The Descendants – Kaui Hart Hemmings

As one of the offerings from Amazon Vine, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book. And certainly, the book cover blurb didn’t really do it any favours. I was expecting something rather depressing – but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Despite the ‘serious’ subject matter, The Descendants is quite a fun book, mainly due to the characters. They’re all depicted excellently, and they’re all pretty barmy!! The main character, Matt has no idea what’s going on in his life – his wife is in a coma and his children are running amok. His youngest daughter is engaging in a weird sort of self-harm, and his oldest has a weird pot-smoking boyfriend who she insists isn’t her boyfriend. He’s got a lot on his plate, then he finds out that his wife was having an affair.

What happens next is Matt trying to gather everyone to say goodbye to Joanie before her life-support machines are switched off. He wants to do it in person, to be considerate to everyone. Even the man she was having an affair with. But what he’s not betting on is the man has a wife and children. A family, just like him. And they’re nice. He’s thrown and has to make a difficult decision…

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I loved the characters, I thought they were all lovable in their own ways and seemed very real. It was a light-hearted way of dealing with some very difficult subject matter and for that I praise the author. I enjoyed this book from start to finish and would definitely look out for this author in the future.

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