The Nest

The Nest

Book - 2016
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A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780062414212
0062414216
Characteristics: x, 353 pages ;,24 cm

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ldcarter
Nov 10, 2017

After seeing this book on multiple "must-read" lists and witnessing several people reading it on my morning commute, I thought I'd give this book a go. I just don't see what the hubbub is all about.

The premise sounded interesting and had so much potential, but the writing is simply awful. The main Plumb family characters are vapid and shallow clichés; I couldn't connect with any of them, and I simply did not care what happened to them and their inheritance. There's also the numerous unnecessary characters whose storylines dragged the flow of this book to a screeching halt. I didn't find it funny or witty by any means. A real let down.

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cynthia94066
Oct 17, 2017

I'm not entirely sure why this book took off like it did, but it's entertaining enough. The audiobook is really well-read by Mia Barron. She handled the range of characters so well in terms of gender, age, and ethnicity. The four main siblings are all "types" and not especially appealing, but I think their dilemmas are understandable. Probably a good book club book.

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tshively
Sep 29, 2017

This book was decent. Especially if you like books about dysfunctional families. It was hard to relate to most of the characters and I was pretty disappointed in the ending. It just seemed like there were too many loose ends.

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annagraceiaboni
Sep 19, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book. I kept finding myself wanting to know what was going to happen. The character development was good and the characters themselves were super frustrating and entertaining. However, I felt the book ended with the plot not really mattering? Anyways, I was entertained by the read.

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dirtbag
Sep 13, 2017

I agree with most of the people who commented...as a book, it is only mediocre. However, I have a hard time with their judgements of the characters. I don't know what world they live in, but I am surrounded by people just like the Plumbs where I live.

clairelegrand Sep 01, 2017

This was an easy, well-written, and engrossing read, although it was also frustrating at times. I'm a sucker for stories about family dysfunction, especially when the family in question is super wealthy. It's wonderful escapism to read about the problems of the privileged, since their struggles feel so far removed from my own. I only emotionally connected with a couple of the characters (Melody, Stephanie), as the other characters weren't very likable or sympathetic. But I still wanted to read through to the end to see where they ended up! 3.5 stars.

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DCFs
Aug 23, 2017

I agree with a previous comment about poor character development. Abrupt introduction of characters made it hard to follow at times - I was often going back a few pages to scan for names to see if perhaps I had zoned out and a character had been introduced, but it simply wasn't the case. Also two of the siblings husbands had very similar names (Walter and Walker) which further confused things at times. Still, who doesn't want to read about a dysfunctional family that is not their own, right? Parallels could be drawn to the TV show Arrested Development. Fine for a pool-side summer read.

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ctkvlk
Aug 11, 2017

A quick, light read. Not as great as the reviews, but not as bad as the pans. Good summer reading.

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robyn_paton
Jul 15, 2017

I was disappointed with the novel after hearing that the story was great. I found it hard to engage with the characters, and was waiting for at least something exciting to happen. The storyline was somewhat predictable and dull.

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Soundreader
Jul 03, 2017

The writing is good, but the characters and the story fall flat. I enjoyed the side characters more than I enjoyed the main characters. I would call them "New York", meaning that they are self-centered and whiny. The beginning starts of slow but the story picks up in the middle and I did find myself wanting to know how these quarrelsome siblings would work out their inheritance problem (though none of them deserved it and I did not really care if anyone received it or not) but the ending fell flat and ended with a neat, tidy bow. Disappointing. Not worth reading.

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