This is definitely an odd little book, but completely enjoyable! Loved the Fangs in all their hilarious, complicated, messy glory. Great story, great narration. A fun departure from the usual.
The story was just strange and while it was funny at times overall I didn't get the point. This family is totally dysfunctional and the mom and dad do everything for art but their actions are unbelievable; I didn't want to listen to the second part but I figured I had already invested so much time it had to get better. I was wrong!
Disappointment. I wish I used my credit to buy something else
Quirky characters (at least how the story started off). Then it got somewhat boring when it moved the focal from the parents to the kids, which (to me) seems somewhat disconnected to the overall story. To me, the dynamics (or relationship, perhaps even the lack of) of the parents and the kids are the stories to be told here. The plot got a bit more interesting (somewhat intriguing) towards the end, however the final "reveal" was somewhat lackluster and disappointing. It has a bit of depressing element to the whole story, growing up in a somewhat dysfunctional family. Then at the end, finally both the kids get the one single thing that keep them so estrange from their parents all these while, which is somewhat a nice ending to the story.
And that's a big deal for me. I usually can get into any story. I think that the difficulty that I had with this book was that the characters were all so completely unbelievable. They could only be made up people to me. Not to mention the story itself was so sad that I found myself getting depressed. It just was not the book for me.
In a class by itself, unusual story that I can actually see happening
The relationship between Annie and Buster over time
Annie, but I liked them all
Wow, that's tough. I think I would leave it as is
I liked the beginning part of the book best, kind of dragged in the middle, but ended well.
I would recommend this book because it is so off the beaten track.
Listening to each escapade the family had.
Disappointed in the ending...needed to be elaborated upon more, I believe.
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This is a story that had to grow on me. At first, I did not like it very much. I was reminded of Swamplandia by Karen Russell, in which all of the characters are eccentrics. I want a character or two to have traits and habits that are conventional. I guess about halfway through this novel, I became more interested, and that may be because a mystery surfaced. The resolution was on one hand surprising (related to Fang parents) and anticlimactic (related to children A and B).
Therese Plummer is an amazing reader. I am impressed with her range of voices, especially male voices. I will look for other books read by her.
Follows the lives to two dysfunctional siblings from a very dysfunctional family, as their lives fall apart, and then they put themselves back together. The story of the siblings is depressing (and it's hard to believe how stupid some of their actions are as their lives fall apart), and then the later section where their lives come back together seems somewhat trite and unbelievable.
I admired the imagination and creativity of the author, but found it hard to feel involved or even concerned with what happened. The characters were not appealing and the storyline felt rather absurd. I wish the author had tweaked both the characters and the plot slightly to help the reader feel like it was worth the effort to try to figure out what was going on. I found myself getting restless and switching to other books and then returning to this fanciful one before starting the next book.
It was a story about people I not only couldn't care about, but actively disliked and wanted nothing to do with.
All of them.