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Pretend I'm Dead
Pretend I'm Dead: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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"Pretend Im Dead is utterly engaging, laugh-out-loud funny, and always compelling. Mona is an irresistible character and I loved being in her head and hearing her thoughts. In short, I was rooting for her straight through. Each sentence is alive, vibrant and quaking. Beagins writing is fearless and bold, and yet the book is entirely accessible and even relatable."Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer Jen Beagins funny, moving, fearless debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Monaalmost 24, cleaning houses to get by, emotionally adrift. Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. She decamps to Taos, New Mexico, for a fresh start, where she finds a community of seekers and cast-offs. But they all have one or two things to teach herthe pajama-wearing, blissed-out New Agers, the slightly creepy client with peculiar tastes in controlled substances, the psychic who might really be psychic. Always just under the surface are her memories of growing up in a chaotic, destructive family from which shes trying to disentangle herself. The story of her journey toward a comfortable place in the world and a measure of self-acceptance is psychologically acute, often surprising, and entirely human.
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Sg1224
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Pickpick

Mona, a complex person with a passive career path & a risky hobby that could ultimately jeopardize her business. Totally can relate to being a recipient of the beyond horrified look from someone that made me want to 🤦‍♀️🏃‍♀️...👀😬.

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Sg1224
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Excited to begin reading this thought provoking recommendation. Thanks @bunnysnack can‘t wait to chat about your pick. 🙃🕯

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mr_annie
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“Who knew it could be so gratifying—so exhilarating—to destroy something you love, to ruin it for anyone else?”

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mrozzz
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Pickpick

If you like snarky characters, cynicism, & the writing of Alexandra Kleeman- this is for you. So absurd. Mona is a 24yo cleaning lady/artist. She sometimes calls her somewhat estranged father for random conversations in spite of her history with the one-armed man who handed her off to another family member when she was too difficult. She has no friends/social life & her only other human interactions are when she‘s caught snooping/being paid 👇🏻

mrozzz Cont‘d: At the beginning of the book she is in a relationship with a man she names Mr. Disgusting, an ex-addict whom she met while volunteering at a needle exchange. She stops hearing from him and assumes he's dead. Mona is soon laid off from her cleaning company and takes advice from the voice in her head (Mr. Disgusting) and moves to New Mexico where she can insert herself into a new cast of bizarre characters. 2y
mcipher This sounds kind of insane! But in a good way. 😆 2y
mrozzz It is! Very good though. @mcipher 2y
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BibliophileArtichoke
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“She didn‘t believe he actually killed himself. He was too attached to his problems.”

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whatrebeccasread
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A crazy little story about a young woman trying to get by. Mona is a great character who you don‘t necessarily like but you want to do well. It‘s certainly quirky but not enough to put you off it. I‘m giving “Pretend I‘m Dead” 4 stars.

My review is up on my blog! Go check it out! 📚

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mrozzz
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Here my latest #LibraryHaul !! Since I was going to go ahead and buy the tagged book because I had only seen it in one shop and desperately wanted to get my hands on it, but ended up checking myself & holding back, I was quite excited to see it and others available in the new section 🤓

Anyone read these or also have them on their TBR?? 📚

JenReadsAlot I enjoyed Tin Man. 2y
tammysue 👍🏻😍 2y
mrozzz It looks like a good one! @JenReadsAlot 2y
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mrozzz @whatshesreadingnow 🤗📚📚📚📚 2y
Bertha_Mason I haven't decided whether to read Black Rock White City, so I'm waiting for your take on it. 2y
mrozzz If I get to it before it‘s due I‘ll surely post about it 😃 @Bertha_Mason 2y
rather_be_reading 😍😍 2y
Nickinpa I enjoyed Pretend I‘m Dead. Memorable characters in this one. 2y
mrozzz @Nickinpa Good to hear! I think I‘m really gonna like it too. 😊 2y
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catiewithac
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I discovered this book while randomly searching Amazon for new fiction hardbacks. The story may trigger some readers with vulgar language and subject matter, but I really enjoyed the author‘s dark humor and candor. There are some nice flashes of linguistic genius. There are some chronology issues that annoyed me, but not much. This book was a page-turner that shows a lot of promise from this debut author. 🧤🕸🔨⚰️🔮

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. And dark! Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 2y
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readingjedi
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Yes, the kooky characters are mildly entertaining but they still don't rescue this quick and quirky read from being a whole load of meandering meh. That said, meandering meh at least meanders - this goes nowhere. It seems to me like a series of loosely connected vignettes that advance neither plot nor character development. There is very little resolution and then it ends just as it seems on the brink of something happening. Frustrating. 🥔🥔🥔

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readingjedi

Ok. Weird. The last book I read (Two Little Girls - how DO you tag books in a comment?) mentioned Stick Man, one of my daughter's favourite books. Now the tagged book mentions Fingersmith which I absolutely loved! I'm always having these weird little connection/coincidents in my reading life!

DebinHawaii When you go to type the comment, right below the comment box you should see a little grey flag to the left of a skull & crossbones. When you click on the flag you can type in the title of the book. Then select it. The skull & crossbones is if the comment is a potential spoiler. Hope that makes sense! 😀👍 2y
readingjedi Thank you! 😎 2y
MoMogrl @DebinHawaii that is so good to know. I never even noticed the flag. 2y
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