Saturday, March 4, 2017

Book Review - The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

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Review by Suze
 
Leo Plumb is in his forties, he's divorced and is free as a bird. He likes drinking and doing drugs and he doesn't mind driving when he's under influence This results into an accident and unfortunately he isn't alone, there's a nineteen-year-old waitress next to him in the car. Leo is being sent to rehab and his family pays for his mistake. How dearly becomes clear when his brother Jack and sisters Beatrice and Melody learn about the status of The Nest. The Nest is their inheritance, which they are supposed to receive soon. What will happen to them when there's hardly anything left to inherit?

Jack has borrowed a lot of money to keep his business afloat, knowing there would be a hefty sum to pay it off. He can lose everything he holds dear because of Leo's mistake. Melody has two daughters she wants to send to college and she lives in a house she and her husband can't afford. Beatrice could use another successful book, Leo has always been her inspiration, but can she still use him for it? What has Leo done to his siblings and why did the idea of the comfort The Nest could bring them make them take unnecessary risks?

The Nest is an impressive story about four siblings and their families. The Plumb siblings had a sensible father who made a lot of money and put some of it in a trust for his children, making sure they'd receive it at a later age because according to him they weren't deserving enough before. Leo used to be a successful businessman and Beatrice used him as an inspiration for the stories that brought her fame. Jack and Melody need the money from The Nest to help them out of the difficult financial positions they've maneuvered themselves in. They made a few unwise decisions and therefore their situations are critical. Money plays an important part in their lives and Leo has squandered their way out. Is this fair and is he willing to make amends and help his siblings to raise the money they need? Is Leo someone they can count on? I absolutely loved that question and couldn't imagine what his siblings were thinking half of the time. I was intrigued by the way the family dynamics work and couldn't wait to see what Leo would or wouldn't do in the end.

The Nest is psychologically interesting. What's the effect of the idea there will be money to clean up any mess you make, is it fair that an entire inheritance meant for four people will be spent on one person and what are the consequences of counting on money that isn't a hundred percent sure thing? Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney has written a thought-provoking novel about a terrific topic with fascinating main characters. Leo influences everyone he comes into contact with, but in what way? I couldn't wait to see how he would react on everything he's being accused of, what kind of stunts he'd pull off next and what he would do to find a way out of the tricky situations he always manages to find himself in. I really enjoyed reading about him. His actions and resolutions are fantastic reading material. The Plumb family is fabulously dysfunctional and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's beautiful intelligent writing kept me captivated from beginning to end. The Nest is a brilliant entertaining, clever and compelling novel.

Advice

If you like reading fascinating family stories filled with scandals, lies and money trouble you will love The Nest.

25 comments:

  1. I can't make up my mind about this one. I come from a jacked up family dynamic so I don't know if this books would be for me or not.

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    1. It isn't a very heavy story, it's more entertaining than deeply emotional. Not sure if that helps? I know what you mean though, it's always more difficult to read something that comes close to your own situation.

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  3. It seems like an extremely emotional story. It's certainly not like anything I've ever read.

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    1. Most of the main characters are surprisingly selfish and superficial. It's quite entertaining and even though it's deep on a thought-provoking level it isn't on an emotional level. It's definitely unique and everyone who's read it has a different opinion. I love when books have that effect.

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  4. It seems like an extremely emotional story. It's certainly not like anything I've ever read.

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  5. Sounds amuzing! This is definetly something I'll be checking out.

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  6. So there is some humor? Can't really tell...

    --Trix

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  7. Thank you for the review. I've seen this book but had no idea what it was about. Sounds like a great read.

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  8. I like the sound of this and think I'll add it to my wishlist, thanks for the review

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  9. The psychological aspect of the family's dilemmas sounds intriguing!

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  10. I have been hearing about this book, and after reading your review, I know I want to read it. Thank you! :)

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  11. It sounds awesome. Although I tend to want to try every book you review.

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  12. interesting premise

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  13. This sounds thematically fascinating, and the idea of it being more thought-provoking than emotionally affecting really appeals to me. Like it could be close to home but not *too* close to home. Thanks for the review!

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  14. Sounds like a good read . Thanks for the review .

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  15. This sounds close to home and stir up emotions for me. But, I sometimes read books like this just because of that.

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  16. I like stories that reveal the complicated relationships of siblings.

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  17. What a weird psychological book. Not sure if I'd read or not.

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  18. I love family stories and often wonder what my family would do in the same situation :)

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  19. I like family stories and the more dysfunctional the more fun, but fighting over money is definitly not fun so I'm interested to see where the author goes with this topic

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  20. It's not something that I would read generally but that is why it intrigues me.

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  21. This is on my TBR list. The buzz about it found me.

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  22. Well, it's definitely true that if you have financial security, or even the promise of financial security, then chances are you'll take risks. Anyone struggling to put food on the table would never take these chances.

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