Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Inheritance Basket, Review > The Nest
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Leo Plumb, a married middle-aged man drunk and high gets into a vehicle with a 19-year-old waitress ending in a crash, a divorce, rehab and the plundering of the four Plumb siblings mutual trust fund. These "spectacularly dysfunctional" Plumb siblings are the central characters in Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's debut novel The Nest, and the consequences of the eldest sibling Leo's wreck shape the central plot.
Sound like the script for a daytime soap opera?
Leo, Jack, Bea, and Melody Plumb for years have anticipated for and spent against their significant inheritance, "The Nest." Now the self-inflicted quandaries of wanting businesses and careers, mortgages, and future college tuitions have left Jack, Bea, and Melody frantic for Leo to salvage the much-depleted fund. Through the years the siblings have gone their separate ways, creating their individual lives and neglecting their relationships with one another. It is easy to see how much "the Nest" has pervaded most every aspect of the sibling's lives, they have trusted and invested in their expected fund instead of one another. They have let "the Nest" be their excuse for rash decisions. The years of ill-advised decisions culminating in Leo's wreck affected their financial security blanket, and the repercussions not only affect the siblings but their loved ones as well.
I found the noticeably entitled siblings not to be the stars of the novel, however, but instead the side characters, those people in proximity to the sibling's, their spouses, lovers, children, and neighbors. While the entitled Plumb siblings are frantically trying to dig out of their financial messes, subplots focus on the growth, independence, and maturing of the side characters. These subplots are incredibly refreshing to read in between the tiresome narrative of the privileged siblings.
The end of the book did seem a bit rushed and cliche, but I did appreciate how most siblings showed growth and did come together. They also found ways to survive financially and realized the importance of relationships. I'd like to think the Plumb siblings go on to have considerably closer relationships with each other as time goes on.
Inevitably you can't count on much, but you can count on life throwing you a curve ball, and hopefully, you have strong relationships to help you deal with life's curves.
Honestly, I can't in good conscious recommend this book. I found the majority of the characters unlikable, selfish, and self-absorbed and the plot unappealing and unrelatable.
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Yours Truly, LeNae
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