Book Review: Did you ever have a family?

I am slowly but surely catching up on my Book reviews. 

I am not sure if i am happy about that or not, but there it is, another review: 

Did you ever have a family?

Author: Bill Clegg
Language: English
Type of book: e-book 
Pages:  308
Overall rating: 3.5 to 4 out of 5 
Book series: No
Book received through: NetGalley
Summary on the book:
"One the morning of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family -her present, her past and her future. Fleeing from the carnage, stricken and alone, June finds herself in a motel room by the ocean, hundreds of miles from her Connecticut home, held captive by memories and the mistakes she has made with her only child, Lolly, and her partner, Luke."

Favorite thing/moment in the book: How everything was connected and found a way to make sense at the end.

Worth reading? 
Yes, if you enjoy family drama and stories that don't really have a specific point but just have the connection of events as the plot. 
If you need action and adventure, no.   

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Full review: 

First thought after finishing the book: Good story, nice writing, interesting characters.

This book has a wonderful way of showcasing how things connect to each other. How some events will stay with you no matter what you try, and how sometimes the smallest things that have the biggest impact. 

This books entire plot is more or less showcasing the connection of different lives and how one situation connects them all together. Or family drama. Pick which ever one you like better as book description!

This story is not just about June, and how she lost her daughter, soon to be son-in-law, her ex-husband and her current boyfriend. it is also about all the other people that are connected to those people: the parents of the son-in-law, the mother of the boyfriend and the different people that played some bigger parts in their lives. 

It is told from different points of view and doesn't just focus on those "main" characters but just generally tells how all those characters fit together and why it is all connected. 

For the most parts of this book i really enjoyed the different aspects of the stories and how it all came together, how some aspects later on became clear why there were told and important even thought while i was reading them did not see the meaning in them or why they were told. 

There were some aspects that i felt where a bit unncessary -that every character had to have a horrible event happening in their life, for example- was something that i felt was a bit... much. 

I also did not like the "big reveal" of how the house fire came to be, especially since there was so much talk about it throughout the entire book. I wanted ... something more for that. But at the same time i understand why Clegg decide to go with the what he did, because it does make sense. It is life and real and fitting to the story. So while i understand why Clegg wrote it as he did, doesn't mean that i loved how he wrote it and wish that he could have done it a bit differently. 

But overall this book is a fantastic story about showing what one moment in time can do to your life. 

How you yourself have to decide if you want to life and how to do it. 

How sometimes people have to overcome difficult situations to see other parts of their life in a different and maybe better light. 

It is a nicely told story and worth reading. 

What about you guys?
Have you read this book? Did you like it?
Do you want to read it?

Does it influence you to want to read a book if it is on a book prize list, such as the Man Booker? Does it make you want to read a book more or less?

Let me know!

Write more later.... 


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