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Just two stars for this one because for me it was just an okay book. No spoilers but the big reveal about Fern which is supposed to make the book more interesting just ruined it for me. I was expecting one thing and got another and it all became a bit too wacko for my taste. Rosemary was a very weak, unlikeable character and I just wanted to smack Harlow. And then for a big finale we discover that Rosemarys memory of events was not to be relied upon anyway. So basically it was all for nothing.

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This isnt going to be a long review, because I dont want to ruin this book for anyone. Seriously, dont click on the title. Dont read any other reviews. Because all I knew going into We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was that it was about some type of dysfunctional family. And really, that can mean anything. And its so much better that way!

I loved the tone of the book, the dry humour and the elegance of the writing, how its entertaining but appropriately sad and serious at times. The narrator, Rosemary Cooke, isnt altogether likeable - shes a little bit odd, and rightfully so - and the structure is a little bit all over the place, but that was something I liked. Our quirky main character tells a quirky story with quirky form and it all comes together beautifully. (I dont mean quirky in a Wes Anderson kind of way, because its not like that at all, but its just a little bit different - in a good way!) Its an accurate depiction of childhood, and the foggy half memories that come back when you reflect on that childhood. It explores interesting scientific, psychological, and ethical issues without being preachy or overly technical. It makes you think, and it makes your heart hurt a little bit. Its really quite good - I think its one of those stories that Ive rated 4 stars and will come to appreciate more over time, rather than something that fades from memory and after several months should really be knocked down to a 3.


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2.5* rounded up.

I live under a rock. I do. Otherwise, I would have probably known what the big twist in this book was all about. But I didnt, and that was ok.

However, even not knowing that there even is a twist didnt help me enjoy the book more than I did, and here is why:

The beginning of the story was awesome - the MC, Rosemary Cooke, is inadvertently arrested when another woman goes mental on her ex-boyfriend in a cafeteria.
What a great start to a story!

Unfortunately, from there on the book lost momentum while Rosemary tells about her childhood and introduces us to her family, and how her and her familys lives have fallen apart after her sister and brother disappeared. There is also the @big reveal@, after which the book continues in search for a conclusion.

Fowler takes up an interesting story full of thoughtful observations and quirky dialogue, but I could not help feeling that the issues Fowler tried to address where over-written and drawn out to an extent where I lost interest. Whats more, even my usual enthusiasm for animal welfare issues and philosophy near enough extinguished over the question what the book was trying to do.
Did the interjections of literary and philosophical quotations try to aid the message of the book or were they meant to lend an air of validation to what would have otherwise been a perfectly good coming of age story or family saga?

I know this book has received a lot of praise but it just did not do much for me.

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oh come ON! I reached the big reveal that many reviewers (but not the publishers it seems) are trying so hard to avoid mentioning.
The narrator thought some of us might be irritated by her coy refusal to wait so long before explaining her secret. She was right.
Plot line and precocious babbling voice arent enough. This reads like a YA novel.
Next.

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Someone recommended Karen Joy Fowlers novel @We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves@, and, Ill be honest, I was hesitant to read it because she also wrote @The Jane Austen Book Club@, a book which I havent read but which seemed like the kind of chick lit that I cant stand---a group of women from all walks of life, bonding over some kind of club (be it knitting, cooking, books, traveling pants, or Downton Abbey), talking about how shitty their relationships are or reminiscing about the dream guy who got away in college or the one time they visited Paris yadda yadda yadda---which I realize is the worst kind of book snobbery and blatant prejudice but, hey, Im just being honest. Anyway, someone recommended this book, her latest, and Im glad they did.

@WAACBO@ is a phenomenal, brilliant, beautiful, amazing, thought-provoking tear-jerker of a novel, and I cant say too much about it without dropping spoilers, but its basically, bottom line, a book that questions the definition of the word @human@.

Its the story of a young woman named Rosemary Cooke, who is a socially awkward college student with a dysfunctional family history. Her older brother is on the lam from the FBI, and she has some troubling issues with her @memories@ of growing up with her parents, her brother, and sister. She also had an imaginary friend named Mary. Then there are the numerous grad students that came and went throughout her childhood. Her childhood was a pretty normal childhood, except for one important fact: (view spoiler)[ her sister, Fern, was a chimpanzee.

Something happened when she was younger that resulted in Fern being sent away, and the family immediately fell apart afterwards. Unfortunately, Rosemary cant (or wont) remember what happened, exactly. It was something bad; so bad that she has created @alternative@ memories to mask them. It was so bad that her brother disappeared to lead a life of crime, but a crime thats arguably an honorable one: he became an animal rights activist, an activity that the government considers @domestic terrorism@.

When her brother shows up at her college dorm one day, out of the blue, after nearly a decade of silence, her memories begin to return. (hide spoiler)]


Fowlers novel is that rare novel that touches on important, even controversial, themes without being preachy or pedagogic. (view spoiler)[ Her implied message that animals have souls---a belief that goes against the humanocentrism of Judeo-Christian theology---will, for some, like me, be preaching to the choir. It will probably raise the ire and annoyance of others. So be it. (hide spoiler)]

This is my pick for Best Novel of 2013.



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