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The New Me
The New Me | Halle Butler
"A dark comedy of female rage" (Catherine Lacey) and a biting satire of the false promise of reinvention, by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and Granta Best Young American Novelist I'm still trying to make the dream possible: still might finish my cleaning project, still might sign up for that yoga class, still might, still might. I step into the shower and almost faint, an image of taking the day by the throat and bashing its head against the wall floating in my mind. Thirty-year-old Millie just can't pull it together. Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self-recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life. Then she watches TV until she drops off to sleep, and the cycle begins again. When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she's envisioning - one that involves nicer clothes, fresh produce, maybe even financial independence - within reach. But with it also comes the paralyzing realization, lurking just beneath the surface, of just how hollow that vision has become. Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture.
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Godpants
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Mehso-so

This book is a bummer. A pretty repulsive and sloven lead, who is maybe this gross because of the daily malaise that comes with trying to find fulfilling and regular work in this modern economy. I feel like it‘s hard to feel sorry for a character that doesn‘t try, but also maybe is too (undiagnosed) depressed to be able to help herself. It‘s a true bummer read!

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Godpants
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A friend of mine said this is in his top of the year. I started it last night and it‘s immensely readable but you‘re inside the heads of some unlikeable people, so we will see how it goes.

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Minervasbutler
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Millie is 30, working a temp job she hates, single, effectively friendless, overweight and self-loathing. What stops this novel from being utterly depressing is the wonderfully bleak humour with which it is written, as well as the barely concealed rage at an economic system which takes its brightest and best and turns them into wage serfs. Millie may be a self-pitying mess but somehow she retains our sympathy. I loved it.

Crazeedi Nice review!!👍 1mo
BooknerdsLife Great review! 💗 1mo
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Jocelyn73c
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Pickpick

This book was beautiful and brutal and very true! I have felt what Millie has felt. I have been stuck in a depressive holding pattern, thinking if I just buy the right clothes, deep clean my apartment, start doing yoga, then everything will change for me! I'll have a more meaningful and fulfilling life! I luckily broke out of the painful cycle eventually, and j think Millie does too, but it's about finding satisfaction in your true self.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Pickpick

You little weirdo, you! Strange little #audiobook about the current situation young people find themselves in post college. Full of anxiety and strange encounters; one wonders what Millie, MC, actually cares about. 🤷🏼‍♀️ inner thoughts of our young job seeker are super relatable but still, what in the world!? #libby

Ruthiella I have this on my list! I find myself drawn to these books about awkward millennial women. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @ruthiella lol me too, I think! What else would you put in this category? I forgot to add in my review..this so reminded me of 2mo
Ruthiella I would include The Pisces by Melissa Broder, The Idiot by Elif Bautuman and Severance by Ming La. I‘ve not read the Moshfegh title yet but I did read Eileen. Severance is the only one that actually hits the millennial target but all three have the awkwardness. (edited) 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @ruthiella Oh my goodness I'm reading Severance right now! Lol. They are very similar, I agree. I haven't read the other two. (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella Adding Bunny by Mona Awad. It‘s batsh** crazy (not unlike the Pisces in that regard) but it definitely hits that awkward, passive protagonist spot! 2mo
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Christine
The New Me | Halle Butler
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Pickpick

I liked this quite a bit, even though the main character Millie‘s wobbly self-awareness was painful to observe. Butler deftly captures the push-pull between career ambition and apathy/revulsion toward the capitalist rat race that many of us, millennials or not, can experience. Also relatable: Millie‘s mental lists of endless “I should”s that might improve her life (been there a time or two! 🙄).

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Allietaylor16
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I‘m taking a break from Recursion (amazing but intense) to start this one!

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Notafraidofwords
The New Me | Halle Butler
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This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Called millennial fiction, this book centers Millie, a young woman desperate to consume inspiration but restless in a job that doesn‘t pay a livable wage. My 22 year old idealistic self would hate her, but the 28 year old me loves her too much. Maybe, I‘m learning to love myself. Maybe, working for a living is a scam meant to alienate us from our own bodies—meant to just make us consumers.

saresmoore STACKED 3mo
Megabooks #stacked! You have great taste, so I‘m pretty sure I‘ll enjoy it! 👍🏻 3mo
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore this is right up your alley 😏 3mo
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Notafraidofwords @Megabooks that‘s the sweetest thing you could say. Thank you 😃 3mo
saresmoore Yeah, you know me. 😉 3mo
batsy Love the review! I'm very excited to read this. 3mo
BarbaraBB This sounds so good. Thanks for the review! 3mo
Notafraidofwords @batsy @BarbaraBB @saresmoore oh no. Now I‘m getting nervous because the pressure is really high lol 3mo
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TheReadingMermaid
The New Me | Halle Butler
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So how do you guys find/choose #NewToYou books and authors?

Do you choose books at stores based on their cover art? Do you get the inside scoop from friends and family or perhaps a podcast? Or maybe like me you have a Netgalley account that helps you find new authors and books?

Or do you simply stick to the authors and books that you know and love?
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#MayMadness @Clwojick @RadicalReader

jb72 Pretty much all of the above. I have my go to SK friend, and she recommends some good books too. If I‘m in a store I browse until something looks good. I used to have one friend whose recommendations I stayed away from. 😂 (think 50 Shades). For me, it really depends on my mood and what‘s going on and who may be with me at the time. 3mo
RadicalReader I googled authors that are similar to_____ then I read the plot of the books and dove right into them 3mo
julesG I have Litsy! Before Litsy I used Goodreads recommendations, and before that I just did what @RadicalReader did. Way before that I'd just browse the library and/or bookshop shelves. Apart from that I can fall for covers, and from time to time friends recommend books to me (unfortunately, they often get it wrong). 3mo
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rjsthumbelina I watch a lot of booktube and look on Litsy! Plus I work one shift a week at a Barnes & Noble, and I always keep up with new releases/recommendations there as well. Plus I get a ton of physical ARCs from working there! 3mo
RadicalReader @rjsthumbelina that‘s the best part about working with books is the perks that go alongside them 3mo
RadicalReader @julesG I love Litsy too so many wonderful books to discover. For the times when I am between library visits I couldn‘t be happier to have some wonderful thing to read 3mo
Shvonne Book podcasts, bookish websites, social media, and old fashioned browsing the bookstore. 3mo
PirateJenny Most often through work. 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @PirateJenny interesting, like through coworkers? 3mo
MallloCup Definitely authors I love.... But I'm a sucker for an attention grabbing title 3mo
PirateJenny @TheReadingMermaid and general work news and things I work on. I work for Penguin Random House. 😊 3mo
BooknerdsLife I like funding new books through going to book stores and my local library. Book covers definitely get my attention but I like to at least Google about the book on Goodreads before buying it. 🤗 3mo
RadicalReader @MallloCup love how titles can just grab you 3mo
RadicalReader @PirateJenny what a wonderful place to work the Happiest Place on Earth the Disneyland for bookworms 3mo
PirateJenny @RadicalReader close to it! 3mo
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arlenefinnigan
The New Me | Halle Butler
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Well this was strangely compelling. I started off thinking this book was darkly funny and the protagonist was amusingly misanthropic, but it became more claustrophobic and full of despair as it went on. Millie is hopeless at being an adult and the chapter when she went back to visit her parents was sweet and sad.

Pruzy Sounds exactly like what I need right now 👌 4mo
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arlenefinnigan
The New Me | Halle Butler
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I'm currently at Boundary Park, watching Oldham play like utter shit. I put my reading glasses on and started reading my book when we were 4-1 down. It's now 5-2. The book is great though.

Cinfhen Good call ~ taking a book with you!! 4mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen ebook on my phone. Always prepared. 4mo
Cinfhen Ahhhh!!! Smart!!!! I‘ve NEVER read on my phone 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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Bleebleblop
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Loving this. A Lydia Davis-level sense of interiority plus an incredibly keen cultural eye. Hilarious.

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arlenefinnigan
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I really shouldn't be buying more books but "a dark comedy of female rage" set in an office is DEFINITELY what I need with the day I'm having at work.

MicheleinPhilly SOLD! 4mo
arlenefinnigan I love this already. The protagonist hates everyone, violently. I love her. 4mo
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MissHel
The New Me | Halle Butler
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Panpan

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. #2019readingchallenge “A Genre You Don‘t Usually Read” There‘s a reason I don‘t read this genre: I hate chick lit. Hate. The New Me is about Millie the temp in her shitty temp job. That‘s it. She is much like Holden Caulfield. That‘s not a compliment.

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mauveandrosysky
The New Me | Halle Butler
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I could read endless books about disaffected young women navigating the absurdities of modern life, so maybe I‘m a little biased, but I loved this biting satire. Millie reminds me of an Ottessa Moshfegh protagonist: cynical, depressed, misanthropic...and overall pretty gross and pathetic. Butler perfectly captures working life for millennials in modern capitalist America stuck in the endless cycle of the gig economy.

merelybookish Stacked! 7mo
Erinreadsthebooks I need this 👍🏼 7mo
BooksForEmpathy Thank you for this! 7mo
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Mirandareads
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This was a wonderful dark comedy. It definitely had me feeling the rage! Halle Butler is a wonderful story teller. Looking forward to more by her!