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Imagine Me Gone
Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go for those we love the most?When Margaret's fianc, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. IMAGINE ME GONE is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, and the story of how, over the span of decades, his younger siblings-the responsible Celia and the tightly controlled Alec-struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled existence. Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how you see the most important people in your life.
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heylaurenmack
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I did not expect such an emotional back and forth with this book. Scrolling through the reviews made me worry cause of the changing narrator and timelines but I did not find it hard to follow at all. I think Adam Haslett did a great job showing the inner doubts and complexities of families who struggle to hold each other up. Hey @CSeydel I think you‘ll be pleased to know I‘m mailing this on to another friend! 😊

CSeydel Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it & pleased it will get to be loved by someone else now too 😊 3mo
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heylaurenmack
Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett

What do you fear when you fear everything? Time passing and not passing. Death and life. But even to say this would abet the lie that terror can be described, when anyone who‘s ever known it knows that it has no components but is undead everywhere inside you all the time, until you recognize yourself only by the tensions that string one minute to the next. This being the condition itself: the relentless need to escape a moment that never ends.

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heylaurenmack
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I started Imagine Me Gone last night and Adam Haslett‘s writing reminds me a lot of Donna Tartt which means I am loving it so far. I want to finish it by the end of the month so I can bring it to my friend I‘m visiting in Michigan. Mika is helping (pinning my arm down and making biscuits on me 😂).

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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

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This was pretty up and down for me. I didn‘t like the writing much initially, but by the end I was fine with it. At times I really felt for the characters, but then there‘d be a POV switch and/or a jump forward in time and I‘d struggle to connect and immerse myself in the story all over again.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Kappadeemom 😻😻 5mo
Leftcoastzen 😻I have this on my TBR .I liked his other one (edited) 5mo
Slajaunie Peek-a-boo! 🐾 5mo
TheDaysGoBy Aw, kitty! 5mo
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MMFinck
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I love the cover. So much. The book was a solid read. It didn‘t pull me through. It wasn‘t entertaining. But it wasn‘t intended to be. It handles a difficult and important topic - depression and mental illness in families - well.

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shadowspeak17
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I decided to start this the other day after feeling compelled to read something that‘s been sitting on my shelves for ages. I still prefer physical copies of books to ebooks, but I think I‘m going to have to switch to the ebook for this one. My copy seems to be a bit dusty and it‘s been giving me a headache and making me itch every time I try to read it. 😩

Leftcoastzen This title has been on my shelves for ages too! 5mo
keepingupwiththepenguins I'm with you on physical copies, I can't lose myself the same way in eBooks - but those dusty long-shelved editions can be tough! 5mo
shadowspeak17 @keepingupwiththepenguins Yeah, the dust has defeated me this time. 😩 I ended up having to go with the ebook. I just couldn‘t take the dust anymore. I think feeling sick every time I opened the book was actually making me dislike it. I hope the next long shelved book I pick up doesn‘t end this way too. 😐 I would very much like to read all the physical copies I have on my shelves without having to switch to the ebooks. 5mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @shadowspeak17 Oh no, that's awful - I hate how something entirely external to the story can colour your feelings about a book 😓 Hope you've switched in time to save it! ❤ 5mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Pickpick

Heartbreaking story of how mental illness changes the dynamic of a family.

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sprainedbrain
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I keep thinking I will stop reading books that pull my heart out and stomp all over it. But then I don‘t. 🤷🏻‍♀️

This book is incredibly well written. Margaret, John, and their children are such richly drawn, intense, authentic characters. A story about family, love, and living with mental illness that is devastatingly sad, but so very good. 😔

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mrsmarch This sounds almost “in the vein of” Willa Cather. 12mo
sprainedbrain @mrsmarch I‘ve only read one of Cather‘s novels, but I can definitely see that. This is not a feel-good book. 12mo
mrsmarch @sprainedbrain That is a VERY accurate description of Cather 😂 “And then she ripped my heart out and calmly ground it into the dirt” is basically everything she ever wrote. And yet I still enjoy her! Gluttons for punishment, us. 12mo
sprainedbrain @mrsmarch Indeed! 😂 12mo
Butterfinger I love that line you used. I want you to use that in your writing. 12mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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This one is hard to review. Is it well-written, a powerful & gut-wrenching story of mental illness, family ties, guilt, longing, the secrets people keep (& the damage they do), & how some people can find a way forward while for others, the journey is much more difficult? Yes, it‘s all of that. It‘s also a really hard read as you are drawn into the characters‘ lives wanting only the best for them knowing such an outcome is likely impossible.

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BlameJennyJane
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This short read was compelling and odd. I‘m still not sure what I think about it. It is worth the hour investment. I know that much. #amazonoriginal #notinthedatabase

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MommyOfTwo
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1. Cupcakes I made for @Jennick2004 birthday. Happy birthday again!!!

2. 6, three are with the kids and two are on standby because they needed to go back to the library.

3. Yes

4. Yes but most of the time contacts.

5. Tagged book, I just couldn‘t get into it but read the whole thing for a book club.

#HumpDayPost

Jennick2004 They‘re so cute and super yummy 😁 13mo
MinDea So cute! 13mo
Avanders Mmm 🤤 They look wonderful! 13mo
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collegecatlady
Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
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Starting on this #GenreSwapPBC #styleexchange pick! Thanks for picking this @SledgeReader

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MommyOfTwo
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Working on my #GenreSwap while enjoying coffee and a homemade pumpkin muffin.

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MommyOfTwo
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Got this in the mail today from @intervital for #genreswap

MommyOfTwo @intervital I forgot to ask was there supposed to be a notebook with this one at all? I‘m only asking because it looked like the seal came undone and the mailman had put a rubber band around it to keep the book in. 1y
intervital Nope, just the book 1y
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Purrfectpages
Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
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The only one I‘ve read was Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, but it was a good one! #imaginary #coolfriends

cathysaid Imagine Me Gone is a Kindle deal today! 1y
Linsy Purrfect timing! @cathysaid 1y
Linsy I love these word-inspired collages! 1y
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intervital
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Got imagine me gone a few days ago from @SledgeReader and today i finally sent Daniel Canty's Wigrum to @MommyOfTwo . The book was fantastic. It should arrive monday. I'm so sorry for the delay. Hope everyone is enjoying their books! #genreswapPBC #styleexchange

SledgeReader @intervital 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉Yay! I‘m getting ready to start mine this weekend! I realized yesterday I forgot to introduce myself in my book. 😬 I‘ll send you a card to tape in the front. 😘 1y
MommyOfTwo No problem, that should give me time to finish the book I‘m reading now 😊 1y
MommyOfTwo Hey just wondering if you‘ve sent this months package yet? 1y
intervital @MommyOfTwo hey i'm so sorry i haven't sent it yet. I will mail it by Tuesday at the latest. Thank you for your patience. Hope you're having a good weekend! 1y
MommyOfTwo Ok thanks! 1y
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SledgeReader
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I am so glad I read this very intense look at mental illness. Character driven and descriptive, Imagine Me Gone explores the relationships and devotion within a loving family unable to escape inevitable tragedy. This one showed me unimaginable emotion.

the-flashley This sounds really interesting. I‘m excited to read it after seeing your review! 1y
MommyOfTwo Sounds good 1y
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SledgeReader Pressure! 1y
arubabookwoman I liked this one a lot too. 1y
SledgeReader @arubabookwoman I‘m so glad! Great experience I would know about otherwise. 1y
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SledgeReader
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@collegecatlady @intervital On my way to the post office right now. I‘m not the best note taker - hope to improve!Sorry to cut it so close to the fifteenth! I‘m really looking forward to my next book. Think I‘m going to find mind candy to cleanse my brain before starting the next one. Realizing how much my reading is affected by the book before and after. #genreswappbc #styleexchange

collegecatlady I get the same way! I always find myself drawing connections between books read around the same time and making crazy comparisons that make other people go “wait what?” 1y
intervital It's totally fine! Lookinh forward to this. Thank you! 1y
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SledgeReader I‘ve been having this conversation with @jillrhudy @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi and they came with these great descriptors for the book before and after. #foreplay and #chaser!!! And I can‘t stop laughing!!!!😂😂😂 Perfect! @collegecatlady @intervital 1y
intervital Omg foreplay and chaser are TOTALLY perfect terms! Definitely using them lol 1y
SledgeReader @intervital Awesome. Between the two of us, I‘m going for foreplay!!! 😝 1y
intervital 🤣🤣😂 1y
jillrhudy So in my case was White Teeth the foreplay for Little Fires Everywhere or was Little Fires Everywhere the chaser for White Teeth? Does this imply a third book in between? I‘m gonna say a good main event would be 1y
jillrhudy This is foreplay for something serious but I don‘t know what 1y
SledgeReader @jillrhudy @intervital That is an excellent question! What would one call the third book in between??? And are these mindful decisions??🙃🙃🙃 1y
jillrhudy An entree? A filler? A casserole, in the case of War and Peace? 1y
SledgeReader @jillrhudy 😙😆😙😆😙😆😙😘 1y
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SledgeReader
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And now you know the rest of the story! Jack and Diane hate seeing us leave in the morning. They are pulling the sick card today. Hustlers! #dogsoflitsy are helping me finish the tagged book for #genreswappbc #styleexchange Almost done!

MicheleinPhilly I love that you named them Jack & Diane! 1y
Cathythoughts Adorable pic ❤️ 1y
Stacy_31 So cute!! 1y
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mabell Too cute! ❤️🐶 I love that they play the sick card too. Bella pulls that as well. 😂 1y
CouronneDhiver Awwwww 😍😍😍 1y
SledgeReader @MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts @Stacy_31 @mabell Thanks, Littens! They were our found gift after the 2011 tornadoes came through Alabama. We rescued them at our lake house 1.5 miles from the nearest home. They were chasing deer. Wiener dogs rule!! 😂😍❤️🐶🐶 1y
Cathythoughts Very lovely story & makes them all the more special ❤️. And they are so lucky to have such kind owners 1y
CBee @SledgeReader are you in Alabama? I‘m south of Birmingham. I was here during the tornadoes - some rescue folks I know started an “animals lost and found” page because so many were displaced. Thank you for rescuing your babies! 1y
SledgeReader @CBee Yes!!! We are north of Birmingham. Some might say our babies rescued us! There was never a doubt we were meant for one another. Shoot me an email if you are interested in an Alabama meet up. @robinb and I are searching out Littens in the state. shsledge2@gmail.com (Getting ready to post a pic just for you! 😉) 1y
CBee @SledgeReader oh my gosh! I‘m excited!! 1y
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SledgeReader
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I so wish I could let you #makemereadit! What a great way to handle the pending landslide I call my TBR. I am currently swamped with must reads mixed with some want to reads. 😔 All great books but dictated by outside forces. I think I‘m going to get some monkeys off my back!! (I may start target practice right now.....)

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heylaurenmack
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Hey @CSeydel !! Your giveaway prizes came today! Thank you so much for your generosity. I can‘t wait to delve into the book. How did you know I like Sour Punch straws?? 😂

CSeydel Yay! Enjoy 😊 2y
CSeydel Funny story about the sour punch straws. I was looking for Airheads, but they didn‘t have any, so I got the Sour Punch candy instead. My daughter saw them waiting to be mailed and said “why did you buy those? They‘re so gross!” and I got worried ... it was too late to go back to the store, so I figured oh well, you can always chuck em if you don‘t want them. So I‘m quite relieved that you like them! 2y
heylaurenmack @CSeydel Hahaha! I love all that sour stuff. Good call. 2y
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ApoptyGina69
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It‘s hard to eat greasy, delicious bacon and crumbly, warm blueberry muffins while you read! #BookNerdProblems

LeahBergen Yum! 2y
Kimzey Double yum! 😋 2y
BooksForEmpathy Great book too!! 2y
ApoptyGina69 @BooksForEmpathy I am really enjoying it. I wanted to make a couple comments about it, but I got distracted with a mimosa and just hit post 2y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Thank you, @irre for my books! I'm so excited to read them. ❤📚

irre You are welcome 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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In today‘s edition of “Book People are the Best People,” a shout out to @ElishaLovesBooks who had two copies of the tagged book and decided to share one with me. Yay! Love the cover and it certainly sound interesting. Looking forward to a great read! Thanks Elisha!

ElishaLovesBooks ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2y
TricksyTails @ElishaLovesBooks is the best! 😍♥️ 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @TricksyTails Awww thanks! 😍😍😍 2y
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Leigh0906
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I‘ve been so busy with work lately (that I haven‘t been posting or reading much), but that hasn‘t stopped me for buying books. Last week‘s #BookOutlet order just arrived!! #bookhaul

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thejillest
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Taking a break from the HoL for a bit. Another recommendation, but I‘m not super into it so far. Maybe I‘m jaded against books this year. Anyone have a book recommendation that will pull me out of my funk?

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mdhughes72
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This one took a couple of tries before I️ could make sense of what was happening. But then this weekend I️ attended the funeral of a colleague‘s daughter (only 34) who struggled with mental illness, and suddenly the book clicked into place. A much more insightful read than I‘m Thinking of Ending Things. Highly recommended — as literature but also as ‘self-help‘ for those who love someone with mental illness.

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GuiltyFeat
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Mehso-so

Novel writing as therapy. This was a grim read peppered with some incongruous jokes. It's not that it isn't well written, it's just poorly judged. People suffering from depression take their own lives, while their families suffer throughout their lives, or learn to move on. Neither inspiring nor terribly insightful. One hopes that the author achieved some kind of catharsis writing this personal fiction. For me, the reader, it doesn't really work.

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Tanzy13
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a story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go for those we love the most?
a novel with the power to change how you see the most important people in your life.

MelissaS I finished this book yesterday. So good! 2y
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MelissaS
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This was a great read - a little heavy for beach vacation but so worth it. Forgot to mention this was one of my #LitsyAtoZ picks! @BookishMarginalia

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MelissaS
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Part of this book takes place in Maine, which is up the road from where I happen to be right now. Another part of this book takes place in my heart. I won't bring this library down to the sandy beach to read, but the deck is nice and sunny and I can see the ocean when I look up. Heavenly.

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Blair_Reads
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Question: has anyone whose read this book know if this passage is describing a real person and study? If it is, I think I'll be able to link it to one of my papers for the fall and would like to research it more.

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Blair_Reads
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I came to work ready to work and my coworkers told me that they had finished everything since I worked hard yesterday. So they said I can relax and read 😭⬅️ tears of joy.

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Blair_Reads
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Up next. A new bookstore has opened in Dallas and this is their first bookclub pick. I've heard great things, and now I have an excuse to read it 😁

Allietaylor16 That was my favorite book of last year 😀 2y
LectricSheep I've had that in hardback for months now, but it looks so sad. I'm afraid to pick it up. 😬 2y
Mamashep I had such a hard time with this one! 2y
BooksForEmpathy Loved it so much!!!! 2y
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Happiestwhenreading
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This book takes a profound and humbling look at mental illness and the effects it has on one family. It is a slow burn with well developed characters. It took me awhile to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down. And I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I finished.

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Happiestwhenreading
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📖 I can't stop reading.

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

84 - Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Michael's life is a struggle, a fight. He is depressive, just as his father was. His mother, sister and brother are also fighting: for their brother, for their own happiness and for what has been. This is a powerful novel about family structures.

Read in NYC.

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Hokey
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Can't put down...

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Smartypants
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Mehso-so

I have wandered further from my list of books on my reading challenge lists. However, the optimist in me says, "who cares? You are reading! You have read more books in the last five months than you have in 3 years!".

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rach_simone
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Stopped at the post office to pick up the book mail from @Liberty (thank youuuu). They had Star Trek forever stamps that I needed. Very productive errand!!

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malloryomeara
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A powerful story about depression, suicide and pain. Haslett writes beautifully and quietly about the ripples these things cause throughout the entirety of the lives of the people around them. Oof.

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Kalalalatja
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Mehso-so

I don't really know how to begin writing about this book... I can see why people love it, I just don't feel that way myself. I didn't connect with any of the characters, they just felt unsympatetic. There's some tropes about grief, mental illness and homosexuality that I find kinda problematic, and I am just very conflicted about it all. The language was amazing at times and confusing at others. I really wanted to love this book 😔

#MarchMadness

Notafraidofwords I wanted to love this book but ended up bailing after not being able to connect with any of the characters. 3y
Kalalalatja @Notafraidofwords I considered bailing, but I am kinda glad I finished it, even though I think it is flawed. 3y
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Kalalalatja
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I should be doing all these productive things today, but I just don't have the energy. Instead I am going full "Hygge" with coffee, liqourice chocolate, blanket and a new book for #MarchMadness ? much better suited for my mood today!

#currentlyreading

Sace Looks productive to me. 3y
JazzFeathers Well, sometimes you just need to recharge ;) And as a side note, this is the most interesting cover 3y
christineandbooks Full hygge...Love it!😊 3y
Kalalalatja @Sace @christineandbooks it was exactly what I needed! @JazzFeathers it really is! I love how minimalistic it is 👌 3y
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Kalalalatja
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New #libraryhaul for the #MarchMadness readingchallenge 📚

Cinfhen Your library continues to blow me away 😍 (edited) 3y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I am really surprised and impressed too! As a new library user, I hadn't imagined I could find so many of the books for the challenge! 3y
BooksForEmpathy This is a perfect haul. 3y
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Jess Imagine Me Gone was one of my favorite books last year. 3y
Kalalalatja @Jess your comment was the last push I needed to choose which book to read, so thank you! 😄 3y
Kalalalatja @BooksForEmpathy I really look forward to diving in to all of them! 3y
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JenzyRichards
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This book was awfully depressing. It might not be the best choice for bleak winter reading unless you're in the mood to wallow in melancholy. Very insightful.

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NatalieR
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Really good story about a family and the impact of mental illness. #LitsyRC17 (With an LGBTQ Relationship)

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CotziasReads
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Booze-the ancient dimmer of fear and sorrow. The granny of all psychoactive meds

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CotziasReads
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How a teenage girl deals with her father's mental illness.

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SheilaChew
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John, the father of the family, struggles with clinical depression. His oldest son, Michael, inherits his fathers unbalanced chemistry, but his struggles manifest in different ways.

A study of how mental illness shapes a family. Heartbreaking and real and I loved the characters and the story. I didn't enjoy the frank sexuality in the book, and I thought the racial/music theme didn't fit with the rest of the book.

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SheilaChew
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Afternoon coffee date with myself.

SheilaChew I am really liking this book. It's interesting and the foreshadowing is brilliant and sad. 3y
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