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The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir Paperback – September 14, 2010
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Parker Posey's films include Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Clockwatchers, Party Girl, and You've Got Mail. Read her exclusive Amazon guest review of The Kids Are All Right:
As adults, the Welches have remembered the past as they did when they were children, giving us a window into the survival meachanisms of personality, of the the capacity to undergo huge blows of fate, of the manifestations of surviving that fate--and the soulful bonding of siblings to regenerate what was lost. This book carried me along with such speed and emotion and intimacy that I felt cast in the role as their imaginary friend. This book is their song and it will rock you along.--Parker Posey
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A very rough synopsis for this book might begin: This is the story of the trials and tribulations of 4 children from an affluent suburb of NYC preceding the deaths of their ruggedly handsome father and their soap opera star mother. It takes the reader through their individual battles to survive after they are separated physically and how they prevail and are brought together again.
On the basis of my mini-review one might assume that this is a pretty melodramatic or sacharine sweet story mimicing the 1957 heartbreaker movie ALL MINE TO GIVE. One might also assume that the now adult kids have been cruelly traumatized by all the events beyond their control. Does this sound like a potential movie for TV? It should, but it isn't all maudlin and sappy.
As for family, this one may not be exactly traditional and certainly might be disturbing to some readers. However, it is an interesting family and these 'kids' do manage to turn out o.k.
The 5* rating is based in part upon the process used to tell this story. All 4 Welsh siblings have contributed to this memoir and their story is told from separate and distinct points of view. It is imbued with a fair amount of humor and a dash of sadness and it is in a certain sense their coming-of-age story. In spite of their physical separations from one another and a lot of rough patches while growing up, what really impressed me was how they managed to come together as a family again.
The writing style was definitely a plus for me. It was very casual/conversational.Read more ›
The writing in all sections is just flawless and perfectly toned to the different kids. You would never mistake a Dan section for a Diana one, or Liz's voice for Amanda's. And the two authors make that very tricky narrative device seem effortless. It is very clear-eyed and matter of fact, but heartbreaking at the same time. I just loved the way this story was told, so much so that I cannot imagine it being done as well any other way.
In some ways the things that happen to them are quite ordinary - wealthy suburban kids dabbling in drinking and drugs and sex, and issues of self-esteem and identity, screwing up in school, talking back and acting out - none of that is really new.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book in a day because it was THAT captivating. Told in alternating chapters, the book recounts the tragedy of four children who lose their parents in quick succession. Read morePublished 2 months ago by New2This
This was such an interesting book. I really liked the balance of each child's story. It was a no excuses story.Published 4 months ago by Denise Hagen
I really loved this book, it was a great read! My heart ached for all of the Welch children as they were forced to grow up too fast. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Megsy93
Raw honesty from start to finish, beautifully told by all four kids. Fantastic story! I can't wait to read their follow-on book.Published 19 months ago by Greg P.
As mentioned in other reviews this is a collective memoir by four siblings who lost their parents while they were all very young . Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kate
The story of this book is intriguing but nothing special enough to warrant a book. A family is torn apart by accidents and cancer and the children struggle to keep it together... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Written Word
Written from the perspectives of the siblings in the family, each provides his or her perspective to their parents' deaths and their subsequent journey through their grief and... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by HappyCamper1