Published – 2016
Summary from Goodreads
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 future 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, 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.
What I Love:
This book was such a fast read! The chapters were short enough, and within a few days I completed the novel. I love the plot line – the trials and tribulations of a supposed rich income lifestyle gone wrong. Did I explain the properly? Well, I’m sure you know what I mean. The drama between everyone was magnificent! All the little plot twists and unexpected revelations definitely had me at the edge of my seat.
I’m usually a character kind of girl – I prefer to fall in love with characters more than the actual plot. But for this book, I found myself loving the plot instead! I found that the places the characters went to and how the plot sort of directed them to that certain location was more interesting to me than the characters! I think this book is flexible and loveable enough for everyone to relate to Melody, Jack, Bea(trice) and Leo, or just the inheritance plot in general!
The Not So Good:
Not that there’s anything I would ever outwardly hold against Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, but I did find the writing style not my favourite. I found myself at times wondering when I missed the POV change. I do love books with more than one POV (like Nuala O’Connor’s book, or any Jodi Picoult books), but for some reason this one left me a bit lost at moments. Other than that, it’s not a big deal.
This book definitely deserves a solid 8.5/10! The layout, beautiful cover, and great plot leads this novel to victory! It is a great summer read, and I would even read this in the winter, because it’s a book about family reunion (ish), so it’s a generic read perfect for the holiday months, and for the summer.