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.