Thursday, January 3, 2013

30B430 Book 30: Carry the One

This is it! The final book.

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw happened to be waiting for me under my mom's Christmas tree, which made a good vacation read.

The book tells the story of a group of twenty-something siblings and their friends who gather for a wedding that ends with a tragedy. The rest of the book follows them through their lives for twenty-five years. They go through ups and downs of life, with the thread of the tragedy continuing through their stories. It is an interesting look at relationships - both those between family members and romantic ones, substance abuse, coping skills, and life choices.

It was an interesting book, although at the end I just kinda felt "meh" about it. I am struggling to express what I even did/didn't like about it. Perhaps it is that the characters were all flawed to the point that I didn't really like any of them. Because of the premise of the book, there really isn't a hero/heroine that you are cheering for. But maybe that's more like real life. Twenty-five years is also a lot of time to cover. Rather than a plot, it's more like snapshots of their lives at different times. And that was a hard thing to carry my interest forward for an entire book.

This is one of those books with a lot of mixed reviews. Add mine to the bunch.

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