The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: sex, relationships, wealth, illness, recovery, substance abuse.

Goodreads Rating: 2.5 Stars


The Nest recounts the story of a dysfunctional family who find themselves counting their eggs before they’re hatched. Dubbing the Plumb family trust fund as “the nest”, siblings Melody, Beatrice, Jack, and Leo are counting on their share of money to cover, recoup, and invest in different aspects of their lives in order to get ahead. As middle-aged adults, they know they shouldn’t bank on money they don’t have…yet… but they proceed to anyway.


However, when Leo becomes inebriated and drives off with a nineteen-year-old waitress named Matilda, he crashes and the money from the trust is pulled from all the accounts to cover the cost of Leo’s medical bills and proceeding lawsuit from Matilda’s family. Trying to take back what was their share of the trust, Melody, Beatrice, and Jack attempt to make Leo pay the nest back.

Honestly, The Nest isn’t high-class literary work, and there’s a lot going on with all the families involved, along with a series of sub-characters. Plot lines shoot off without much resolve, the family comes off as entitled WASPs, and there’s a lot of contemporary topics that Sweeney seems to toss in for good measure, and the ending is less than satisfying. It’s a recipe for chaos. However, I was entertained enough to keep reading, the pacing of the novel was quick, and I wanted to know what would become of the nest.

Upon checking it’s rating on Goodreads, I would say it’s average rating is accurate. People might enjoy it’s shallow dramatics, while others are going to leave disappointed. I think I should have ignored my FOMO and not bothered.

Published: March 22, 2016

Publisher: Ecco

TL/DR: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a dysfunctional family drama revolving around a trust fund dubbed “the nest”.

Read it? If the ending had been better, I’d say yes- but alas, I’d pass on this one.

Recommend it? No.

Buy it? No, even though the cover is gorgeous and really tempting, and the reason I decided to buy it.

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1 reply

  1. Sorry it was disappointing!

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