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The Making of Us

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,663 ratings  ·  199 reviews
From the internationally bestselling author of After the Party comes a delightfully funny, brilliantly poignant novel about three strangers who are brought together by the father they never knew.

Lydia, Dean and Robyn don’t know one another. Yet. Each is facing difficult challenges. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood. Wealthy and succes
ebook, 416 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Atria Books (first published 2011)
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Let me start by saying I love Lisa Jewell. I read Ralph's Party the moment it was published in 1999, and have devoured her novels since. She's my favourite author writing in fiction in what many term the 'chick lit' genre (though the label is one I have reservations about) - the only one I regularly read these days. Much of what she excels at is here - the empathy for her characters, the compelling storytelling, the pacy dialogue - however, given what she's already published, her considerable ta ...more
Rea Sinfield
I have not read a Lisa Jewell book for years and so when I was asked to review her latest novel The Making Of Us I couldn’t wait to start this as reading reviews on this book it seems opinions are straight down the middle so I decided I needed to put my two pence worth in!

The story follows three characters, Lydia, Dean and Robyn who all have something significant in common. They are all living their lives and feel as though something is missing in their lives and one by one they all find out tha
Firstly – do not pay attention to the synopsis or the cover of this book. Both covers they have for it do not do the book justice. There is one that is a bit chic litty and the other quite contemporary. And I didn’t find the book either of these genre's – certainly not what I expected. The synopsis on the back also does not do the book justice so if you pick it up just for the blurb, then you will be surprised like I was that the blurb barely touched the subject matters.

To put it in a nutshell
It is pretty clear from the beginning that this book features a plot that involves a number of individuals from disparate walks of life who eventually come to the inevitable conclusion that they are linked through a sperm donor. I found none of the characters to be particularly interesting and I eventually just put the book down and did not return to it. After 150 pages I just wasn’t interested enough to read through the rest of the book to find out the details of how they contact and connect wi ...more
Kieran Walsh
I picked up the book with a glimmer of hope that this might, somewhat, resemble Never Let Me Go, which I absolutely loved (call out to read, if you haven’t done so already). Sadly, Ishiguru this is not!
The book revolves around three offspring of an anonymous sperm donor in London, some town outside London and Wales! They’re all really good looking (relevant nonsense there) and have issues of their own (unique issues, mind you – like having a boyfriend that could possibly be her brother (yuck), h
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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

This book took me forever to read, not due to the writing, but due to the fact that my Kobo broke, and the one I bought to replace it wouldn't read the protected file, and I had to wait for the original to get fixed under warrenty. I am sorry for the delay, but it just couldn't be helped.

I did find the book a slow go however. There wasn

The Making of Us was an engrossing novel. The author did a wonderful job of giving the reader an in depth look at these three siblings and their father. You really got to know Lydia, Dean, and Robyn, and as the reader truly gets to know them, you realize how much they would benefit from having a sibling. All three are a bit lonely and adrift in their lives. Anyone who has a sibling (I have six of them) knows that it can be a love/hate relationship at times
From Lisa Jewell, author of 8 previous novels, comes The Making of Us, a wonderfully remarkable story of family. I'm an only child, so I particularly empathized with the main characters in this novel. Each, in their own way, feels incomplete, without really knowing why. Lydia, whose parents who had two daughters before her, both of whom died of the same birth defect, knows that she was conceived by in-vitro fertilization. One day, a mysterious package arrives in the mail, offering Lydia the chan ...more
I just loved this book. I think I have a new favorite chick-lit author.

This was my second book by Jewell, and I really enjoyed the first one too. I think she's such a good writer because she writes simply and easily without being banal or cutesy. There's no forced, look-how-witty-I-am dialogue that a lot of chick-lit authors think they have to have on every page. That's one of the quickest things that will get me to shelve a book.

The storyline was great here, too. Three young adults, all with th
Megan Jones
I love Lisa Jewell and this latest book was certainly no disappointment. The plot focuses around sperm donation and the consequences of it and follows the three children fathered by the same sperm donor. The plot is enjoyable and yet tinged with sadness due to the added factor that the donor father is dying in a hospice. The characters are easy to relate to and you feel their pain and joy at the discovery of their background and meeting up with each other and their donor father. Some people have ...more
I havent read Lisa Jewell in years, but was good to get back into one of her stories.
It was full of believeable characters, with an interesting story told from several points of view.
I liked that there was no overlapping of the timeline in the story as such, sometimes it feels like you can be reading the same thing again and again.
there was a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure,and a love story of sorts...
all in all a good read.
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This was a book that I picked up months ago, at Daughter's school summer fair. It sat there in my contingency book section, to be picked up when I've run out of all other books. I came across it when I was busy tidying and rearranging the book shelf, and decided to read it. It's almost time for the next summer fair, can't keep a book waiting for that long!

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, a man called Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day; she holds his hand and
Marguerite Kaye
Another Lisa Jewell book that I devoured pretty much in one sitting. First and foremost, she's a fab story-teller with a real knack of making you want to keep turning the pages, and this story was no exception. It's a really interesting concept, and not a subject matter I've read about before, so I was intrigued from the beginning. I really enjoyed the way it unfolded, alternating between the very different lives of the very different characters, then jumping back just at the point when you know ...more
on this sunlit speck of earth, where there is billions of people and billions of lives, tomorrow is a beautiful mystery.
Fabulous, utterly moving book. Will be looking out for other books by this author as I loved this book.
I really loved this one. Quite a sad story line- but I enjoyed the story.
Review: I just love Lisa Jewell's writing. The way she phrases things, the comparisons she draws and the sentiments that she expresses through her writing are all just wonderful. I could list sentences I have enjoyed, phrases that have made me smile but that would be boring so I'll move on. I listened to this book on audiobook. I do have the lovely paperback with this very cover, not the other cover but i decided to go for the audiobook version as my eyes are very tired at the moment and I enjoy ...more
Yvann S
“They were not identical, but they were alike. They were like her.”

In The Making Of Us, Jewell weaves together strangers united by common genes; children of the same sperm donor. Lydia has finally escaped from a cold and hated life on a Welsh estate. Dean is heartbroken when his girlfriend doesn’t survive the birth of their child. Robyn is set for a career as a doctor. Slowly they discover the truth about their parentage, but will it be soon enough for them to meet their father, who lies dying i
I found this book fascinating - I've never read anything which was based around sperm bank babies before so from that point of view it was quite ground-breaking. I love books which focus on several main characters so this really appealed to me, being told from so many points of view and especially covering different time periods to visit key moments in the characters' lives. I'd have liked to know a bit more about Daniel's life, however, rather than just the brief snippets at the end. (view spoi ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Si vous cherchez une lecture légère pour occuper un week-end pluvieux, le roman de Lisa Jewell, Quatre Naissances et un Enterrement, est le titre qu'il vous faut ! Original, tendre, il y a fort à parier que vous ne résisterez pas longtemps à découvrir le destin exceptionnel de cette charmante fratrie !

Si Quatre Naissances et un Enterrement est un roman si chaleureux et si divertissant, c'est certainement parce que Lisa Jewell a su créer une histoire originale, habitée par des personnages justes

What is family and how does it change if new truths are revealed? Can things stay as they are or does one face the new challenges? In this novel by Lisa Jewell, the reader follows the different paths taken by three people, Lydia, Robyn, and Dean. The thread tying together these seeming unrelated people is Daniel, a Frenchman who is dying. As a young man he had been a sperm donor and now he wonders what has happened to the children he knows he fathered. As his dear friend Maggie searches for them
the Making of Us by Lisa Jewell was a very fast easy read.
The book revolves around three very different characters. The book begins with character introductions spanning different chapters.
I have issues with writers who do this because it usually causes a book to be choppy & confusing because I forget who is who. But Ms. Jewel was able to do this and then immediately intertwine the characters so it flowed beautifully.
I didn't become confused or frustrated with the switching between charact
Farhana Chowdhury
May 20, 2012 Farhana Chowdhury rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys romance and family stories
Shelves: my-library
It didn’t take me long to finish it at just over 400 pages (including additional author content which I also decided to read) but I wouldn’t call it a book that I “couldn’t-put-down”.

I loved reading the book (most of the time) and I’d happily read it again, yet I don’t think it was written amazingly. Readers on Goodreads have listed How I Live Now as Chick Lit but I think it fits in better as Contemporary literature considering the “chick lit” aspects are less important in the book.

*possible spo
The Making of Us
Lisa Jewell

The book starts in 1979. Glenys, a Welshwoman, decides her husband is “shooting blanks” and goes to a sperm bank in London.

Fast-forward to 1998. Lydia, now a young woman, recalls her mother, Glenys, who died when she was four. Lydia’s father, is dying of pulmonary disease and soon she will be alone. Jump to 2009. Lydia is quite wealthy, having invented a chemical for paint which was bought by a big paint company. She is grown-up, elegant, but alone and unloved. One d
Jessica at Book Sake
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

This is my first read of Lisa Jewell’s and I’ve found that she does have a way of creating very real feeling characters. This is a contemporary women’s book that features three people and how their lives intertwine. I felt that the majority of the book focused on Lydia, although numerically that may not be true – there may have been an equal section of the book devoted to each of the characters, but it felt as if it was all based around her. That might be be
Michela O'Brien
I loved all of Lisa Jewell's books I read, by this is by far my favourite so far. It has been likened to David Nicholls' "One Day", a novel I also enjoyed, but for me this book is better. While Nicholls' was a clever concept and a nicely told love story, in Jewell's book there is a deeper message to be found. Yes, there is a romance, which is never saccharine sweet - a point I always enjoyed in Lisa's style - but at the core of the book is the theme of "belonging". Lydia, Robyn and Dean are tied ...more
Lydia Laceby

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes.

Rated 2.5 Star

The Secrets of Us by Lisa Jewell is a novel about finding where you belong. It follows three characters that lead vastly different lives but always felt a piece of the puzzle missing and when they eventually find it, they find their way to each other. Although this novel is relatively easy to read, I found myself unable to connect with the characters and unfortunately remained ambivalent throughout.

This novel started interestingly enough, back
Jewell’s novel brilliantly describes the unseen bonds that tie families together. Although they do not know each other, Lydia, Robyn, and Dean are siblings. They are all adults and living separate, unsatisfactory lives. Lydia is a lonely millionaire, Robyn is a confused student, and Dean is a struggling father. These three individuals meet for the first time in the midst of tragedy. The Making of Us voices the uncertainties of the children of sperm donors. Who is my father? What if my siblings d ...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
I've long been a fan of Lisa Jewell's books – ever since I picked up Ralph’s Party way back in the day – and so far I've never been disappointed in the way her stories her written. Her ability to draw the reader into the plot from the very beginning is one of her trademarks. The Making of Us is another great read and tackles the sensitive issue of anonymity surrounding sperm donation. The story is warm and witty and yet underlines the ethical and moral dilemma facing those who rely on this metho ...more
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Lisa Jewell (born 19th July 1968, Middlesex, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).

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