A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

A Visit from the Goon Squad

By Jennifer Egan

  • Release Date: 2010-06-08
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 904 Ratings


National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year:
 Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.


  • Horrible book

    By Dfsuperman
    I had to read this book for school and it was one of the most irrelevant and pointless books I have ever read. Each chapter is totally different from the one before and the storyline is practically non-existent (although a few of the chapters are connected by flashbacks and stuff like that). Random new characters that had nothing to do with the story came up in almost every chapter, and chapter 12 was literally a PowerPoint written by some girl that made no sense and had nothing to do with anything. There were no lessons/morals that I was able to take from this book considering that there was barely even a storyline to this whole novel. I certainly don't recommend wasting your time reading it unless you have to (like me).
  • Almost Perfect

    By mrsavmixadatto
    I loved the first 80 percent of this book and could read an entire novel about the characters in the chapter "A to B." I thought Ms. Egan did a flawless job of connecting the characters within the stories. Brilliant. Like others, however, the last few chapters fell flat for me and the final chapter was just....huh?
  • One of my favorites

    By brunaalice
    At first I remember being a little confused but when I realized how all the characters were somehow connected, the confusion was gone. I love how the author switched from one character, their point of view and experiences, to another's. But all were connected. This book has turned into one of my favorites and I always suggest it as a great read.
  • Connections

    By robpage
    Loved every word. Drop everything and read it.
  • Disappointing

    By HSH Nurse
    This book was a huge disappointment. I looked forward to reading it because of all the great reviews but WOW! It was difficult to navigate. It was one little story after another little story and I spent more time trying to figure out who was who then I did trying to enjoy the story. Actually, there was no story.
  • A visit from the goon squad

    By lauren anderson
    One of the worst books I've read in a long time. Don't bother, it was totally disjointed; I finally gave up with the power point chapter. Terrible.
  • Too bad...

    By BYJDJapan
    The first half was great and I was really enjoying the story and the characters. Suddenly I found it unbearable to read and truly did not care how it ended.
  • Good Read

    By You Idiots!
  • Good to re-read

    By MN Mimi
    I didn't really appreciate this book until I read it a second time. It's more fun when you understand how it all fits together.
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    By Carnutdallas