Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Grown Ups By Marie Aubert and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Genre: Contemporary Fuction
Release date: 03 06 2021
Price*: Kindle £5.69 (GBP)/ Paperback £9.65 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $18.25 (USD)
My Rating: I really liked it.
Pages: ~ 160
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What did I learn from this book: That some relationships between siblings are very toxic.
Description of the book: Ida is a forty-year-old architect, single and starting to panic. She’s navigating Tinder and contemplating freezing her eggs, but forces these worries to the back of her mind as she sets off to the family cabin for her mother’s sixty-fifth birthday.
But family ties old and new begin to wear thin, out in the idyllic Norwegian countryside. Ida is fighting with her sister Marthe, flirting with Marthe’s husband and winning the favour of Marthe’s stepdaughter. Some supposedly wonderful news from her sister sets tensions simmering even further, building to an almighty clash between Ida and her sister, her mother, her whole family.
Exhilarating, funny and unexpectedly devastating, Grown Ups asks what kind of adult you are without a family of your own.
How this book made me feel: I don’t really know what got me attracted to this book, most probably the northern setting, I always loved books set in Norway.
The protagonist in this novel is Ida, a 40 year old single woman, that is desperate to have a child. I didn’t really like Ida, even though she is a very realistic character. She has a lot of grudges towards her little sister, her tendency to be a mistress of married men and her “shit staring” nature is something that I despise in people in general. Her sister is not much better either. Marthe has been an attention seeker her whole life, and her behaviour was very petty sometimes as well. The relationship between these two sisters is quite toxic, and it is hard for me to watch it because I have a little sister and even though we are opposites we get along very well. ❤
The narrative of this novel is told from a single perspective, but that was more than enough. Ida is sharing her memories from the past as well as the events happening at present. It is a pretty short book, and it covers a mini holiday in the cabin. The topics discussed in this book are pregnancy, jealousy, family relationships, sisterly competition etc.
The setting of this book is very calming and relaxing. The writing style is very compressed and I liked how the whole story was told. The chapters of this book are pretty short and the pages just flew by for me. The ending of this book was a little strange, but it kind of rounded up the story.
So, to conclude, this short novel has very complex characters that seem extremely realistic, and the plot is a little dramatic, but at the same time it covers a lot of interesting topics. I really liked this one sitting read, and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a holiday read with a punch. I hope you will like it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Marie Aubert made her debut in 2016 with the short story collection Can I Come Home With You, which sold more than 10,000 copies in Norway. Grown Ups is her first novel, and won the Young People’s Critics’ Prize (Norway’s equivalent to the Goncourt des lyceens) and was nominated for the Booksellers’ Prize. Rights have already been sold in ten other countries.
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