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The Making of Us By: Lisa Jewell

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Making of Us: A Novel

From the internationally bestselling author of After the Party comes a delightfully funny, brilliantly poignant novel about three strangers who are brought together by the father they never knew. Lydia, Dean and Robyn don’t know one another. Yet. Each is facing difficult challenges. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood. Wealthy and successful, she leads a lonely and disjointed existence. Dean is a young, unemployed, single dad whose life is going nowhere. Robyn is eighteen. Gorgeous, popular and intelligent, she entered her first year of college confident of her dream to become a pediatrician. Now she’s failing her classes. Now she’s falling in love for the first time.

Lydia, Dean and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don’t know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It is a letter containing a secret—one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean.

“So good that I practically inhaled it,” praised the Daily Mail (London). The Making of Us is a literary gem that will remind readers of the miracles that happen when we bring life into the world and share our lives with those we love.

Goodreads Summary

Jewell’s novel brilliantly describes the unseen bonds that tie families together.  Although they do not know each other, Lydia, Robyn, and Dean are siblings.  They are all adults and living separate, unsatisfactory lives.  Lydia is a lonely millionaire, Robyn is a confused student, and Dean is a struggling father.  These three individuals meet for the first time in the midst of tragedy.  The Making of Us voices the uncertainties of the children of sperm donors.  Who is my father?  What if my siblings do not want to meet me?
The Making of Us is written in a steady, thoughtful way.  Reading this novel is like slipping into time; hours pass and a reader will not notice.  Jewell wrote The Making of Us from several points of view.  I believe that this is the best way to write a book that deals with the perspectives of many people.  Presenting each important character’s thoughts makes the story feel more real.  I could easily imagine meeting these characters.
This novel is perfect for adult readers looking for a before bed or rainy-day read.  The Making of Us should not be read quickly, it is a book that should be enjoyed slowly.  I give Lisa Jewel’s novel four-and-a-half out of five stars.

4.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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