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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A quick, light read. Not as great as the reviews, but not as bad as the pans. Good summer reading.
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.
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.
The Whistler Public Library and Armchair Books book club read "The Nest" in February 2017. We had an absolutely massive crowd for this book - 25 people, maybe? - and we all congregated for the same reason: to discuss how mediocre this book was. Most agreed that this reaction was probably caused by hype - this novel received so much attention and praise in 2016, and that set us all up for disappointment.
We enjoyed discussing:
- How $250,000 would change our lives - or not (quite an interesting question in an affluent town like Whistler)
- Why the Plumb siblings made the decisions they made (wild speculation here), which were the most likable, and why (Stephanie, one of the only non-Plumb characters, was the unanimous favourite, along with Melody's teenage daughters)
- New York as a character - this is one of our recurring book club discussion questions, since some authors incorporate their settings into the narrative SO well, and others...not so much.
I would rather watch paint dry than read this.
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