Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney
Release Date - November 2014
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Every year, by midnight on December 1st, Angela Gillespie sends out her yearly Christmas email. This year, she is lacking inspiration. Her marriage seems to be in ruins, her three adult daughters are all having issues of their own - ranging from publicized affairs with married men, to high amounts of debt with no job, to a career that is in jeopardy due to an issue with Hollywood gossip. Then there is her 10-year-old son Ig who has an imaginary friend and just doesn't seem as normal as she'd expect of a 10-year-old boy.
Following her best friend's advice, Angela types out a long narrative discussing the family's issues, knowing she will never send it. Unfortunately, there's an accident with Ig, Angela must rush him to the hospital, and in the meantime, her husband sees the letter, fails to read it, and sends it to the people on their Christmas mailing list.
As people start to read the letter, the embarrassment for the Gillespie family grows. Soon the letter is being forwarded to strangers. This sets off a chain of events that will change the family forever.
Hello From the Gillespies is an addicting story. I couldn't put it down, which was odd because many of the characters drove me nuts. The younger daughter, Lindy, was the first to really get to me. She's a bit of a self-centered whiner who I hated reading about. The twins, they were a little more likable. It was really Ig who stole the show. That precocious kid was so much fun.
There is a big plot turn a while into the story that changes everything. That's when the story got really good, and I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out!