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The Editor
The Editor | Steven Rowley
A poignant, highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever... Told with warmth and humour the story of a mother-son reconciliation, facilitated by a most unlikely fairy godmother...delightful Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists
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UwannaPublishme
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What a brilliant premise for a book, especially for Jackie O fans like me! We get to peek into a side of the iconic First Lady that we don‘t often hear about: her literary life. The perfect beginning and end, though it could have used a few edits on the excessive family drama and unnecessary indiscretions.
Thank you @Jee_HookedOnBookz for the gift of this delightful read!
#DoubleSpin
@TheAromaofBooks

ReadingOver50 Great book and great author. 4mo
UwannaPublishme @ReadingOver50 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
rubyslippersreads This looks great! 3mo
UwannaPublishme @rubyslippersreads You‘d love it! 3mo
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Ericalambbrown
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I am surprised this book isn‘t more highly rated. I thought this was a beautiful read about a young man struggling to truly grow up and navigate complicated relationships as he writes his first book - with one of the most famous women in the world as his editor. The characters all felt very real to me and the relationships rang true. I will certainly continue to follow Mr Rowley‘s work.

marleed I feel the same way - I loved this book! 4mo
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Nikki_E
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July 2021

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UwannaPublishme
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This editor is over the moon! Thanks so much @Jee_HookedOnBookz for this coolest Christmas surprise.🎄You picked the perfect books to keep me smiling! Can you believe this is my very first Mad Libs? What fun! Can‘t wait to slip on my cozy new socks, munch on the PB cups, brew some hot cocoa and start reading! Love the neat 3D Christmas card too. You‘re the best, my friend!😘☕️📚

Crazeedi What a thoughtful gift! Enjoy!💗 5mo
Avanders Those socks are amazing — I have a pair and they are the best! 🥰🥰 5mo
UwannaPublishme @Crazeedi Thank you Diane! Hope you‘re enjoying your holiday too! 🤗🎄 5mo
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UwannaPublishme @Avanders Now I REALLY can‘t wait to put them on! Sending a big holiday hug to you! 🤗🎄❤️ 5mo
Avanders @UwannaPublishme 😁🧦 And to your too! ♥️🎄♥️ 5mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hope you enjoy the books! Specifically picked to put a smile on your face! And thank you too for your gift. The book sleeve is perfect for hardbacks and basically big enough to fit many things in it :) Happy New Year, my friend! 💕 4mo
UwannaPublishme @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thx so much for going all out to surprise me. It worked! I hope I picked a book sleeve you didn‘t have. I wasn‘t sure of the size, so I figured bigger is better. Plus it will hold your next chunkster. 😉 Sending a big hug of gratitude to you, my friend. Cheers to a safer and happier New Year filled with great reads. ❤️ 4mo
marleed I loved reading The Editor! 4mo
UwannaPublishme @marleed Good to know! Thx! 4mo
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 30ish gay man writes a novel about his relationship with his mother, despite her clear wishes that be not write about her. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is his editor (I hadn‘t realized that she actually edited in her later years.) The book covers his search for identity and his relationship with both women. Parts were great, others were uneven. It was engaging, but won‘t rise to the top of the list if someone asks for a recommendation.

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Lydiamansel
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Mehso-so

Was okay

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Sharpeipup
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Not sure which of you recommended it but I‘m giving it a try. #blameitonlitsy

marleed Oh, I liked this one! 12mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Random #BookStack of the day 🤓

ElleSkel That is a sexy stack! 1y
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ReadingOver50
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4.5 stars

I picked this up because I enjoyed Steven Rowley's first novel Lily and the Octopus. The first 3/4 of the book was perfect for me. The characters were interesting, the interactions with Jackie O. felt real. They seemed just like a uber famous, former first lady might act.
The book started to fall flat at the book release party. At that time it turned into a series of cliches. If we could erase that final section, it would be perfect.

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ReadingOver50
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I started reading this today 48 pages in and so far I really like it.

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Cinfhen
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I loved Lily & The Octopus and this book had a similar comic tone. Steven Rowley is definitely a guy I want to have over for dinner. This book was clever in its use of adding Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a character, and I will read the 2 NF books Rowley mentions in his author notes. Not a perfect book but a fun pick.

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Cinfhen
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Well this is absolutely delightful 🥰 A young up & coming author is selected to work with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as his editor as he publishes a fictionalization story about his unconventional mother. It‘s light and sharp with lots of laugh out loud moments but also poignant in many places. I‘m enjoying so far.

Cinfhen I know you bought this one @KarenUK have you read it yet? 1y
KarenUK Not yet, but I‘m excited to now! 1y
AmyG I enjoyed this book, too. It‘s really sweet. 1y
Cinfhen It‘s definitely sweet but not saccharine @AmyG 1y
AmyG Agreed. Not too sweet. 1y
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BookwormDownUnder
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#20best2020 in the order I read them. Thanks for tagging me @thegreensofa but you ruined my evening!! I was all set to read a new book that came today but just HAD to do this. 😛 This is both fiction and non- as it would take way too long to do both. Bear in mind there‘s still a month of 2020 reads to go. 📚

Want to play @Rissreads and @LapReader ?? Have fun!

Freespirit Love seeing everyone's fav books💕 1y
thegreensofa Ah excellent! Thank you 😊 I‘m so sorry to wreck your evening plans 😝 . But what what a great stack, I have taken a screenshot shot! Copy copy copy! 😍❤️ 1y
CarolynM Great list! I've done the screenshot too🙂 1y
Cinfhen This is such a fun list!! I‘ve taken a screenshot as I‘ve read a lot of your titles and loved them too 😍 1y
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Well-ReadNeck
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The cover on the right is the one on my kindle copy and I thought I loved it until I saw the cover on the left!
This book. I found it so charming and lovely.

LiteraryinLawrence The one on the left is on my hard cover! 2y
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Tanner
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I bawled my eyes out over Lily & The Octopus. Let‘s see how Steven Rowley‘s next book turns out.

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OriginalCyn620
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this book. The premise is great but every time I picked up the book, I got bored after a few minutes. Not much was happening!
#bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Third bail I've been tagged in today!! Apparently some of these books have been hanging around unread for a reason!! 😂 2y
OriginalCyn620 Apparently so @TheAromaofBooks! 🤣 2y
MallenNC I didn‘t like this one either! I don‘t think I finished it before or had to go back to the library. I wanted it to be more about Jackie O and it wasn‘t! 2y
OriginalCyn620 Me too @MallenNC! And it was taking too long to get to the real family drama that inspired the character‘s book. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I don‘t think I made it that far. 2y
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Cinfhen
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Look what I found at the charity shop @KarenUK !?!!!! You must have been sending me Good Vibes 💓💓💓💓💓

KarenUK Oooh! I think I like your cover better! 😍 2y
Cinfhen And I like yours... it‘s red, white & blue ❤️🤍💙 @KarenUK (edited) 2y
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KarenUK
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Today, I had to work in receiving at work (B&N) which is always dangerous to my bank balance!!
Three new and shiny books caught my eye, and are coming home with me!

Lion‘s Den I‘ll use for #popsugarsummer on recommendation by @Cinfhen for some summer fluff...
The Blue Ticket is blurbed by Deborah Levy who I love, and sounds like it might work as a great book club book?
The Editor was not on my radar, but sounds fun 🤷‍♀️

squirrelbrain I definitely couldn‘t do that job - far too dangerous! 🤪 The Blue Ticket sounds fab - be interested to hear what you think... 2y
Soubhiville I really liked The Editor! Hope you will too. 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve been wanting to read The Editor because I was SO CRAZY ABOUT 2y
Cinfhen I‘m looking for books for bookclub... need to investigate 2y
Cinfhen Lion‘s Den is pure TRASH/ a mix between Below Deck and 2y
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JoyBlue
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I love that Michael Urie narrated the audiobook. He's delightful!

Overall, I think the book could have been roughly 20% shorter. It's not that I didn't care about the last 20% of content, exactly. It's that I was satisfied, and then it started to drag.

The family drama was family drama. So, I guess it was well done? It's not the main event. The relationship between James (writer) and Mrs. Onassis (editor) was fabulous. What more do we need?

JoyBlue I did really appreciate James' and his mom's road trip at the end, though. 2y
marleed Interesting thoughts! Whenever, this book scrolls past my timeline I think about how much I liked this writer-editor story. You remind me how often I only keep parts of a story because I don‘t remember the mom piece to this! You also enforce my of a 2021 goal to read slower and with more intention! 2y
JoyBlue Thanks for your comments, @marleed! Happy reading! 💙 2y
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Preciouz29
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I started out with some mixed feelings on this book, especially the beginning chapters, but the author continually drew me in until I needed to know what would happen next. Would he fix his relationship with his mother? Would she read the book? Would he succumb to Mark? Would he and Mrs. Onassis become friends? The farther along I read, the more in needed to know. And the ending was quite touching, but not maudlin.

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Soubhiville
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This was my #Bookspin book for February. It was also a gift from the lovely @CoffeeNBooks , thank you Harper!

The Editor is so vastly different from Lily and the Octopus! I loved it. I‘m maybe a bit too young to know a lot about Jackie Onassis, besides the basics, but it was neat to read her as a fictional character.

The MC is a writer who‘s book is to be edited by Mrs. O. She gives him writing and life advice. He tries to find balance.

TheAromaofBooks Sounds interesting!! Glad you enjoyed your pick! 2y
RaimeyGallant You've piqued my curiosity. I'm curious if the author had to get the family to waive liability... 2y
Soubhiville @RaimeyGallant I hadn‘t thought of that 🤔. It would be interesting to know. 2y
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Soubhiville
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This showed up on my doorstep today! Thank you so much @CoffeeNBooks ! What a sweet surprise.

Happy Holidays to you 🎄💚❤️💚

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OriginalCyn620
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Sapphire
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Pickpick

Listened on audio. Slow to start, but the last few chapters had me crying in my car.

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Josiedlove
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My Sunday night reading buddy ... Miss Kitty loves to read too 🐱📖...

#stevenrowley #theeditor #readingtime📖 #readingismypassion #bookswag #bookporn #bookstagram #bookpages

Libby1 😻 3y
Dragon 😻 3y
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Jari-chan
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Panpan

Sadly, this book was a disappointment to me. I was hoping for a book about books. But it's not. It's more a drama llama and not even a creative one. Also I feel confused about the role of Jackie Kennedy. Her character could've been anyone, it was so replaceable... Guess one has be more interested in family dramas for this book...

LiljaPleasant Isn't there a movie? Actually wantes to watch that... Might not if that's such a drama jibber jabber... 3y
Jari-chan @LiljaPleasant As far as I know the rights for the movie are sold. Maybe the movie will be better than the book? It sometimes goes that way. Also, you might get better along with the books topic since I guess you're maybe more interested in mother-child-relationship based themes than I am 😉 3y
LiljaPleasant @Jari-chan yeah, okay... ^^ 3y
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Dolly
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Good, light, some history, a little different, another book about writing and relationships with mothers. Nothing heavy really but a decent entertaining read.

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Jas16
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And with that I completed my#24in48 (and a little extra). One audiobook, two ebooks, and four print books. I so look forward to these weekends every year.

DebinHawaii Congrats!!! 🎉📚🎉📚🎉Great job! 3y
Soubhiville Yay!!! 🎉🎊 3y
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mrp27 Nice!! 🎉📚🎉📚 3y
LibrarianRyan 👍💗😎 3y
Lizpixie Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Megabooks Congratulations!! 😎😎🍾🍾🎉🎉🥳🥳👍🏻👏🏻📚😎😁 3y
Eyelit Fabulous! 🎉👏📚 3y
Librarybelle Congratulations! 3y
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

Great premise but I was left wanting more- more depth, more character growth, more something. In the end this ended up being the type of book I will finish and never think about again. #24in48

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Jas16
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@24in48 could not have chosen a better weekend for a readathon. I am so ready to shut the world out and read for the next two days. Here is my tentative stack of physical books and all of ebook holds seem to be pouring in from the library as well. #24in48

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Mehso-so

Sorry for the bad picture- I was in a rush when I took it. 🙄
I really wanted to like this one but I found it really slow. It‘s ultimately about relationships and the parts with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were interesting but there wasn‘t enough movement in the plot for me. I even found myself not caring about the ending which is pretty rare for me.

Anna40 Picked this up at the library yesterday but put it back on the shelf. Interesting to read your review today :) 3y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Just sitting outside with this. Gorgeous day. Weeded my mom‘s garden, did a long workout at the gym (got some reading done there too) and now time to RELAX! It‘s hot out but I‘m really enjoying the sun ☀️

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ElishaLovesBooks
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I have a few reviews I will hopefully get to today-finally got some more reading down on this vacation! Just starting this one. I hope to finish it before I leave!

Gorgeous flowers from my mom‘s garden!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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I‘ve been working in overdrive the last few weekends, but I‘m playing a little hooky from reading manuscripts this afternoon to chip away a little more with this #currentread.

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BennettBookworm
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I want to echo what @LiteraryinLititz said - you must read this book!! It was just impeccably written from start to finish and now I really want to read more from Rowley. Love love love!

LiteraryinLawrence Wow, that was fast!! 3y
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BennettBookworm
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I am LOVING this book so much!! Rowley‘s writing is so heartfelt and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny! His main character‘s internal monologues are so relatable. This quote cracked me up thinking about my Dance Major history classes! 😄

LiteraryinLawrence Glad you‘re liking it so far! 3y
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BlameJennyJane
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to enjoy this #audiobook I borrow on #Libby. I found it quite dull. There just wasn‘t anything for me to get excited about. At times, the author seemed a bit bored with his own story, attempting to jazz it up with extra adjectives. It wasn‘t enough for me, despite having loved Lily and the Octopus. This is 1 of 10 for #BFC #BFCr2 for me!

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ReadosaurusText
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🌵Yellow Rowley 🤣

Velvetfur Purple Lincoln! 3y
rockpools Blue Carreyrou 🌵 3y
Hufflepuffle Purple Shaw 🌵 3y
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saguarosally Blue Han. 3y
ReadosaurusText @Velvetfur @RachelO @Hufflepuffle These are all so great! They sound like very majestic succulents. 3y
mreads Fuschia Tsushima 🌵 3y
Molly_the_mezzo Violet Condie 3y
CouronneDhiver Orange Punke 🧡🌵 3y
ReadosaurusText @mreads I would totally buy a Fuschia Tsushima! 3y
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BlameJennyJane
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I love books in all forms and I‘ve had this one on hold at the library in every form since it came out. I just loved Lily and the Octopus. I couldn‘t pass up this beautiful hardcover edition when I stumbled upon it at Half Price Books today so I‘m delighted to call it mine. It looks like Florida likes it too!

#catsoflitsy

DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐱❤️ 3y
BlameJennyJane Thanks @DebinHawaii ! 😊😊 3y
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marleed
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I love it when my current read matches a daily challenge!

It‘s practically unfair for me to recommend this book because I love all things Jackie O, and this book is feeding right into that.

Day 4 of #WanderingJune with #CastleOnTheHill
 @cinfhen @BarbaraBB

ErinC I‘m reading this too! Hoping to@finish today! 3y
marleed @ErinC Me too! I‘m enjoying it so far - I like the writing style. 3y
gradcat I love your photo montage here...coolio! 😎 Jackie O was always the coolest, too. ♥️ 3y
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BarbaraBB Great post! 3y
marleed @gradcat @BarbaraBB Thank you!! Funny when something immediately comes into your head! 3y
BarbaraBB Yes these are the best! 3y
gradcat You‘re very right—I love it when that happens! ♥️ 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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Happy #SucculentSaturday! This is my *brand new* mug. Saguaros and a pun? I couldn‘t resist! Book-wise, I‘m still reading THE EDITOR amid other ebooks and audiobooks. #LookingSharp

saguarosally That‘s lookin sharp! 3y
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Denisereads75
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I picked up this book because I loved the premise of this story about a novelist who‘s editor is Jackie. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. I thought I would like the scenes of the book featuring Jackie O but I liked those the least. I was intrigued by the relationship between the main character and his mother but that didn‘t get examined enough for my preference.

ErinC I just started this one! Hoping I enjoy it 3y
Denisereads75 I hope you like it too! Let me know what you think when you‘re done. 3y
ErinC I agree. Just so-so. It drug on in places, so I struggled through. I didn‘t not like it, but didn‘t love it either. 3y
SalMac Try reading ( fro 3y
SalMac Try reading ( from author‘s suggestions ) Reading Jackie by William Kuhn. It is a very interesting behind the scenes account of Jackie at work (edited) 3y
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Leigh0906
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Day off goals-finish a few from my Friday #libraryhaul

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JennyM
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I‘m giving this a pick, but only just. Full of quirk, quips and Jackie Kennedy 🕶 it was a fun ride. But I felt there were too many things thrown into the story, some of which were really big serious things, and it didn‘t quite stir up the poignancy I think it should have. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

RadicalReader The Apple laptop adds a nice silver touch to the background love it!! I love using Apple products got an iPhone and an iPad mini that I found on apples website in their refurbished section six years ago and it‘s still working flawlessly 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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Book, tea, succulents: super on brand Saturday.

#SucculentSaturday

saguarosally I wonder if succulent Saturday is a thing. Maybe it should be. 3y
ReadosaurusText @saguarosally I am 100% here for that!!! 3y
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JennyM
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Its been a busy last few weeks, but nothing that a trip to the library can‘t fix.

Happy weekend littens. I‘ve missed you ♥️

Kalalalatja I‘m feeling you with the busy weeks! Have a lovely and relaxing weekend 💕 3y
TrishB Missed you 💜 I know what those weeks are like! 3y
Tanisha_A Eeeeee! Welcome back. Have a good weekend too! 💙 3y
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batsy Have a good weekend 💕📚 3y
teainthelibrary Octavia Butler has been on my TBR for years.. I need to pick one of hers up! Have a good weekend! 😊 3y
Buechersuechtling A few days ago I was thinking that I haven‘t seen a post by you in my timeline for quite a while so it‘s a nice coincidence to meet you again and have you back. Have a nice weekend. 🤗📚📖🤗 3y
LeeRHarry Have a good one! 😊 Election? What election I say! 😏 3y
JennyM @Buechersuechtling @batsy @Tanisha_A @TrishB @Kalalalatja @LeeRHarry I‘ve missed seeing you - normal life should resume Monday, with time for Litsy 😊 😘😘😘 3y
JennyM @teainthelibrary me, too! Looking forward to it. Have a lovely weekend 😊 3y
JennyM @LeeRHarry it‘s just too depressing to think about. Goodness knows what‘ll be the outcome 😳 3y
BooknerdsLife Trip to library always cheer me up! Wishing you a Happy Weekend & Happy Reading 🙌🏼📚💙 3y
youneverarrived Enjoy your weekend 😘 3y
Cinfhen Hi!!!! Just wondering where you‘ve been. Hope all is well 3y
JennyM @BooknerdsLife @youneverarrived @Cinfhen happy weekending to you, too. Normal work-life balance should resume next week. I‘ve had Litsy withdrawal - missed seeing everyone this last week! 😘 3y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Pickpick

Read it.

That‘s the takeaway from this review. ☺️

But if you‘d like more details, I was impressed with the character development and writing style in this book, the first I‘ve read by Rowley. Jackie O felt like a developed character, not a caricature (which was one of my pet peeves about The Dinner List). I breezed through the book quickly but at several points slowed myself down to appreciate a beautiful phrase or idea. An enjoyable read!!

RavenLovelyReads Aww!you caught your leopard mid roar!! 3y
LiteraryinLawrence @RavenLovelyReads I know! And every time I look at the picture, I yawn too. 😁 3y
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cookreadsleep
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Panpan

I did not like this book despite really wanting to. For the first 60 or so pages, i was hooked, but it‘s like someone else finished the story. I didn't like that the author just made stuff up about Jackie O. This book reads like a mad lib, with random bits of information thrown in here and there just to get the book to the 300 page limit. It really felt like the author had a good idea for the premise and then phoned the rest in.