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Fall in love with the most complicated family around and learn some truths about life along with them. Such a beautiful story centered around utterly believable and appealing young adults. Whether you at the age of the kids or the age of their parents or grandparents, you will love the wise and also romantic story.
5.0 out of 5 starsA beautifully written book: non-typical story line with completely believable characters.
Reviewed in the United States on 31 May 2017
This is the first book written by Ann Brashares that I have read; somehow I missed reading her well-known adventures of the Traveling Pants.
"The Whole Thing Together" is almost everything I enjoy in a book.. First and foremost, Brashares' writing is unique, she can really turn a phrase, and in a style all her own. Although this book is aimed at a teen-aged audience, readers of any age will enjoy her skillful telling of a tale.
The underlying story is an unusual one: four sisters and one brother are divided up between two divorced parents who truly loathe each other. The one thing the feuding parents, Robert and Lila, have in common is a summer house on Long Island. Because neither will concede ownership to the other, they share this house alternately by the week. Robert and Lila have carefully managed this arrangement so that they never even see each other in passing.
The youngest two children, Sasha and Ray, are the only siblings who are not biologically related to each other. In fact, though they share the same bedroom in the summer house, they have never met each other. The book is essentially their story, but each and every character has a distinct personality and a story of his or her own. How theses stories converge, explode, and regroup is the premise here, and you will savor getting to know each player through Brashares' almost magical way with words. Yes, you will have to suspend your disbelief to enjoy watching the plot unfold, something I usually resent having to do when I read a book. Not so with "The Whole Thing Together." I found myself eager to believe the unbelievable in this remarkable novel.
In her book, Brashares explores every emotion a human being can feel. There are light-hearted moments and heavy-hearted moments. Anger, love, sorrow, confusion: all are included, and portrayed honestly.
I am delighted to have happened upon "The Whole Thing Together." Brashares is an author whose other works I look forward to reading.
This book...this lovely and sweet and sad and soulful book...is about two families who share a second home but are never in it together. This is because of the divorce of the first marriage. The people in the first marriage share three daughters but then married other people and had a son and a daughter who are not related but are step siblings to the first three daughters...so confusing yet infinitely interesting. The son and daughter have shared the same space for years but have never met or even communicated until this year.
Why I wanted to read it...
I love the other books by this writer and this one sounded different and good. It was!
What made me truly enjoy this book...
Every sibling was unique and I loved their relationships.
Why you should read it, too...
Readers who love books about quirky characters should love this one. There are some sad parts but it just made this book memorable for me!