Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Summer We Fell Apart by Robin Antalek

The Summer We Fell Apart is the story of a seriously dysfunctional family, told from the perspective of four siblings and their mother, Marilyn, a cult movie actress.  The father is an absent and selfish playwright. Each sibling has their own personal set of flaws, anxieties and painful memories. I found most of the characters completely unlikable, which made it difficult for me to care about their dysfunctional lives.  George was the one character that I was rooting for from the beginning, but then his own section fell somewhat flat.  Reading this reminded me of the way I felt when I read The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen...I just didn't care what happened to any of these people.  This just wasn't the book for me, although I know there are many good reviews.  I gave it a 2/5.


TheBookGirl said...

I appreciate the honest review...I too have a hard time liking books where I don't find any of the characters appealing. The only exception I can think of recently is Serena by Ron Rash where I hated every character, and couldn't put the book down...thought it was wonderful in fact.

Christine said...

I have Serena waiting on the pile. That's good to know.