[691]: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Squabbling siblings, family drama, and the inheritance that will either bind them closer or pull them further apart.


For what its worth, The Nest was an easy book to digest. It took me a day or so – tops to finish reading. But for all its promises of  a “warm and funny” read, this book was everything but.

Perhaps it’s that I couldn’t, for the life of me, sympathize with the financial plights and exploits each one of them were going through. Or maybe it’s because I see myself commiting the same blunder upon knowing that they’re bound to receive a big winfall  (spend the money before I even get my share). Whatever it was, it just didn’t do much for me.

After the death of the Plumb patriarch, the siblings learned of an inheritance that will come once the youngest (Melody) turns 40. Over the years, and through the conscientious effort of the family lawyer, the inheritance grew to a ridiculous amount. But in just one night, the money all but disappeared. The Nest, in essence, is the story of a family who depended way too much on this inheritance that when they realize there’s barely any left, watched their own families and relationships fall into ruin. It’s a cautionary tale about what comes of spending the money before you even have it in your possession. While the  inheritance was growing into a vast fortune, the siblings were accumulating debts left and right.

I’ve read my fair share of books containing themes of “rich people problems”. Some of them are ridiculous and funny, and most are honest and trite. The Nest, I found, was uninspiring. The wry, self-deprecating humour I’ve come to expect from rich people dealing with their dysfunctional problems just wasn’t there. If anything, this book’s supposed “underlying” serious tones overpowered what was meant to be a funny read.

But the good thing about this book is the author’s choice of setting. What would be a more perfect backdrop for a group of cynical people than New York City? The hub of success and failure; affluence and slum; culture and society’s decline. It’s very diverse, alive and full of character in itself.  It’s manic and somehow perfect in a way that parallels the Plumb’s anxiety for their troubling future.

I did, however, find that they were very forgiving of Leo (the oldest) even if he was the selfish prick who ruined marriages and lives. And in that sense, I guess the great message of this book is that you can’t pick and choose whom to love. Family is family, and no matter how much you want to smother your sibling in their sleep, the thought of wearing an orange jumpsuit gives you nightmares for days to come.

 

  • Aw, I’m sorry this book wasn’t all that awesome : But glad you still enjoyed it. <3 Hugs. I.. well. I often use too much money; more than I have :p but I have my mom to borrow from.. and ahh. I must stop, lol 🙂 But I only buy books and pop figures and stuff like that, but still, too much money 🙂 Anyway. Seems like an interesting book, but not for me ;p

  • Hate it when you go into a book with expectations that it will be a fun read and it’s anything but. Sigh.

  • Hmmm, this one does not sound like it’s for me. Too bad the eventual windfall made it hard to sympathize with the characters. Last line – loved it! Thanks for the honest and lovely review:)
    And, here’s to another year of books – I hope you have many fantastic ones Joy 🙂

  • Hmm probably not a book for me. Call me unsympathetic, but I just can’t relate to people that live life assuming they’d be well-off and okay in the future without putting in the effort and giving back to society. If there was humourous tones to the book, I’d probably give it a go, but from the sounds of it, it’d annoy me more than be relatable haha. Thanks for the honest review lovely x

  • This sounds like a book that I am probably best to pass on reading. I do get the idea of spending money before you actually have it. I have spent my lottery winnings 5 times over in my head before I find out I didn’t win many times.

  • Lol at the last sentence. This book is so not for me with its rich people problems. I would just be annoyed by everybody spending the money before they’re able to actually get their hands on it.

  • There’s so much truth to that last sentence! lol!

  • I’ve seen people add this one a bit on Goodreads but I must admit, the synopsis didn’t have me intrigued, and now I’m sort of glad! It sounds a bit tedious and un-fun, given the characters don’t seem all that relatable – which is a bummer, I’m sure plenty of us could understand (non-rich people) money issues.

  • For some bizarre reason, I thought this was a fantasy book, until I read the blurb in your review.

    TBH, I’m a bit over rich people and their family problems! Its been done so often, in so many ways, that the book would really have to be a standout to get me to pick it up.

  • This was on a bunch of “best of” lists this year, but I agree with you. I liked the idea of the premise, but knowing that they were going to get a financial windfall eventually made them all kind of awful. Didn’t like or care about any of them. Meh!

  • I think I’d have a hard time sympathizing with these people and their “rich people” problems. Sorry it didn’t quite hit the mark for you either, Joy. I do like the cover, though. 🙂

  • Sorry you didn’t like this one Joy! 🙁 it seems like it could have been a really good read with the whole “rich people problems” but it looks like that wasn’t the case here. 🙁 usually I love a good book about rich people, their drama, and money problems, etc. But as long as it’s executed right!

    Here’s to your next read being a lot better!

    Aweosome review, boo!

  • this book sounds interesting (that inheritance-dependent siblings) but it doesn’t exactly sound like my type of read. Great review though 🙂

  • Benish

    Sorry to hear that it didn’t work for you, hopefully your next read will be better. Thanks for sharing though – atleast the title sounds interesting 🙂
    Benish @ Beenazai

  • RO

    You give an excellent review, but I’m not sure this would end up on my shelf. However, what in the heck happened to all that cash? (lol) Hugs…

  • Not my kind of read for sure, but you do have me wondering where the money went overnight? Or was it longer than that? Well thought out review as usual Joy!

  • Hm, don’t think it’s for me. Great review though, and love the color!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sounds like it has some nice messages, but sorry it didn’t really work for you! I think I’d have to find more humor in this one to really care for the story/people in it as well.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • I don’t think this one is for me, but I loved your review. I had to laugh at “Family is family, and no matter how much you want to smother your sibling in their sleep, the thought of wearing an orange jumpsuit gives you nightmares for days to come.” So true… but it extends to extended family as well. LOL

  • Aaand I forgot what to say

  • I think I had more fun reading your review than I probably would reading the book. I wasn’t all that interested in reading this book and though your review was fun, I’m still not all that interested. Great review though. 🙂

  • This one sounds fairly decent, but like it failed to carry through with what you hoped it could’ve been because of the premise. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to the situation, and the underlying message about family is so true. Not sure this is one for me though :/ So I probably won’t be reading it.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Hmm, I wasn’t planning on picking this up since I hadn’t read the most positive of reviews for it, but you’ve definitely sealed the deal for me that this just isn’t something I’d enjoy. I’m glad you found aspects to enjoy, though, but I hope your next read proves to be more satisfying! Wonderful review, Joy!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I agree with you regarding The Nest. I really enjoyed certain aspects of the novel, but other aspects were just ok. I saw that many people put this book on their “Best of 2016” list, but I wouldn’t go that far. Your review made me laugh out loud, btw. This book is totally about rich people problems…you are right! And you’re right about the ultimate message being about family….so very true! Great review!

  • I don’t know. It sounds okay, but with the sea of books, I probably won’t get to it. I put it on my wishlist the moment that I first saw it, and then removed it just a few weeks ago. I think I was afraid that someone might actually buy it for me for Christmas. LOL

  • Kara Lauren

    I have been wanting to read this, but have read a few reviews now where they called it “rich people problems” so not sure I could relate to the characters.

  • It looked interesting but it’s too bad that it wasn’t a bit more than that