We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler - Review

Wednesday, 7 January 2015




Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice. It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you.

When I ordered this book a few weeks ago, I had no idea what it was about. The reviews were excellent and it had won so many awards I felt slightly obligated to read it, like I was missing out on something amazing. I feel like I say this in every review but I hate when a book hyped up, this story was great but the hype, yet again, let it down.

The twist is something totally unexpected, to me anyway, and changed the story completely. As the story unraveled towards the end I found that I had been taken in and actually didn't see any of it coming. It was a truly unique book that I really did enjoy it. Fowler's writing is so easy to read and flowed so well even though she was flitting back and forth between the past and present. I will definitely keep my eye out for more of her writing, I just won't read all the hype first.

Have you read any good books lately? Any reads worth the hype?

Abi xo




6 comments :

  1. I have just finished reading this book and I loved it. I was totally shocked by the twist too, I didn't guess that was going to happen either.
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    1. I had a look at some of the other covers for this book mind and they kind of give the twist away which is annoying.

      Abi xo

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  2. This is actually my first review I've read of this book, although I will admit that I've seen it everywhere, but I've just never decided to pick it up.. Would you recommend I do?
    Megan x meguana.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes I would recommend it, I really enjoyed it and it is only around 300 pages, so quite a quick read.

      Abi xo

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  3. I am waiting for this to arrive in an Amazon order today and can't wait to read it, I've heard so many good things and this post has made me even more excited to get it! :)

    http://amyscornerblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Let me know what you think! Loving your reading corner posts btw!

      Abi xo

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