Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Recently, I read two of Lisa Jewell’s books, The Girls in the Garden (reviewed here) and The House We Grew Up In. The House We Grew Up In, was just as good as The Girls in the Garden, if not even better.
The plot line follows the Bird family who, from the outside, appear very similar to any other. The four Bird siblings are fairly used to their mother’s habit of holding onto “mementos” such as, foil candy wrappers and deflated blow up pools. However, over the years her habit increases to the point of hoarding and her home quickly fills to the point of being uninhabitable. The story is told from the point of view of the Bird siblings and alternates between past and present. As the plot unfolds, you learn more about how the house became the way it is and the mother’s reasoning behind it.
I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. The author’s style of writing really made you feel for all of the characters, from the siblings, to both the mother and father. I also liked the way the story alternated from past to present to build suspense. This was definitely not a light read by any means, but I did feel like the author resolved all of the conflict and ended the book on a positive note.