We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

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Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; now that she’s started college, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone—vanished from her life. Her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And there was something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern.
You’ll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.

Review by Cassandra


“The world runs on the fuel of this endless, fathomless misery. People know it, but they don’t mind what they don’t see. Make them look and they mind, but you’re the one they hate, because you’re the one that made them look.”

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler was without a doubt, one of the best, most intriguing, eye-opening books I have ever read.

This story follows Rosemary. A happy child with a sister, Fern, the same age. The two sisters were inseparable. They were best friends. At age 5, Fern was gone from her life. Since then, her family has never been the same. Her brother is gone, her mother is nothing like she used to be and her father is lost. To know what happened, you need to keep reading, you will also uncover a very unique story-line.

Rosemary, who is now 22, is trying to figure out exactly what happened to her sister. She was only 5 years old when she disappeared from her life and she doesn’t remember the circumstances. Rosemary is such a relatable, genuine character who has dealt with a complete personality shift from her happy, bubbly, chatty childhood to the adult who doesn’t let anyone in and is quite reserved. She was too young to know what happened and too attached.

This story jumps backwards and forwards, gives you a HUGE jaw-dropping moment and leaves you wanting more. This is a story about heartbreak, family, acceptance, justice, real-life issues and love.

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