31 comments on “The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo | Book Review

  1. Oh dear, I don’t like family sagas and this review makes me even less excited about this novel. Luckily it’s one of the few longlist books I don’t have a copy of, so I can justify putting it off!

  2. Some stories need many pages to be told, but I actually have much respect for authors, who can tell their story in a condensed form without repetition and dragging. It tends to improve the overall quality. Glad you found it readable, I quite like the themes of this one.

    • I totally agree! I love a short, punchy book. One of the other books on this year’s Women’s Prize longlist is also a multigenerational family saga, but it’s only around 200 pages long, so I’m very intrigued to see how the two compare.

  3. Great review, Callum. I usually love family sagas, but I’m apprehensive now at approaching this because of what you’d mentioned about the repetitiveness of the point being made. Hope your next read will be better. 🙂

  4. Nice review! It sounds like this book might be a challenging one for me – I get impatient even when 300-400 page books drag on more than they need to. But I’m glad to hear that it was easily readable!

  5. Great review! I had such a good time reading this one and seeing how all of the characters fit together, but I fully agree that for it’s length it really could have done better as far as providing/expanding on themes and commentary. I had fun, but… did I learn anything? Was my world view challenged? Did it stand out, as a family saga? Sadly no. (WHY are there so many average books on this longlist?)

    • YES, I feel exactly the same way about this one (and the longlist in general). I still have a few I’m hopeful about, but it doesn’t seem like 2020 is going to be the WP’s strongest year, sadly.

      • That’s my thought as well, unfortunately. I’m saving a few I have the highest hopes for until the end, but was hoping to be more pleasantly surprised by some of these lower-key, contemporary books in the meantime. I hope you’ll have a better time with your next longlist read!

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