One of the books I recently finished is Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan (sadly, no references to the Pink Floyd song).
I’ll start out by saying first: it took me a freaking long time to finish this book…like 2 months. I picked it at the beginning of December. Yeah, it was bad. Not the book, just finishing it!
Why I read this: I wanted to read a book I already had and found Emily Alone, which is apparently a follow-up to this one, so I decided to pick this one up to read first. And I wanted something “light” to read.
- Summary: This book is about a family that returns to their summer house for the last time for a week-long vacation, right after their beloved husband/father/grandfather passes away. The story is broken down one day at a time through each character’s eyes.
- Relating to the story: I’ve never had the experience of going away somewhere for the summer, but the location in the story reminded me of the lake community where my in-laws live. Combine that with the craziness + drama that each of the family members had going on and it’s my kinda tale!
- Likes: I really liked the switch in character views! If there’s not too many to keep track of, this is one of my FAV types of reading. Also the struggle the family had with divvy-ing up the personal belongings of the father that passed away was something I could definitely relate to.
- Dislikes: As I said, this took FOREVER to read. I found the writing to be really overly detailed. Also, there really were no cliffhangers or climaxes to the book, which kinda made it go on and on.
- Rating: 3 out of 5. I definitely will read the next book, Emily Alone. But more because I already have it.
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