All The Best People by Sonja Yoerg

All the Best PeopleAll the Best People by Sonja Yoerg

Traveling Sisters Group Read Review

All The Best People by Sonja Yoerg is an intriguing, easy flowing and multi-layered story that is beautifully written that explores family, hope, and acceptance surrounding mental illness through three generations. The story also explores the relationships between mothers and daughters.

Sonja Yoerg does a fantastic job compassionately creating , realistic, conflicted, and complex characters here as we were really able to feel the emotions of all the characters allowing us to open our hearts and drawing us right into their fears, pain, and heartache. She gave us understanding, insight, and compassion into mental illness for families of loved ones as she shines light in the dark far corners of mental illness for all the characters. She gracefully shows us how fast and difficult life can sometimes be. Her descriptions are vivid, insightful and moving.

The story combines four different perspectives which are told in three generations from one family in two timelines from the past of 1926 and present day of 1972. As we first meet Carol we start to see signs of her illness and we were all drawn into her mind and we could hear her thoughts and feel her fears. We meet Solange when she is young and learn her backstory and events leading up to her being committed to an asylum and see how younger Carol deals with the absence of her mother. We learn of past treatment, shedding light on stigma and the treatments given. We also hear from 11-year-old Alison as we see her start to lose her mother when she needs her the most. She tugged and captured our hearts. We admired her strength and perseverance.

We can’t leave this review without mentioning Walt as a few of us had such a book crush on this sweet and genuine character.

We felt a strong connection to some of the characters and it brought quite a bit of insight and personal experiences into our discussions as we were reading this book. We could see a bit of ourselves within this story which for some of us was at times a little emotional and heartfelt. With love, hope, compassion and understanding that shined through within this book and our discussions we could see who All The Best People are.

Thank you, NetGalley, Berkley Publishing and Sonja Yoerg for a copy to read and review.

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6 thoughts on “All The Best People by Sonja Yoerg”

    1. Thank you so much, Lindsay! I really loved reading this one with you too! I love how insightful you are with the books that we read! You always bring such great things to our sister reviews! 🙂


  1. What a well done review, you guys! I just loved this book and love this author–I have read all her books and marvel at her versatility and story-telling ability!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine! This is the first book I have read by this author. There are a couple of her other ones on my TBR list which I will have to read soon! I too thought this was a great book! 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, Susanne! We really enjoyed reading this one with you too!! I look forward to our next read together! 😊


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