The Making Of Us charts the journey of three children, all a little bit lost, all searching for something but not really knowing what that something is.
Meanwhile, a Frenchman lies dying in a hospice, his last wish to see the children he helped into the world through sperm donation.
The story is told by Lydia, Robyn and Dean, in their own voices and Maggie, a friend of the Frenchman. And I love how the book flits between the characters’ viewpoint, each watching the story unfold with their own eyes; we, the reader, see what they see. And the book joins them all together at the end with a burst of the feel good factor.
I didn’t expect tears when I read this book but I really felt the characters’ inner turmoil and Lisa Jewell does an excellent job of creating very different characters with a very similar core.
The opening chapter makes me laugh hard. This isn’t a funny book but the lighthearted opening makes the darker soul-searching side stand out all the more and illustrates different levels of loneliness.
I loved this book, it moved me and I don’t have a bad word to say about it. Now I have Lisa Jewell’s previous eight books to look forward to!
Robyn’s rating: 10/10
Posted: July 2011