The Nest | Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (Book Review)

You know what’s almost better than finishing a book you really loved? Finishing one you hated. Because you finished it and it’s finally over and you are happy instead of sad. That’s how I felt about The Nest. Let’s just get straight into why, shall we?

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Ecco
ISBN: 0062414216 (ISBN13: 9780062414212)


Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Click Here To Buy The Nest (A lot of people really loved it so I’ll give the link but trust me there are better books out there!)


The only reason I’m writing this book review is because I need to vent about how much I hated this book. So bare with me on this one. If you’re not a fan of reviews about bad books or if you really liked this one then I’ll understand if you want to skip this one.

I hated this book. This was the most pointless, shallow, boring book I have read since The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg. Quite like The Middlesteins, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest came highly recommended and I kept hearing everyone rave about it. I couldn’t wait to read it. Family dysfunction + money causing issues? Hello. I know all about that. I’m sold.

Guys. Just. No. This book was so boring that I started it last September and I only just now finished it. I set it aside for months and I really didn’t want to finish it. In an effort to get through my half-read list though I picked it back up and powered through.

It’s sad when you finish a book and you have absolutely no feelings for any of the characters at all. I couldn’t bring myself to care about any of the Plumb siblings. They are unremarkable, and complete clichés, as well as just being well..shallow. I guess that’s not that big of a shock considering this book is about money issues between siblings.

Then there was the other issue of all the sub-plots in this book. Each sub plot of this book was just so pointless that it felt like it was a part of another book that accidently got put into this book. It all “tied-in” at the end but so much of it added nothing to the original story. It just felt like it was there because Sweeny didn’t know what else to say so she just added a bunch of filler. Maybe on their own in another setting some of the stories she wanted to tell could have worked but not in this book.

If you’re into books about WASPy first world problems, selfish siblings, and just overall unremarkable characters then I guess go ahead and give this a go. There seem to be a lot of people who truly loved The Nest but I was decidedly not one of them.





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