The Nest

The Nest

Book - 2016
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Gathering to confront their older brother, who has recently been released from rehab after a drunk driving accident, the Plumb siblings watch as the trust fund left by their father rises and falls according to self-inflicted problems.
Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062414212
Branch Call Number: F SWE
Characteristics: x, 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 11, 2017

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

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.

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.

WPLBookClub Jun 11, 2017

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.

Jun 02, 2017

I would rather watch paint dry than read this.

May 24, 2017

Disappointing - just couldn't get interested!

May 23, 2017

Too "cliche"
OVERRATED! Like other readers, found it difficult to become engaged with this story. Poor character development. It had everything: gay couple, spoiled good-looking male doing drugs, gay child, kids skipping SATs, mom trying to keep up with the Jones', 9/11 and its ramifications (incl stolen Rodin art!), and people with limb amputations! What more could the author have packed in! A will!..and money in the Grand Cayman Islands!
Would have quit reading 100 pages in but it was a Heather's pick;figured it must have some redemptive qualities. NOPE!
The cover is pretty, but that is about as interesting as it the daily paper instead of this one!

May 20, 2017

Finished this last night and meh - it was ok. I may have approached it with unrealistic expectations after reading so many reviews that it was "hilarious" , acutely perceptive and delightfully ironic! But it never really grabbed me - it isn't that it's bad, it's just that it's only ok.

Apr 24, 2017

If you're like me: weary of murders and explosions, wars and espionage, skeptical of stories about the the smartest, richest men and the luckiest, most beautiful women in the world and blah blah blah...
If you're like me: hungry for good writing about believable characters who sound a little like the people you know, or can imagine knowing, you will love this book.
If you're like me you will savor it slowly; laugh a little, cry a little, and learn a little.
And if you're like me, when you're done reading it, you will nod your head and make a mental note to watch for the author's next novel, hoping it comes soon. But not too soon, because writing like this, obviously, takes time.

Apr 23, 2017

I had trouble caring about the first-world problems of these characters.

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