The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

I revived this eboook from NetGalley, thanks. Here is my honest opinion. I have taken notes while reading this book, yet I still don't know how to review it. It was OK. I didn't love it but I did't hate it. The first few pages I read really pulled me in, I was in love, I thought this was going to be one of the best books I read this year, but it isn't. I kept reading, and it was interesting but also disappointing and depressing. I though the Bird family was supposed to be eccentric and fun, but they all turn out sad, depressed and covered tattoos, or in prison.

I wouldn't say I didn't like the characters, but they seem too selfish, all of them, they only think about themselves and how the tragedy, and how their mothers increased hoarding affected them.

The book jumps between current events in 2011 and the past, starting in 1981, that lead up to this family reunion, as well as the different family members, it was a bit confusing who was speaking when and how it all fit together.  They are definitely a dysfunctional family. I found them very hard to relate to, there was way too much going on, hoarding, lesbians, incest, affairs, communes, death, and mental illness. Just when I thought that I was nearing a climax, it would dwindle down again into something strange and not exciting. The ending was a little disappointing, I thought that after all that they had been through there was a shocking reason why Rhys killed himself, but I come to the conclusion that he was just weird. And he killed himself because he was mentally ill. So read and decide for yourself.

It's not a bad book, more geared towards middle aged women, I think. And I'm nowhere near there and maybe that's why I can't relate to marriage, and moms dying as well as siblings, I'm an only child. But if you are interested please pick up this book, it's a quick summer read that will sure motivate you to clean your house more.