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L But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years agoTold in gorgeous insightful prose that delves deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters The House We Grew Up In is the captivating story of one family's desire to restore long forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home. The Bird family live in a picturesue Gloucestershire village and apparently all love each other and live a perfectly wonderful life The four children Megan Bethan and twins Rory and Rhys enjoy a happy somewhat chaotic lifestyle with parents happy clappy head in the clouds chasing rainbows Lorelei and gentle but ineffectual Colin Every Easter there is an Easter egg hunt to which other members of the family and neighbours are invited followed by a traditional lunch which never varies from year to year – roast lamb too many carrots not enough potatoes – how boring I suppose the author has chosen Easter rather than Christmas to be slightly different but the season doesn’t make a jot of difference as the story could have been set at any time of the year Anyway there they are the Birds living this perfect life until a totally unexpected tragedy occurs No one discusses this – ever they just move on Inevitably as the children grow older they leave home to start their new adult lives and the family disintegrates as they gradually grow emotionally distant from each other And still the elephant in the room is ignored Hopping backwards and forwards in time through the 1980s 90s and 2000s it’s often tricky to follow the storyline I was going to say “plot” but there isn’t one to speak of The characters are disagreeable and unsympathetic As for Lorelei I could uite cheerfully have shaken her until her teeth not only rattled but fell out as she comes across as a rather uncaring mother an a self absorbed disturbed woman Her emails to her absent friend Jim are so boring I skimmed through most of them and her ever present neighbour Vicky is totally unbelievable Here is a family that is not just flawed but totally dysfunctional The author seems to specialise in this type of family and idyllic setting; this particular one is so completely over the top and so ridiculous I laughed out loud The ending is particularly schmaltzy and syrup laden and once again oh so predictableLisa Jewell goes in for certain words and phrases which become cloying with repetition if I read one time about “little ones” I shall scream; Vicky constantly “beams” Some of the writing is clunky – take this for example “she had lost all but five of her teeth and had been brought in mainly bald” Mainly bald Wouldn't “almost bald” or “nearly bald” be better There is a vague attempt at humour when describing a modem that “appeared to run on Donkey pee” and speaking of which who speaks about a modem being temperamental – wouldn't this usually be described as a poor internet connection The author’s attempt at down to earth language just comes across as self conscious – Oooh look readers I can swear and crass I began to wonder if LJ was being sponsored by some of our major companies as she drops product names by the bucket load It is repetitive sometimes clunky banal and too wordy; attention to detail is all very well but in this book it’s just too much padding and at 422 pages it is too long by about 100 pagesIt was suggested to me by another reader that I give Lisa Jewell another go as I did not like the first LJ book I read and maybe I’d like some of her other stuff I have to say my original opinion has not changed I want a book to have characters I can relate to or sympathise with; I want a plot I do not want to drown in syrup; I want something to make me laugh or think – this doesn’t do any of those Another deckchair or wet afternoon read for those who don't need a complicated plot or complex characters to ponder over This is a Sunday Times bestseller Who’d have thoughtThis will definitely be the last of her books I read

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Meet the Bird family They live in a honey colored house in a picture perfect Cotswolds village with rambling unkempt gardens stretching beyond Pragmatic Meg dreamy Beth and tow headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home cooked meals together every night Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish round framed glasses Their mother. I have to confess I almost put this novel down when I began sensing that it was going to be dealing with hoarding I am a major type A personality and the idea of mountains of crap everywhere just makes me feel panicky So imagine my surprise when by chapter three I could NOT put it down I loved this novel on so many levels the characters the format and just the overall rawness of the story The subject of hoarding is a very difficult disease for people to understand but LJ did it in a realistic yet sensitive way This novel deserves every one of its 5 star rating and I will recommend everyone to read it Ah ! My Goddess - Tome 26 picture L'histoire en manga : De l'empire mongol à la Guerre de Cent ans (tome 5) perfect Cotswolds village with rambling unkempt gardens stretching beyond Pragmatic Meg dreamy Beth and tow headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home cooked meals together every night Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish round framed glasses Their mother. I have to confess I almost Ah ! My Goddess - Tome 18 put this novel down when I began sensing that it was going to be dealing with hoarding I am a major type A GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka), tome 1 personality and the idea of mountains of crap everywhere just makes me feel Bride Stories, Tome 1 - FAUVE D’ANGOULEME 2012 – PRIX INTERGENERATIONS panicky So imagine my surprise when by chapter three I could NOT Fairy Tail T05 put it down I loved this novel on so many levels the characters the format and just the overall rawness of the story The subject of hoarding is a very difficult disease for L'ABC de l'argot: Sans se fader le dico people to understand but LJ did it in a realistic yet sensitive way This novel deserves every one of its 5 star rating and I will recommend everyone to read it

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Is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei who exists entirely in the moment And she makes every moment sparkle in her children's livesThen one Easter weekend tragedy comes to call The event is so devastating that almost imperceptibly it begins to tear the family apart Years pass as the children become adults find new relationships and develop their own separate lives Soon it seems as though they've never been a family at al. 'You can paint it all the colors your want as long as it is black' Henry Ford I concluded this read admittedly skipping four predictable dreary chapters somewhere in the middle The summarizing chapters at the end caught me up with the tedious events I have anyway skipped in an effort to save my own sanityHaving read so many depressing 'soul intoxicating' books lately I simply could not endure another one as hard as I tried This one was the extreme mother of them all For now at leastThis book is all about compassion endearment forgiveness and healing1 Emotional arrest due to severe child abuse and 2 self therapy through friends and circumstances can be regarded as the main themes of the book Each character brings their own version of color or should it be regarded as hues of black and insight to the table while a series of emails of the mother to an online friend brings insight into the mother's conduct and memories The Bird House That was the name of the home of the Bird family A mother father and four children A prophetic name for a houseAll the characters had traumatic experiences which hampered their development into becoming well balanced normal members of society The tale is grim shocking and often revolting enhanced by a sweetness of child memories spread like a consolation all over the destructive mind games of an abusive mother Yes love can be abuse in disguise The deceiving sweetness is suppose to heal and save their souls The well presented prose is suppose to do the same to the reader and the same subtle abuse is applied to the unsuspecting reader Love is the name of the game and we're all playersThis book is also like a parade of maladies with a brass band leading the cavalcade dumping emotional shocks the size of ant hills like horse manure on the streets More More the desperate crowd are shouting hungry for their daily fix And when the noise finally dies away only the stink remains and an surprisingly apathetic stupendous dullnessI felt like falling into an overflowing dumpster a cesspool of human weaknesses for which an inhumane effort is demanded to get out of it I got out of it furious and feeling abused myself in the process I came out a survivor not a victim thoughThe reader is expected to develop compassion and understanding for a hoarding mother who destroys everyone's life coming in contact with her She is the anti heroine She controls them all with her excessive cooking feeding them sweetened carrots to the puking stage on Easter Sundays Nobody liked it they prefered the potatoes yet she ignored their wishes and continued even adding beautiful orange carrots to the lamb dish every year and less and less potatoes They allowed her to isolate them physically mentally emotionally She refused to confront the past or address the future; she demanded to live in the moment all done in the name of a narcissistic love Life was all about color to her She watched them tripping over life as a result and intensified her hoarding and control Love is addictive They fed off her behaviour like leeches She hoarded them around her cutting off their wings preventing them to fly She locked them up mentally like all the trash and compulsive shopping she stacked all over their living space preventing them freedom of movement on every possible level of the mind body and soul She slowly lured friends into her trap as well All in the name of love It took a tragedy to break up this demonic love and force the family into the real world with challenges they could not meet Those who escaped survived those who stayed How the hell did she get away with this Through character analysis the god awful toxic lives of everyone is exposed through their own experiences which hampered their reaction to this onslaught There is a much deeper dimension built into each character than the eye meets One of them acting as the sum total of their arrested selves becomes a sacrificial lamb for them to reach the ultimate bottom line their collective mirror image they all chose to avoid at all costs However to avoid it did not mean it went away They were just chased off scattering into different directions in trying to distance themselves and did not succeed The final conclusion was still waiting for them all If we could write the ending for this book it would be totally different and predictable as sliced bread Tough love should be an essential ingredient in mother's milk To add a little sadistic joy to my thoughts I had a fleeting gratification thinking how the tv program 'Wife Swap' could have brought an instant ending to this cuckoo's nest of collective madness A reality check does not harm anyone She should have been confronted by a family intervention a psychologist a social worker a court order by ripping up her credit cards by saving her from herself Her children should have been removed She should have been forced to acknowledge the impact that her own suppression of her past had on her family The damage it has done However in the real ending of the book nobody had the mental strength neither the emotional guts to do so There were too many skeletons in their own closets to begin with and she made very sure their wings were compromised Truth is she lost her wings as a child as well and nobody realized it until it was too late They were all broken little birds in their own little Bird HouseIn order to bring closure and create hope they had to forgive themselves first and foremost to be able to forgive their mother It was a painful journey and for the reader as well although being two very different kinds of pain My sensitivities felt violated after closing this book in the sense that too many social and mental issues was used in the narrative as shock value and to establish the dark undercurrent of dysfunction It was as though as many characters as possible was created so that these different elements could be used and collectively act as emotional and mental rape of the reader It stretched out the narrative and slowed down the suspense considerably It was as though there was only one chance to address social and mental issues so let's use them all in one book It was also the reason why the narrative lost me somewhere in the middle It became too obvious and well boring I became apathetic instead of sympathetic The impact overstayed its welcome sort of Overkill A condensed soapie drama Some readers can actually be underestimated I don't want to list the vile issues used in the book There should still remain an element of discovery for those readers who want to read this book This is my subjective opinion after all Sometimes we just have to be selective of the poison we want to feed ourselves I should have skipped this book in its entirety But I felt like betraying the children if I did So yes talk about a willing victim right However it is well written well presented well concluded hence the third star in the rating A profound and introspective read But I still need a bath A desperate cleansing of the mind and soul And then I need time to forgive myself for reading this sordid book in which I allowed someone I don't even know to violate me We all need to reconsider the choices we make in life Imperfect choices by imperfect human beings Reading this book was one of them It does not matter how many colors can be found in a rainbow If they are thrown together they become the color black Preventing them from mixing can be a choice So without further delay beam me up Scottie Let's save the rainbows of our souls before it is too late There are enough other books to do just thatConsider reading this book Read other reviews Make your own choices That's the most important bottom line This was just me Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 13 (13) pass as the children become adults find new relationships and develop their own separate lives Soon it seems as though they've never been a family at al. 'You can Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 12 (12) paint it all the colors your want as long as it is black' Henry Ford I concluded this read admittedly skipping four Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 11 (11) predictable dreary chapters somewhere in the middle The summarizing chapters at the end caught me up with the tedious events I have anyway skipped in an effort to save my own sanityHaving read so many depressing 'soul intoxicating' books lately I simply could not endure another one as hard as I tried This one was the extreme mother of them all For now at leastThis book is all about compassion endearment forgiveness and healing1 Emotional arrest due to severe child abuse and 2 self therapy through friends and circumstances can be regarded as the main themes of the book Each character brings their own version of color or should it be regarded as hues of black and insight to the table while a series of emails of the mother to an online friend brings insight into the mother's conduct and memories The Bird House That was the name of the home of the Bird family A mother father and four children A Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 14 (14) prophetic name for a houseAll the characters had traumatic experiences which hampered their development into becoming well balanced normal members of society The tale is grim shocking and often revolting enhanced by a sweetness of child memories spread like a consolation all over the destructive mind games of an abusive mother Yes love can be abuse in disguise The deceiving sweetness is suppose to heal and save their souls The well Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 16 (16) presented Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 02 (2) prose is suppose to do the same to the reader and the same subtle abuse is applied to the unsuspecting reader Love is the name of the game and we're all Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 03 (3) playersThis book is also like a Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 15 (15) parade of maladies with a brass band leading the cavalcade dumping emotional shocks the size of ant hills like horse manure on the streets More More the desperate crowd are shouting hungry for their daily fix And when the noise finally dies away only the stink remains and an surprisingly apathetic stupendous dullnessI felt like falling into an overflowing dumpster a cesspool of human weaknesses for which an inhumane effort is demanded to get out of it I got out of it furious and feeling abused myself in the Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 12 (12) process I came out a survivor not a victim thoughThe reader is expected to develop compassion and understanding for a hoarding mother who destroys everyone's life coming in contact with her She is the anti heroine She controls them all with her excessive cooking feeding them sweetened carrots to the Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 11 (11) puking stage on Easter Sundays Nobody liked it they Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 13 (13) prefered the Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 07 (7) potatoes yet she ignored their wishes and continued even adding beautiful orange carrots to the lamb dish every year and less and less Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 10 (10) potatoes They allowed her to isolate them Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 06 (6) physically mentally emotionally She refused to confront the Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 08 (8) past or address the future; she demanded to live in the moment all done in the name of a narcissistic love Life was all about color to her She watched them tripping over life as a result and intensified her hoarding and control Love is addictive They fed off her behaviour like leeches She hoarded them around her cutting off their wings Ippo - saison 5, Dans l'ombre du champion - tome 09 (9) preventing them to fly She locked them up mentally like all the trash and compulsive shopping she stacked all over their living space Ippo - saison 4, La loi du ring - tome 03 (3) preventing them freedom of movement on every Ippo - saison 4, La loi du ring - tome 02 (2) possible level of the mind body and soul She slowly lured friends into her trap as well All in the name of love It took a tragedy to break up this demonic love and force the family into the real world with challenges they could not meet Those who escaped survived those who stayed How the hell did she get away with this Through character analysis the god awful toxic lives of everyone is exposed through their own experiences which hampered their reaction to this onslaught There is a much deeper dimension built into each character than the eye meets One of them acting as the sum total of their arrested selves becomes a sacrificial lamb for them to reach the ultimate bottom line their collective mirror image they all chose to avoid at all costs However to avoid it did not mean it went away They were just chased off scattering into different directions in trying to distance themselves and did not succeed The final conclusion was still waiting for them all If we could write the ending for this book it would be totally different and Woooly Bay Bay éclaté 4 morceau gyroscopique ensemble toupies avec deux façons tirer la règle lanceur haute vitesse Spinning Tops pour enfants enfants jouets predictable as sliced bread Tough love should be an essential ingredient in mother's milk To add a little sadistic joy to my thoughts I had a fleeting gratification thinking how the tv Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 19 (19) program 'Wife Swap' could have brought an instant ending to this cuckoo's nest of collective madness A reality check does not harm anyone She should have been confronted by a family intervention a Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 23 (23) psychologist a social worker a court order by ripping up her credit cards by saving her from herself Her children should have been removed She should have been forced to acknowledge the impact that her own suppression of her Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 18 (18) past had on her family The damage it has done However in the real ending of the book nobody had the mental strength neither the emotional guts to do so There were too many skeletons in their own closets to begin with and she made very sure their wings were compromised Truth is she lost her wings as a child as well and nobody realized it until it was too late They were all broken little birds in their own little Bird HouseIn order to bring closure and create hope they had to forgive themselves first and foremost to be able to forgive their mother It was a Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 22 (22) painful journey and for the reader as well although being two very different kinds of Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 20 (20) pain My sensitivities felt violated after closing this book in the sense that too many social and mental issues was used in the narrative as shock value and to establish the dark undercurrent of dysfunction It was as though as many characters as Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 24 (24) possible was created so that these different elements could be used and collectively act as emotional and mental rape of the reader It stretched out the narrative and slowed down the suspense considerably It was as though there was only one chance to address social and mental issues so let's use them all in one book It was also the reason why the narrative lost me somewhere in the middle It became too obvious and well boring I became apathetic instead of sympathetic The impact overstayed its welcome sort of Overkill A condensed soapie drama Some readers can actually be underestimated I don't want to list the vile issues used in the book There should still remain an element of discovery for those readers who want to read this book This is my subjective opinion after all Sometimes we just have to be selective of the Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 25 (25) poison we want to feed ourselves I should have skipped this book in its entirety But I felt like betraying the children if I did So yes talk about a willing victim right However it is well written well Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 21 (21) presented well concluded hence the third star in the rating A Ippo - saison 1, La rage de vaincre - tome 05 (5) profound and introspective read But I still need a bath A desperate cleansing of the mind and soul And then I need time to forgive myself for reading this sordid book in which I allowed someone I don't even know to violate me We all need to reconsider the choices we make in life Imperfect choices by imperfect human beings Reading this book was one of them It does not matter how many colors can be found in a rainbow If they are thrown together they become the color black Preventing them from mixing can be a choice So without further delay beam me up Scottie Let's save the rainbows of our souls before it is too late There are enough other books to do just thatConsider reading this book Read other reviews Make your own choices That's the most important bottom line This was just me


10 thoughts on “The House We Grew Up In

  1. says:

    I have to confess I almost put this novel down when I began sensing that it was going to be dealing with hoarding I am a major type A personality and the idea of mountains of crap everywhere just makes me feel panicky So imagine my surprise when by chapter three I could NOT put it down I loved this novel on so many levels the characters the format and just the overall rawness of the story The subject of hoarding is a very difficult disease for people to understand but LJ did it in a realistic yet sensitive way This novel deserves every one of its 5 star rating and I will recommend everyone to read it


  2. says:

    What a fabulousfabulous read I honestly LOVED this book and I could not put it downThis story is about the Bird family Lorelei is married to Colin and they have four children Megan Bethan and twins Rory and RhysOne Easter weekend tragedy strikes the Bird family which in time starts to tear the family apart As time passes the children grow up and start to go their separate waysIt seems that things will never be the same for this family since that day and even Colin falls out of with LoreleiThis story covers many topics such as love secrets mental illness relationships family and hoarding I really thought this was a fantastic read and I just kept on wanting to know what was going to happen next A real page turner that's for sure This was the first book I've read by Lisa Jewell and it certainly won't be my lastI highly recommend this book you won't be disappointed


  3. says:

    I had the indulgent experience of reading this Jewell of a book in one day A rainy Saturday with no commitments Well none I wanted to face put it that wayThis story really delved into every level of one family's relationships Layer upon layer upon layer A family to love and root for too but on the other hand also to grab by the shoulders and shake violently some sense intoI'd been eyeing this book for a couple of years at my library always looking on the shelf and always being in the wrong branch at the wrong time This is how I picked up The Third Wife which I loved as well I've been reading lately a couple of memoirs regarding alcohol addiction and this book covered the myriad of problems associated with hoarding I see that both forms of addiction spring fourth many many issues This book is very worthwhile intriguing and edge of your seat reading Glad I spent the day reading some fabulous writing by such a talented author


  4. says:

    I rate this book 5 out of 5 ⭐ dysfunctional family members⭐This is the story of the Bird family and each one of them is messed up then the nextLisa Jewel is an amazing writer This book is so smooth and natural that I felt like I almost knew the characters None of them are stereotypes just people with traumatic childhoods trying mostly failing to be well balanced adults Luckily the book ended somewhat pleasantly so I was saved from ugly crying but I really don't believe any of the Bird's are stable AT ALL 😏


  5. says:

    'You can paint it all the colors your want as long as it is black' Henry Ford I concluded this read admittedly skipping four predictable dreary chapters somewhere in the middle The summarizing chapters at the end caught me up with the tedious events I have anyway skipped in an effort to save my own sanityHaving read so many depressing 'soul intoxicating' books lately I simply could not endure another one as hard as I tried This one was the extreme mother of them all For now at leastThis book is all about compassion endearment forgiveness and healing1 Emotional arrest due to severe child abuse and 2 self therapy through friends and circumstances can be regarded as the main themes of the book Each character brings their own version of color or should it be regarded as hues of black and insight to the table while a series of emails of the mother to an online friend brings insight into the mother's conduct and memories The Bird House That was the name of the home of the Bird family A mother father and four children A prophetic name for a houseAll the characters had traumatic experiences which hampered their development into becoming well balanced normal members of society The tale is grim shocking and often revolting enhanced by a sweetness of child memories spread like a consolation all over the destructive mind games of an abusive mother Yes love can be abuse in disguise The deceiving sweetness is suppose to heal and save their souls The well presented prose is suppose to do the same to the reader and the same subtle abuse is applied to the unsuspecting reader Love is the name of the game and we're all playersThis book is also like a parade of maladies with a brass band leading the cavalcade dumping emotional shocks the size of ant hills like horse manure on the streets More More the desperate crowd are shouting hungry for their daily fix And when the noise finally dies away only the stink remains and an surprisingly apathetic stupendous dullnessI felt like falling into an overflowing dumpster a cesspool of human weaknesses for which an inhumane effort is demanded to get out of it I got out of it furious and feeling abused myself in the process I came out a survivor not a victim thoughThe reader is expected to develop compassion and understanding for a hoarding mother who destroys everyone's life coming in contact with her She is the anti heroine She controls them all with her excessive cooking feeding them sweetened carrots to the puking stage on Easter Sundays Nobody liked it they prefered the potatoes yet she ignored their wishes and continued even adding beautiful orange carrots to the lamb dish every year and less and less potatoes They allowed her to isolate them physically mentally emotionally She refused to confront the past or address the future; she demanded to live in the moment all done in the name of a narcissistic love Life was all about color to her She watched them tripping over life as a result and intensified her hoarding and control Love is addictive They fed off her behaviour like leeches She hoarded them around her cutting off their wings preventing them to fly She locked them up mentally like all the trash and compulsive shopping she stacked all over their living space preventing them freedom of movement on every possible level of the mind body and soul She slowly lured friends into her trap as well All in the name of love It took a tragedy to break up this demonic love and force the family into the real world with challenges they could not meet Those who escaped survived those who stayed How the hell did she get away with this? Through character analysis the god awful toxic lives of everyone is exposed through their own experiences which hampered their reaction to this onslaught There is a much deeper dimension built into each character than the eye meets One of them acting as the sum total of their arrested selves becomes a sacrificial lamb for them to reach the ultimate bottom line their collective mirror image they all chose to avoid at all costs However to avoid it did not mean it went away They were just chased off scattering into different directions in trying to distance themselves and did not succeed The final conclusion was still waiting for them all If we could write the ending for this book it would be totally different and predictable as sliced bread Tough love should be an essential ingredient in mother's milk To add a little sadistic joy to my thoughts I had a fleeting gratification thinking how the tv program 'Wife Swap' could have brought an instant ending to this cuckoo's nest of collective madness A reality check does not harm anyone She should have been confronted by a family intervention a psychologist a social worker a court order by ripping up her credit cards by saving her from herself Her children should have been removed She should have been forced to acknowledge the impact that her own suppression of her past had on her family The damage it has done However in the real ending of the book nobody had the mental strength neither the emotional guts to do so There were too many skeletons in their own closets to begin with and she made very sure their wings were compromised Truth is she lost her wings as a child as well and nobody realized it until it was too late They were all broken little birds in their own little Bird HouseIn order to bring closure and create hope they had to forgive themselves first and foremost to be able to forgive their mother It was a painful journey and for the reader as well although being two very different kinds of pain My sensitivities felt violated after closing this book in the sense that too many social and mental issues was used in the narrative as shock value and to establish the dark undercurrent of dysfunction It was as though as many characters as possible was created so that these different elements could be used and collectively act as emotional and mental rape of the reader It stretched out the narrative and slowed down the suspense considerably It was as though there was only one chance to address social and mental issues so let's use them all in one book It was also the reason why the narrative lost me somewhere in the middle It became too obvious and well boring I became apathetic instead of sympathetic The impact overstayed its welcome sort of Overkill A condensed soapie drama Some readers can actually be underestimated I don't want to list the vile issues used in the book There should still remain an element of discovery for those readers who want to read this book This is my subjective opinion after all Sometimes we just have to be selective of the poison we want to feed ourselves I should have skipped this book in its entirety But I felt like betraying the children if I did So yes talk about a willing victim right? However it is well written well presented well concluded hence the third star in the rating A profound and introspective read But I still need a bath A desperate cleansing of the mind and soul And then I need time to forgive myself for reading this sordid book in which I allowed someone I don't even know to violate me We all need to reconsider the choices we make in life Imperfect choices by imperfect human beings Reading this book was one of them It does not matter how many colors can be found in a rainbow If they are thrown together they become the color black Preventing them from mixing can be a choice So without further delay beam me up Scottie Let's save the rainbows of our souls before it is too late There are enough other books to do just thatConsider reading this book Read other reviews Make your own choices That's the most important bottom line This was just me


  6. says:

    Where to start is the uestion of the day I haven't uite decided so this review might be a little all over the place The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell follows the Bird family through the years alluding to why they are all so estranged then climaxing to the devastating day that caused such a huge rift in each of their lives That is the basic plot I don't want to give too much away because it really is a wonderful insightful journey to take with the family your own So I'll try not to spoil too muchThe story follows Lorelei and Megan Bird the most Lorelei in her children's eyes was full of love surprises and fun And Jewell wastes no time to provide readers with a few red flags early on It begins with her wanting to keep every single piece of art her four children brought home from school to keeping random objects that are broken or useless But soon her collections become piles of stuff and stuff until the house they grew up in is no longer the gem it once was Somewhere its hidden under the piles of junk similarly to their personalities I don't think there was one family member who was not without flaws There's Megan who tries to be the exact opposite of her mom She isn't whimsical manic or a hoarder She loves for her home to be spotless without any clutter or mess She is probably the least whacked out of their brains in the Bird family Beth the middle often invisible daughter is so far off the hinges there are no words On a constant journey to find herself she's probably my least favorite character And poor Rory with his guilt This family is just whacked I won't say The House We Grew Up In is really a character study in how tragedy affects everyone differently and can cause ripple effects that takes years to recover from Although Lorelei's flaws were most visible the Bird's were all being buried under guilt shame lies betrayals and secrets Enough about the book let's talk about the writing This novel flows so well Usually I find it exhausting when novels jump from one decade to another so much But the present chapters are explained well in the chapters from different years in the past as well as the personal emails from Lorelei to a man named Jim It's actually uite shocking that Lisa Jewell was able to pack so much into such a small package The novel isn't long but there is so much going on She uses every word wisely and forms characters readers come to know personally Ultimately I loved reading The House We Grew Up In Lisa Jewell has made me want to read other books by her This novel is an emotional rollercoaster so just buckle up and enjoy the ride Try not flying over the cuckoo's nest with the rest of the Birds as you read Copy provided by Atria Books via Netgalley


  7. says:

    This was a great read that reminded me just how dysfunctional most families are It's just a tipping of the scale to go from one extreme to another Easter is a precious holiday to Lorelei and her family; until one year a terrible tragedy strikes which changes each of them Their reactions vary but at the centre of the story is Lorelei's hoarding issue and how the family comes undone and how they try to deal with it Secrets are finally unearthed; relationships begin to repair; and the healing starts The House We Grew Up In gives us a glimpse into relationships and how they unravel when we aren't direct and honest with each other I give it 4 stars


  8. says:

    EXCERPT Molly stared at the house through her Ray Bans 'So weird' she said 'Just to think you lived there all of you you were all just like normal kids going to school and stuff having friends and then one by one you all left her and she died you know completely alone in like the Worst House in Britain or whatever' She shook her head solemnly 'Weird' she said again 'I mean can you imagine that happening to us? Like seriously? All four of us just leaving you there and all falling out with each other and Dad going off with some crazy woman and you just going completely mental and not letting anyone in and building like tunnels out of like newspapers Think of our house Our lovely house with all its lovely things in it and yeah okay it's a bit too tidy for my liking but you know it's a really nice house and we all live there and we're so happy and everything And when I'm an adult I want to see my brothers all the time you know I want to go to their houses and stuff and have my kids play with their kids I mean you haven't seen your brother and sister for like five years Your actual brother and sister Who you used to live with And see every day I mean I just don't get it How can things go like ' she turned to stare at Meg with wide blue eyes so wrong?'ABOUT THIS BOOK Meet the Bird FamilyAll four children have an idyllic childhood a picture book cottage in a country village a warm cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter sun drenched afternoons in a rambling gardenBut one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that almost imperceptibly it begins to tear them apartThe years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own uite separate lives Soon it's almost as though they've never been a family at allAlmostBut not uiteBecause something has happened that will call them home back to the house they grew up in and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years agoMY THOUGHTS I read The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell overnight I could not put it down I wanted it to never end When it did I felt bereft Jewell's impeccable combination of characters and plot does that to me I become totally immersed in her writing Her characters are very 'real' they love and hate with passion they are sensible but do irrational things they suabble and row hold grudges and storm off in huffs then turn around and support one another through tough times They could be me or you our neighbours our friends I unusually for me have not picked up another book since I finished this in the early hours of this morning I need to gently disentangle myself from this family with whom I have laughed and cried whose pain and joys I have shared I don't want to say goodbye to them I want to see where Rory's life goes how Beth will copeBut this book is definitely on my favourites list to be revisited when I want a comfort read😍😍😍😍😍uote from The House We Grew Up In The human memory is such a cruel frustrating thing the way it just discards things without asking permission precious things THE AUTHOR Lisa was born in London in 1968 Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art Design studying Fashion Illustration and CommunicationShe worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA She started her first novel Ralph’s Party for a bet in 1996 She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998 It went on to become the best selling debut novel of that yearShe has since written a further nine novels as is currently at work on her eleventhShe now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha an IT consultant her daughters Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies Jack and MillyDISCLOSURE I borrowed my copy of The House I Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell and published by Random House from the Waitomo District Library All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom This review is also published on my webpage


  9. says:

    The Bird family live in a picturesue Gloucestershire village and apparently all love each other and live a perfectly wonderful life The four children Megan Bethan and twins Rory and Rhys enjoy a happy somewhat chaotic lifestyle with parents happy clappy head in the clouds chasing rainbows Lorelei and gentle but ineffectual Colin Every Easter there is an Easter egg hunt to which other members of the family and neighbours are invited followed by a traditional lunch which never varies from year to year – roast lamb too many carrots not enough potatoes – how boring I suppose the author has chosen Easter rather than Christmas to be slightly different but the season doesn’t make a jot of difference as the story could have been set at any time of the year Anyway there they are the Birds living this perfect life until a totally unexpected tragedy occurs No one discusses this – ever they just move on Inevitably as the children grow older they leave home to start their new adult lives and the family disintegrates as they gradually grow emotionally distant from each other And still the elephant in the room is ignored Hopping backwards and forwards in time through the 1980s 90s and 2000s it’s often tricky to follow the storyline I was going to say “plot” but there isn’t one to speak of The characters are disagreeable and unsympathetic As for Lorelei I could uite cheerfully have shaken her until her teeth not only rattled but fell out as she comes across as a rather uncaring mother an a self absorbed disturbed woman Her emails to her absent friend Jim are so boring I skimmed through most of them and her ever present neighbour Vicky is totally unbelievable Here is a family that is not just flawed but totally dysfunctional The author seems to specialise in this type of family and idyllic setting; this particular one is so completely over the top and so ridiculous I laughed out loud The ending is particularly schmaltzy and syrup laden and once again oh so predictableLisa Jewell goes in for certain words and phrases which become cloying with repetition if I read one time about “little ones” I shall scream; Vicky constantly “beams” Some of the writing is clunky – take this for example “she had lost all but five of her teeth and had been brought in mainly bald” Mainly bald? Wouldn't “almost bald” or “nearly bald” be better? There is a vague attempt at humour when describing a modem that “appeared to run on Donkey pee” and speaking of which who speaks about a modem being temperamental – wouldn't this usually be described as a poor internet connection? The author’s attempt at down to earth language just comes across as self conscious – Oooh look readers I can swear and crass I began to wonder if LJ was being sponsored by some of our major companies as she drops product names by the bucket load It is repetitive sometimes clunky banal and too wordy; attention to detail is all very well but in this book it’s just too much padding and at 422 pages it is too long by about 100 pagesIt was suggested to me by another reader that I give Lisa Jewell another go as I did not like the first LJ book I read and maybe I’d like some of her other stuff I have to say my original opinion has not changed I want a book to have characters I can relate to or sympathise with; I want a plot I do not want to drown in syrup; I want something to make me laugh or think – this doesn’t do any of those Another deckchair or wet afternoon read for those who don't need a complicated plot or complex characters to ponder over This is a Sunday Times bestseller? Who’d have thought?This will definitely be the last of her books I read


  10. says:

    Oh my What a gem Incredibly moving delightfully funny Painfully tragic Beautifully written and exuisitely narratedEaster Sunday  2011It's a beautiful day The sun is warm and high in the cloudless blue sky and the whole Bird family is at homeIt's a perfect day Until it isn't I loved this audiobook The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell narrated by Karina Fernandez is extradinary It's a fascinating view into the mental affliction of someone who's desperate to hold on to pleasant delightful memories in an attempt to overshadow the tragedies that happened in her past Lisa Jewell's writing paints such vivid images of her characters and I felt like I could reach out and touch them see the emotions on thier faces Narrator Karina Fernandez earns 5 big ★'s Karina's storytelling had me completely absorbed reveling in the realism and emotional impact of Lisa's powerful writing The audiobook allowed me to experience the book on a new higher level I enjoyed it immensely


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