Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review: All Families are Psychotic

Title: All Families are Psychotic 
Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: September 7th 2002
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Wow, that was a wild ride. This was the most thought provoking book I have ever read. Although it is incredible quirky at the same time. I was browsing at my favorite bookstore on a trip. I saw this book and laughed due to the title. I thought it was going to be a self help book, boy was I wrong. 

As this book opens, the main character Janet Drummond checks into a sketchy motel in order to see her daughter Sarah go up into space. The girl Sarah may seem like she has it all together, but the family couldn't be more dysfunctional. Wade, her brother is a lifetime screw up, and Bryan is trying to get out of depression. In a twist of fate, a gut wrenching one, both Janet and one of her sons contracts Aids. They then embark on a crazy adventure that, unexpectedly brings them all together. 

Despite the fact there is a lot of rambling and story telling, what I really love about this book is the writing, it is beautiful. The characters are extremely well developed, they are rooted into the story. There complex, and jaded but yet remarkable. You will remember every character, their quirks and mannerisms. The author sprinkles the story with quick fast paced writing. He also makes every plot twist a gut wrenching one. The ending chocked me up. 

While this book isn't for everyone, if you love the characters, believe the story line, and embrace the craziness you will love this book. 

Goodreads Book Description: 

The most disastrous family reunion in the history of fiction.

The Drummond family, reunited for the first time in years, has gathered near Cape Canaveral to watch the launch into space of their beloved daughter and sister, Sarah. Against the Technicolor unreality of Florida's finest tourist attractions, the Drummonds stumble into every illicit activity under the tropical sun-kidnapping, blackmail, gunplay, and black market negotiations, to name a few. 

But even as the Drummonds' lives spin out of control, Coupland reminds us of their humanity at every turn, hammering out a hilarious masterpiece with the keen eye of a cultural critic and the heart and soul of a gifted storyteller. He tells not only the characters' stories but also the story of our times--thalidomide, AIDS, born-again Christianity, drugs, divorce, the Internet-all bound together with the familiar glue of family love and madness.

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