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A Good Neighborhood
A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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Therese Anne Fowler has taken the ingredients of racism, justice, and conservative religion and has concocted a feast of a read: compelling, heartbreaking, and inevitable. I finished A Good Neighborhood in a single sitting. Yes, its that good. Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light A provocative contemporary novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z and A Well-Behaved Woman. In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next dooran apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter. Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he's made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn't want to live in Oak Knoll? But with little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers. Told in multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye? as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story thats as provocative as it is powerful. Praise for A Good Neighborhood: "A Good Neighborhood is my favorite kind of novel compelling, complicated, timely, and smart. With great humanity, Therese Anne Fowler imparts a full-hearted, unflinching indictment of a broken system and in so doing tells a story hard to put down and hard to forget." Laurie Frankel, bestselling author of This is How it Always Is
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Old photo that popped up in my memories today! Thought I‘d share some cat love with you all this morning. Hope you‘re having a wonderful weekend ☺️

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 6d
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1. I'm good with both
2. Tagged book is still fresh in my mind!
Thanks @Kshakal @TheSpineView #two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖📚 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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This book 😢 I was not prepared to be so punched in the gut. My #bookspin for January @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Andrew65 Great choices. 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Couple books that have been on my TBR for ages! #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 6mo
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Nikki_E
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A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

Oh man, this was brutal. I equally loved it and wanted to punch someone.

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Eggs Beautiful 🤎🍁🧡 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Leaves
#GratefulHarvest

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Neniacorcoran
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Mehso-so

I was REALLY enjoying this one… until I got to the climax, and then I was kind of frustrated with it. I‘m not going to spoil it, but I wasn‘t happy with some of the decisions the author made to end this one.

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marleed
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I‘m not a fan of stories that use the kitchen sink of social issues to tell a story - I‘m counting 8 right now without even tracking a list. However, I‘m give this a pick because of the emotions I felt as this story progressed and concluded. Also, I liked the narrators - I thought of them as a background doo-woop trio had the book been a musical :)

#14Books14Weeks2021 B11W11
@TheHeartlandBookFairy

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bookmama22
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A fast pace and slightly unpredictable ending make for a good - and reflective - read.

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melsimpson
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This book has broken my heart. I sobbed and felt sick with dread whilst reading it. I did not want this story to end the way it did. The inevitability is appalling. The characters are uttterly believable and grab hold of your heart to wrench its strings through the absolutely vile desires and deeds that run rampant in some. Love, trees, race and selfishness. Read this book. It will stay with me for a long time.

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canbku
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A book and a cider is a pretty great night for me 😂

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mcctrish
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This book starts off saying a small event takes place and that no one wanted to take sides. So immediately I was curious and concerned. Then it goes into the back story and I went from worst case scenario feelings to oh maybe it‘s not so bad to oh that‘s what it is to oh F not that to HOLY F NOOOO. A absolute gem of a story, I can not praise the author enough for toying with me so HARD! Well done ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

canbku I kept thinking one of the other characters was going to get it. So glad I was wrong, but also devastated by the ferocious last third of the book 1y
mcctrish @canbku ferocious is the perfect word for how INTENSE this story got 1y
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mcctrish
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Next up, another Christmas gift from my husband ( I‘ve been meaning to read this author forever)

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Chelsea.Poole
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This isn't a perfect book, but it gets all the stars from me. A book that I'm able to connect with, feel a range of emotions and even cry while reading is a mission accomplished. Maddening. Heartbreaking. Worthwhile reading.

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Lovesbooks87
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I finished this one this afternoon and it just broke my heart. I know at the beginning of the book it said there was going to be a tragedy. But I wasn‘t prepared for all the heartbreaking events that took place. I was hoping and praying for a different ending. But it didn‘t happen. This was my #doublebookspin book this month.
#bookspinbingo
#botm

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
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amyf0x
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When a new family moves into the neighbourhood, Valerie is incensed that their newly built house is killing her oak tree but her son Xavier only has eyes for Juniper, the Whitmans‘ teen daughter...

Read November 24-27
Rated 4/5 ⭐️
Book 50/60

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This takes place in the well respected town of Oak Knoll. Widowed Valerie and her son, Xavier have lived a quiet and happy life there for years. But new construction brings unwanted upheaval and questionable new neighbors. This book felt like a play. There was a narrator who would pop in, foreshadowing gloom and doom. It was built into parts that felt like acts. A harrowing tale, this attempts to shed light on our misconceptions about each other.

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Branwen
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"She hated that the progress toward that post-racial future she and her husband and others like them had fervently fostered was now being reversed. Why couldn't we see one another as simply human and pull together, for goodness' sake? The planet was dying while people fought over things like who was most American-or who was American at all."

So true! ?

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Branwen
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I had this book on hold for sooooo long I forgot all about it until it finally came in! Now I'm excited to read it all over again! 😂🤣 Happy Monday, littens! 💕📚

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emmaturi
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This was a great book, I wasn't sure what to expect as the story centres around an amazing tree needing to be cut down as it got damaged when a family did renovations to their property before they moved in. It deals with racism, young love and family problems. I really did not expect that ending, it made me cry!

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Start here, please, in communion with one another despite our differences, recognizing that without start there is no end 🌳💔

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Kempfme
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This is a great read of two neighbors that start out as friends until a tree dies and the teenagers fall in love. I loved the characters and the story, but the writing style was a little weird. It's written in the third person and there are times that the detailed description of certain events are like a book report, or notes that the author forgot to edit out.

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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

A modern day Romeo and Juliet.

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Rissa1
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My goals for #SuperSeptember readathon...
1. Read the pictured stack.
2. Finish current kindle read.
Keeping the goals super simple.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2y
Andrew65 Harlan Coben 😍 2y
Rissa1 I should add finishing the tagged book. 2y
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emmaturi
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1. I keep some I will definitely read again and others pass on.
2. There are many! But I would love to have A Girl Made of Air by Nadia Hetherington and Eight Detectives by Slex Pavesi

@TheSpineView #TwoforTuesdayGiveaway

Thanks for the tag @EadieB

TheSpineView Happy Tuesday and good luck! 2y
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emmaturi
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I began this today, not very far in at the moment! #currentreaf

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Panpan

Gosh this book has great intentions but to me it really fell short of the mark. I know the author wanted to highlight the injustices of racism but instead she created a wholly unrealistic teenage boy who seems to deserve our sympathy because he's the "good" kind of Black kid. It felt icky.

#pop20 #bookwithathreewordtitle #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

NikkiRobson73 To me the beginning dragged and the ending was rushed...I felt like I couldn't connect with any of the characters 2y
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JennyM
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First up - I can‘t believe the same author wrote Z: Zelda Fitzgerald! This is so different! It‘s had mixed reviews, and I can definitely see the concerns raised. Saying that, I did enjoy it and I thought she handled the issues well. Hugely sad and equally enraging, I think it‘s a good and thought-provoking story.

Cathythoughts I bailed on Zelda , but I see this one around & im drawn to it. I didn‘t recognise the authors name 2y
JennyM @Cathythoughts It‘s really different to Z. I thought Z was the better read, so I‘ll be curious to see what you think 🤔 It‘s getting lots of mixed reviews - good book club book 2y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I ended up finishing this book on the last day of August instead. It was a book that had me reading nonstop for many hours. I think it was well-written. It was told from the point of view of the Greek chorus of neighbors, not any of the main characters, which was sort of interesting.

ChasingOm The idea of the Greek Chorus caught me! 2y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Here is my #bookspinbingo list for September, @TheAromaofBooks ! I had lots of fun with it in August- I read 11 books even though they weren‘t my bookspin or double spin choices aaaaand I didn‘t make any bingos... 🤷🏻‍♀️ But it was still fun! This month, maybe I‘ll make some bingos! I left 20-25 free for books that come up; I didn‘t do that last month but I bet it‘ll make it easier. Excited for Wednesday so I can create my bingo board! 😋

MallenNC I did the free spaces this month and it helped a lot! I used all of them. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Ooh, I forgot about the #septemberswap! Opening day is the 14th, so that‘s plenty of time before the end of the month. I‘m adding whatever book I get for that as number 21! 2y
Sarahreadstoomuch Your tagged book is on one of my work book group lists for this year! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I found the free spaces to be quite helpful as well!! 2y
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meglynn86
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Got up early for work. Finishing up A Good Neighborhood

#mbcreadathon #mbcgiveaway2

MonthlyBookClub Got your entry! 2y
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

In another author‘s hands, this could have been a beautiful book. Unfortunately Fowler‘s characters are more caricatures. The white male ubervillian, the ditzy rich white mom, the smart black mom, the black honor student...

While her story definitely drives home a point (an important white/black point in the South for sure), it is too heavy handed to be a pick!

#bookspinBINGO blackout!! 🥳

#awesomeaugust goal met 9/9 books!! 🎉

Andrew65 🍾 🥂🥳 And still 3 days to go. 2y
TheAromaofBooks YAY!!! Such fabulous work!!! And great review as well - sometimes it feels like authors want to jump on bandwagons of popular messages, without actually exploring the nuances that make these issues important and complicated. 2y
Megabooks @Andrew65 bonus books!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks thank you! Such a wonderful way of putting it. And thank you for continuing with this awesome challenge!! 2y
Reviewsbylola I thought this one was well done but it wasn‘t exceptional. I like her historical fiction better. 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola yes. It was a stretch for her, and not a positive one. 2y
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Cathyloves2read
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This book was DEEP!Such a page turner.I read some reviews that stated this book didn‘t go anywhere.I disagree! It has so many layers and touched on just about every issue that our country is currently struggling with.I loved the narrative form it was written in. And this is yet another book I‘d give more than a 5 rating to If I could.I‘m on a roll!

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My updated #BookspinBingo board with my #b4bookspin! Three to go!! The finish line is in sight! 🏁

@TheAromaofBooks

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 🎉💕 2y
Bookwormjillk Amazing! Way to go! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! So close!! 2y
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Soubhiville That‘s incredible! Go you! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Wow, that is crazy!! 2y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
vlwelser 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Heavy-handed. Slow. Uneven pace. You aren't missing anything.

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Peaceful_Reader
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This book was so gripping! I felt very connected to Valerie‘s love of nature and this story shows how one decision can spill the dominoes everywhere. #BLM #family #ecology #fathers

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candc320
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this story. I admire what the author was attempting to convey with the narrative but it just didn‘t work for me. It was such a slow burn that I put it aside for quite awhile and then decided to just dig in and get to what I was thinking was going to be an exhilarating ending (isn‘t that what the omniscient narrator was promising)? Instead I just ended up sad and annoyed. Overall it was well written but not for me. 🌟🌟🌟

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kimmypete1
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Bailedbailed

Still nothing has happened so I went to look at the synopsis and some reviews. It‘s supposed to “explore the effects of class, race and heartrending star-crosses love” and so far I‘ve gotten none of that. DNF.

Some spoilers in the comments. ⬇️

kimmypete1 The stepfather is clearly interested in his stepdaughter (confirmed by several reviews), I wasn‘t interested in all the talk about the tree.

Plus I saw in a review a spoiler that said Xavier kills him self at the end, as some kind of martyr. I am not here for that at all.
2y
JamieArc I did not like this one at all. I wish I had bailed. The pedophilia storyline felt like it was for shock value only, which really bothered me. 2y
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eanderson
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So, yeah.... I‘m angry, sad, and disgusted. One particular character needs to go fly a kite over the ocean and be eaten by a shark. Dealing with racial and social issues is difficult but dang! Come on people, stop sucking!
On the bright side I‘m knocking off some #BOTM books!

MicheleinPhilly This book made me VIBRATE with rage. 😡 2y
eanderson @MicheleinPhilly I seriously shouted ‘What the F@$K!‘ The people in today‘s world that are like this need a swift kick in the butt! 2y
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crazyspine
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There are certain aspects of this novel that are problematic. The chapters alternate points of view which is trendy, but two of the perspectives are black characters and the author is white. The characters (all the characters including the white ones) are also all extremes and have some stereotypical aspects. However, the book made me think, I was invested in Xavier and Juniper's lives, and I did not see the end coming.

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Lindsayywong
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3/5. I really feel mixed about this book... it was really engaging and kept me reading but the end was just ...bad. I truly hated everything about how it ended and it made me angry which kind of spoiled the whole book for me.

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Hcooke
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It took a bit for me to really get into this book but the last half had me captivated. I couldn‘t put it down. Not at all what I was expecting from this book and it tore me to pieces!

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WellReadCatLady
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Wow really surprised by the low rating on here, I‘m about halfway done and enjoying it.

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this one and thought it was well done. 2y
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KendylChamberlain
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Seriously just crap. Couldn‘t even get thru the first half! So predictable!! This was a recommendation by Kristy Wicks, blogger and I am soooo disappointed. But with an over all 69% rating.... I should have known. Don‘t waste your time!!