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The Radleys By Matt Haig,

  • Title: The Radleys
  • Author: Matt Haig
  • ISBN: 9781847678614
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys Many of us grew up next door to one They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and theirJust about everyone knows a family like the Radleys Many of us grew up next door to one They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception Peter and Helen are vampires and have for seventeen years been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking and disturbingly satisfying act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara s trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten the Radleys marriage The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain and lose when we deny our appetites.
    The Radleys Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys Many of us grew up next door to one They are a modern family averagely content averagely dysfunctional living in a staid and quiet suburban Engli

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    1. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I was looking for a scary vampire story You re probably thinking, duh, Salem s Lot, you idiot Well smartypantses, that was my first choice too and then The Cloud ate it Whoever decided we should put our faith in clouds anyway They aren t very stable Anywho, since the geniuses at all hail couldn t solve my problem all lickity splitty like I demanded don t they know who I am I have fives of followers who want to know what I m reading , I decided to pick up [...]

    2. The Radleys is not exactly a paranormal romance Both the back of the book and the introductory letter in our ARC by Free Press Senior Editor Amber Qureshi call it a domestic drama , or as Amber says, of an American Beauty than a Twilight This is an accurate description I think I barely remember American Beauty , and exactly the reason I fell in love with The Radleys by the end of the first chapter.The writing here is solid It flows, it s quick, light, and oh God you have no idea how much of a w [...]

    3. Excellent little story of family secrets and what happens when a tightly woven lie begins to unravel.In this story, Peter and Helen Radley have moved out to a pleasant village in the English country side to raise their children, Rowan and Clara They wanted to escape their wild life in London and live a quiet, ordinary life with their children and live a peaceful, normal life Well, as normal a life as you can have, when you are an Abstainer, a non practicing vampire.Their quiet life takes a decid [...]

    4. Let s get one thing straight here, shall we This isn t a book about vampires.Okay, yes It s a book which has vampire characters I won t dispute that But the book itselfat s not what it s about Not the way I see it.This is, instead, a book about family and relationships and love and how we love the people who hurt us, and hurt the people we love It s a book about the blurry lines between our intrinsic nature and desires the way that we cope with those things And it s about how you play the hand y [...]

    5. Twilight eat your heart out In this immensely satisfying read Matt Haig presents us with the Radleys a typical middle class English family that just happens to want to drink your blood But like good Britons they are fighting against their baser instincts and leading an upstanding existence in a quaint country town Having recently read Ian McEwan s On Chesil Beach the portrait of the, yet again, typically repressed Brits was especially on point But than poking fun at the English stiff upper lip [...]

    6. Yes, it s true It IS another vampire book But with some interesting new ideas about abstaining vampires they don t drink blood any just eat a whole lot of rare meat and mixing in with society that keep it fun and fresh and the pages flying by It s a British novel, so there are some interesting quirks there, as well The basic premise is that two abstaining vampires one a born vampire, one converted have become your basic suburban couple with two teenagers two vampire teenagers who have no idea th [...]

    7. I thought I was tired of the vampire genre, but obviously not, not if the subject is treated as interestingly as in Matt Haig s The Radleys.The Radleys is about a well off suburban family living in England whose Bible is the Abstainer s Handbook Helen and Peter have chosen to eschew blood so that they can live as a normal family Their children, Clara and Rowan, are pale, anemic, and prone to skin irritations They have no idea they re part of a vampire clan, until Clara is attacked one night by a [...]

    8. 4.5 stars The Radleys is an awesome story if you re looking for something a little out of the ordinary Which I was The plot is pretty crazy in the way that only something in a suburbanish setting can be Think, American Beauty, but with fangs Cute, huh It s about the lies that you tell your spouse, the lies that you tell your kids, and the lies that you tell yourself Mostly, though, it s about the consequences of repressing yourself just to fit in I mean, there s got to be a happy medium, right

    9. The Radleys is a different look at the young adult Vampire situation that today s literature has going on The Radleys are a mundane young couple with 2 teenage children living in a cute exceptionally boring village Helen Radley is the mum, she seems to only tolerate her husband, has a bit patience for the children and little to no interest in the emotional sanity of her family To be honest Helen seems a bit distracted.Peter Radley, the Dad and Doctor He is sharp and useless and comes across as [...]

    10. There are way too many vampire zombie living dead books available right now, but The Radleys presented itself to me as a fun book about a funny and warm family of reformed vampires, including a vegan So I bit, pun intended And I made it to about 150 pages before I gave up.For me, this book was neither funny nor warm hearted.I ve read some conflicting information was this first published as a YA book and now there is an adult version Or the opposite The writing, especially in the beginning, seeme [...]

    11. You ve got your suffocating suburbs with white picket fences and book clubs, and you ve got your average blood sucking family Boom bnr More of a worrying sizzle with a smell of burning flesh Nice exploration of the issue you can clearly see the issue, can t you , but I could have done with some in depth character development wrt the kids who, as always, become overdramatic, simple minded cardboard slabs when in the hands of a non YA literary fiction writer and Peter and less dillydallying on He [...]

    12. The Radleys are a normal suburban family with the typical problems such families have in novels the parents live meaningless and boring lives and feel trapped and stifled by their marriage but don t have the courage to do anything about it, while their teenagers are disaffected and self absorbed They re also vampires, which I thought would add excitement and interest 174 pages in, and this hope was not met Instead it was page after page of characters boring internal workings as they wish for con [...]

    13. The Radleys is an enjoyable comedy about a family of vampires who tried hard to deny and hide their nature, but as their two children coming of age, keeping those kids ignorant is an impossible thing to do and the parents denial and lies are backing firewith a bloody, messy result I enjoy the book, but I don t really like how in the end the blame has been put entirely on the evil, selfish vampires and the supposedly good, conforming vampires get off the hook without much soul searching or moral [...]

    14. I ve read many vampire novels excluding the teen ones that I felt I could not do any However the Radleys renewed my faith that an original one could still be written I usually shudder at pop culture references but this was so good I didn t even mind them.

    15. There is not enough time and too many books to read for me to finish this one Dull, dull, dull I haven t too many books that have received the Alex Award for an adult book that s also good for teens, and if this is any indication of what to expect, I doubt I will read any.Here s what you get from The Radleys 1 Juvenile adults acting like teenagers It seems that the entirety of Peter and Helen Radley s problems have to do from their loveless marriage Get a divorce or get some real problems and ge [...]

    16. The Radleys is an amazing, quirky and thought provoking story It features what else the Radley family, struggling to live as normal a life as possible in small town England Like every family, the Radleys have their skeletons in the closet in this case they are all abstaining vampires But this book is about so much than vamps It is about abstinence and gluttony and maintaining a healthy balance between what you desire and what you need It is about self confidence vs insecurity and jealousy It is [...]

    17. Over the last few years I have become infeasibly bored of vampires Those blood sucking garlic phobes are everywhere and I rarely go out of my way to read a YA vampire story these days For some reason though this one grabbed my attention The cover is a triumph of graphic design and the synopsis made it sound a little different from the usual post Twilight drivel that has been flooding the market, so I decided to give it a go, and so should you.Before I go any further, a word of warning This book [...]

    18. On the outside, the Radleys are a normal middle class family Parents Peter and Helen struggle with their marriage that has started to taste like cardboard, and their children Rowan and Clara struggle with teenage problems in a small town community The kind of small town I personally have experience from growing older, you start to escape from it in different ways, until you realize buses and internet connections are in danger of diluting your life into a half existence You can never come and go [...]

    19. I fear I am going to put off some readers when I say this is a book about vampires, but for those of you anti vamp readers, give this novel a chance Because this is also a novel about family relationships, love, and disappointment.Our main characters are the Radleys, a family of vampires living a false life as unbloods in suburban Manchester The parents are abstainers, those who have chosen not to murder and live off human blood, and they have taken pains to hide their otherness and meld as much [...]

    20. There was something about this book that bothered me and I couldn t exactly put my finger on it until about halfway through it I know I have read other books that have done this before but I can t think of any off the top of my head Let me give you an example Chapter one SallyAs I walked down the sidewalk on my way to work, I felt the cool crisp October air against my skin, so I adjusted my new scratchy green wool jacket up around my neck to protect me from the wind Off to my right I see the Jon [...]

    21. Won this book in the First Reads section Looking forward to getting it and reading it 09 06 11Never recieved this book in the mail BOO FIRST READS GIVEAWAYS 10 17 11Well I happened to be at the library and I noticed that this book was in I went ahead and checked it out, even though it kind of left a sour taste in my mouth that I never recieved it nor had I heard word back from the email I sent on not recieving it either But it s not the author s fault At least I think.I liked how this one was di [...]

    22. Black comedy about abstaining vampires or blood addicts Clever, that The pokes at middle class life, a self help guide, and teenage unpopularity Spot on The ne er do well uncle So fun And the moral ambiguity Haig tries to explore it A witty read GO SUMMER.

    23. Never heard of matt Haig until I read how to stop time Had to get the rest of his books just started now I ll let you know how I get on

    24. Helen and Peter Radley have a huge secret they really don t want to tell their children, as they want them to live a normal life as possible but things aren t gong to plan.Rowan can t sleep at night and thinks it s a bad case of insomnia, he then wants to sleep all day He s also allergic to the sun and has to apply factor 60 otherwise his skin gets covered in a sore itchy rash He constantly gets bullied at school and is totally in love with a girl at school who s friends with his sister and is t [...]

    25. I can control myself Look, for God s sake Look at everyone Everyone represses everything Do you think any of these normal human beings really do exactly what they want to do all the time Course not It s just the same We re middle class and we re British Repression is in our veins The Radleys is a book about a family of abstaining vampires, but it s not a vampire book Mr and Mrs Radley Peter Helen are very much aware they are vampires he being born into an old vampire family because in this world [...]

    26. These neighbors, living just next door, are having the usual family angst some aching for the pastPeter, the dad, a family doctor is exhausted, just going through the motions, Helen, the mom, is withdrawn and feels like she is alone, Rowan, the son, cant stop scratching his rash, and is being bullied at school, Clara, the daughter, has become a vegan or is it anorexia and has just defended herself against an attack, lost control, and very gratifyingly ripped one of the bullies apart with her sha [...]

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