This was a very entertaining book. I was really enjoying this and then I started to think about the relationships I have with my siblings. It forces us to think about the importance of family and recognize that we all have some "quirks" within our family. I truly appreciataed the honesty of the story.
Tropper captures the painfully beautiful mess that is the Fox family so well, with a particularly imlressive knack for figurative language. Great narration is an added bonus to this touching gem of a book.
This book is in the category of movies like "Dan In Real Life" and "The Family Stone".
The Family Drama.
I enjoy these family drama stories for their simple ability to entertain without challenging the intellect. A steady diet of them is humdrum, sure. But sometimes you just don't feel like doing mental acrobatics with an audiobook that requires note-taking and rewinding.
Or being on an emotional rollercoaster. Or having your blood pressure rise because the action is nuts. Yes, sometimes you just want to passively enjoy a decent narrative.
So here it is: a good story that won't bore you. If that's what you're looking for, go for it.
Loved every second of it.....it was so real I was laughing and holding back tears at the same time.......would love a sequel but that might not be this authors style
I was surprised this got such high reviews. I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. I'm hoping the movie adaptation will be better. I found the performance itself to be a distraction, the narrator sounded very much like David Sedaris, so he was not believable as a scorned straight man. I also found him to be monotone much of the time. The tone of the writing seemed misogynistic and demeaning to the female characters in several cases. Overall this just didn't provide much progression in the characters' personal growth and felt very flat and negative.
Don't get me wrong, the movie I liked very much, which led me to the book.
After listening I discovered so many loose ends and holes in the movie. It makes me wonder just how much was left on the cutting room floor.
The book is tragic, funny, and complicated. Its life. This story, this book, represents that so ver well.
I highly recommend giving this book a listen...perhaps only after you've seen the movie.
And for those that balk at my title proclaiming that 'aren't all books better than the movie?' My answer is no. Every biblical movie was better than the book.
Lover of life!
This is a harsh, funny and charming story about the dysfunction of families, the power of grief and healing, love in various forms and how no matter how crazy a family is they have your back and will support you in all your crazy glory!!!