Book Review: We are all completely beside ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler


The Blurb

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 you’re telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern – it’s pretty hard to resist – don’t worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn’t quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.

My Review

Format: Kindle

Pages: 348 pages

My Rating: 5 stars

I downloaded this book a year ago and it has been sitting on my Kindle untouched, I started it recently as am trying to read my existing books before I buy more! I was apprehensive about reading this as it has mixed reviews and a few of my goodreads friends had rated it low.

This is the story of three siblings, two (Fern and Lowell) who go away and Rosemary who is left to tell the story of their life together and apart. It’s quite a complex story, yet at the sametime an easy read to get absorbed into.

I was hooked as soon as I started reading this book, I didn’t know the twist before I started reading and guessed a few things but was totally wrong. I can’t deny I got that part of the book and thought “WHAAAAATTTT??? Nooooooooo!” and was surprised and slightly put off initially, but then I got over it and was eager to find out what happened, after that I couldn’t put it down.





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