Monday, 26 January 2015

Book Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is a book that I had had on my to-read shelf for quite a long time but for whatever reason hadn't actually had any desire to pick up and read it since buying it. I'm not sure why - I think it's likely to do with the fact that the book really doesn't give much away about what it's actually about. Obviously at one point it had said enough that I'd wanted to buy it - but not enough that it actually inspired me to give it a go!

This is all a disappointment, because when I did finally pick it up I finished it incredibly quickly - I'd say within a week, which these days is extremely good for me! It's just such a good book that I would find myself making time and building other things to do around giving myself time to read it, so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a book about Rosemary's life and family - focused primarily around her sister Fern, who disappeared when she was quite a bit younger, and her older brother Lowell, who also has a habit of disappearing. It looks at her childhood with her family and as one of the topics of study for her psychologist father and his endless parade of grad students and the effects that this has continued to have on her throughout her life, and her current friendships primarily with unpredictable drama queen Harlow.

It's an unpredictable book that has an unusual structure to it - however one that works very well. It's interesting, kept me wanting to read more and left me with lots of questions in my head and lots of ideas of other things I wanted to look up, however where this book really got me was quite simply the way it is written. I LOVE the narrative style to this book. It's entertaining, it's different, and it's incredibly readable.

I would have to say that this book was probably my favourite book that I read in 2014, and so I would absolutely recommend it to anyone, no matter what genre you prefer to read! You can buy it from Amazon, here.



  1. i read and enjoyed it - very bizarre, but good tales!

  2. I've got it sitting on my shelf, ready to read (it's currently #4 in the queue) - glad to see you enjoyed it, I'm excited to read it now :D

  3. My Ma has been harassing me to read this for the longest time now and still it's sitting there on my shelf! Great review though, I'm going to try to give it a go this month.
    M x Life Outside London

  4. Ah that sounds fab! I have seen this on amazon and have been considering reading it, so will have to get it on the kindle soon x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  5. This book has been sitting on my Kindle for ages, for much the same reason as you I think, I couldn't remember why I originally wanted to read it. After you review though I will make it my next book :)

  6. Charlotte Lucy Philpotts29 January 2015 at 15:25

    This looks like it would be a really good read - definitely going to add it to my shelf! x


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