Book Club Book Review: Family Album by Penelope Lively

Family Album by Penelope Lively

Family Album

Format: Paperback
Source: Book Club (Library book)
Publisher: Penguin
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: 2010
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

Allersmead is a big shabby Victorian suburban house. The perfect place to grow up for elegant Sandra, difficult Gina, destructive Paul, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare.

But was it?
Now adults, the children return to Allersmead one by one. To their home-making mother and aloof writer father, and a house that for years has played silent witness to a family’s secrets.
And one devastating secret of which no one speaks . . .
‘One of those ridiculously simple, ridiculously readable novels whose artistry only becomes apparent when you put it down’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A pleasure to read, hugely enjoyable, consistently absorbing, hilarious’ Independent
Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List, and DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London. ”

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My Thoughts & Review

So, this was our June book club read. The best part of this book was that it was nice and short. And that is all the positives I can come up with.

When the books were handed out it sounded intriguing and thought it would be an interesting read. But sadly, it didn’t deliver. I tried so hard to like this book but I just couldn’t. I found it to be very boring and while reading it I couldn’t actually work out what was happening. There wasn’t really much of a plot, in fact I would go as far as saying there was no plot at all.

I didn’t like any of the character’s either. I thought they were very rude and stuck up. They had no respect to family. In fact, if I had family like the ones in this book I would dis-own them and would nothing to do with them.

The only reason I didn’t DNF this book was because I was so hoping that it would be get better and also because it was so short.

I really hoping our July read will be good as the last 3 reads have been so disappointing.

My Rating


Some thoughts from other book club members:

(Spoiler free thoughts)

“What a waste of time this book was. It was so boring. Nothing interesting happened.”

“This was probably the worst book since I’ve joined book club”

“What was the point of this book? How did it even get chosen to be shortlisted to win a book prize”

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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