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Review: Like Family

March 3, 2016

Like Family

A young couple hire a woman to help the wife through a difficult pregnancy.  “Mrs. A” quickly becomes an integral part of their household and stays on to help them raise their son, among other things.  When Mrs. A is diagnosed with cancer they wonder if their family can survive without her.

Who can resist the cover of Like Family by Paolo Giordano?  I decided to pick this small book up because I’d heard such wonderful things about it.   This story of a family in crisis is beautifully written and mostly character driven.  It was a quick read for me but I never felt engrossed in the story.  I’m not sure if it was the translation (which seems to be wonderful) or what, but I always felt at a distance from the characters and story so it didn’t move me like I thought it would.

Most people have loved Like Family, but, for me, it was good but not great.  If you enjoy character driven stories, I suspect you’ll like this book more than I did.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    March 3, 2016 6:17 am

    I definitely liked this better than you did

  2. Diane permalink
    March 3, 2016 6:50 am

    I was in the “loved this one” group. First read of 2016. I prefer charcter driven stories,

  3. March 3, 2016 7:02 am

    I feel the same way about this book as you do. Good, but not great. It was my first book of 2016 and I’m still catching up on reviews from 2015, so it will be a while before you see my post. 🙂

  4. March 3, 2016 7:08 am

    I have to agree that cover is great, at least!

  5. Patty permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:55 am

    I am with you on this one. I liked that it was short but I wasn’t in love with anything about this one.

  6. March 3, 2016 8:42 am

    I usually love character-driven novels… hope to give this a try soon.

  7. March 3, 2016 9:28 am

    I completely get what you’re saying. No matter what other people say, if a book doesn’t grab you, or if you don’t connect with the characters, then the book can’t be any better than good. That just happened with me with The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick.

  8. March 3, 2016 10:32 am

    I do enjoy character-driven stories…but feeling distanced from the characters doesn’t feel good to me. Since it’s short, I might give it a go. Thanks!

  9. March 3, 2016 11:32 am

    I’ve had this on my radar for a long time. I will read it at some point. Too bad it wasn’t great for you.

  10. March 3, 2016 2:36 pm

    Sounds like this story could have been very emotional. Wonder what happened…why you didn’t feel connected.

  11. March 3, 2016 3:32 pm

    Thank you for your honest review, Kathy. I won this book and should be getting it in the mail soon. ( I wonder if I will connect more with the characters?)

  12. March 3, 2016 4:51 pm

    I am not feeling the book

  13. March 3, 2016 5:46 pm

    It does have a very nice cover!

  14. March 3, 2016 6:36 pm

    This sounds so interesting. I read a couple of other reviews about this one that piqued my interest. I think I will have to give it a try.

  15. March 3, 2016 6:50 pm

    I haven’t read it, but the cover would make me at least pick it up. I would have to be in the right mood to like this one though.

  16. March 4, 2016 4:39 pm

    I enjoyed this one.

  17. March 4, 2016 10:23 pm

    I’ve not read this one but I’m going with your views.

  18. March 6, 2016 9:30 pm

    The cover is great, but a character driven story has to be special for me to pick it up!

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    March 6, 2016 10:40 pm

    Glad you reviewed this one. I’ve been curious. I still might give it a try.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    March 7, 2016 7:44 am

    We definitely had a different experience with this one! Too funny that we reviewed it the same day!

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