opportunities with this book, but they weren’t taken. While the plot was about George’s crimes they weren’t really discussed or explored. We instead got to see how his family dealt with the aftermath of him being arrested. We never got to hear from the girls that accused the beloved teacher or his side of what happened. Whittall does a great job of exploring how the family members felt and what they went through, but that’s about it.
During the times we live in with the #MeToo movement, it really brings to light the repercussions your actions have on those around you. Often we highly what the abuser did and victims went through (rightfully so) while attacking the families of the abuser. We forget that they are real humans and not responsible for the actions of their once loved ones. This book did a great job of bringing the human qualities and nature back to the family members and reminded me that next time I read something on the news, to not judge the family. They likely had no idea and are dealing with unimaginable pain.
All in all, I will give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t nearly as good as it had the potential to be.
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