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The Descendants
The Descendants: A Novel | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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Now a major motion picture starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne. Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the states largest landowners. Matthew Kings daughtersScottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addictare out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wifes friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that theres one person who hasnt been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanies lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Kaui Hart Hemmings's The Possibilities.
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audraelizabeth
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Panpan

The characters were not endearing and other than they were going through a hard time we not relatable. There was not a lot of environmental descriptions and far to much pity partying.
#bookishbingo #readharder2019- an #ownvoices book set in oceania #unpopularopinion

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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

I can see why some people don‘t like this book, the main characters were all rather obnoxious. However, I read it as a black comedy, but it‘s still an insightful read on the subjects of parenthood and grief.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#hawaii
#ReadingUSA2019

TheBookStacker I loved the movie, it‘s definitely a favorite of mine. 5mo
Cathythoughts I remember the movie 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
BarbaraBB I read this one for Hawaï too and enjoyed it. Nothing more nothing less! 5mo
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Librarybelle Awesome! 5mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ve seen the movie but haven‘t read the book. I wonder why no one had a problem with Clooney playing a descendant of Hawaiian royalty when he clearly isn‘t at all Hawaiian yet everyone freaked out about Emma Stone playing a half-Asian character in Aloha, another Hawaii based movie. Sexism, perhaps? Sorry, rant over. 😬 5mo
squirrelbrain I haven‘t seen the movie @Hooked_on_books , but I get where you‘re coming from 😬😁👍 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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#JuneStats #JuneWrapUp

In June I read 10 books of which the three pictured above were my favorites (four stars, no five stars this month).

Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻. I remember seeing the movie of tagged book years ago ... I imagine the book is way better 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I really liked - unexpectedly. I haven‘t seen the movie! 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome job! I managed 10 books as well this month, which is good for me. Lol. 💖📖💖 7mo
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emilyhaldi Harriet made the list! 🙌🏻 7mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Definitely. Yours? 7mo
emilyhaldi Absolutely!! June was a big of a mediocre reading month for me, so actually Harriet probably comes in at #1 7mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I hope you‘ll have some good ones in July 💕 7mo
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jensini
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Current read...🤞

BarbaraBB I liked this one much more than I expected to. Also - George Clooney 😍 7mo
jensini So far so good 💖 7mo
Smrloomis Still on my TBR 😆 Glad to hear it‘s good so far 7mo
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Blueberry
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Megabooks I love those Alan Brennert books! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!!! 7mo
OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶 7mo
BeaG I'm on the waitlist for Moloka'l. 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

I chose this book only because it is set in #Hawaii and I needed that for my #ReadingUSA2019 challenge.
It was an unexpectedly good read. While she‘s dying a man discovers his wife was in love with someone else. With both his daughters (who he hardly knows because he was always working) he starts looking for this man, so he will be able to say goodbye as well. I was impressed by the main character, the way he deals with this all.

CoffeeNBooks I read this recently for one of the prompts for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge and really liked it! 8mo
squirrelbrain That‘s interesting - a lot of other people *haven‘t* liked this one.... 8mo
Avidreader25 I read this one for my Reading the States project too! 8mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve gone back and forth on whether or not I want to read this one...so glad you liked it! 8mo
BarbaraBB @Avidreader25 maybe it was your review that made me read it. @squirrelbrain did you read it? 8mo
BarbaraBB @CoffeeNBooks Happy you liked it too! So you can give it a try too I think, @Librarybelle ! 8mo
squirrelbrain No I haven‘t read it @BarbaraBB as it had some poor reviews. My first Ann Rule book was 50/50 Oregon/Hawaii and I was undecided which state to count it as. Now I‘ve just ordered a used copy of The Descendants for Qa.50 so that‘s decision made....?? 8mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I hope you‘ll like it! It‘s an easy and quick read anyhow! 8mo
Reggie Have you seen the movie of this with George Clooney? It was really well done. 8mo
Centique @Reggie I was just reading this thinking I‘ve seen a movie like that. I LOVED that movie! 😍😍😍 8mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie no but I have Clooney on the cover of my edition so kept thinking of him as the main character. I‘d like to watch the movie! 8mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first, but the story quickly became compelling. Matt King has left most of the child-rearing to his wife, Joanie, while he spent most of his time working. Now he has to figure out how to be the sole parent to his two daughters when his wife is in a boating accident and ends up in the hospital in a coma. #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2019: #OwnVoices book set in Oceania

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CoffeeNBooks
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Saturday morning #coffeeandabook ☕📚

Libby1 Pretty! (edited) 8mo
Theaelizabet That‘s a gorgeous cover! 8mo
Dolly Oh! That mug. 😆 8mo
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Nute Whoa! Is that a tentacle as the handle? That mug is so cool. 8mo
Trashcanman That's a bitchin mug. I love cephalopods 8mo
TheLibrarian Awesome mug! That‘s also my favorite coffee from Bones Coffee too! 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 That mug! Perfection!🐙💕 8mo
tjwill Love the mug! 8mo
spookysara That's my favorite kind of coffee! 8mo
CoffeeNBooks @spookysara I'm completely obsessed with Bones coffee! 😂 8mo
spookysara @CoffeeNBooks I get the 5 "sample packs" with different flavors all the time. That way if I don't like one I don't have a whole bag to go through, but that way I always have different coffees in rotation. I think the Strawberry Cheesecake is my favorite, followed closely by Highland Grog! 8mo
CoffeeNBooks @spookysara I started with the sampler packs, now I'm buying the full-size bags 🤣 My favorites are Strawberry Cheesecake, Red Velvet, Cookies N Dreams, French Toast, and Salted Caramel. 8mo
spookysara @CoffeeNBooks I'm excited to try their new cinnamon roll flavor! 8mo
CoffeeNBooks @spookysara It sounds so good! 8mo
Gina Maple bacon bones coffee is da bomb 8mo
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Pamwurtzler
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Mehso-so

I was going to pan this, because for 90% of the book there was not a single character that I liked at all. It‘s about a family where the dad is a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, and who has been completely detached from his kids. The mom is in a coma as a result of a boating accident and the daughters are completely messed up. It got better at the bittersweet end. #ReadingUSA2019 #Hawaii

squirrelbrain Oh dear, what a shame.... 😒 9mo
BarbaraBB This will be my one for Hawaï too. 9mo
ravenlee This was adapted into a movie, right? If you needed that for a challenge at least you‘d get some more mileage out of it. 9mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve been curious about this one...great review! 9mo
Pamwurtzler @ravenlee With George Clooney! Maybe I can find a challenge to fit! 9mo
ravenlee @Clwojick @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid are hosting a #MayMadness challenge and the first week is book to movie adaptations, if that‘s up your alley. 9mo
TheReadingMermaid @ravenlee thank you so much for the shout-out sweetie 😘😘 yes and don't forget today we have our mini challenge and tomorrow we have our weekly challenge which I am pretty sure, in reading these posts, is going to be right up your alley! 😉😉😉 9mo
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Amiable
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Pickpick

A novel about a man whose wife is dying and he has to gather the family and friends to say good-bye. And then he discovers that his wife had been cheating on him. So he takes to the road to find his wife's lover so that man can say good-bye as well. I thought it was interesting that the author managed to make the wife such a major character in the book, even though she was in a coma for the entirety of it.

CouronneDhiver This review makes me wish I‘d appreciated this book... I tried it a couple times and couldn‘t get into it. Loved her other book: 13mo
Amiable @CouronneDhiver I gave this a 3 on Goodreads, which means I liked it and thought it wasn't a waste of my time but didn't totally love it. I should try her other one that you've mentioned. 13mo
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Ncostell
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Pickpick

I haven't watched this movie yet but just finished reading the book. Kaui Hart Hemmings took a heart wrenching situation of a family saying goodbye to a loved one and infused it with humor and poignancy. I really loved it and wonder if the movie will live up to the book.

TheBookStacker I love the movie so much, I want to read the book 2y
Ncostell @TheBookStacker I still need to watch the movie. I‘ve been meaning to but just haven‘t got to it yet! 2y
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Bookladylinda
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I watched this movie today, and this is the first time that I have seen it. I also have not read the book, I think I need to pick this book up sooner rather than later.

Coleen I watched this 2 nights ago. Was really good, wasn't it? 3y
Bookladylinda @Coleen yes it was very good, I'm looking forward to reading the book. (edited) 3y
TheBookStacker I love the movie 3y
Gissy Excellent movie! 3y
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Coleen
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I almost always read the book before seeing the movie, but this one is still sitting on Mt. TBR. Watched the movie tonight though -- it was really good! (I know I'm way late to the party on this.).
Who's read this one? I'm assuming it's even better than the movie??

cheesygiraffe I have had the book for years on Mt. TBR. I've not seen the movie yet. 3y
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MicheleinPhilly
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I actually don't like heat unless I'm at the beach. I find summer to be unbearable and prefer being cold to being hot. Grade A freak, I know. But I wouldn't mind being in Hawaii right now. #ReadJanuary #DreamingofaWarmerClimate

Captivatedbybooks Today's not so bad i liked the sprinkle of snow philly got last night. 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Captivatedbybooks Me too! Just enough to be pretty but not so much that I have to shovel. ☺ 3y
Captivatedbybooks I woke up early thinking i'd have alot to shovel and when i saw how little went back in bed for another 30 mins 😂😂😂 3y
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Marchpane I often say I prefer the cold. But then I think "cold" is 60F, so... ??‍♀️ 3y
StacksNShelves Same. I hate the heat. 😫 But I loved that book! 🤗 3y
Buddys_Momma Hawaii sounds great right now 🌴 🌞🏄🏽‍♀️ it's 6 degrees where I'm at today😩 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Captivatedbybooks I think I'm going to have to shovel today. 😕 3y
Captivatedbybooks @MicheleinPhilly lol we both are! I came to the laundry mat when i woke up before it got bad. And fox said it wouldnt start till afternoon! Smh 3y
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AmandaV
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exploring the free Amazon Prime audiobooks on Audible. Think I'll try this one out. Jonathan Davis is the narrator and I loved him in The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.

paradise_found92 @AmandaV I loved the movie! Enjoy. 3y
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EvieBee
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Pickpick

Forgot about this touching family drama played against a Hawaiian backdrop. I cried a little. 😳#setonanialand

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Carleneishere
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Pickpick

A rare clear day in the Alaskan rainforest means I can actually take airplane window photos! Tried to take a photo with my Hawaiian book, but the lighting was crap. #state49 #state50

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Carleneishere
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Wonder why they didn't include this in the movie!? Hehe

EvieBee Right?! 3y
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Emcneil
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Pickpick

Skip the movie and read the book! A raw, real look at what life looks like during death and the search to find a new normal.

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Emcneil
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I found a new favorite reading spot! (Disney Grand California hotel lobby- fireplace + rocking chairs!) 🤓