The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

This book has really gained its fame from the announcement that it was up for becoming Jimmy Fallon’s Summer 2018 Book Club Read. I was intrigued by the description and have finally gotten around to reading it.

The four Gold children have gotten word that there is a woman who can tell you what day you will die. They are intrigued and sneak out of the house to discover their fate. The rest of the book goes through the four of their lives, how they live knowing the exact date they will die, and what happens to them up until their death.

I did not like how the book was divided. The book flows as one whole family story in general, so I’m not sure why it is divided up into each kid by themselves. For example, the first story is about Simon but involves the drama of all the other family members. I wanted to know the true deep-heart secrets and emotions of Simon without getting bogged down by everyone else in his family. There’s a lot of stereotypical conversations and events occurring throughout the novel as it focuses on major US historical events from 1969 and beyond. I wasn’t grabbed like I thought I would be. It’s just a little too jumbled for me and the writing wasn’t something I was raving about to others.

3/5 Stars

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