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Made for Love
Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love and how far some will go to escape it.Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane his extremely lifelike sex doll as her roommates. Life with Hazel s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human mind-meld, Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron s virtual clutches once and for all. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound mediation on marriage, monogamy, and family."
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Megabooks
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First, the cover 🤩🤩 Nutting writes wonderfully nutty books. While I didn‘t like this as much as Tampa, her voice and POV are distinctive and interesting.

Hazel has a problem. She‘s arrived on her dad‘s doorstep because her husband Byron, a tech CEO, threatened to install a chip in her head to merge their thoughts. Her dad wants privacy, especially since he just got a sex robot. With comically horrible coping skills, she fights to leave Bryon.

CoffeeAndABook Wow 🤩 that does sound nuts!! But the intriguing kind of nuts! Stacked 📚 8mo
Megabooks @CoffeeAndABook it is an intriguing book, and very funny, too! 8mo
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Cinfhen She‘s SO out there!! I loved Tampa & this cover is fantastic 😍 8mo
5feet.of.fury Bonkers. I love the cover too. Might have to check it out! 8mo
BarbaraBB That cover is so great. And I liked the book a lot too. It seemed so funny but was tragic too in a way. 8mo
CoffeeAndABook @Megabooks Sounds like it might be perfect as my next read 😃☺️👌🏼 thank you!! (edited) 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen she is!! 8mo
Megabooks @5feet.of.fury it‘s a fun book with some good subtle commentary! 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it was, but I really liked the ending. More funny than tragic, but it definitely has both. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 8mo
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reading_rainbow
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Alissa Nutting is insane. And absolutely hilarious. She is insane and smart and very funny. And so was this book. 🐬💕💻☠️

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reading_rainbow
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Used bookstore score 🐬🌴

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MrsV
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About to curl up and finish this one. Then going to watch the series just in time for the Books and Beers event tomorrow night!

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Rissreads
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What a breath of fresh air this book is and a mind f*#k! Thanks for putting it on my radar @Reggie
It‘s a cautionary tale about letting technology take things too far in our world. It also acknowledges that women are somebodies not somebody‘s. This was weird and wonderful! 🐬🐬🐬

Reggie 😁yayyyy I‘m so glad you liked it! It‘s a big bunch of crazy but with a lot of commentary. 2y
Crazeedi Sounds interesting, and a scritch for your sweet kitty!😻 2y
MrsMalaprop Ooh, sounds intriguing. Love that photo 💕😻👏🏻. 2y
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Megabooks
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#bookmail! I wanted to #reread this before watching the HBO series. My hardcover copy is in storage.

Scochrane26 It‘s just like an airbrushed shirt from Gatlinburg! 2y
Megabooks @Scochrane26 don‘t forget Destin or PCB! They had great shirts, too! 2y
BarbaraBB I bought it just for its cover. Fortunately I liked its content too! 2y
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB I originally got it because I liked Tampa so much. Very different books! 2y
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read Tampa but think immediately of its cover 🤣 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it is raunchy (and uncomfortable) but good!! (edited) 2y
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vivastory
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Did you guys see that they adapted this as a series on HBO Max? Boggles the mind... reposting a pic from when I first read it & I received a matching coffee cup from @saresmoore 😂

BarbaraBB I wonder how they‘ll be able to adopt it 🐬. It‘s one of those books I can still visualize vividly! Great cup by the way! 2y
vivastory @BarbaraBB I think I might check it out tomorrow. I might have to dig out my cup & have coffee while doing so! 🐬 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB you and I have talked about my visual memory before, but I read this at such a difficult time in my life, I hardly remember it. Tampa, however, whoa. Thanks for the heads up, Scott. I‘m seriously considering getting hbo max, even if only for the documentaries! 2y
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vivastory @Megabooks I think it's worth it. I have it as an add-on channel through Amazon prime. Their documentaries are fantastic! 2y
Megabooks Right now I just pay for Prime, Hulu, and (as a gift to my parents) Paramount Plus. I glom onto their Netflix, but I think I‘d prefer having HBO to Paramount, but I promised to pay for it through 2021. I‘ll have to think about it 🤔🤔 2y
Jess I watched the first three episodes last night (just 25-30 minutes each) and what a wild ride. So far the show is just following Hazel and Gogol‘s story line, which is crazy enough. I‘m interested to see if they will adapt the dolphin story line too. Love the mug! 2y
saresmoore This reminds me of the days when I browsed thrift stores for books! I have to say, I kind of miss the thrill of the hunt. 🧐 2y
TheLibrarian @Megabooks If you do an add-on for HBO in the future, do it through Hulu. Last time I heard, you can‘t get HBO Max access through Prime. Not sure if that‘s still the case but I switched my add-on to Hulu. That way you still have access to some HBO content through Hulu and still can log into HBO Max for even more content! I‘m also paying for Paramount for my parents but prefer HBO! (edited) 2y
vivastory @TheLibrarian @Megabooks Yeah I should have clarified that I got hbo as an add-on through Amazon and then accessed it via ps4 2y
Kimberlone I watched the first three episodes...enjoying it so far! 2y
vivastory @Kimberlone Glad to hear that. I'm happy that they're shorter episodes too 2y
NikkiM5 I didn‘t realize this was a book. I binged three episodes yesterday. stacked 2y
Megabooks @TheLibrarian good to know about Hulu because I prefer their layout. Thanks! 2y
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JamieArc
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Did anyone else see this book was made into a series? It‘s so strange I can‘t even imagine, but am really intrigued...

Reggie Yes, I keep thinking how strange it‘s going to be onscreen. Especially with the dad and the doll and the guy and the dolphin. It looks like it‘s focusing mainly on the main character and her marriage, though. Who knows. 2y
JamieArc @Reggie I‘ll be curious what you think if you watch it. 2y
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Circlejxrk
Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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TBR. Getting books from the EU is a pain in the ass and requires a middle man. I feel like a smuggler.

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Kempii
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If you want unexpected dolphin erotica, look no further. In a world of remakes and recycled tropes, Alissa Nutting‘s writing is consistently original and amazingly funny. The speeches her characters make in the protagonist‘s fantasies are raw satires, sharp and ironic in that they showcase reality posing as fantasy.

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BarbaraBB
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This book is about human connection or more precise, a lack of it. The characters are attracted to things like sex dolls, dolphins, waking over the dead and technology gadgets but have no clue how to connect to eachother. This leads to a lot of funny situations with relatively normal Hazel, the MC, in the midst of them. In the end however it‘s tragic-comical at the most.

#Booked2020 #Covercrush
#ATY2020 Book printed in a prime year (2017)

squirrelbrain Gorgeous picture - where is that? 3y
Velvetfur I love that photo! 😊 3y
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain The dunes at the Dutch coast. It felt so good to be outside, away from the madness for a day. I could recommend it to anyone who feels a bit freaked out at the moment. Go outside to a place without people and with fresh air! 💕 (edited) 3y
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BarbaraBB @Velvetfur Thank you 🙏 😘 3y
squirrelbrain Yes, I totally agree Barbara. My husband has the day off on Tuesday for his birthday and he had mentioned going to York for a day out. We‘ll see what the ‘social distancing‘ rules say by then anyway, but I quite fancy a trip to the beach instead.... 3y
Megabooks I‘d love to go to the Dutch coast! It looks beautiful!! Enjoy the rest of your day. I‘m glad you liked the book. 😁💙 3y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I think it‘s good to be outside now and then just to keep sane! And I did like the book - the first half better than the second by the way. How are you doing? 3y
nomadreader I love Alissa Nutting! 3y
Cinfhen I really loved Tampa....I should probably try this one although it sounds whacky. I think being outdoors amongst nature was a wonderful idea 🧡🧡🧡 3y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m doing okay. Occasional weird bouts of pain, but tweaking my meds seemed to help. Otherwise I‘m just worried about my dad not staying at home. I think mom and I are going to attach a leash to him. 3y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I‘m glad your meds seem to help. Your dad on a leash 😉, that makes me smile. Can‘t you convince him to avoid places with many people? 3y
Megabooks He has been home all day today, and I have never seen a more mopey, miserable dad. ☹️ on the other hand, mom is forcing him to clean out Christmas decorations, so maybe I know why he‘s so into leaving! 😂😂 3y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks well it is about time to get rid of the Christmas decorations 😂. Maybe promise him a walk afterwards 😉😘 3y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB oh we‘re not talking about the small amount of decorations we use each year. My parents are cleaning out the ones my mom had in her classroom in the 60s, my great-grandparents nativity scene...like deep attic cleaning. Mom‘s about to take a nap, so dad‘s settling in with his computer. That‘s his favorite thing!! 3y
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 12/20

Another attempt to read We Cast a Shadow this week for the #ToB2020. Also lined up I have Made for Love, to use for both #Booked2020 and #ATY2020.

First I have to finish Miss Pettigrew though, one of the #1001books list.
Lastly , on audio I am listening to another of that list: Erewhon by Samuel Butler.

Megabooks I love Alissa Nutting! She‘s hilarious. I miss this book. It‘s in storage. 3y
BlameJennyJane I loooooved Made for Love! 3y
JennyM Looking like a good week. And I love this photo! 3y
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BarbaraBB @BlameJennyJane @Megabooks This will be my first Nutting. I am looking forward to it! 3y
Centique And your books cast a shadow! Very well played 🙌🙌 3y
BarbaraBB @Centique You noticed it before I did 🤫😉 3y
Reggie @BarbaraBB that book is a lot crazy by Nutting. I liked it a lot, hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Leelee.reads
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Welp, I loved it. Lots of reviews focused on the dolphin-love, but I thought the dystopian themes of tech-gone-wrong were interesting, too. (Read about Elon Musk‘s brain chip plans the same week I read this book, and how thousands of Swedes are using their hand as a credit card, health monitor and key card via an implanted chip.) Hilarious, disturbing and sweet book all at the same time.

Megabooks I love Alyssa Nutting. She‘s an auto-buy for me! 3y
Reggie Her father and the doll was crazy. The way the dr took out the fixation in Jasper‘s head and made him love her only to break his heart, really angered me. Such manipulation. I get it, men do it all the time. HE did it all the time. Still didn‘t make it right. 3y
Leelee.reads @Reggie Right? Lots of interesting aspects to consider in this book. 3y
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sprainedbrain
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I read half of the book, and had lots of witty (if I do say so myself) markups in it for #LMPBC... but then my darling puppy destroyed it (and my purple pen) when I left it on the end table for an hour unattended. So I finished on audio and am choosing a new book to send. 🤷🏻‍♀️

This book is weird, subversive, and hilarious. Alissa Nutting is not afraid to go to the strange, and she‘s not for everyone, but she‘s definitely for me.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Megabooks Love her 3y
wanderinglynn Rut-roh! 😣🐶 3y
LibrarianRyan I 100% feel your pain. I too had to choose a new book after the pups got a hold of mine. 3y
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8little_paws I used to have a cat named Ruby, and she LOVED ripping pages out of books. So I had a special book I kept out just for her to destroy lol. 3y
RowReads1 It‘s a good thing your puppy is so cute. 3y
vivastory I feel bad liking a post about a ruined book 😂 3y
kspenmoll Our mischievous pets! 3y
Leftcoastzen Wow,never had a four legged do that. Darling pup though. 3y
kamoorephoto Sorry but this is hilarious and very naughty. I do understand though. I can‘t leave books open with the cat nearby because if he gets a wild hair up his butt he gets all nuts and starts wanting to rip up the pages. Animals always steal the show. 3y
sprainedbrain @LibrarianRyan @8little_paws @RowReads1 @vivastory @kspenmoll @Leftcoastzen @kamoorephoto I was not laughing when it happened yesterday... he‘s torn up the occasional piece of paper, but this was horrible. But he‘s so damn cute and he may be gigantic, but he‘s only 5 months old. Thank goodness the library had it available for me to finish! 😂 3y
sprainedbrain @Megabooks She‘s awesome! 3y
sprainedbrain @wanderinglynn rut-roh is right! 😂 3y
mrp27 Yikes!! Hard to stay mad long when they are that cute! 3y
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cathipink
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Current work lunch book. This book is hitting a sweet spot I didn't know I had. Preposterous/weird yet firmly rooted in reality. Darkly hilarious. Reminds me, in feel, of My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Trying to parse it out over my lunch breaks but will probably cave and take it home on Friday. Would love to hear any recs in the same vein 🙂🐬💻😯🌴

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jessberk13
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Panpan

This book was absolutely bizarre. I‘m not sure what possessed me to even finish it, but whoa. Freakin weird man.

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jessberk13
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Kinda bummed to read this on my Nook since the print cover is so colorful! Started last night when I couldn‘t stay still in bed, so read the first two chapters while pacing my living room. Working from home today which means some work but with reading breaks!

#popsugarreadingchallenge #loveinthetitle

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BookishTrish
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#showme My Library TBR

MicheleinPhilly I‘d like to come hang out in that library! 4y
WilliamMorrowBooks And TBD (To Be Drank) 4y
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BookishTrish
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Two days into the month and already I‘m reading #offTBR #readingrebel #coverlove

Reggie This book is crazy. 4y
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BookishTrish
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Holiday book haul, part one #vacayallday

RealLifeReading That reminds me that I have Ayesha At Last on my shelves! 4y
BookishTrish @RealLifeReading I‘m such a sucker for Pride and Prejudice retellings! 4y
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Reggie
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So after an encounter in the ocean, a character in this book falls #crazyinlove with dolphins. As usual with Alissa‘s writing, some of the over the top stuff seems funny, but that‘s just so she can Trojan horse some deeper stuff into your core later. #heatofjuly.

Cathythoughts Ohhh 😊 lovely dolphins 4y
BarbaraBB I still have this one waiting for me! 4y
LibrarianJen I love that cover! 4y
Reggie @Cathythoughts @LibrarianJen @BarbaraBB this one gets a little crazy. 4y
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collegecatlady
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Just trying to spread the news that Book Outlet is having a summer reading sale for the next couple of days! Here are the books that I splurged on! The covered up ones might just be for some special littens 😉📚 #bookoutlet #bookhaul

Cinfhen Rabbit cake is soooo good 4y
Beckys_Books Hmmm, I've never bought anything from Book Outlet 4y
collegecatlady @Beckys_Books They have really great prices! You can even buy scratch and dent books that are even cheaper and just have small imperfections. 4y
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swishandflick
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Reposting my "yay, I hit 100K" giveaway in case anyone missed it and wants to enter. Entries accepted until Friday 4/13 at Noon EST for US/Canada.

The Prize:
- The pictured stack of 10 books
- A $15 gift card for either Amazon or B&N (winner's choice)

How to enter:
- Make a new post about two books near the top of your TBR (one backlist and one new or soon-to-be release)
- Tag me @swishandflick
- Use hashtag #swishandwin

Good luck!! ❤️

Brooke_H Wow!! Thanks!! ❤️ 5y
thereadingowlvina Congrats!!! 🥂🎉🎈🥂🎉🎈 5y
FantasyChick WooHoo!!! 🍾🎉 5y
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Yeah_I_Read Congrats ❤️❤️ 5y
Seesydneyread Congrats!!!! 🍾🍾🍾 5y
hermyknee Congratulations!!! 5y
ReadingRover Congratulations!!! 🍾 5y
mrsamandahood Woah! What an awesome giveaway! You inspire me. 😍 5y
Buddys_Momma Congratulations!!!! 5y
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Beachesnbooks
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Just finished this extremely weird and quirky novel; I gave it 4⭐️. There was plenty of incisive observational humor and none of the characters could really be considered conventionally likable. I thought the writing was very skillful and the plot moved quickly, but the end got very anticlimactic and sometimes things veered from interestingly absurd into silly. If you don't mind a lot of strangeness, you might enjoy this one.

JoScho I love this cover 5y
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BlameJennyJane
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This book is just so weird and wonderful and brilliant. I‘ve been reading it on and off since #24in48 . And it‘s because I never wanted it to end. The last time I remember feeling similarly was with Katherine Dunn‘s Geek Love. This book is for people who like things odd and quirky and far from politically correct. It isn‘t classically feminist in a Roxane Gay kinda way, but it challenges the idea of women as property without saying it outright.

BlameJennyJane Ran out of room for #catsoflitsy 🐱 5y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 5y
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BlameJennyJane
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1. A nice boring, now empty, glass of water.
2. Girlfriends on AcornTV- adore British television
3. Tagged book. Love it!
4. Cold enough it snowed but not cold enough for it to stick
5. Lots of tattoos... ears pierced just once
#humpdaypost @MinDea

MinDea I LOVE your bookmark! 5y
BlameJennyJane Thanks @MinDea ! I got it from @Babiesandbooks 😊 5y
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Beachesnbooks
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I like the idea of Octavia Butler channeling feminist thoughts into peoples' minds!

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BlameJennyJane
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This book tho...🐬🐬🐬... seriously?!?!?

TheLibrarian 😂 I know what you mean! Such a strange book. 5y
BlameJennyJane It really is bizarre @TheLibrarian ... Compelling yet repelling and I don‘t know which is strongest at this point! 5y
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monalyisha
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Alternate Review:

Call me crazy, call me a prude, but I never got past the fact that Hazel‘s elderly father (passionately! continuously! & openly!) stuck it in sex toy dolls (PLURAL), and the discussion of his “fluids.”

The end.

monalyisha Also, if you‘re reading along & you‘re thinking to yourself, “I just have to get through this one chapter. These two chapters. How long can she talk about old dudes & sex toy dolls?” The answer is: FOREVER. FOR THE WHOLE BOOK. Diane (the doll) is a major character, with about as much feeling & warmth (more, depending on your chosen interpretations of those words) as pretty much all of the human characters.
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Debiw781 I had to go check to make sure I hadn‘t requested this book 😳 5y
Ashley_Nicoletto 😂😂😂 I love this review so much. 5y
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monalyisha Ha! @Debiw781, bear in mind that I gave it a “so-so” rating & not a “pan.” The author‘s definitely smart & WEIRD & funny but... yeah. It definitely wasn‘t my favorite. 😅🙈 5y
Debiw781 Weird for sure 😂😂 Right now this is definitely NOT something I want to read. Love your review though! 5y
DivineDiana What @Debiw781 says! 😉 5y
Reviewsbylola I love this cover. But I bailed on her last book. 5y
SandyW Wow... and I had this on my TBR. Thanks for saving me! 😳 5y
monalyisha @Debiw781 @DivineDiana @SandyW you‘re welcome! 😅 (I feel a little bad - it‘s not a poorly-written book! - but it‘s pretty genuinely off-putting. If it changes anything for you, Rainbow Rowell recommends it. 🤯) 5y
Librariana Umm... eeewwww. The End. 5y
monalyisha @Librariana I concur! 5y
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monalyisha
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Mehso-so

Masquerading as “realistic fiction” (with the world‘s most infinitesimal dash of sci-fi/dystopia), the characters & situations in “Made for Love” are too ridiculous to actually conjure empathy & connection. So while I alternately tittered & recoiled from certain tidbits of writing, I never felt drawn in or wholly emotionally-invested.

*Cont‘d in the comments below.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: Nutting has a firm grasp on observational humor. She notices the comedy in every tiny detail of life (down to the expiration dates on boxes of cereal in the kitchen pantry). All of this *noticing* makes her narrative feel almost stream-of-consciousness. I think I‘d love her as a stand-up comedian, but her book didn‘t totally do it for me. 5y
monalyisha 2/2: Is it morally terrible for me to say that I enjoyed this book more after Hazel‘s father died? Probably. But that actually suits the tone of the whole thing kind-of perfectly. 🤷‍♀️ I will say that I enjoyed the ending and its message: “Whatever you do, DON‘T fake it ‘til you make it. That way leads to non-consensual brain implants, manure fields, and traumatic dolphin sex. Or, y‘know, something like that. For God‘s sake, just be real.” 😳 (edited) 5y
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monalyisha
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“Melted cheese is a culinary veil... a foxhole where mediocrity can hide.”

😂🧀😂

Moray_Reads If it's hiding under plenty of melted cheese in okay with it 🧀 5y
SandyW @Moray_Reads 😂😂😂 5y
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monalyisha
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“Hazel always took a geological approach to epiphany - if she didn‘t understand something, it was because she was too new at it; she just needed to get more layers of “experience crust” to put weight on the memories and information she did have so the answers would squeeze out.”

Zelma What a cool photo. 5y
Lindy Nice photo-quote pairing! 😍 5y
monalyisha Thanks @Lindy & @Zelma 🤗 (edited) 5y
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BlameJennyJane
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Carbing and caffeinating up in a surprisingly good coffee shop in a Kansas City hotel lobby. #calmbeforethestorm #missthesquirrels

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monalyisha
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Just when I think I‘ve gotten used to the sex doll thing... 🤮

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monalyisha
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“Nothing was worse for one‘s emotional comfort than scrupulous observance, Hazel reminded herself.”

Agree or disagree?

monalyisha Also, the recent changes to Google image search are really cramping my style. 😤🙄 5y
LikelyLibrarian Agree! I recently started eating Paleo, but I‘m not fanatical about it! I cheat occasionally and refuse to feel guilty 😎 5y
monalyisha Ha! @LikelyLibrarian ... I didn‘t even consider the multiple meanings of the word “observance” when I posted this! I read your comment & thought, “Why is she telling me this?” & then quickly realized that observance could not only mean “to notice things” but also “to hold to.” Language, man! 🤯 I agree with your assessment given your chosen definition. 😅🙌🏻 5y
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monalyisha @LikelyLibrarian And good for you with your diet! I despise diets (probably because I lack the necessary will power) but health is important! I‘ve hit that age where I can‘t keep doing nothing. I‘ve almost accepted that. 😅 5y
LikelyLibrarian @monalyisha Ha! I think I‘m a little food-obsessed these days. It was the first thing I thought about 😂 5y
monalyisha @LikelyLibrarian I‘d be lying if I said I hadn‘t already thought about the beautiful possibility of eating a burrito for dinner... I just got this Key Lime Hot Sauce & I *need* to put it on something! 5y
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monalyisha
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I‘m having such a hard time focusing on this book! 😫 I don‘t know if it‘s me or it... but the fact remains. The thing is, when I can sit down with it, it absolutely makes me giggle (and CRINGE!). Has anyone else read this & felt similarly or am I alone in this? (It seems like everyone else has adored it!)

JoScho I haven‘t read it but I adore the cover. 5y
monalyisha @JoScho I wonder if they still do airbrushing at the beaches near me. I remember it being a huge thing when I was a kid. I could definitely see myself rocking an airbrushed denim jacket this summer. 😆🤘🏻 5y
Jadams1776 Nope, I absolutely agree. I had a hard time focusing on it. And it still makes me cringe - but that cover!!!! 5y
BlameJennyJane I‘m having a tough time focusing but I thought it was because the language is so rich and I‘m easily distracted. That, and some of it is hard to wrap my head around- like some of Byron‘s techie inventions- so I keep rereading things. I love the quirkiness of it all though! 5y
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BlameJennyJane
Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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Whatevs Valentine‘s Day! Just try one more curveball and I swear I‘ll phone it in tomorrow! #lemmeread

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BlameJennyJane
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#BookHeartChallenge .... #BookHeartBust What happens when the book cooperates but the lap cat runs interference!?! This. @PatriciaU does this count? 😝

PatriciaU Absolutely! Extra love for the kitty! 5y
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monalyisha
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“A single beam of light shot down from the ceiling to illuminate a toilet. It looked like the toilet was floating in the middle of outer space... Hazel walked over & sat down on it, disturbed to find that her pee didn‘t make a sound; what did make a sound was a whoosh & a rush of heat between her legs upon her urine stream‘s conclusion. Like she‘d just been wiped dry by a sunbeam.”

I‘m not crazy... this sounds kinda nice, right? 😆🚽☀️

monalyisha Art by Sally Nixon 5y
ChrysFey 😂😂😂 5y
Kaye It sounds more to me like she took a hit of Meth before hitting the toilet. Odd. 😳 5y
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monalyisha @Kaye This whole book is “odd.” 🙃 5y
ReadingRover I love how weird this book is!!! 5y
FlowerFairy @Kaye 😂🤣😂 5y
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monalyisha
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I picked this up because Rainbow Rowell recommended it. I can tell that I‘m eventually going to find it really funny & engaging... but right now, it‘s suuuuper difficult to get through the first few pages of “my elderly dad bought a sex doll & wants me to recognize her personhood.” 🙈🤮😆 SOS!

Seekingtardis ............(-_-).............. 5y
swishandflick Just wait until you get to the 🐬 stuff 😂 5y
monalyisha @swishandflick As long as the dolphin stuff (read: dolphin sex?) isn‘t coupled with dad sex, I have no fear. 😆 (edited) 5y
monalyisha PS @swishandflick have I ever told you that I really thought your username was a Legally Blonde reference for more than a hot minute? 😂 #bendandsnap 5y
ReadingRover This book is so great. Like funny weird great. I loved it so much. @swishandflick is right! Wait until you get to the dolphin stuff! 😝 or even just the guy she meets in the bar! Why can‘t I remember his name?!? Oh waitttt I think it‘s Liver!!! 5y
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BlameJennyJane
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This cat is just so weird. The smaller the platform, the better! #catsoflitsy

ReadingSusan 🤣🤣 My cat used to curl up on pieces of paper or envelopes. 5y
BlameJennyJane She loves a good piece of paper too! Such interesting creatures! I wonder if I should tempt her with an envelope... ah... what‘s this? 🤣 (edited) 5y
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Heather_Allen
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Weird in all the right ways.

BlameJennyJane I just picked it up today at my Half Price Books. I‘m looking forward to weird! 5y
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Bookchipmunk
Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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Weekend TBR: After a crazy busy December, I'm spending time on the Northern California coast reflecting on 2017. I think that fans of a Carl Hiaasen romp will enjoy this fun book. Happy New Year 🎉🎉

Dolly Lovely photo. Happy New Year! 5y
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spanda84
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I liked a few books that came out this year; Most notably- Forest Dark and Made for Love, but I didn't have a favorite. #BookOfTheYear #ReindeerReads

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TheLibrarian
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This book was really strange and slightly uncomfortable at times.

Check out @vivastory for a great review!!!

vivastory 🤗 Too kind. Thanks! 5y
TheLibrarian @vivastory You‘re welcome! You said it so much better than I could. 5y
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vivastory
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Nutting's book is full of eccentric characters that find themselves in progressively more outrageous situations as they search for meaning & companionship. For all of the wildly imaginative scenes brimming with gallows humor, there is social commentary. Technology's dominance of our social & personal lives is examined, yet the outrageousness of the situations undercuts any meaningful & lasting critique. 👇

vivastory Unapologetically outlandish, very much in the spirit of Chuck Palahniuk. 5y
mrozzz Oooohh comparisons to Palahniuk will definitely pique my interest.... 5y
batsy That dolphin 😂 5y
Reggie When I read this I had quit Facebook the month before and it felt like Facebook was quickly becoming a stalker. E-mails saying, hey so and so just updated, I would get texts saying hey so and so just posted a pic. Lol technology just wouldn‘t let me quit. So this book made me laugh a lot. Also, have you read Tampa, by her? I think she has a lot to say about parents, in both books. Great review!!! 5y
vivastory @Reggie This is my first Nutting. Tampa is on my TBR, I'm also interested in her short stories. She has a new collection of stories being released next year. 5y
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AlizaApp
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Weird and wonderful story about attraction and desire and free will. Hazel escapes her tech-billionaire husband to move back in with father, who has just started a new relationship with a sex doll. And don‘t even get me started on the side character with a dolphin problem.

TheWordJar Sounds...interesting? 😳 5y
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Kimberlone
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4. Favorite Book Cover of 2017: Made for Love

Just loved how retro and fun this cover is. Definitely against the grain of what‘s popular in book covers today. Goes well with the wacko story inside. Dolphins play an unexpectedly large part in the plot of the book.

#allthebooksof2017

RaimeyGallant Pretty! 5y
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AshleyS
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I forgot my headphones at home today, so I might be sneak reading this under a blanket at work today.