Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Blogtober | Book Review | We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

 I have seen this book reviewed so many times in the past couple of months, and knew that it was something I really wanted to read. After finding it for 75p in a charity shop, I snapped it up and began delved in. I like this book because it is more challenging than some of the books I usually read and some of the bits the narrator of the story, Rosemary, spoke about reminded me of some discussions I've had in my classes before which I liked.

The story is set in the "middle" of Rosemary's story as she states early on in the book, but there are flashbacks to her past once she accepts that the only way forward for her is to acknowledge some events that happened from the age of 5 years old. They have shaped her life since, causing her to lose two siblings and taking her to a specific place for her college studies. If I'm honest, I don't think the blurb gives a huge deal away about her story which I quite liked. When I found out the big part of the story as such, I really was very surprised and didn't expect it all.

Having said that, I think it was a pleasant surprise. The story made for a much better read than what I initially predicted it to be - in fact, thinking back I wasn't hugely sure what to expect but I knew the story as it actually is, wasn't what I expected. It was an easy to follow book, but more challenging because it made me think more about different ethical questions which obviously as an RS graduate, is right up my street. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to read something really interesting, but equally something that will get them thinking - it isn't TOO easy to read which I definitely enjoyed.

I liked the characters to an extent, although I did feel like we knew a 'overview' about most of them rather than really getting their characters. I'd have liked to learn more about her dad really, I think her mum was near enough explained by the end but I would like to have learnt more about her dad's motives for the things he did and his career. Rosemary was a likeable character though which is always good considering she was the main character so who you spend the majority of the book with.

'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' is a great read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I think it's likely to be one I read again in the future and get a different, more in depth look on it, if that makes sense.

Have you read 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves'? What did you think?



  1. This sounds intriguing - I hope I'm lucky enough to spot this in a charity shop!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    1. It is a fantastic book, if you do manage to find it, let me know what you think of it and whether it was what you expected!! XXX


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