"Good writers borrow, great writers steal"

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The Plot

"Good writers borrow, great writers steal - T.S. Elliot (but possibly stolen from Oscar Wilde)"

I'd seen a lot of great reviews hyping up The Plot, and they were not wrong! Jean Hanff Korelitz, the author behind the story for HBO's Undoing (so good, I binged that in one weekend), is back with her latest release, The Plot, from Celadon Books.

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a young breakout author, but his follow-up novels were disappointing, and he's out of ideas. Stuck teaching writing to eager students in a struggling MFA program, he meets Evan Parker, a cocky student who wants no feedback from anyone. Evan knows he has a million-dollar plot and that it's his golden ticket.

Fast forward a few years later, and Jake finds out that Evan has passed away and never completed his novel. Jake can't let a plot like that go to waste, so he writes the story as his own. After a whirlwind of success, he starts to receive cryptic messages; someone knows he stole THE PLOT…

I thought this story was brilliant, a story within a story, a plot within a plot! While I didn't find any of the main characters "likable," I was still so invested. Both storylines were equally fascinating, and I could not stop reading and listening to this one! Thank you to Celadon Books and Macmillan Audio for the review copies!