Monday, 23 February 2015

Book Club #11 - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

I'd seen We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves on countless 'must read' lists so when I received it for Christmas, I was pretty pleased. I actually received a mammoth seven books for Christmas, but I quickly dove headfirst into this one.

Apologies for the instapic. Forgot to take a fancy one before I posted this off to my friend! #bloggerproblems
From the blurb, you know that there's been some sort of family tragedy, which changed narrator Rosemary's life completely. Once a loud, obnoxious child - weren't we all? - she eventually learnt to keep herself to herself, and became known as the quiet girl on campus. Now, I felt that Rosemary was a somewhat unreliable narrator, often telling the reading that she was keep certain information to herself. At one point, she mentions that her father told an awful joke, but she wouldn't share it with us in case we judged him too harshly. Okay then. She's actually pretty harsh on her father as well as other characters, which made it difficult for me to feel anything for them.

There's a pretty big plot twist, which really does make this book unlike any I've read before. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but once it had been pointed out, I felt it was actually a pretty obvious twist. I did enjoy reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, but I did find it to be quite difficult to follow.

I feel like this is a really terrible book review, as obviously I've tried to avoid the major plot twists, but honestly this didn't grip me as much as I hoped it would. Maybe I'd let myself build it up into something, due to all the hype it's received, but it just wasn't as great as I'd hoped.

Have you read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves? What did you think? 

Chelsea xo


  1. I'd seen this book around a lot but I'm not sure if I really fancy reading it!

    Love Hayley,

    Water Painted Dreams

  2. It's a pretty odd one, that's for sure! x

  3. It's always hard to review books without wanting to give too much away, but I'm really interested to read this after what you've said! xo


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