Book Title: The Most Fun We Ever Had
Author: Claire Lombardo
Genre: Fiction/Family Drama
Line Summary :
From Goodreads: A dazzling, multigenerational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple–still madly in love after forty years–recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they’ve built.
My Review :
I have mixed feelings about this book. The slow-paced narration and the plot is boring and so I don’t like it but at the same time, the author captures the reality of life and flawed natural real-life characters which I admired.
In the beginning, it was very boring to read all the over descriptive page by page emotions! The story traveled in all the directions without making any point. The narration was painfully slow at times I felt not to finish it. But then I dragged myself to finish it and after 75% of the book the story slowly picked up. But didn’t end promptly. At only one point in the story, I felt a little bit emotion otherwise the family drama didn’t feel like any drama at all. The only thing I admired was the capture of a realistic family with realistic characters and I realized that’s why it’s boring! Because I don’t want too much reality in a book as we already have it! Overall an average book about a family drama. If you like a slow, realistic, descriptive family story you could have enjoyed this book.
Thoughts while reading:
- The love between Marilyn and David is adorable but at times I felt disgusting about their overly public displayed affection especially when they have 3 teenage daughters at home! And the way the couples understood each other, the special bond between them and their deep realization of it, everything is admirable and a lesson to value!
- The Irish twins’ Wendy and violet ‘s love-hate relationship was perfect siblings rivalry. The lost middle child Liza also portrayed perfectly. But the Gracie character is kind of limp! Not fully developed and didn’t integrate well with the story!
- The place where David almost died and Marilyn was at the hospital with him made my heart weep with emotion and that’s the only time I felt any emotion on this book
- Considering the length of this book(Over 500 Pages) something should be there to hook the readers. Sadly nothing in this book did that. unless you are committed yourself to finish it, its tough to go through this slow-paced story. It’s a clearly boring family saga.
- This realistic family story may appeal to people who love peaceful slow reading. But for me, I need some spice, the speed, at least an emotion to feel from the book which obviously not brought on and so this is not for me!
- I seriously couldn’t understand all the hype and all 5/4 star reviews for this book on Goodreads! Am I the only one who found it boring ?? Please let me know in the comments about your view if you already read it!
I clearly struggle to give a rating to this . It’s somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. finally decided to give 3 for the characters alone.
Favorite Quotes From The Book:
“Marriage, was a strangely pleasurable power game, a careful balance of competing egos, conflicting moods.”
” if anyone waited to have kids until they felt ready to have them, the human race would have died off centuries ago.”
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