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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Junot Daz
Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuk - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Daz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph, that confirms Junot Daz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.
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natalieebloom
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I wish I had read this book sooner - I‘ve never read anything like it. Almost like a modern, updated Catcher in the Rye. It was such a prime example of well-done storytelling.

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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

Another book that's been on my TBR far too long, and I'm so glad that I finally read it. 💚

I adore Oscar and all his trials and triumphs as he attempts to find out who he is and where he fits in. Great character driven story with characters that are diverse and relatable.

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jenniferw88
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The closest I could get to #magic was these books on #magicalrealism #scarathlon #chillingphotochallenge #teamslaughter @Clwojick 297pts

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LaraS
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I tried. I really tried. The writing is great, but I‘m just not in the mood for yet another “but I‘m a *nice* guy! Why isn‘t everyone sleeping with me?! Women make terrible relationship choices, it‘s their own fault!!” trope.

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JackOBotts
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1. I‘m about 10 mins from Rutgers University (R-U-Rah-Rah)!
2. Fall-like! 🤗 🍁
3. Blind double date...the other couple was dating for sometime and no one was helpful with conversation. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
4. Two kiddos 👦🏻👧🏻 - No pets
5. 👌🏼
#friyayintro @howjessreads

JackOBotts LOL - I read “live” instead of “love”! I suppose I “love” NJ...🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😴 #timeforbed #itsonly7pm 4mo
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LaraS
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I'm trying to like this book. Some great one-liners, nerd references, and I appreciate that the author seamlessly weaved two languages together and didn't make me feel like I had to grab a dictionary every time.

But...

For some reason I need a break from reading this book. Maybe too much too fast? It's not you, Oscar Wao, it's me. I hope we can still be friends.

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Jari-chan
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Panpan

Books are like humans. Some you love from the first moment you meet them, with some you work on a balanced relationship and with some you just don't get along. This and me - we're the latter. I've tried, I've really tried. For the second time now. But I just seem unable to get into the story and/or care about Oscar. I'd love to learn more about the DR but I get the feeling this is not the book for me.

Buechersuechtling Don‘t blame yourself or be too sad, just confidently move on to the next read. 🙂 5mo
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling You're totally right about that! 😊 5mo
Buechersuechtling @Jari-chan Been there, done that. 🤷🏽‍♀️😊 5mo
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Daisey
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I can‘t say I quite enjoyed this book, but I appreciated the experience of reading it. The story is often violent and depressing but the immersion in the culture of the characters is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the Tolkien references and the depth that added to the story for me.

I strongly recommend http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com if you‘re struggling with the language or the references.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

krismlars You're making better progress than I am in the 1001 book! I keep track the same way, with tabs😁 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Daisey Good idea with the tabs! I may borrow this idea. I have that same edition but keep track of my #1001Books with the app. Tabs are a nice tangible way of seeing your progress. Are the colors random, or coded in some way? @krismlars 5mo
Nute Wow! I love this! Congratulations on your progress. Such a cool visual way to see your ongoing achievement. 5mo
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Daisey @krismlars @ValerieAndBooks I keep more careful track in the app and with Goodreads, but I just went through and updated my tabs in the book. It makes the 100 books I‘ve completed feel a bit more substantial. My colors & spacing are random but I do write the month & year read. The tricky part is marking books not included in this edition. Sometimes I put with another book by the author and sometimes chronological. 5mo
Daisey @Nute Thank you! 5mo
krismlars @ValerieAndBooks I use yellow post-it notes that have been cut down. @Daisey I also keep better track in my reading spreadsheet 5mo
CafeMom I have never seen the actual 1001 book. It is huge. Thanks for including the picture. 5mo
Daisey @CafeMom It‘s massive! I wasn‘t sure about buying a copy, but I found this one which appears new for a used price, I think because of a marker slash across the edge of the pages. I bought it thinking it would give more explanation as to why each book was chosen, but it generally doesn‘t. However, it‘s still interesting to read the short essays about the books. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks So are the 1001 Discoveries the same as the 1001 Books? 5mo
Daisey @TheAromaofBooks #1001Discoveries is a postal book group that specifically chose from the 1001 list for books to share. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks That is super fun! 5mo
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Howard_L
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Wow. What a read. A family‘s history in the violent and brutal Dominican Republic of strongman dictator, General Rafael Trujillo. They escape the curse of their family and the DR only to be drawn back into both. It is raw and painful as well as achingly beautiful. I enjoyed Diaz‘ conversational style and his slip into Dominican slang. I highly recommend!

Howard_L I have to admit that all of Tolkien references escaped me as I‘ve never read Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit. Maybe one day but fantasy just isn‘t my thing. Magical realism I enjoy but that‘s as close as I get. I did read The Lightning Thief just because I had it and enjoyed it well enough. I plan to try CS Lewis soon... 6mo
Rissreads This book is on my tbr shelf, I must get to it! 5mo
Bklover Hope you are enjoying Litsy! 5mo
DrexEdit This went straight on my list of all - time favorites when I read it. So good!! 💜 5mo
AlaMich I listened to the audio version, which was terrific! 5mo
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Daisey
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The Tolkien references in this book are great! It‘s not just Lord of the Rings either, another quote references the fall of Gondolin. Catching these does make me wonder about the specifics of some of the other references that are familiar but not as well known to me.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

Trollkonstnaren Oh I love those little references inside the books! 6mo
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Daisey
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It didn‘t take long for me to realize that I was going to need to look up some Spanish while reading this book. The first phrase I typed into the search led me to this website of not only translations but also notes and links for mentions of books, movies, games, etc. It has been helpful and I would recommend it. http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com

Additionally, I‘m enjoying the Tolkien allusions and references.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

merelybookish That's cool! I read somewhere that Diaz intentionally wanted Anglo readers to experience the disorientation of not knowing all the language. 6mo
Daisey @merelybookish That makes sense with some of what I‘ve read as well. It can be tough, but it makes the immersion in the culture of the story much stronger. I‘m enjoying it, even if it slows down my reading. 6mo
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Daisey
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I‘m finally starting this one during Sunday morning books with breakfast. I‘m curious about it since I‘ve seen rather conflicting reviews.

#1001books #1001Discoveries #ReadandEat

bromeliad Yeah, same here. I'm looking forward to your review on this! 6mo
Emilymdxn I absolutely adored this one but I listened to it as audio rather than a physical book and I‘ve heard a few people say they thought it was easier to follow listening than seeing, I‘ll be interested to see how you find the physical copy 6mo
Daisey @Emilymdxn I‘ve seen there is a Lin-Manuel Miranda narrated audiobook, so I did put it on hold. However, a chapter in I think I‘m glad to be reading it in print. Text will make me more likely to slow down and check details such as looking up meanings of Spanish phrases. 6mo
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Autumnscribe
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In the end I am glad I read this book. It was compelling in its telling, informative, and believable. I love how Díaz creates a whole family history. But what surprised me was the way the narrative is woven and told from a reserved distance; the reader is protected from some of the sadness of the story. We are hearing about tragedy, but somehow are able to take it in stride not because it isn‘t sad but rather because it is just the way it is.

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Jari-chan
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Some of the books I'm planning to read this month. The slips are E-Books. If I don't note them on paper I tend to forget about those... 😅

#augusttbr #bookchallenges #bookchallengebyerin11 #popsugar2019

Curiouser_and_curiouser That's a lot of books for a month! How many hours a day do you read? 5mo
Jari-chan @Curiouser_and_curiouser It depends on wheter it is a working day or a day off. I guess around four hours each day are dedicated to reading. Might be five on a day off. But it's hard so say actually 😅 5mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Jari-chan ok, that's fair. I think I may be a slower reader. If it's a very thick book it might take me a whole month to read. I wish I could somehow read faster but I would lose the ambience and detail of the story if I attempted that. I've succumbed to being in the moment with book I'm reading otherwise I get too carried away with all the others I plan to read. I try and commit to the adventure ahead and be loyal to the story. Thank you 😊 5mo
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Jari-chan @Curiouser_and_curiouser That sounds great, too! Everybody has their own style and way to reading. Also, the amount of book one reads doesn't really matter, it's the joy of reading that matters 💝 5mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Jari-chan Absolutely! I'm a little over excited atm as it's been 16 years since I've read on a regular basis, and now that all of my kids are in school I just want to eat books up! But yes, enjoying them is all that matters and that is definitely what I am doing 😍 5mo
Jari-chan @Curiouser_and_curiouser That sounds great! I'm happy to hear that you've finally got some reading time again. Enjoy it to the fullest! ❤ 5mo
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Autumnscribe
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ay the half way point this book is best described as Intriguing. I love how Díaz has created an entire family for us, and has taken the time to footnote individuals and events important to Dominican history, of which I sadly know very little.

Still wondering who the narrator is but love all of the Lord of the Rings and fantasy references.

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Autumnscribe
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So far, I like it, But see neither why people LOVE or HATE it. It is interesting to be sure, and compelling... and for me that is enough.

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cateeoh
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In the lifetime top 10.

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ONH
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“Dude is holding up a book, waiting for me to take a closer look, and I recognize this scene from one of his crazy movies. I want to run from him, and for a long time that‘s what I do. It takes me a while before I notice that Oscar‘s hands are seamless and the book‘s pages are blank.

And that behind the mask his eyes are smiling.

Zafa.”

The kind of compelling story you DEVOUR and want to scour for insight once you‘ve finished it. W O W! 🇩🇴

Leftcoastzen I remember it as pretty amazing! 6mo
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ONH
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Enjoying this book so far. Junot Díaz‘ writing style reminds me a bit of John Irving‘s— my absolute FAVORITE author. Can‘t wait to see where this goes.

The Dominican influence is interesting too. As someone who isn‘t that familiar with the culture, it‘s interesting to learn about the family dynamic, expectations, superstitions, etc.

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laurar311
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Started a new book to this wonderful view, the half hour hike down (and up) hill was torturous but we got our steps in today.

Can‘t beat the Mediterranean Sea.

crazyspine Beautiful. What do you think of the book? It's pretty weird (not in a bad way). 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

This was an example of the wrong book at the wrong time I think. I wasn‘t in the least grabbed by or interested in all hardship and drama Oscar and his family had to deal with in life. I felt even annoyed by how all went wrong. All. Fuku they call it in the Dominican Republic where part of the book is set. The other half is set in New Jersey so that counts for #ReadingUSA2019! #1001books

Cathythoughts Lovely pic though 😊 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thank you 💕 . At home! 7mo
KatieDid927 I did not enjoy this book either. 7mo
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Kalalalatja Great decor 👌 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I really really liked that book!! I think it‘s bc I just like glimpses into different cultures. 7mo
Susanita This book contained a sentence that went on for 2.5 pages! 🤬 7mo
Rachel_nyc Uh oh. I was planning on reading it this year but I may put it off. 7mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I do too, very much even, and I did like the cultural aspects of the book. I don‘t know why I wasn‘t interested in the family. 7mo
BarbaraBB @KatieDid927 I am happy to hear that! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Susanita Yes, with a lot of repeating in it 😉. I did like that sentence, actually, it describes Oscar‘s arrival in the DR, or do you mean another one? 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 It happens! 7mo
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Peaslady
Bailedbailed

Just not for me.

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MelissaSue81
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I really liked this. The main characters were so well written. And the way it was told, a multi generational story via one narrator, (although sometimes 2?) was so unique. I got a little confused with some of the older generations without knowing a lot of the places and history.. maybe would have done better with print than with audio.. but I felt like I might have missed something there. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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EmilieGR
Pickpick

Impossible not to love Oscar

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EmilieGR
Pickpick

Couldn‘t put it down

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Drocchio03
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First day warm enough to read on the rooftop. Definitely in my happy place. Good book. Warm sun. Refreshing breeze. A girl couldn‘t ask for more.

Crazeedi Awesome view! 10mo
Drocchio03 @Crazeedi I can‘t wait until it‘s truly warm enough to take advantage. I look forward to days filled of sunning and reading. ☀️ 📚 😊 10mo
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Bibliotini
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The rest of my reading group gave up. But I love it.

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Filmnoirkate
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I‘m only a little bit ashamed at how helpful I‘m finding the Lord of the Rings references.

Patchshank Lol. I loved the amount of LOTR references. 12mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!📚📖💜💛💙 12mo
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Filmnoirkate
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A little late, but this is as far as I got in #24in48. Worked on 5 books, finished 3 books and started 1 new one I‘m excited to continue on. Ahh. I love reading so much.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 12mo
Librarybelle Great job! 12mo
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Patchshank
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https://www.readerco.in/

I found this app awhile back. I use it at work every so often. It's all public domain or indie books submitted by the authors. With this app you earn points for listening to or reading the books. The points can go toward prizes or charities. I don't find the prizes do really be worth it. They're priced too high in my opinion, but I do give to the charities.

mellissimo Thanks for sharing! I got excited about this idea but sadly it doesn't exist in germany :( 12mo
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Filmnoirkate
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It is really hard to listen/read books that have descriptions of intimate partner abuse. But, I‘m really interested in this story of this nerdy Dominican American kid. #24in48

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Filmnoirkate
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Picked this up from the library on a whim #24in48

mommyincolor I read this! Great book! 12mo
Filmnoirkate @concreterosereads5889 Yay! I‘m glad to hear it‘s good! I‘m liking it so far! 12mo
angela_fi13 Love this book!!! 12mo
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Patchshank
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Finally home from work and done with my chores. It was a pretty easy day so I was able to listen to quite a bit of my book. I'm really liking it. It's beautifully written and the story is fascinating.
6hrs 40m #24in48

Emilymdxn I loved this book too! 12mo
Pricel101 @Emilymdxn ditto!! Great book! 12mo
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Patchshank
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My starting point for #24in48. I have to work tonight so audiobook it is until I get home. Then I plan on starting The Infinite Jest.

Kaye 👍🏼 12mo
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SLSbooks
Panpan

Not fluent in Spanish, so spent too much time on the colloquialisms. Kept waiting for something redeeming to happen and it never did. Pulitzer Prize Winner?! For most depressing book ever....

Jakaranda i have heard about it but don‘t know much. 12mo
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JessNevertheless
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Starting the new year off with a walk and an audiobook. Thankful to live in such a beautiful city :)

TheDaysGoBy I used to live in the DC area and the Jefferson memorial was always one of my favorite spots ❤️ 13mo
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JLaurenceCohen

Oscar Wao is a nerd, a cardinal sin for Dominican men. Oscar's story becomes a microcosm of the story of the Dominican Republic. Diaz tells Oscar's tragi-comic story through the eyes of the older, cooler Junior. Worth it for the footnotes alone.

Cinfhen I really liked this book a lot!! And then the whole scandal broke and kind of tainted my opinion of Junot Diaz😣But the book is still pretty darn perfect. 13mo
JLaurenceCohen @Cinfhen yeah, in light of everything we now know, it seems clear that Diaz was dealing with trauma through writing. 13mo
Cinfhen Truth, and it does make for good reading. Have you read his short story collection. Also very revealing in hindsight 13mo
JLaurenceCohen @Cinfhen no, I haven't. I'll have to check it out. 13mo
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Emilymdxn
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This was the most astonishingly good novel. Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s performance was one of the best readings of an audiobook I‘ve ever heard. The narrative style was so good I need to read more by Juno Diaz.

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Emilymdxn
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Loving this so far! I‘ve heard great things about the author and it‘s read by Lin-Manuel Miranda who I love to pieces.

gradcat This is sooo great! 👍 13mo
Flaneurette I‘ve read this but I bet this is a great audio! There is a lot of Spanish and Dominican slang 13mo
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Samara_Kipnis
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Junior Díaz is really an artist. He pieces together a collage of a person, a place, a time, a life. He knows what he‘s doing, and no one else does...and we appreciate him for it.

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Samara_Kipnis
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My sister gave me this book. She never read it, bought it used. I love finding other people‘s annotations in this book. It makes it come alive. I wish there were libraries like this, where each reader adds her own conversations with the text, for others to explore.

Oscar blurting out “fire” paints such a clear picture in my head of who he is. I can picture him, see him being totally, unabashedly himself.

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Samara_Kipnis
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“...it‘s exactly at these moments, when all hope has vanished, when the end draws near, that prayer has dominion” (144).

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Samara_Kipnis

“It‘s never the changes we want that change everything” (51).

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Samara_Kipnis
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The writing in this novel is such a breath of fresh air, compared to the last one I read! Junit Díaz has a unique mastery over words and presents small pieces of his characters with such insight. He makes it look so easy. I‘m excited to see what he does next!

RochAnn I‘m glad you like this one better :)! 14mo
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Samara_Kipnis
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Before Page One and I‘m already intrigued...

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ErinSueMreads
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Doing a little #audiocleaning this morning. What did everyone think of this book?

jmofo I listened to this book. I like parts of it but I‘m not sure if the pacing wasn‘t for me or if the timing was good. It‘s interesting because it feels epic but the scope, character-wise is pretty modest. 1y
dragondrool I finished it, but I didn't care for it. I'm not sure why, exactly. 1y
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SmittenKitten
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I can't deal with how much I love this audiobook. Lin-Manuel Miranda is absolutely phenomenal at bringing this story to life.

MelissaSue81 Wait, what? I'm listening to it with a different Narrator and am now feeling cheated!!!
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yourfavouritemixtape
Panpan

This was a drag. I never got into the story, which can be because I don‘t speak spanish and don‘t get the undertones. I can see that people like this, but it wasn‘t for me.

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JessNevertheless
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My friends are moving and gave me first picks on books they are giving away! (Don't worry, they're just moving to ebooks). On the left are all the new books I'm giving a home to, and the right are returning to my shelf 💙📚💚 #bookhaul

MStew 😍 1y
2BR02B Dang, you struck gold! Some excellent titles here. 1y
hwestfall What a great haul! 1y
JessNevertheless @2BR02B Yeah I'm excited! Also probably need to sort through what I have to make room... 1y
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yourfavouritemixtape
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Picked this up at a book-haul some months ago. I have read the goods and the bads about it, so I am ready to form my opinion.

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