The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Yes, I totally judge a book by it’s cover because, well, I’m a visual person and I love good graphics. This was a good reminder that the old saying is true. What you see on the outside may not be what is on the inside. I was sorely disappointed by this book and if I could sum it up in one word it would be: selfish.
The Nest is what a family calls a large inheritance, meant to be unlocked when the eldest turns 40 years old. Well, the youngest, misfit brother screws up their future plans when they have to use “The Nest” to bail him out of a sticky situation. The bulk of the novel focuses on each of their lives and the bits of future they lost because they didn’t get their money. You get a small peak into each of their lives, but nothing seems to make the reader empathetic to their situations. In fact, I didn’t care at all if all these selfish people got reimbursed by their brother. I didn’t care if the selfish brother paid up or got his act together.
I thought the writing, although it was not awful, felt selfish too. She did not engage with the read and seemed to forgot we were there. What I mean by that is that there was a sense that she was talking “at” me and not “to” me. I almost felt like she thought she was smarter than I was in the way she wrote and did not include me in any of the inner thoughts of the characters.
I finished the book in the hopes that it was going to have a twist that made me feel for anyone! But, it didn’t. Gave it a 2 on Goodreads. I reserve the 1 for a total bomb.
Maybe it landed on the New York Times Best because other people judge a book by the cover too. Not sure.
Want to read what I’m reading next? Here you go! The Nix by Nathan Hill