Fireworks Every Night, a review by Di

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Beth Raymer

Random House Publishing Group
June 27, 2023
240 pages | Goodreads | Amazon

If a reader wants to see life in a dysfunctional family, this is a great book to read. It is horrifying and intriguing at the same time.

Our main character is a little girl named CC. She is named after her father’s favourite drink, Canadian Club. Who does that? She seems to be the only “normal” person in the family. She fights to keep it that way though, of course, her mental health is affected by it into adulthood.

Every aspect that one would expect to see in a dysfunctional family is highlighted in the story. Alcohol, drugs, abuse, mental games and more. It is eye opening. It makes the reader think about getting caught in a vortex.

It’s hard to describe the characters. Other than CC, no one in the family is likeable. Flawed would be a good word.

There are two time lines, CC’s growing up years and CC as an adult, a young married woman. The early years are painful to read, her adult years show a bit of hope but it’s obvious that her formative years have left a huge impact on her. But, despite this, she loves her family and wants the best for them. The family bond is strong.

The publisher’s blurb describes this book as “deeply funny” and “dark comedy”. I could not disagree more. It is Dark and Disturbing. While humour is subjective, I think that most readers who pick this up expecting a laugh will be disappointed. But, definitely, well written and compelling.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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