Book, Review

We Are Family ~ Nicola Gill

400 pages ~ ★★☆☆☆ ~ Netgalley audiobook ARC

Laura and Jess are not the closest of sisters, they’ve grown up to be very different people with different lives and very different relationships with their mother.  When their mother dies and with no other family close by they’re forced to come together to not only arrange her funeral but to sort through her flat; obviously this is a really difficult time for both of them but its made more difficult by the fact that they just can’t seem to get along. Jess is a lifestyle blogger and in younger sister Laura’s eyes is always looking down at Laura’s not spotless home and slightly more overall laid-back attitude to life.

I was drawn to this on Netgalley because it sounded a little like me and my own sister, we’re very different people and don’t always get on perfectly but like Laura and Jess, we’re still family. Fleabag was mentioned in the Goodreads summary and I was hoping this would include some of the same difficult but ultimately heartwarming sibling relationships.

Unfortunately, I struggled with this a bit mainly because I found I couldn’t get behind with Laura’s character, I spent the first part of the book furious at her partner Jon and the rest slightly annoyed with her and personally I find books like this to be difficult to enjoy if I don’t feel like a cheerleader for our main protagonist. I also found that some plot points I was enjoying fell a little flat and then a lot happened in the last 10% of the book which felt a little rushed which was a shame because there were some interesting little twists I wasn’t expecting.

We Are Family is due for release early in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle∆ – though I would really recommend the audio version! Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.

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