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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls | Anissa Gray
The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.
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Aswenson
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Wasn‘t wowed by this but it was still a strong story. Family drama, prison, eating disorders... all kinds of interesting story elements.

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LiteraryinLititz
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Mehso-so

Thus ends the last book of #lmpbc with @BennettBookworm @Mem_ugh and @kstadt929 ! The verdict is that we expected to like this book more than we did. I found several of the characters compelling and the author had no shortage of engaging plot threads. Somehow, though, it was less than the sum of its parts. The book felt unfocused and I wish it was more... just more, I guess. Disappointing. Storytelling matters and Gray hasn‘t mastered it yet.

kstadt929 I feel like I may have only gotten 3 of the 4 books...is one still out there @Mem_ugh ??? 3d
Mem_ugh @kstadt929 it is! I just dropped it in the mail yesterday. I‘m really not doing very well at being on time with things this round 😂 so sorry! 3d
kstadt929 @Mem_ugh It‘s totally okay! I haven‘t had a lot of time to read lately because we have 2 puppies now. I was just checking to make sure I remembered correctly 😁 I‘ll watch for the book! 3d
BennettBookworm I hope you like it @kstadt929 !! 3d
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Plaidsticks
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Awesome read. That sparked a light back into reading enjoyment. I‘ve been fighting through a lull, and this was an awesome read to get me back into the groove of constant reading, which is good since half a dozen holds came in from the library at the same time.

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startwithgivens

I keep wondering how you find compassion for your own self when you go against what‘s good in you.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

The reverberations of incarceration are felt throughout a family when a couple is sent to prison. I really wanted to love this book, but it felt a bit forced to me and thus fell somewhat flat. Also, some of the characters felt stock. I did like the focus on the female characters and the multiple perspectives.

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

Leftcoastzen Such a cutie! 2w
Cinfhen Too bad it wasn‘t a pick 😣 2w
LiteraryinLititz I completely agree about the characters sometimes seeming like caricatures rather than nuanced people. 3d
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Hooked_on_books
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The downside of snacking while reading is some of the distractions that can occur. 😂

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

LeahBergen 😆😆😆 2w
Libby1 ❤️ 2w
Eggbeater 😂🐶 Omg! So cute! 2w
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Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 sneaky peeks. 2w
LiteraryinLititz So sweet! 2w
CouronneDhiver Awwwww 😍😍 2w
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razmanda
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Really engaging, really well-written story about three generations of trauma, grief and wanting. The focus is primarily on three sisters, raised by an absent and abusive father, and how each of them has internalized their childhood as adults now responsible collectively for the eldest sister‘s teenage daughters after she is imprisoned. TW for eating disorders and physical abuse.

marleed That‘s Avery good recap! 2w
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marleed
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You can do bad things when you‘ve had a hard life even if you‘re a good girl... Reading the Butler family‘s lives unfold is an interesting reminder that as siblings we may grow up in the same family but negotiate the bigger world through our own unique experiences, scars, secrets, and even open wounds ...In a weird and unexpected way, I also thought about the families of the current college scandals as I read this.

keepingupwiththepenguins Such gorgeous cover art! 😍 😍 3w
marleed @keepingupwiththepenguins it almost makes me want to reconsider the paint colors in my house! 3w
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Jules7
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This one for me was just “meh.” I pushed through it, but didn‘t either love it or hate it.

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staci.reads
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"Sometimes life can pull a lot out of you, Althea. Just squeeze you dry. And if you don't have a way to get back whatever's good and precious to you, it's like losing your soul." 4 siblings, damaged in different ways by the early death of their mom and a volatile, often-absent father, have to learn to find forgiveness and a way forward in this novel about the messy love, loyalty, and resentment coursing through family dynamics. Highly recommend.

keepingupwiththepenguins I'm really looking forward to reading this one! 3w
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nvhXesq
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I can‘t help but compare this to “All Black Girls Must Die Exhausted,” which can‘t compare at all. This book has heart & soul.

suzisteffen Bought that! Thank you! 1mo
nvhXesq @suzisteffen awesome! 1mo
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staci.reads
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😢😢🌩🌧 My beautiful day turned stormy, and I forgot I left my book on my patio 😢 A wet, swollen book is a sad sight.

Eyelit 😥 1mo
Johanna414 Oh no! 1mo
laurenslibrary 😭😭😭 1mo
wanderinglynn Oh my! 😢 1mo
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staci.reads
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Finally getting started on my Mother's Day gift. It's a beautiful patio-reading day 🌞📚🐞🌻

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Victoriahoperose
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This was a really interesting book. I loved the fact that it had varying perspectives and kept up with each view being from a strong female character in the book. I wish there was more detail given about the crime and the influence and reasoning behind it. Overall, it was a book that made me think and I enjoyed it!

readingjedi I love the title! 1mo
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CaitlinR
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Wow. Just. Wow.

Anissa Gray‘s debut novel is a wonder. I came to love, and care about the Butlers. This story about family and the flaws and history that bind us, is powerful and moving I also want to thank Ms Gray for Mercedes, who loved, taught and rescued. I‘m grateful everyday for the m‘Mercedes-like folk in my life.

Please read this book.

#AnissaGray

SW-T It was so good 😊 Can‘t wait to see what Ms Gray does next! 1mo
CarolynM You've sold me. Stacked. 1mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I love anything Bitter Southerner, and I especially love their Summer Reading Lists. https://bittersoutherner.com/bitter-southerner-summer-reading-roundup-2019

Well-ReadNeck This list blew up my TBR!!! 👏🏼 1mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Great debut novel. If u liked An American Marriage, this novel addresses similar issues. An extended family saga.

MicheleinPhilly And I picked this one up during my LAST indie haul. 😬 1mo
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tholmz
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I thought this story was rich and unique and fascinating and sad and beautiful.

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BennettBookworm
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This was an okay #lmpbc read! I was interested in the familial relationships and I always like shifting perspectives. However, I feel like the same exact story could have been more compelling had it been written differently...I‘m not sure what, but it was missing something for me. @LiteraryinLititz is next! @kstadt929 @Mem_ugh

LiteraryinLititz Hmm. Not a great slate of books for our group this month! But I‘m still looking forward to reading this one next month! 2mo
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crazyspine
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Took a break from #audiocleaning to read before I join my husband in the garden. #BookFitnessChallenge

I love the cover and the opening chapter. It kind of reminded me of An American Marriage, but I can't really explain why. #BFC @wanderinglynn

BookwormM Who is the little cutie 💕💕 2mo
Emilymdxn I spent the day audio cleaning for the fitness challenge too! Good luck! 2mo
BookwormAHN Cute dog 💚 2mo
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crazyspine @BookwormM @Emilymdxn @bookwormahn thanks that's Hank, my son. He devours books, literally- he eats them. 2mo
hermyknee Awww Hank! He‘s so cute!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
wanderinglynn Hank is adorable! ❤️🐶 2mo
Caterina Cute dog! 😍 Great job with the audiocleaning! 2mo
dariazeoli Hank is adorable! ❤️ 2mo
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Bookmarkie
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Yaaas! I love it when a Libby audiobook comes in that I‘ve had on my TBR since I first heard about it!

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Emilymdxn
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I wasn‘t sure about this to begin with, but when I gave it a chance the characters really grew on me and I found myself being really affected by this story about an extended family living with the after effects of a mother and father going to prison. It‘s a slow burn but the relationships are everything, and the characters all have so much depth and light and shade. I really recommend for a poignant personal look at the ripple effects of prison

SW-T 😊😊😊 2mo
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kstadt929
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Seems like I‘m in the minority with this one...but this was a real rough read for me. I did not enjoy the writing style or connect with the characters. Honestly it would have been a bail if it was not a #lmpbc book. Mailing out tomorrow or Tuesday to you @BennettBookworm ! Hopefully you and @LiteraryinLititz will enjoy it more than me and @Mem_ugh !! 📖

LiteraryinLititz Oh no! I know we all had high hopes for this one! 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Have a great time on your honeymoon!! 2mo
kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz Thank you!! We are SOOO excited!! 😆 2mo
Mem_ugh I know! I was so bummed out that I didn‘t love it, I really wanted to love it! 2mo
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Jenken1998
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It was ok. I never really connected with any characters. As a mental health practitioner i saw where they were coming from. Maybe that's why this book felt like work to me. My clinical hat was on. Lol. A story about a family in crisis and the repercussions of that crisis across the generations and bonds of the family. It was interesting to see how the crisis affected each family member differently.

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erinjohns
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I enjoyed the family dynamics...there were a few characters that maybe could have been a bit more developed. About the love of family, memories and choices that haunt us...and how to muddle through the best we know how with the baggage and scars we carry.

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kstadt929
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This is not a book that would normally catch my eye, but I‘m excited to read it along with my #lmpbc group!! I do love the cover though 😍 I get to use this amazing funko bookmark from @guinsgirlreads for the first time 😁 I know I‘m starting it late in the month, but I‘m hoping to finish it before we leave on our honeymoon May 8 so I can ship it off to @BennettBookworm 📦

Jee_HookedOnBookz Gorgoeus cover and such a cute 🔖! ❤️☺️ 3mo
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SW-T
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I loved this! So good 💕The characters felt like real three-dimensional people, the dialogue was good, and their problems were believable rather than contrived. I also liked the diversity of the characters, and that the secondary characters were fully fleshed out, not contrived. A riveting read. I hope to read more from Gray.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A story about a family. A couple gets into legal trouble and how they were raised, their families, and their kids are all stories told.

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BeaG
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Such a good read! I loved this book. A story about how one family handled a major problem that happened, along with dealing with their own problems.

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ladyonequestion
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#audiobook

This is probably going to be one of my top picks this year. Beautifully narrated by a fantastic cast, this tells the story of a family reeling from the aftermath of one of the sisters and her husband being jailed and publically humiliated. The characters are really warmly and realistically drawn and you feel like you know them and will miss them when the book is finished.

SW-T I‘m reading it now and loving it so far! 3mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Anissa Gray's The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is gorgeous. Focusing on three sisters (Althea, Viola, and Lillian), the novel contends with the power of the past to affect the present, with notions of loyalty and family, and with our ability to reflect honestly on who we are. While their current circumstances lie at the forefront of the book, (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod their childhood haunts everything. After the death of their mother, the family never achieved unity, and each woman bears resentment toward the others, their brother, and their absent, abusive father. Despite the heavy content, the book moves quickly, alternating between the three sisters' perspectives--the characters are so real that I was compelled to discover how each would deal with her current and past situations. 3mo
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Ajessgirl
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I loved this book! It reminded me a lot of "An American Marriage," but I enjoyed it much more. I really liked the multiple viewpoints, and seeing the effects of crime/imprisonment on multiple generations and people with vastly different relationships to the couple. This book dealt with a lot of really hard issues, but in a very accessible manner. It left me thinking but not horribly depressed, which is a tough accomplishment.

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kstadt929
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Forgot to post earlier, but snapped a pic of this #lmpbc book when it arrived on Thursday...the same day as a few inches of snow 😫 Can‘t wait to start this one soon...and hopefully see the grass again ASAP 🤣 @Mem_ugh

GatheringBooks this book is in my radar - seems perfect for our #WomenReadWomen2019 reading theme. 3mo
Mem_ugh I‘m glad it made it safely, but sorry about the snow I sent with it. ❄️❄️😆I‘m interested to hear what you thought of it! 3mo
Crazeedi The snow!!!🤨 that sucks! 3mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This one gets a pick from me. 🖤

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Denisereads75
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I give this book a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️ half ⭐️‘s. The novel is about 4 siblings: 3 sisters & 1 brother, and how they deal with the ramifications of one of the sisters being sent to prison. The remaining sisters are left to raise the daughters left behind. The story delves into the present and past to discover how each character has come to be in their current circumstance. This is a good pick if you are looking for a dynamic family drama.

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LadyCait84
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An exploration of family that delves not only into the roles each member is born into, but the issues that come from roles forced upon them by circumstances. Though I wanted to connect more with the characters, especially the 3 sisters whom the book follows through alternating perspectives, & I found the conclusion rushed, it was still a good read for examining the strands of love, anger, hurt & envy that can form familial bonds.

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Kerrioke
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Finished two books recently that were both 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 reads, which is always a good feeling. Both of these books were kind of a punch in the gut. Pet Sematary hurt me because it was just to easy to imagine something horrid happening to my own kids and what I would do to have them back. The tagged book hurt me because it‘s always hard to read about a family that is just so broken. Both were choice, though 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

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tammysue
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4 ☆ A multi-generational story about three sisters who‘s lives come together in a way that makes you want to keep reading. Anissa Gray‘s debut novel gives us an intimate look into family relationships with dysfunction at its highest peak; crime, eating disorders, abuse, infidelity, attempted suicide, etc. I‘m looking forward to seeing what‘s coming up next from her. 🖤

GripLitGrl Great review👍💕 4mo
tammysue @GripLitGrl Ty! 😘 4mo
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BookishAna
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Just started listening to this today. Anyone else read or is reading this?

RaimeyGallant Not yet. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️♥️💜💙💚 4mo
BookishAna @ProfReader Thank you! 4mo
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BookishAna @RaimeyGallant Thank you! I will check it out. 😊 4mo
ProfReader You‘re welcome 4mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎈 4mo
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Kerrioke
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Plans were changed, so now I‘m digging into this for #FridayNightBookclub. Can‘t say that I‘m terribly upset!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoScho

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
JoScho Love that cover 🖤 4mo
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Floresj
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Character and relationship driven book that was well done. I liked how the characters dealt with their background with different coping mechanisms. Good debut novel!

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kristincatastrophic
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I know occasionally people choose a book because of the cover but have you recently chosen a book because of the title? I have, this one! I couldn't even remember what was about until I started it last night but I'm a little obsessed with the title. I keep finding ways to tell everyone I talk to. It's such a good title!
#currentlyreading

DGRachel Yes! I have done that. In fact, I bought Rainbow Rowell‘s Carry On because I heard she‘s got a sequel coming out this year titled Wayward Son. I thought that was so geeky and clever that I had to buy the book. 4mo
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Aim-eeToothpaste
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Perfect Spring Break read for a girl from Michigan with Michigan (albeit the other side) as the setting. Familiar yet distant. Still room to love this book.

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Lauren890
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4/5 stars
This is beautifully written and I enjoyed the story and characters. The author shows the complexities of family relationships really well. It switched perspectives but I enjoyed reading each perspective as much as the last. I felt it was well paced at the beginning and end but lagged slightly in the middle for me. Still a pretty absorbing read. This cover 🥰

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ecummings
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This book started off great but half way through I realized I don't really care about the characters and what happened to them. The comparisons to An American Marrriage might have set my hope too high. ⭐⭐⭐

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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silentrequiem
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I haven't posted about #mylitbox in awhile but I'm going to start again because this really is the best box. Books by authors of color! I get their normal box and their YA box and they have never disappointed.

I kind of wish they hadn't moved to quarterly because there's a Black Women box too but three boxes in one payment is a bit more than I can justify.

Lovesbooks87 I really enjoyed The Beauty of the Moment! 4mo
silentrequiem @Lovesbooks87 Sanura's book selections are always amazing! 4mo
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MsLeah8417
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Words can either feed you or eat you alive.

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GirlWellRead
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This incredible debut was haunting and eloquent. Gray's writing is stunning and complex, much like the relationships that are explored in The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls. She doesn't back down from issues that are real and raw—eating disorders, abuse, depression, guilt, dysfunction, etc., and her characters are left hungry for love and acceptance.

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sophierayton
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I went into this book assuming it was YA, the title and the cover just said "YA" to me - it is not. This is a powerful book which explores the consequences of bad choices and what it is to be a family. I think this would probably make a good book club pick as there's lots to discuss and layers of meaning.

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