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The Nest

byCynthia D'aprix Sweeney

Paperback | March 22, 2016

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An instant Globe and Mail Bestseller

“Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut.” — People, Book of the Week

“Her writing is like really good dark chocolate: sharper and more bittersweet than the cheap stuff, but also too delicious not to finish in one sitting.”— Entertainment Weekly

“Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel.”— New York Times Book Review

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

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Title:The NestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just OK By the time I was invested in the characters and their story lines, I was 3/4 of the way through the book. Not the most likable characters, and I found the plot very slow moving.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely Seeing is believing, this has never been truer than in the pages of this book.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay but not great It was a light read. A bit long in parts and I didn't really like any of the characters.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope Very long and it takes a while to get to the point
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I thought the story line was unique and interesting. The family is unlikeable but it's interesting to consider the ethics and problems surrounding counting on an inheritance that might not materialize.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unlikable family...good book The Plumbs are not an especially nice group of people. Their one redeeming quality appears to be the ability to attract an awesome spouse/partner. Questions that come to mind after reading this book: Is money the root of all evil? Does the promise of a future inheritance poison the choices you make today? It is not a spoiler to say that Leo, the eldest brother in the Plumb family, does not make good choices. The rest of the family pays (literally) for his mistakes. Is this necessarily a bad thing? That remains to be seen… This book explores relationships between siblings, lovers, parents/children, spouses, and neighbors. It is at once depressing and uplifting. This book was slow to start (a lot of main and secondary characters to keep straight in your head), but ended just right. 4 Stars.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dysfunctional family trash I wanted to like this book more than I did. I was very drawn in by the characters, and at times the writing, but overall it left something to be desired. That being said, it was a quick and easy read, and I would reread it again next Summer.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! I read this book in only a couple days. All of the family disfunction made it impossible to put down because I wanted to know what would happen next. The ending was unexpected but very well done. Highly recommend this book for a weekend getaway or a beach read!!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A very slow book This book was very slow and not entertaining.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was intrigued by the premise of the book but ultimately let down by the bland story and poor pacing. Most frustrating was the volume of characters and how insufferable each one was - there wasn't a single character that I liked or wanted to root for. I only finished it because I felt I needed to after spending $20 on the book, but by the end, I was almost relieved it was over.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't like it Wasn't interested in the story and didn't like the characters
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I really enjoyed the characters, they all added a little something to the book. I found some parts to of the story to be dry or annoying but overall it was not a bad read.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read Easy, quick book to read. Felt the dysfunctional dynamic between the siblings. Particularly enjoyed the ending, and how clear it was that everyone's version of a happy ending might be different.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dreamy Very interesting book, lots of witty stuff.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kinda boring... After hearing great reviews about it, I thought I would give it a go. Unfortunately, I found this book hard to get into and the characters were not too interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Attracted by the cover. Let down by the story. easy read. nothing too exciting happening. i could see myself read this book at the beach, when you are looking to relax and not engage in extensive cognitive activities.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not like It was very difficult to get through this book
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love to Hate Characters This is a great character story and it definitely appeals to people who enjoy reading about flawed characters; this book does not lack for flawed characters! On the other hand though, I struggled to connect with any of the characters on a deep level. Perhaps I like my family and peers more than most or maybe I'm just lucky, but I've never had to deal with people as ruthlessly selfish or self-obsessed as any of the Plum family members. I guess the most basic summary of this book is that it's about a family of privileged selfish adults who never really learned to grow up. The actual story line is focused on what happens after the inheritance all four Plum siblings are eagerly waiting to receive is suddenly lost. All the siblings had created some sort of lie to their significant other (or themselves) about their spending, and with their financial lifeline gone they quickly have to learn to grow up and face consequences or watch as their lives fall apart. The characters are well-crafted and there is definitely a lot to take in as you bare witness to their transformations and the changes that take place around them, but I personally had a hard time connecting to them. For me, whether I'm reading about monsters, politicians or everyday modern people, there has to be something that I can connect to in order to feel emotionally invested in a character and I just didn't have that with any of them. In a mean way, I did enjoy when people's selfish decisions came to haunt them, but it was a shallow level of enjoyment.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It wasn't super great but it was definitely worth reading
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing read The character development was phenomenal, but I wasn't crazy about the actual plot. I found that time passed and nothing really changed.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring! After the first few chapters this book fell off a cliff in terms of excitement, action or anything remotely interesting happening. I couldn't force myself through it, so i skipped to the end. Not worth the buy
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bought for the cover - stayed for the story I bought this book because of the attractive cover to be honest. The story was quite funny and feel-good in the end. Lots of interesting and entertaining drama.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining It was entertaining but not great.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definite Re-Read I got this novel on a whim, it didn't see like the usual fare I tend to read, but the synopsis was enough to pique my curiosity. I read the book in a weekend, and immediately returned to page one to start again. I have since passed it on to my mom (another avid reader) and I hope she enjoy it as much as I did!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh It was hard to read it from beginning to end, just got a little boring to be honest.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story, but a little slow Not the easiest read, but I really enjoyed the story overall.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Alright I'm not completely impressed. I feel like I lost interest at some point and just wasn't giving me the "umph" that I love having when reading a book. It's not that bad though.....
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Entertaining, good summer read
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from highly entertaining dysfunctional family with lots of interesting and entertaining drama
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Gave up reading it half way through. Didn't care about the characters or what happened to them.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great loved this book and finished in an afternoon. every family can identify with problems related to inheritance of wealth
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea... Though the initial reviews on this one sounded promising, I wasn't able to finish it. To me, the plot was weak, the story slow, the characters irritating. It felt like a chore to read. Disappointed.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea... I don't typically read the "new and hot" books, but after hearing good reviews from a few friends, I thought I would give this book a try. I haven't been able to get through this one, and don't think I will even continue to try at this point, as it feels more like a chore than a treat. To me, the plot feels weak, the story is slow, the characters irritate me. What do I like about it? Hmm...the colour of the cover? That's about it. Sorry, perhaps just not my cup of tea.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I caved to the hype last year and bought this book. I was expecting so much more and was left feeling disappointed. I didn't care about any of the characters and felt the writing let me down.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected It was a hard read to get into, but in the end the author draws you in with the different views of the characters. I liked the fact it didn't have a "typical" happy ending
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring and Stupid The premise of the book was great: a dysfunctional family fighting over money- makes a great comedy right? Wrong. This book was boring and stupid in the worst way. I couldn't connect with or understand any of the characters and why they acted the way they did. I didn't finish this book because it was just too stupid and pointless. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I couldn't put this book down but was disappointed with the ending. I would still recommend this book though. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from different not the same as her others but good
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alright Not sure what I expected of this book... more? I enjoyed the stories, the family drama and dynamic. Did it have a proper conclusion? Not in my eyes... I do not expect for everything to right itself by the end but I did expect some sort of final answer that I do not feel was given
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I gave up I have a 50 rule. If I'm not interested by page 50, I toss the book. This one went for a flight! Nothing was happening and I did not connect with the characters.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really loved this story. Good concept and a good read.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I was surprised by this book. Not the typical kind of book I usually pick up, but I'm so glad I did!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read A book filled with drama, that holds your attention
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't her best work To much stuff going on and nothing really happening ...didn't enjoy at all
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I tried my best but could not get into this book.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a huge fan Kind of slow in parts, and I found myself tempted to just flip to the end to see how the story finishes (I didn't though!). Since I did finish it, I guess I was interested enough in the characters to read it end to end, but it did take me a while to get through.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Read Was genuinely, pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could've been great! I bought this book for a trip and was a little disappointed. It is super well written, don't get me wrong, but I felt as though it was lacking a plot. The character development was great, the idea itself was good, too, but I felt like it didn't really go anywhere with it despite having lots of potential.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comical and Relatable This novel offers a story of family drama, money, love, trials and tribulations. The characters are well-developed and I found myself envisioning them as real figures in my life! This plot also caused me to 'side' with certain characters when it came to issues that entangled everyone's fate involved with 'The Nest'. It is a modern comedy encompassed with tales of real-life that makes it alluring to the mature reader. I would recommend to those who enjoy a dramatic story!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You may see your own family in D'aprix Sweeney's "The Nest" Populated with several classic archetypes (the alcoholic literary cad, the alluring waitress, the slowly distancing twins), "The Nest" doesn't offer much in innovation but does provide a quick and lighthearted read for fans of family dramas. Familiar to soap opera fans and followers of a certain upper middle-class denizen of populous cities, the book offers a simple & fun read but the reader will find it difficult to differentiate it from the other soaps and melodramas that stuff one's reading list each season.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story I enjoyed reading most of this book however, I did skip parts of the story where I felt it moved a little too slowly. I really liked the concept of the story.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Decent Wasn't the best of reads and I found it difficult to finish.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I jist finished this book and I loved it! The Plumb family sure takes you on a wild ride.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok, not great I found it was hard to get into. Worth finishing it but definitely was not hooked throughout.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Hearing the story I didn't get it
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really really wanted to love this book! I was drawn in by it's beautiful cover. I enjoyed the story but found it moved a little too slow in parts. I really liked the concept of the story. I found I could really relate to a lot of it. It's not a book I would read again but I am glad I read it.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit disappointing Easy and enjoyable read, however given the hype surrounding this book, I found the story to be a bit lacking.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I finished it because it was an easy read, but I don't feel like I learned or gained much from the experience. If you're into soap opera type drama you'll enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Just couldn't get into it, couldn't relate to any of the characters.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite beach read! Like reading a soap opera! It was quite fun!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved this! I read it in one weekend while away. it was so good I couldn't put it down. the Plumb family and the drama and fascination! great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slightly Disappointed The books never really picks up and is a bit difficult to get into. I found the ending a bit disappointing and uneventful. The characters could have been explored a bit more to make them more interesting and engaging.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amaaaaazing and addicting read! I loved reading about the Plumb siblings, and all the drama & intrigue that came with it. I liked how the story was told through the eyes of a bunch of characters, gave it a multi-dimensional feel & helped the reader see from all perspectives!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Wasn't sure I would like it from the description, however ended up being a great book ! Just wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen with the nest.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Little Bit Disappointed I had high hopes for this book but have to admit that I was a little bit let down. Didn't love the characters and didn't find myself completely engaged in the plot. Definitely was a book that I COULD put down.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I won't lie, I expected to be completely obsessed with this book but had a hard time getting into it at first. In the end I really enjoyed it though! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too "cliche" OVERRATED! Like other readers, found it difficult to become engaged with this story. Poor character development. It had everything: gay couple, spoiled good-looking male doing drugs, gay child, kids skipping SATs, mom trying to keep up with the Jones', 9/11 and its ramifications (incl stolen Rodin art!), and people with limb amputations! What more could the author have packed in! A will!..and money in the Grand Cayman Islands! Would have quit reading 100 pages in but it was a Heather's pick;figured it must have some redemptive qualities. NOPE! The cover is pretty, but that is about as interesting as it gets...read the daily paper instead of this one!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Family drama This felt like a Woody Allen movie.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dont get the Hype read this book and it was nothing special and it had a weird and uneventful ending
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book! The book started off as a quick read and then somewhere in the middle the author lost me a bit, I did enjoy the way she described the chareacters and the family drama but would have like dto explore some characters more. I enjoyed the ending, however did expect a bit more from it, overall it was a great read though and was like the toned down, middle aged version of Gossip Girl. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprised I enjoyed it much better than I thought it would, but I felt there was something lacking
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it, didn't love the ending I liked the book, however I felt the author ended it abruptly as if she was just didn't want to write anymore.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not meet my expectations. I had a hard time getting into this one after reading a few others where I was completely hooked by the first few sentences. I had very high hopes based on reviews and was a little disappointed.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read nothing predictable and it kept me interested cover to cover
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed This Read I read this book as part of my book club, and really enjoyed it! I was always surprised/shocked by new things that were thrown at the reader, I liked how everything came together, and I appreciated that the book was written for pretty much anyone to relate to in at least one way. When speaking to people of different age groups and lifestyles who have read this book, everyone had a different take from this book, and I think that speaks a lot about the writing.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok I had high hopes for this book. I was so excited to read it. Only for it to fall flat and not interesting. It took me a very long time to get into this book and the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre I'm not sure what all the hype was about... Character development was weak. Huge build up to nothing at the end...
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over-hyped I found the book to be very over-hyped, the story was slow and I wasn't interested in the characters at all.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Felt like it was missing something Was okay- I just felt like it was missing something and didn't really get into it
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I bought this books almost a year ago and still have't finished it. I've pick it up about 6 times to try and get into it but just never could. It's kind of boring and blah, which I why I have never been able to read through the whole thing.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I had high hopes for this book but it was not what I expected. It was good but not great I still enjoyed the characters but it took me forever to finish it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring I found this book very blah from start to finish. There was no climax whatsoever. I found the ending really didn't have much to do with the rest of the story. I was really upset with how it turned out. Nothing exciting happened.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh Read this for my book club but didn't enjoy it. Found it difficult to like any character or get interested in the story.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I wasn't happy with the resolution of the book one character claimed to love another character but keep a huge secret from her that might have helped her family. Some good characters but they didn't get justice
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was perfect I bought this for my friend a while ago and she really loved it
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I found this book a little slow at the beginning but it instantly turned into an page turner, cant put it down type of book. It is definitely on my list of re-reads.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book not a usual book pick for me, however I loved it, I could not put it down. The family draws you into thier worlds, it both dark and light... a nice change!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No. This book literally appeared on every must-read list and I was so excited to read it as the plot sounded really good but it was dreadful. Impossible to get through and just all-around not a good read.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Long time to get through it Didn't enjoy this book. Not entirely sure why I finished it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Boring ... only read half the book and had enough.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect novel i really really enjoyed this novel, read it twice
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the hype Finally read this book after hearing about it all year and seeing lots of pictures on the Chapters website and social media. It was a bad read. Hard to follow with the formatting and too many characters to keep up with. The plot was a bit far fetched and the ending was weak. Don't bother!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didnt love this one I had high hopes for this one but didn't do it for me.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Obnoxious The characters were spoiled, narcissistic and obnoxious and not one character was likable. The plot was a bit melodramatic for my taste and was somewhat poorly written; this one family seemed to have problems enough for five families and the writing made you hate the characters and root against them.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Huh. Could not get into this book...passed it on to friend she couldn't either
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh The Nest was ok, but I'm not sure what all the hype is about.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Heather's Pick I can see why it made the Heather's Pick list. Definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book!! Amazing book!! I've recommended it to everyone I know. Loved all of the characters. I devoured this book. SO good.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wasn't for me. Just couldn't get into this book.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Easy Read I had high hopes for this book, was disappointed by the final outcome, I also had issues getting into the book.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Was I Missing Something? I really don't understand how this book because a best seller. I feel like everyone caught onto something that I didn't see at all.The family dynamics seemed forced imo and it seemed more like a was watching a scripted reality TV show than reading a good piece of fiction.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing such a great book, many laughs
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes me giggle I found this book very entertaining!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to get into The start was exciting but it was hard to get into this book. I found myself not wanting to pick it up and started reading something else.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For fans of Big Little Lies, The Vacationers This novel is hilarious, heartbreaking and all too relatable. Deals with the idea of 'family" in a great way.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome So much great stuff in here. They really knew what they were doing when they put this together. So alive and passionate, you could tell they put their heart into it. We would definitely recommend it, we know how much it means to us.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Juicy It was a juicy read that was easy to eat up with all of the family drama and dynamics. I like books with multiple storylines that tie into each other and this was just that. I'll admit it was a little confusing at times bouncing back and forth between characters, but ultimately they flowed well and the ending was satisfying.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What am I missing? How can anyone possibly enjoy this train wreck of a book? I honestly don't understand why this book became a bestseller. Was it great marketing or was there actually an audience that actually enjoyed this? Avoid this book like the plague, it'll make you wonder where we're going as a society but not in a good way.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from just alright i like some parts of the book, some of them are hilarious enough. i like the difference between the siblings but the ending was skimpy IMO
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not so great... Based on the reviews of this book, I had high expectations. Though the characters were interesting, it just lacked something for me. I have several friends that started this one, and gave up. I read to the end but asked myself why....
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average A light, fairly enjoyable read......certainly did not live up to my expectations. To be perfectly honest, I would describe this book as 'easily forgettable'.....Though when I was reading it, I did find some of the characters/relationships interesting. It just seemed as if the novel lacked something.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't love it I felt this book had a lot of characters with their own drama, but nothing was significant enough to really make me want to keep reading. I had to power through it and just wanted it to be done. I dreaded reading it every night. I found the ending to be a disappointment also. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This book interested me from page 1. Not the best book I have read, but still a nice and quick, easy read :)
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from could not get into it This book was very wordy and hard to follow. I would not recommend it
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK My book club liked it, but I was not keen. Too predictable for my taste.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was great! I came across this book in my school library and I'm glad I picked it up! This was a great fiction book that kept me hooked at every page, wondering and asking questions about it. I'll have to admit, it was kind of boring for me from the begginning, but eventually, the book got very suspenseful and I enjoyed the mysterious feel to it very much. It was kind of unrealistic, as it was a fiction book, but that's what made me read it all the way until the end. Please, whoever hasn't yet, take the time to read this book!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over hyped Funny and entertaining but not as good as the reviews make it out to be
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from nice cover writing was mediocre #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not impressed Sounded very interesting at the beginning. However it was very hard to read and just dragged on. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre This was a decent enough read...I didn't NOT enjoy reading it, but truthfully, nothing happened. I could have not read this and been ok with that too.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from half way done I'm hoping it picks up at the end because right now, with the exception of Stephanie, they are all boring and idiotic. None of them have changed or adapted to the new situation, none of them talk to each other, they are all depending on something that isn't there. UGH. Someone mentioned that it's funny but so far...I haven't laughed.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I really wanted to like this! After hearing countless excellent reviews, I borrowed this from my library. I tried (and expected) to get into the narrative, but it didn't happen for me. I actually put the book down about halfway through and never returned to it. It's worth noting that this is not my usual MO, but something about this novel just didn't click for me. Disappointing!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright Read I enjoyed the book but found parts slow. There was an interesting family dynamic but not many likable characters.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pass I did not enjoy this book. Impossible to get into and I kept reading thinking it must get better but it didn't.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 Plum points! I wrote this for plum points! join plum today!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated! I bought this book because it was on the one of the Best Books list. I have read it, but certainly didn't enjoy it very much. Perhaps if it was written as a short story, it would have been more enjoyable, but I found it overly long for what was in it.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS! The characters pull you in - each with their quirky flaws and varied emotional states. They make the book and will keep you laughing!
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average Your typical spoiled siblings fighting over and inheritance type of novel. You may call them shallow characters, but this is something that happens everyday in the real world as well. I enjoyed the story enough but it didn't wow me and stick with me after finishing. It's not a book I would recommend with rave reviews, but I also wouldn't say not to read it. I'm stuck in the middle with this one. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok But don't see what all the hype's about
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad Not one of my favorites but I've read worse.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring I got bored with this story, really quickly. It did not hold my attention.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I'm not sure what all the hype was about with this book - I only read it once, so maybe I'll have to give it another shot. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't get into it I really wanted to like this book given all the great reviews, but I found it very difficult to relate to or care about the characters. They just weren't likeable. I read about 150 pages and gave it away.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting. I recommend this book - it is interesting and good written.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I had a great time reading this book. Picked it up and had a hard time putting it down!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was a good book, intriguing story.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wanted to like this book.... Sadly, the characters for me fell flat and the pages had a hard time holding my attention.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than Average I bought this book after reading all the buzz surrounding it. I was intrigued by the dramatic opening as well as the overall synopsis, but the delivery fell flat. I did not laugh or cry, but the book serves well as a light hearted, easy, before-bedtime read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun, fast read! Between the dysfunctional family and the baby drama, this book was a fun, fast read. Fell a little bit short of my expectations in the ending but was a great read for travelling otherwise.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I usually LOVE Heather's Picks but this one, I did not enjoy so much. It was not a difficult read, but I found the characters to be uninspiring and self-centered. I respect that there are lots of decent reviews for this book, but it did not do much for me.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny with some dark humour Really charming story of a family with a dark twist
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better Than I Had Anticipated When I read the jacket, I thought 'How good could this be?'... It was better than I had anticipated it to be. I didn't find it earth shattering, nor did it pull at the heartstrings. I don't think it'll be one that I think about years later... but it was a half-decent way to spend an afternoon. It was well written, and fairly easy to get into once you were into it. It didn't take too long to read. I'm not 100% sure why it became so popular though. I'd recommend it if you wanted a pleasant book, that doesn't have a ton of substance. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Had a hard time getting into this book. Gave it a go twice now, and have yet to complete it.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easily forgettable This book was like a bag of potato chips for me. Easy to sit down and consume in one sitting, enjoyable while I'm consuming it, but when it's done...easily forgettable. I didn't really understand the rave reviews I've read. Was it an enjoyable way to pass a couple hours, sure, but it's nothing new or earth-shattering. Dysfunctional adult siblings brought together by a family crisis isn't anything new, and I felt like I'd already read this book before the whole time I was reading it. Check it out of the library, but don't spend your money on it.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fell short This book fell short for me. It was a good story and was funny but after reading the back of the book I was expecting more.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fell a little short of expectations This book had the promise of being great. Don't get me wrong it was still a good read, with a funny story and entertaining characters. I was, however, expecting something better after reading the summary on the back of the book.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from read it through hoping for more I don't quite get what all the hype was about with this book. I normally enjoy the same books that get really popular ( like Girl on a Train for example) but this one I found really disappointing. I found it slow and depressing and I just couldn't get into it. I had to force myself to finish it which really isn't the sort of thing one is looking for when reading a book.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just not into it. I know there are many stellar reviews for this book, but I just couldn't get into it. Gave up after 4 chapters. Expected funny, but the characters just seemed self-centred and foolish. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting #plumreview . This book had quiet a interesting family dynamic happening. I enjoyed the variety of characters each with their own quirky personalities that made them feel real.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow and steady Overall I enjoyed this book. It was slow and steady. If you like fast paced books then I don't think this is the book for you. A lot of the time I felt like I was missing something because of how slow moving it was.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it, but I don't know why I couldn't put this book down. The character development was fantastic. I didn't necessarily relate to any of the characters 100% but I did really enjoy reading about their lives. I found myself thinking of some other books about the power of family, and this one (to me) resolved really well at the end. It's not a completely happy ending (arguably), but it was satisfying. I'm not exactly sure what it was about this book that was so captivating to me, but I would highly recommend it and I think it makes for a perfect summer read (but it's not too fluffy in my mind either). I don't know if I'd ever consider it to be a re-read, but it was very entertaining and really enjoyable and even unique.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable While this book was an enjoyable read, I found it to be a tad slow. Almost as if it were missing something.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story of a family Thoroughly enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This was a great and easy read but the ending was horrible!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I'm missing something I have yet to finish this book. I have seen this book plastered all over the website/emails/app and I just don't get it. I found the characters pathetic mostly and not in a 'learning a lesson about humanity' way. I gave this book multiple chances, I think I'm about 40 pages from being finished, maybe I'll finish it one day and it will surprise me, but with so many beautifully written novels too read, why waste the time...
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Such a lovely read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it was ok not my fav book took me along time to read it couldnt get into it and stay focused on it
Date published: 2017-02-28

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