Hi friends! I’ve had high hopes for getting this new version of my blog going for MONTHS (if you can’t tell by the fact that I started in October!) but have had so many other things on my plate that I haven’t made the time. This month’s Collaboreads link-up is the perfect chance for me to get my feet wet and start writing all those posts that are begging to be written! The prompt this month is a book you chose for the cover.
Here’s the Amazon description (it’s 3 paragraphs long, so I trimmed it a lot!):
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.. 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.
What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? I loved reading about the characters of this book, who were not all that likable. They do some pretty terrible things for money or because of it, and wondering what they would do next kept me engaged. Their family drama and the thoughts of “how are they going to get out of this mess?” were great to read about. I also loved reading about the different descriptions of New York.
How did you relate to/care for the characters? What’s your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? I wrote about this above, but on a deeper level, I found that reading about one family who all had their own problems and how they dealt with them was really interesting to me. That’s not a unique story, be it fact or fiction, but this one was told in such a way that I was very engaged as a reader. The plot line captured my interest immediately. As I mentioned, the characters were often unlikable, which led to me not caring if something bad happened to them and almost rooting for it at a few points.
What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with its themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now?
Books about dysfunctional families are a dime-a-dozen, yet I can’t think of one right now to answer this question! I actually googled “The Nest read-alikes” and found this article. I don’t recognize any of the books there, but it may be worth checking out.
You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? Well, considering this linkup is about choosing a book based on the cover, I think it’s fair to say that I was really intrigued by the cover! It evokes old, classic boarding schools and rich families and tufted armchairs, at least to me. The pages were well-designed. I was surprised at how short this book was (from top to bottom) because I feel like it’s a bit petite.
How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? I would definitely recommend this to a friend! I gave it to my mom almost immediately after I finished, though I don’t think she’s read it yet! I gave it four stars on Goodreads – it’s probably more like 3.5, but we can say that the cover bumps it up to 4.
And that’s it! The March prompt for Collaboreads is “Green with Envy” – pick a book with green on the cover or in the title. Not sure what I’m going to do for that yet. There’s a chance I’ll read Christina Baker Kline’s A Piece of the World. Stay tuned!