The Most Fun We Ever Had

The Most Fun We Ever Had

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"A multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple--still madly in love after forty years--match wits, harbor grudges, and recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Doubleday, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780385544252
Characteristics: 537 pages ;,25 cm.

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Bookthia
Jan 06, 2020

This is a character-driven family drama story. If you are looking for plot-driven stories, this is not the book for you. If you like authentic, well-rounded characters who behave like real people in all their glory and ugliness, this is definitely a book for you. If you have sisters, there is a lot in this story you will relate to. I really liked it a lot.

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Anitawebster
Jan 04, 2020

Lynn W sez hartd to get into as jumps around but she really got into it

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joeydog5
Dec 13, 2019

Way too long. Felt like I had been reading for a month. The same scenes retold through another character but most times the retelling didn’t add enough to warrant the time. After a while it became tedious.

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tegan
Nov 24, 2019

Enjoyable read. The novel centres around the relationships between the Sorensen family members: the parents, the 4 daughters, and ancillary characters. It jumps back and forth between when the parents were just meeting and raising their family in the 70s, to the early 2000s, when the daughters are all adults with lives of their own. As a non-parent, I found a few of the sections got a bit lengthy on details around pregnancies, birth and child rearing -- but overall the drama between the characters was engaging.

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booknrrd
Nov 05, 2019

The Most Fun We Ever Had is the story of a Chicago family of 4 sisters, Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace, over the course of 1 year. Interwoven into that story is the story of their past beginning with how their parents met. The sisters experience highs and lows and the revelation of a secret adoption 15 years ago and the introduction of that child to the family. It is part salacious fun and part typical family saga and very white.

This book was 4 stars for fun and maybe a bit less for writing. It seemed longer than it needed to be, and that's not just because we are all used to instant gratification. I am impressed with Lombardo's ability to keep a lot of plates spinning in the air though. I would recommend this book to people who like dysfunctional family stories, sister stories, and a bit of humor in their novels and aren't intimidated by 500 pages. I listened to this on audio, and Emily Rankin did a great job with the material.

IndyPL_LindsayH Oct 29, 2019

This book is unusual because it tells the story of a seemingly perfect marriage, but at the same time it is a tale of a dysfunctional family. Marilyn and David have been married for forty years and are still madly in love with each other. Their four adult daughters have not found the same idyllic happiness that their parents have. If you like family sagas this novel will hook you from the beginning to the end.

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alisyn
Oct 21, 2019

This was unnecessarily long, but still kept me turning the pages. I've read that a TV show is in the works...

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bhumikagoel2
Oct 10, 2019

pg 4

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Newmommy09
Sep 12, 2019

Meh. Could not finish although I wanted to, but when reading feels like a job, best to stop reading the book. Better books out there with complex family dynamics to sink my teeth into.

OPL_BethS Sep 10, 2019

Nonlinear and told from multiple points of view which made it sometimes hard to follow, but I found this multigenerational family saga engaging and relatable. Marilyn & David's seemingly perfect marriage results in their children being unsure as to the strength and value of their own relationships with spouses and other members within the family. I especially loved Wendy's complicated nature.

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