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Carry Me Down
Carry Me Down | M.J. Hyland
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Ireland, 1971, John Egan is a misfit, 'a twelve year old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant who insists on the ridiculous truth'. With an obsession for the Guinness Book of Records and faith in his ability to detect when adults are lying, John remains hopeful despite the unfortunate cards life deals him. During one year in John's life, from his voice breaking, through the breaking-up of his home life, to the near collapse of his sanity, we witness the gradual unsticking of John's mind, and the trouble that creates for him and his family.
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Kalalalatja
Carry Me Down | M.J. Hyland
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Mehso-so

This is a story about misfit John Egan, an 11 year old in a too large body, and with a perceptive mind. John tries to makes sense of a difficult world by being a human lie detector. I think this might be a case of “it‘s me, not you”. I kept waiting for some big reveal, some kind of trauma, something that could justify the eerie feeling I got from the book. And there was a climax, but everything after that moved a bit too quickly, for my taste.

BarbaraBB Thoughtful review - as usual 💕 4y
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Kalalalatja
Carry Me Down | M.J. Hyland
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I got a #ConstantCraving for Fastalavnsboller in all shapes and sizes. And luckily, the Danish #WheatKings aka the Danish bakers have a supply big enough to try to satisfy my cravings 😋

So far, this book is giving me a sort of eerie feeling, and I can‘t really put my finger on why. 🤔

#TimbItTunes

Cinfhen That looks delish!!! Is it like a filled doughnut?? 4y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen kind of - this had some kind of raspberry cream/remonce, but it isn‘t fried like a doughnut but baked. But some have a whipped cream filling and with a more flaky pastry dough. It comes in so many varieties, and I love it! 4y
TrishB How did today go? 4y
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Kalalalatja @TrishB do you mean with the internship? I don‘t start till next Monday, so this week is dedicated to relaxation, self-care, naps, reading and cakes 😄🙌 4y
TrishB Whoops! Enjoy the week- I‘ll ask again later 😘 4y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB just finished this, and I really don‘t know what to think about it all! There‘s definitely some food for thought in this book 🤔 4y
BarbaraBB Yes, exactly. I was wondering if this book really is about mental illness? 4y
BarbaraBB Are you starting an internship next week? Such a great news, I missed that. Congratulations 🥂💜 4y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I think it is, in some way, because John is definitely disturbed. But I kept getting the feeling some kind of trauma would be revealed, that would explain some of his behaviour, but it never did, and now I‘m left feeling something is missing 4y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I am, and I‘m so excited! It is at a Center for rape victims, which is like my dream job, so I‘m really hopeful 🤞 4y
BarbaraBB That sounds great, right where you want to be. You‘ll make it happen, I‘m sure. How long will the internship be? 4y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB that is a good review, and it puts some of my thoughts into perspective 👍 it is 8 weeks, and then I hope for something more permanent. But even if it doesn‘t come to that, I still get experience, and something to do, so I‘m very happy! 4y
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Kalalalatja
Carry Me Down | M.J. Hyland
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I have spent the first part of my day eating, running, cleaning, grocery shopping, and a bit more eating. Now I‘m ready for some reading and relaxing on the couch until we have to make dinner 📖

@BarbaraBB I‘m going in! I‘ll be sure to let you know what I think 👍

#currentlyreading

BarbaraBB 🤞 I hope you will enjoy it! 4y
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Kalalalatja
Carry Me Down | M.J. Hyland
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Dear @BarbaraBB thank you for sending me this! It sounds so interesting, and it has moved very close to the top of my tbr! I‘ll let you know what I think of it 👍

#Bookmail #Littensarethebest

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll like it. I bought a second hand copy for you, you can throw it away if you don‘t like it. Really! It‘s just that I read it and was thinking about this mc‘s psyche and then thought of you 😘 4y
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BarbaraBB
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Shortlisted for the #ManBookerPrize, on the list of #1001books and yet I had never heard about this book before.

And that while it is really good. Told (so convincingly!) from the POV of an unstable but lovely 11-year old boy who considers himself a human lie detector. Because there are many lies in his family, even though his parents are trying to be honest. Painful and beautiful.
#invisibleillness #booked2018

BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I‘d be really interested to know what you would make of this invisible illness. I am definitely no psychologist and couldn‘t figure out if or what is the case with the boy in the book. 4y
Kalalalatja It sounds really good, and I have it stacked already! I really need to borrow/buy this soon, because I‘m getting more and more interested 👍 4y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Don‘t bother, I‘ll send you my copy 🎄 4y
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Kalalalatja Thank you, that is so kind of you! I‘ll be sure to read it quickly then, so we can discuss it 😄💕 4y
Reggie Sounds soo good. 4y
JennyM Great photo! 4y
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👍🏻 4y
Cinfhen Great photo and book sounds super intriguing 💔 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Clever photo 👌 4y
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BarbaraBB
Carry Me Down | M.J. Hyland
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A perfect start of my new book. #greatbeginnings

thebluestocking That is just lovely. 4y
Suet624 💕💕💕 4y
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