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Things That Happened Before the Earthquake
Things That Happened Before the Earthquake: A Novel | Chiara Barzini
24 posts | 13 read | 53 to read
Welcome to LA? Nineties' Hollywood gets an Italian makeover in this poignant and ruefully funny coming-of-age novel featuring a teenage girl who's on shaky groundin more ways than one. Mere weeks after the 1992 riots that laid waste to Los Angeles, Eugenia, a typical Italian teenager, is rudely yanked from her privileged Roman milieu by her hippie-ish filmmaker parents and transplanted to the strange suburban world of the San Fernando Valley. With only the Virgin Mary to call on for guidance as her parents struggle to make it big, Hollywood fashion, she must navigate her huge new public high school, complete with Crips and Bloods and Persian gang members, and a car-based environment of 99-cent stores and obscure fast-food franchises and all-night raves. She forges friendships with Henry, who runs his mother's movie memorabilia store, and the bewitching Deva, who introduces her to the alternate cultural universe that is Topanga Canyon. And then the 1994 earthquake rocks the foundations not only of Eugenia's home but of the future she'd been imagining for herself.
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kricheal
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Pickpick

This was extremely random and graphic. 3.5 stars

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kricheal
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Thank goodness for my audible credit coming in today... overdrive is acting wonky for me, and I need to audioclean!

TorieStorieS I love Audible credit day!! Did some Sunday audio cleaning myself earlier today! 😄 2y
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CotziasReads
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In past years I have fallen short by 5 or 6 hours, this year I was determined to due all 24 hours, goal completed 🙆‍♀️🙆‍♀️✊✊#readathon #deweys24hourreadathon @DeweysReadathon

Jinjer 🏆🏆🏆🏆 2y
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mrozzz
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Pickpick

Weird! This is similar to Mean Girls plus American Beauty rewound 10 years and written down.

What a cast of strange, distinctive characters. The 1st person narration has a distant quality which seems trendy (think Marlena) which I enjoy; I think it better aids both shock value and allows the reader to view a more "objective" version of the story.

I enjoyed the multi-faceted story and delving into different characters in different parts.

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mrozzz
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My chest ached. It felt as if a wrinkled hand were keeping the surface of my heart taut, stretching the flesh out so I would know how much more painful things could get. I tried to unclench the grasp, but the hand stayed there, forcing me to feel what I did not want to feel.

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suvata
Bailedbailed

Bailed at 20% in — Life is too short to read books that don‘t interest me

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suvata
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Clearing out my ARC list ... or trying to anyway.

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HardcoverHearts
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Listening to this currently. It's amusing and has made me chuckle a few times. It's a novel view of 90s LA from a teen transplanted from Rome. It must have been like arriving on a different planet!

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Misanthropester
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Panpan

At its best, this is a trite story that's less coming-of-age and more a dull game of 'what I remember from the early 90s.' None of the characters offer anything of interest, the protagonist is vacuous & ultimately a useless vehicle for any kind of narrative. This novel is a waste of space & an embarrassment to #YA & literary fiction

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Misanthropester
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This is feeling more & more like a poor prose imitation of Sophia Coppola's movies. I'm dangerously close to marking this as #DNF

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Misanthropester
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The Aeolian Islands that open part two

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Misanthropester
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It's not that this isn't true about the US but Italians? Never has there been a less politically active nationality in modernity--unless we include reactionary xenophobia & rampant sexism. Which, when you think about it, makes the US the perfect place for Italians to migrate to

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TheJOMOreader
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I just quit the book about a quarter through, but I'm willing to give the audio a try. I'm just not fully invested. Is there anyone giving this the hard sell? Do I just need to stick it out a little longer?

RaimeyGallant Hi! We're playing #LibrariansForTheWin today. :) 2y
robinb You've been #smittenbylittens! It's #LibrariansForTheWin Day 😊 2y
TheJOMOreader @RaimeyGallant @robinb Yay!! Litsy's the best!! 2y
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robinb 👍👍👏🙌👊😊 2y
RaimeyGallant @robinb I love that you verbed the hashtag. 2y
robinb @RaimeyGallant Thanks! Just wanted to spread the ❤️. 😉 2y
Misanthropester I'm finding this tedious--the story is going nowhere & the prose is kinda ugly 2y
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Misanthropester
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Speaking of one of the best novels of 2017... #bookmail

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TheJOMOreader
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You have my attention.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk There is an alternate reality where I will go the rest of my life without having read that. Yargh. 2y
mrozzz 😆👏🏻 2y
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Aluciddreamstate
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Mehso-so

3/5⭐️
Meh. It was okay. I didn't feel the character Eugenia. I couldn't like or dislike her. I feel the disconnection with the main character was the reason for the lower rating.

Misanthropester this meandering & dull, I'm really fighting to finish 2y
Aluciddreamstate @Misanthropester yeah it dried out toward the end. I hate investing that much into a book and not finishing it. Let me know what u think 😁 2y
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Megabooks
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I finally finished a novel! Loved this coming-of-age story. The twists in the plot were a little predictable, but the characters! I just wanted to spend another 100 pages with them. Very real, very relatable. First #tbrbingo complete! To the left is my prize! #booksleeve #imobsessed #someonegetmeoffetsy

britt_brooke Nice! 🎉 2y
WarpedSweetness That sleeve is really pretty. 2y
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WhatDeeReads Congratulations you get the first #TBRBINGO bingo! 🎉🎉🎉The book sleeve is gorgeous! 2y
Megabooks @WhatDeeReads Woo hoo!! 🎉🎉 Thanks for coming up with the idea! 👍🏻 2y
WarpedSweetness @Booksandcooks You're welcome! I didn't even realize that you got a bingo. Congrats! I'm not close. Lol 2y
Reviewsbylola Litsy is such an enabler. 😂 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola #truth 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Megabooks
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This may pull me out of my book/life slump! I love reading coming-of-age books about when I came-of-age. Teens in the early/mid-90s - this is for you.

bookdrunkard78 I'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing a book/life slump! 2y
Lindy Here's a wonderful coming of age graphic novel that's set in the 90s: 2y
L_auren On my list ♥️ 2y
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Megabooks @bookdrunkard78 sad 👊🏻 it will end! 2y
Megabooks @Lindy Thanks! 2y
Megabooks @L_auren You'll probably like it. We have similar tastes. 😀👍🏻 2y
L_auren @Booksandcooks we sure do!! I was already looking forward to it and now twice as much! 2y
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Megabooks
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Yay!!! 🎊🎊🎉🎉📚📚🎉🎉🎊🎊

My @24in48 prize is here!

Thank you @penguinrandomhouse 💜💜💜💜

Cinfhen I'm so curious about this one! Can't wait to hear your thoughts 2y
L_auren On my list!! 2y
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Liberty
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Morning reading. ☀️📚❤️

Megabooks I waiting for this from 24 in 48 #excited!!! 2y
coffeenebula I love this cover! 2y
Misanthropester I'm finding this really trying, the story feels needless & hollow 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! About to be released. A YA coming-of-age novel set in 1992-94 Los Angeles, between major riots & a major earthquake. Eugenia's film-maker parents move to Hollywood, and the Italian teen must adapt to a huge new school, gangs, car-based culture, raves, etc. She befriends Henry & bewitching Deva and explores a whole new side of life. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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no.shelf.control
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a very intriguing story of a young girl Eugenia. For me reading this book is such an extraordinary experience. It talks about different topics which I think really diverse; social differences, families, friends and self-finding. There is something with the first chapter that got me hooked with the whole story. Read full review at HTTP://noshelfcontroll.wordpress.com

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Hi everyone! I'm so glad to find a new place to share my book addiction!😃
Btw huge thanks @DoubledayBooks for sending this gem!

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