The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest tells the story of an estranged family coming together by sharing a bad experience. The four Plumb siblings are all looking forward to the youngest daughter Melody’s 40th birthday, where they all plan to receive a large sum of money that has been sitting in an account all their lives. Unfortunately, right before this can happen, the oldest son, Leo, gets into a terrible accident that he was responsible for and most of the money gets used for protecting Leo. The rest of the siblings who were all relying on that money become very upset with Leo and try to come together to get him to pay them all back. Throughout this process, the siblings are forced to spend more time together and eventually bond as adults.

This book was very funny and light-hearted, and I loved reading it. It showed me that every family can be dysfunctional and have issues, but family is still something that is very important. The book examines many parts of life, so it is easy for anyone to relate to. There are teenage girls stressed about college and becoming independent from their families, a single woman living in New York worried that her success is slowly drifting away, and a man with a drug problem who can’t seem to put others before himself. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a simple, easy, comedic but heart-warming story for the summer.

-Christina

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July 27, 2016

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