Review // Musical Chairs

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If you enjoy stories about family dynamics and large casts of characters, Amy Poeppel’s newest release, Musical Chairs, is for you. Musical Chairs is out today, July 21!

Musical Chairs follows the family and friends of Bridget Stratton, a talented cellist and the daughter of famed composer and musician Edward Stratton. Blindsided by an unexpected breakup, what Bridget thought would be the perfect summer with her novelist boyfriend and an empty nest quickly takes a turn when her two adult children come home and her elderly father announces that he is getting married at the end of the summer.

I have mixed feelings on Musical Chairs. On one hand, I found it interesting enough that I didn’t want to put it down and found that it was easy to read in only a few sittings. On the other, I didn’t connect or really care about any of the characters. And that’s a tough hurdle to overcome in a story that is all about character growth and family dynamics.

I’ll say this, I think that folks who enjoy ensemble stories—or at the very least, don’t mind them—would enjoy this book. Musical Chairs is well-written, fast-paced, and entertaining enough. It was just hard for me to care about any one character when I felt my focus shifting every chapter.

There were too many characters for me in Musical Chairs; too many names for me to keep track of. A character would be mentioned and it would take me a moment to think about who it was and to place them and having to do this every few pages took me out of the story. I also never felt like I got to know any one character all that well or got a chance to be invested. And, if I’m being completely honest, I actually didn’t like the characters all that much. Some of them were over the top in a way that felt very Sophie Kinsella-esque to me (e.g., Fixie in I Owe You One or Rebecca in the Shopaholic series).

Still, I don’t think this book merits a bad review—I don’t think it’s a bad book. In fact, I actually think it’s a good book that just wasn’t the right fit for me.

If you enjoy stories with multiple characters, family secrets, and family dynamics, you’ll enjoy Amy Poeppel’s newest story, Musical Chairs.

☆ ☆ ☆ / 5
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted or influenced my opinions.

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