Book Talk: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

December 8, 2017
Lauren reading Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest

I want to start off by saying that I am more excited than any of you know for this post! I'm writing a week in advance because I just finished the book and I need to express my love for it right. now. In all honesty, I was first attracted to The Nest because of its cover. The mint and gold quilted cover spoke to me and I immediately added it to my to-read list. I started it over Thanksgiving, without knowing anything about it, because I needed a break from nonfiction and memoirs. Starting with Half Broke Horses, I've read so many of that genre in the past few years, including An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and Wild. A couple of months ago, I read Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and realized that I wanted to read more contemporary fiction. Fates and Furies is one of my new favorites, and without realizing it I picked The Nest, which is eerily similar.

If you follow me on Goodreads, you know that despite the large number books I read, it is rare for me to dole out 5 stars. Reading The Nest made me remember why I love to read and rekindled my adoration for writing, earning itself a perfect score. The Nest details the adult life of the four Plumb siblings, who discover that due to an accident caused by Leo, the family trust they've all been waiting for and counting on has been nearly depleted. The characters feel like people you know, not personally, but through a friend or a friend of a friend, and after reading you realize that their perfect lives are hanging on by a thread. Though the characters each experience their own rollercoasters and realizations, the ending is complete and unexpectedly content.

I highly recommend reading The Nest, if you are yearning for a mature story that isn't at all what you expect but will undeniable capture your full attention until you've finished it. Leave a comment letting me know if you've read The Nest, did you love it? What should I read next? xx, Lauren

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