Like many families, the Gogarty clan of Ireland has their fair share of problems: Millie, the grandmother, has a penchant for shoplifting. Kevin, Millie’s son, faces a mid-life crisis when he struggles to find a new job. Aideen, Kevin’s daughter, doesn’t understand why she’s being sent to boarding school.
The book switches between points of the view of the ensemble cast, and if I’m being completely honest, there’s a bit of a slow start in the first third of the book or so. But then, things get REALLY interesting. Obviously, I can’t describe the plot twist, but I will say that it comes out of nowhere, and from that point on, it’s one thing after another, and I couldn’t even begin to predict what was going to happen next.
The bottom line, however, is that Good Eggs is absolutely hilarious. The characters are realistic and down-to-earth, and while I didn’t always agree with their decisions, they are understandable. Except for Kevin—he was a bit of an ass, but it’s fair to assume that his characterization is intentional, so well played. And it was certainly fun to watch Kevin go about his business and manage multiple family crises, all while trying to stay hip and relevant.
I would recommend Good Eggs. This is an amazing debut, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this very funny book. I’m looking forward to reading more from Hardiman in the future.
I received an ARC of this book from Atria Books/NetGalley