The Nest

The Nest

Book - 2016 | First edition
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A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062414212
Branch Call Number: F SWEEN-C
Characteristics: x, 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 02, 2020

The Nest is a warm and acutely perceptive novel about four siblings, who all seem to be living in a dysfunctional family. “The Nest” is a joint trust fund that the family is about to receive, which is meant by their deceased father. It is mainly centred around the siblings fighting for the inheritance left by his father after he got into an accident. The Plumb family has watched the value of The Nest soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve several self-inflicted problems, as they are always encountering lousy luck. In general, this is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendships, the ways we depend on each other and the ways we let one another down. The writer does a good job bringing a cast of characters to life to illuminate what money can do to relationships. I honestly couldn’t stop reading this novel, as it was a truly pleasurable experience for me to read. However, the reason why I do give this novel a 4/5 star rating instead of full stars was simply because there were too many characters for me, and the ending kind of seemed a little anticlimactic. The plot wasn’t anything fantastic, but at the same time, I couldn’t put the book down! 4/5 stars
@Bookland of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 12, 2020

It was an Ok read. Not sure why there was so much hype was about it.

Jan 18, 2020

This book was well-written, without a doubt, however there lies many problems pertaining to character development and the plot itself. Each character has very little time to reveal their true colours to the reader, as evident in how abrupt each chapter transitions (from one character to the next, and we do not hear from him/her for at least 2-5 chapters). The plot seems to be underdeveloped, which could have been better handled if the book were split into a series of two.

Overall, the author is truly capable in conveying the main theme of the story—greed over a large sum of inheritance among the four Plumb siblings, causing discordance in their personal lives—and does so in an intoxicating manner, never failing to enthral the audience and make up for what she lacks.

neyoscribbles Jan 14, 2020

I do not understand why this book is on so many lists. It is a story about four super privileged siblings all living their life anticipating the day they will have access to their family trust fund – the nest. Except, there is a problem with their inheritance (I won’t spoil it.) But, it is annoying that the siblings do not really care for each other, rather they are bound to each other by their mutual interest in the fund. There are too many underdeveloped characters, subplots and frankly, the middle portion of the book is a snooze fest – not sure what all the hype was about?!

Nov 27, 2019

This is a story about 4 siblings, the Plumbs, who think they are getting a big inheritance (known as The Nest) when the youngest sibling turns 40. Except that a few months before the payout the money gets used to bail the oldest sibling, Leo, out of a legal situation when he's in a car accident and his negligence results in a serious injury to another person. The Plumb family is dysfunctional and distant. I didn't love them. I didn't even like them. They were selfish and entitled and living beyond their means. They treated each other with an odd combination of gullibility and suspicion. And each of them, except for Leo, had likeable parts of them. But mostly they were people I would not have anything to do with in real life. This is a story about how money causes problems, and for the Plumb siblings, money was certainly the root of dishonesty and deception and morally questionable decisions. They were the architects of their own problems but to their credit, they did seem like better people at the end of the story than they were at the beginning.

Aug 31, 2019

Although the characters were sometimes deplorable, the ending was very good and made this book worth reading.

May 17, 2019

Stopped reading after about 50 pages. No interest or enjoyment in family drama about such over-indulged adults who make exceedingly poor decisions. The explicit sexual scenes and language right out of the box continued. I wanted to wash my brain. Stopped to discontinue the negative experience.

Mar 07, 2019

I hate books that are so boring that it takes me days to even get past the first chapter. Case in point, the characters presented here are so shallow that I wanted to smack them. Didn't care for this at all.

Feb 13, 2019

This is a family drama, gossip mixed with suspense. It was interesting. Didn't think i'd like it but good.

Feb 12, 2019

I tried my best to get into this book but unfortunately couldn't make it past page 100. The beginning grabs your interest and then all of the characters turn against the only interesting one so it turned into a big nag fest...maybe I'll try to pick it up again and see if the plot gets more interesting.

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