Did You Ever Have A Family

Did You Ever Have A Family

Book - 2015
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On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiance, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend - her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781476798172
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,23 cm.

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maipenrai
Jun 04, 2020

I liked this novel, but believe there were far too many perspectives. The dozen voices diluted the pain and reconciliation. I recommend not reading the book in audio format, because there is often not a clear establishment of the speaker's identity. In a book with pages, it would be clear when a new narrator appears. My greatest happiness were when the boy who felt responsible for the fire was absolved and the sharing of pain between Lydia and June. I recommend the book in page form only. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 10, 2019

For my English culminating, I chose to read the tragic novel titled "Did You Ever Have A Family" by Bill Clegg. This was actually his very first novel and it exceeded all my expectations. The plot revolves around a house fire incident, killing four people on the morning of a wedding. Bill Clegg shows how people cope differently with the overwhelming grief that comes with loss and throughout the process, you get to learn about the characters' histories, struggles and past scars. This was not a book that I would normally choose but Bill Clegg's writing was so powerful and I felt so connected to the characters that I kept wanting to read more after every chapter. All in all, I would rate it 5/5 stars (props to Bill Clegg for such an incredible debut novel!). @phlanets of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Banks_SusanC Feb 13, 2019

It took me a little while to get into this book, but it was well worth the effort! Devastating loss, love, and the consequences of decisions made in a moment that last a lifetime.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 04, 2018

Survivors create lives after terrible tragedy.

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feralranger
Jan 11, 2018

This book begins with a devastating loss and then proceeds to tell the back stories of each character who has died and the living. It is heartbreaking that the main character loses everyone in one fell swoop. How she is able to find a place in the world again that has meaning is also painful and beautiful to read. I think it is a sad story overall and yet it is also a story of hope and new beginnings in a very real way. I would not recommend it to anyone dealing with a fresh loss as I wouldn't necessarily call it cathartic.
Good writing and it would make a good discussion because I have read many reviews of varying degrees of like and dislike. Those make the best book talks.

Marlowe Nov 23, 2016

Initially this novel did not grab me, but by the end, when all the threads got pulled together, and you could see the entire work, I appreciated the care and attention taken. This is a character study, on a large scale, connected by a single meaningful event. And yet, as we move backward and forward in time, we see how many events have influenced the lives of these few people, in a single town, and across the country. Action, while potentially fleeting in the novel, is thematically so important. The actions, or more often inaction of characters, has such profound consequences. This is a quick read, and I believe, ultimately a satisfying one.

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jannylegs
Jul 18, 2016

Loved it. Like a meal with friends you don't want to end.

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provere13
Jul 15, 2016

Beyond boring. Nothing happens. I was 92 pages in and put it down for good.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

A quick and compelling read, Did You Ever Have a Family is a well-rendered story of tragedy and family. Told from alternating perspectives, this novel is an easy read and does not grow stale.

ehbooklover May 26, 2016

3.5 stars. A character-driven story of loss, grief, and blame. It took me awhile to really get into this book because I found all of the different characters confusing and didn't really understand what their relationship to each other was. But the longer I read the book, the harder it was to stop reading it. Luckily, my patience paid off as all my questions were answered by the end.

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