Sunday, October 16, 2011

Families and other Nonreturnable Gifts Book Review

Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts is a great new novel from Claire LaZebrik the successful author of past hits Knitting Under the Influence and If you Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now.

Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts is a heart-warming story of an atypical family that would make your family look normal. Keats Sedlak happens to be the sanest person in her large family of brilliant eccentrics. Both of her parents while academically gifted can barely function by themselves, and her two equally intelligent siblings are totally unrelateable.

That is why Keats is so glad she can count on her devoted boyfriend Tom, who she has been with for ten years. But when Keats mother makes the shocking announcement that she is filing for a divorce, it causes complete mayhem in an already zany household. Now Keats can't pick up the pieces by herself and she can't keep her family together. This causes her to truly open her eyes to her life and her family and she is forced to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book and I felt like I could relate to Keats and her situation because every family has their problems. I really enjoyed how Keats developed over the span of the book and how her growth propelled the rest of her family to make big changes as well.

While Keats is the problem solver in her family and she is the one that they all turn to in times of need, she realizes that she can't always solve every problem and that is what causes her to finally grow up and embrace who she really is.

I would love the thank the lovely Brianne from The Hachette Book Group for providing me a review copy!

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