Review: We Are All Made Of Glue

We Are All Made Of Glue
We Are All Made Of Glue by Marina Lewycka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this but it isn’t as good as her previous two books. Lewycka spins a good yarn of a failing marriage, a crumbling house and a host of characters that link these two together. The main character, Georgina, writes copy for the glue industry and this is used as a metaphor throughout the book when commenting on the things that bond people together. The book starts very light and I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough ‘bite’ to keep me interested but Lewycka deftly weaves in plot lines involving religious fanaticism, the middle east and dodgy estate agents. The humour in the book is well timed and delivered with consummate skill. I loved the character of Mrs Shapiro with her cod English and her narrow world view, the stench of cat piss and the crumbled shell of a once gorgeous house. However much I enjoyed the book I still came away thinking that it could have been so much more, like someone who’s devoured a KrapDonalds to stave off their hunger only to feel hungry and cheated five minutes later. It felt like the book was building up to a big twist at the end but it was quite flat in the finale. If you want a quick funny read that’s light enough to not leave you bloated on ideas then this is the book for you.

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