“So a description I read said this was “a gloriously funny novel of sibling rivalry” and I thought “well I could use a laugh”. I’m sorry to say I don’t believe I laughed once. Shook my head a few times maybe, but laugh – no I did not.
It’s not that this is a bad book, but it isn’t a very good book either. I am pretty ambivalent about the entire story and am sure a few months from now it will fade from memory entirely.
In a nutshell the three grown Coffey children, for varying reasons, have all moved back home to try and straighten out their lives. Mom Weezy is an empty nester with what appears to be no life outside of worrying about her children. Dad Will mostly hides in his office and has virtually no part in the storyline.
If you weren’t told at the start that these five were a family you wouldn’t know it. Claire is approaching 30, has ended her engagement and has chosen to live in the apartment she shared with her boyfriend, an apartment she cannot afford and therefore pays all her bills with a credit card and has acquired a boat load of debt, so back home she goes. Martha is an RN who has given up nursing to work at J. Crew as a manager. It is very clear that Martha has extremely poor socialization skills, so she too is living at home. Will is a college senior with a beautiful girlfriend, Cleo, who has a distant relationship with her mother. The two of them move into the basement when they run into a bit of ‘trouble’, and so all three kids are home and all the old sibling stuff rears it’s head. And we spend a year with some of the most annoying, whiny people ever. They all seem to be very concerned about Will ruining his life, when in actuality he is the only one who is confronting life straight on and dealing with the upheavals.
This book was 353 pages and felt twice as long. The writing was okay, the story was okay but I never connected with any of the characters and didn’t much care what happened to them, except maybe Will and Cleo, they were the only people that seemed to have some clue about enjoying life. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it, which makes it a solid 3 star, it was okay read. And I never did figure out who "The Smart One" was.”