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Loner
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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"For fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, a propulsive literary novel about sexual obsession in which a meek Harvard freshman becomes dangerously infatuated with a classmate. David Federman has never felt appreciated. One of the most painfully forgettable members of his New Jersey high school class--yet the only one accepted to Harvard--shy, witty David arrives in Cambridge fully expecting to embrace, and be welcomed by, a new tribe of like-minded peers. But at first, beyond the friendly advances of a plain-looking girl named Sara, his social status seems devastatingly unlikely to change. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Instantly infatuated, struck by both her beauty and her brains, David falls feverishly in love with the woman he sees as a charismatic goddess. Determined to stop at nothing to win her attention and a coveted invite into her glamorous Upper East Side world, David begins compromising his own moral standards, tossing everything aside for this one, great chance at happiness. But neither Veronica nor David, it turns out, are exactly as they seem... A darkly comic and riveting portrayal of psychosexual obsession from one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, Loner also turns the traditional campus novel on its head as it explores contemporary gender politics and class--and discovers just what we're capable of when our greatest enemies turn out to be ourselves"--
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Both misogyny and female empowerment are the center of this twisted redemption story set in dark academia. David, a lifelong outcast, attempts to reinvent himself at Harvard with increasingly cringy, abhorrent behavior as his obsession with Veronica devours his life. Is he a narcissist? Maybe. A sociopath? Likely. A stalker? 100%. Wayne‘s use of the second person narrative as David addresses his desire is creepily effective. #bookclub

LeahBergen I love dark academia. 👍 6mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I‘m hit-or-miss with it, but I loved this one! 6mo
BarbaraBB This was a good read indeed. I highly recommend his other book, at least as dark 6mo
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britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Definitely stacking - thank you!! 6mo
Cinfhen I liked this one!! 6mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I do love when we agree! 🤗🤗 6mo
Cinfhen Agreed 💚💚 6mo
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britt_brooke
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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After three VERY FULL Disney 🐭🏰 days, we‘re having a much-needed “rest day.” Tomorrow, we head to Universal! 🎢🧙🏻⚡️

PS. This books is so cringy, but good. #bookclub

LeahBergen You must be EXHAUSTED 😆😆 6mo
Kappadeemom And it‘s been such crazy weather here…supposed to be nice tomorrow! 6mo
britt_brooke @Kappadeemom Yes! 😅 It‘s been pretty bananas! It was very chilly and windy on our Magic Kingdom day, but we made the best of it. Left EPCOT last night under a tornado warning. Gonna be hot, but perfect for our 2 days at Universal! 6mo
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britt_brooke @LeahBergen Absolutely wrecked!! 6mo
Sharpeipup Hope yesterday's storms didn't slow you down...enjoy your time here in FL! 6mo
britt_brooke @Sharpeipup Thank you!! Are you nearby? Fortunately, yesterday we were ready to wrap up at EPCOT as a tornado warning went into effect. We missed the (presumably cancelled anyway) fireworks, but all was okay in the end. We‘ve been lucky. No ruined park days. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I read Loner years ago and still vividly remember some intense scenes from it! 😬 have fun!! 6mo
Sharpeipup Yes, I live near Walt Disney World. I was driving home during the tornado warnings & thankfully, traffic was light (for once) on I4. 6mo
britt_brooke @Chelsea.Poole Yeah, it‘s not one I - nor my book club - will soon forget. 😅 (edited) 6mo
britt_brooke @Sharpeipup Oh nice! So happy you made it home safely. We were literally waiting for our resort bus, way out in the open, when the warning started. I was a bit panicky. Thankfully all was ok, but still it was nerve-wracking. (edited) 6mo
Megabooks This is one of my favorites! The twist at the end is great. 6mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Oh, I am so happy to hear you love this one!! 6mo
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britt_brooke
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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*Boop*

Waiting in the school pick up line to get our boys. Champ goes with me every morning and afternoon. It‘s one of his versions of “herding” them. 😂 He‘s a good reading buddy, too.

#dogsoflitsy #bookclub

OrangeMooseReads He‘s adorable 7mo
LeahBergen 💙💙 7mo
AlaMich So sweet!! 7mo
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ravenlee It looks like he has something really important to tell you. 7mo
Leftcoastzen Awwww! I liked Loner 7mo
RainyDayReading Awwww such a cutie!! 7mo
GondorGirl Tell Champ I said hello! 🧡🧡 7mo
Hooked_on_books Hello sweet baby and your beautiful eyes! 😍🐶 7mo
britt_brooke @AlaMich He‘s such a good boy. 🐾 7mo
britt_brooke @ravenlee 😂 Agree. 7mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen I picked it for my book club, so I‘m really happy to hear that! 7mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books He loves when people tell him he‘s pretty. 😂🤩 7mo
DivineDiana What a handsome boy! ❤️ 7mo
britt_brooke @DivineDiana Thank you! 💚🐾 7mo
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Soubhiville
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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@AmyG thank you dear friend for the birthday goodies! The puppy cards, notes, and tote are perfect. Loner has been on my TBR for a really long time. I really fell in love with Jesmyn Ward when she was our #AAM, and I know I‘ll love Sing Unburied Sing. And Only Killers and Thieves sounds gripping. I can‘t wait to dig in! 🧡

AmyG I had a dog theme going! In honor of Seitje. Hope you had a wonderful birthday, my friend. 😘 1y
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Cinfhen
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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SOOOO GOOD!! Fabulous narration🎧David Federman enters Harvard with dreams of reinvention - a loner in HS, David hopes his college years will see him flourish and grow but when he falls for a girl so out of his reach, he concocts a scheme both dangerous & detrimental. Excellent word play and sharp observations. Creepy & unsettling/ i couldn‘t stop listening

Cinfhen Thanks for putting this on my #ReadersRadar @Megabooks 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen you‘re welcome! 😘😘 I‘m just glad I could introduce so many Littens to Teddy Wayne! I think he‘s fantastic. 2y
TrishB And the lovely view ❤️ 2y
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britt_brooke In my TBR. Nice view, BTW!! ☀️ 2y
DGRachel Totally jealous of that view! 😍 2y
LeahBergen This sounds good! And it‘s snowing here right now. 😠 2y
Kalalalatja Great photo! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks friends...the book & the view were both pretty awesome @Kalalalatja @LeahBergen @DGRachel @britt_brooke @TrishB @Megabooks I‘m excited to read MORE by this author!!! 2y
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Cinfhen
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Taking in an #AudioWalk before my daughter, her fiancé and puppy arrive ???This book is DEFINITELY sending out YOU/Joe vibes....David is creepy creepy about to go FULL psycho-path....loving the narration ??

squirrelbrain Lovely view! I really liked this book. 2y
Cinfhen I‘m already looking to add this one to my TBR @squirrelbrain 2y
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too and Apartment is even better! 2y
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BarbaraBB Such a great view! Where are you in Florida? 2y
squirrelbrain Yes, I added that to my TBR too after reading this Cindy @BarbaraBB ! 2y
Cinfhen Apartment is on Scribd @squirrelbrain 🙌🏻💕I think I‘m going to put it on my April #BookSpin @BarbaraBB Yes....my parents condo is on the beach but directly across the street is the bay....so both sides of the street are lovely to walk by 🤩 I LOVE Florida 🌴☀️🥥 2y
squirrelbrain Found it on Scribd - thank you! 😘 2y
BarbaraBB That sounds amazing 🏝 2y
LeahBergen What a lovely day you are going to have! Enjoy. ❤️❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @LeahBergen It‘s so wonderful to be together again 2y
Megabooks Beautiful photo! Hope y‘all are having fun! 2y
TrishB Great pic ❤️ enjoy your family time. 2y
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squirrelbrain
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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I know you didn‘t like this one @Cathythoughts but thank you very much for sending it to me as I loved it!

The MC, David, is initially only mildly unlikeable but then the book turns a *whole* lot darker. I love campus novels and this one is based at Harvard. I‘d never heard of final clubs before so had to look them up. Reading about that obnoxious culture really helped with the book - and as for the ending...! 😧

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too have you read his other one? It‘s even better 2y
squirrelbrain No, I haven‘t read that one @BarbaraBB - stacked it now though! 😘 2y
BarbaraBB One of this year‘s favorites for me. An other favorite is under your tree 😀🎄 2y
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squirrelbrain Ooh I‘m excited @BarbaraBB - I nearly opened it today but I‘m going to wait.....! 2y
BarbaraBB Have a happy Christmas 🎄 2y
Megabooks So glad you liked this!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen I always love to see all your Penguins. 🐧 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m so glad you enjoyed 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Happy Christmas Helen 😘 2y
squirrelbrain And you @cathythoughts - have a lovely day! 😘🎄 2y
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BarbaraBB
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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I finished my Summer choices for #Booked2020:

▪️Red, white or blue type: The Free
▪️Eccentric MC: Loner
▪️YA novel by a POC: Clap When You Land
▪️Banned book: Despised and Rejected
▪️#WineOrWhine: Het smelt
▪️Armchair travel: My Cat Yugoslavia

On to autumn 🍂 🤎🧡!

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻congrats on completing #Summer #Booked2020 👙🌞🍦📚This is your #OfficialThirdQuarterEntry 🎊🎊🎊 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome!! 🥳♥️📚 2y
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squirrelbrain
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Thanks so much for the book, treat and lovely card @Cathythoughts ! 😘

I‘m looking forward to reading this - hopefully I will like it better than you did! 😬

It didn‘t take long to arrive at all, did it? The post is being really unusual still - did you get my postcard?

Cathythoughts Oh good ! It‘s there, yes that was quick 👍🏻 I hope you like it , I‘m definitely #unpopularopinion here 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts I didn‘t get your postcard 🤔, but Thankyou for sending me one , hopefully it will arrive soon XXX 2y
squirrelbrain I sent it two or three weeks ago @Cathythoughts - hopefully it will turn up soon! 🤞 2y
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Cathythoughts
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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I really wanted to like this one, and started off well enough, but very quickly this changed & I just couldn‘t be in the company of the MC , or take the tone of the writing. I made a few attempts, did some skimming ... I didn‘t like him at all , and soon became completely allergic. So , I decided it was time to quit ....
But I‘m really glad I gave it a go because I love thrillers & college settings ... this one wasn‘t for me though.

TrishB MC doesn‘t sound like a nice person! 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I got a bad vibe from him , no redeeming feature , which is a bit unusual 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
Megabooks I‘m sorry you didn‘t like it. 2y
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Cathythoughts @Megabooks That‘s the way with books ... I might try another of his sometime 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @Megabooks And I‘m completely the #unpopularopinion as this book is going down very well on Litsy 2y
squirrelbrain Oh dear ☹️ It sounds like you really tried as well! 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I did! That‘s the way it goes .... 2y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB oh no Barbara , I‘ve bailed. Just couldn‘t get into it. That‘s the way book life goes. I really loved that last one you recommended Self-Portrait with Boy .... This one wasn‘t for me though. 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Helen , I see you have it stacked. May I send you my copy ? 2y
squirrelbrain That‘s really lovely of you Cathy! You‘re so kind. 😘 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain oh good ! I‘ll post that on early next week X 2y
squirrelbrain Thank you - don‘t make a special trip outdoors into the big bad world though! xx 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain we have a local post office that is run very covid-safely . It‘s more the bookshop I miss & am a bit afraid of ... and browsing & lunch & making a day of it ... 2y
squirrelbrain Yes, exactly! I‘ve been to the library, which was very safe, but no shops for me yet either.... 2y
BarbaraBB I must say I think Self Portrait is much better than this one too! And so is Teddy Wayne‘s other book: 2y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Yes I‘m going to try Apartment! Self-Portrait is now doing the rounds with my friends & they love it. I‘m the #unpopularopinion with this Loner one , it‘s getting all the Litsy love X 2y
BarbaraBB I am happy your friends are loving Self-Portrait!! Loner for me was an amusing read but not one I‘d recommend to others. So I completely get your bail! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Aww that‘s too bad because the setting sounds perfect. I‘ve also recently came across a few books which bode well with many but I was in the unpopular opinion camp. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Btw, I‘ve dropped off your package at the PO last Thursday, Cathy. Due to the current uncertain times, I‘ll say give it a longer time than normal to get to you. ✈️ Hopefully it‘ll get there safely and not too long. 🤞💕 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Jessie! Yes the book wasn‘t for me , I‘m glad I tried. Thanks about the package, you‘re very good. I tried again to send Suba her present , as I was sending some Litsy post , but they said no post to Malaysia till after Christmas ! I‘ll keep asking whenever I‘m in there ... interesting you were able to send. I‘ll keep you posted ( bad pun 😕) Thanks so much for thinking of me 😘 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I bought a prepaid international envelope, informing them I wanted to send to Ireland. They allowed me to purchase without questions. When I dropped it off at the counter, they accepted. 🤷🏻‍♀️ So I hope everything‘s fine! 🤞 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Interesting! Are your countries borders closed ? I really wish ours were , I think it‘s our only chance with this virus ... Thanks Jessie. I look forward to your parcel , you are very good to me 😘 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm We do have restrictions on our borders & strong recommendations not to travel .... but I‘d like to see stronger measures taken here 2y
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Cathythoughts
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Tonights Reading ... as inspired by @BarbaraBB , Thankyou ! It‘s meant to be “ chilling “. 😁😳

squirrelbrain The cover matches your wine perfectly! 🍷 Enjoy! 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Hahaha it does too 👍🏻❤️ 2y
TrishB What a great pic 👍🏻 2y
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BarbaraBB Ooh, I hope you like it! Enjoy! 😘 2y
LeahBergen Cheers! 🍷 2y
batsy 🥂 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous pairing! 🍷Enjoy! 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Cheers guys 😊🍷🍷🍷🥂 2y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I already am 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Megabooks I hope you enjoy it!! He‘s one of my favorite authors. 2y
Cathythoughts @Megabooks I‘ve never read him before... & I just bailed 🙈 I just couldn‘t spend any more time with the MC .... oh dear. Maybe I‘d like some of his other books 👍🏻 2y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts there‘s no redeeming David. It‘s interesting how things end up between him and Veronica, but David is definitely a sociopath. Try this one. The character may be more to your liking. 2y
Cathythoughts @Megabooks I will try Apartment , I see I have it stacked already 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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BarbaraBB
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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David was rather invisible in high school but is determined to do better in Harvard. Veronica is all he ever dreamed of: a cool, rich girl coming from a private school in NYC. He constructs his entire life around her. From a loner he becomes a creep.
Great read. And that ending!!

Pic: A rainy day in empty Ghent, Belgium. I hope I can count this view for #BuildAFortAndReadInIt! #SummerFun #LitsyBitsy #Clock #Booked2020 #EccentricMC

LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeing this one and thinking I might like it. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great view! 2y
julesG Ghent, on my bucket list. Empty streets don't scare me, this would be perfect for a visit. I should roam all the European sights on my list while people are distancing. 😬 2y
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Freespirit What a fabulous backdrop!! 2y
squirrelbrain Wonderful pic! And the book sounds great... I was just about to stack, but it‘s already stacked... 🤷‍♀️ 2y
Tanisha_A Oh wow! Love the view, and I stacked this one from your previous post. 🙂 Nice review! 👏🏽 2y
Cinfhen What a stunning photo😍can‘t even see the rain ☔️ enjoy 😊 2y
Cinfhen And great review/ thanks for the tag... would you suggest this for bookclub??? 2y
Crazeedi Love the cover too! 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds really good ... Sold 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
VeganCleopatra Love the photo! 2y
Megabooks So glad you liked it! Definitely an eccentric MC! Belgium looks lovely despite the rain. 2y
TrishB Still looks lovely there ❤️ 2y
TrishB As soon as Donna Tartt is mentioned it puts me off!! Is every book really like hers! 2y
Chelsea.Poole Great photo. I loved this one! 2y
Kalalalatja Sounds great! And would a view 😍 2y
BarbaraBB @TrishB Half of them. All other are like Gone Girl 😂 2y
TrishB Lol 😂 you‘re so right! 2y
BarbaraBB @julesG That‘s what I‘m doing now, kind of. Without the tourists these places are so attractive! 2y
BarbaraBB @TrishB It didn‘t remind me of Tartt though, just its (college) setting. 2y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think it will make for a good discussion but I liked this one even more and it would work for your book club as well! 2y
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm @Freespirit @squirrelbrain @tanisha @VeganCleopatra @Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole @Kalalalatja The view is great indeed. We are allowed to travel in most European countries now and this one is just across the border so we did a little daytrip! 2y
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @cathythoughts If you like an academic setting and an unreliable narrator I‘d give it a try! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Unreliable narrator and academic setting sounds about right. Stacked. 👌 And how wonderful it is, being able to travel again although just a day trip! 💕 2y
VeganCleopatra And you guys rightfully won't even let us Americans onto the continent. 😩 2y
BarbaraBB @VeganCleopatra Yes, I feel sorry for that but COVID is still racing through the US and things have been quiet here for more than a month now. Fingers crossed how it will turn out now we start traveling again since all European countries had different ways of dealing with the virus. 🤞🏽 (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Lovely review and photo! 2y
britt_brooke Beautiful photo! 2y
vivastory This sounds fantastic. Stacked! 2y
StayCurious your photos are always so great! 2y
BarbaraBB @StayCurious Thank you! I try to be out of the house as much as possible, especially these crazy times! 2y
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Megabooks
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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#audiobook review

Narrator Bendena brings prototypical awkwardly obsessive incel* David Federman to life. His voice shows the grating combination of white privilege, toxic masculinity and complete impotence. His narration elevates this book 1/2⭐️.

David is obsessed with fellow Harvard freshman Veronica and goes to extreme lengths to gain her attention - dating her roommate, breaking the honor code - only to get caught in a great ending twist. ⬇️

Megabooks *incel = an involuntarily celibate man; I picked this up last night when Henry peed in my bed again. Once again, I was taking everything apart at 1 AM. I‘ve made him an appointment with the vet for Wednesday, but I don‘t think it will really improve until dad comes home. Speaking of dad, I‘m going ask him if I can share a pic of him standing in the hospital. He can walk 200 feet now!! 🥳🥳 (About 65 meters, metrics!) 2y
BarbaraBB That is good news about your dad. I saw this great pic on your Instagram 💚. And I ordered this book already after loving 2y
Cinfhen Another #audioTBH and hurray for dad!!! He‘s doing great 🤗🤗🤗now if we can only get Henry to control that bladder 😜 2y
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TrishB That‘s great news ♥️ 2y
CarolynM Great progress. Hope he is feeling better too🤗 2y
BookNAround Woohoo! Great news on dad. 2y
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Leftcoastzen
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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When @Megabooks wrote Wayne is one of her favorite authors you‘ve never heard of,I was intrigued.
My library had this one , so ..Impressive, you get a bit of a character like Joe in You, a bit of The Secret History.Wayne writes lines that are funny, deep and cringe worthy all at the same time.David felt unappreciated in high school but wants to change it all when he enters Harvard.Ambition ,class, & gender politics come into play +dark obsession.

Ruthiella I really liked Kapitoil by Wayne. 😀 2y
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella I am definitely going to check that one out too. 2y
LeahBergen Stacked! 2y
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Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it! I really loved this one, and it‘s a great audiobook, too. 2y
Leftcoastzen @Megabooks definitely going to check out his other books! Thanks for adding even more to #TBRMountain😂 (edited) 2y
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 2y
BarbaraBB I was so intrigued by @Megabooks post too. I read Apartment and it‘s great. Now I am starting this one. Your review is encouraging 💕 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB can‘t wait to read your review Barbara! Hopefully, you‘ll like it too. David is an interesting character! 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Pick - I so love an unreliable narrator!
A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with another student . . . At first you root for him, but soon things get weird. The ending is unexpected. Really liked this one. Will definitely look for more books by Teddy Wayne!

Megabooks Awesome! 2y
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chlolovesbooks
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Megabooks
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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1. Black Mirror came out!!
2. I‘ve listened to the tagged audiobook more times than I can remember!
3. Who doesn‘t like a dinosaur? 🦖
4. The Grapes of Wrath
@SW-T @Reviewsbylola @tournevis idk who has done this yet!!??

#humpdaypost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

tournevis I had, but hello!👋👋👋 3y
Reviewsbylola ♥️♥️ 3y
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AmyG
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@ErinSueG Thank you for the pckage. Success!!!
The books are great...I have wanted to read both but especially Robin Hobb...a new author for me. The notebook is perfect for moving...as I have a million lists and “notes to self”. I love the sweet bookmark...another favorite! I am so touched..thank you again.

ErinSueMreads I‘m so glad you liked it!!! 4y
Mitch You‘re in for a treat - discovering Robin Hobb is better than chocolate ice cream topped with the pear flavoured haribo jelly babies ( and I‘m very particular about what I pair my ice cream with!) 🤣 4y
AmyG @Mitch Oh boy! I am even more excited. 🎉 4y
Bookmarkie Loner, creepy 4y
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andytbarnes
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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This was the first “loner” that came to mind (hence me posting it). However I should note David, the titular character, while certainly a memorable loner, is one that‘d set off alarm bells if claimed as a “favorite.” Loner mines some dark&disquieting corners of a particular brand of toxic masculinity. The meeker type that goes “I‘m a good guy, really!” But as the book goes deeper the reader knows better... #oneistheloneliest# @Elle_Skeldon

ElleSkel I never did read this one despite all the press it received. I think it's time I do! Thanks for entering 📚🤓📚 5y
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Samwise_Gamgee
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Surprise snow day plans #currentlyreading

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sisilia
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Two hours to kill in Frankfurt

Megabooks I love that book. Have a good trip! 5y
Anna40 Sounds interesting! 5y
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vicgreentoriafield
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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This was the creepiest book I've ever read. I found it to be predictable and there were zero likable characters, MAYBE Sara. David was vile, I hated being in his head. BUT, it's fast paced and was a quick read.
*I received this as a Goodreads Giveaway.

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vicgreentoriafield
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Received this yesterday as a goodreads giveaway. It's pretty short so I'm diving in while I wait for A Conjuring of Light to arrive, TODAY.

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TheLibrarian
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My Goodreads giveaway I won arrived today!!! #bookmail

LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻 5y
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whelanmaria
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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This book is creepy and sad and brilliantly written. I was completely numbed by the narrator's emotional distance and psychotic actions. I couldn't put this book down. Definitely worth a read if you like college reads and thrillers.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Mehso-so

I think I was expecting more intense characterization. But the story was still disturbing and unique.

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BookishFeminist
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Oh my lord this narrator is going to give me an aneurysm but I can't stop reading it's so creepy 😵

If anyone needs a book for a challenge with unlikeable, nay, insufferable characters, this here's your book. (It's satire so it's not a terribly misogynistic book.) #litsomnia

Notafraidofwords I bailed. His voice grated at my nerves. 6y
Lissa00 This narrator is the worst...but I couldn't stop reading either😂 6y
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BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords audio or print? I love unlikeable characters, and I don't think you'd be much a fan of this book anyway- just finished 6y
BookishFeminist @Lissa00 😂😂 complete train wreck 6y
BookishFeminist @MsBlueSox yes! At least I'm not hate reading though, the main character just makes me want to blow a fuse at his life choices and opinions 😂 6y
Notafraidofwords @BookishFeminist it was print!!!!!! But his voice reminded me of so many egotistical and maniacs in college. 6y
BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords Lol yep, I have dated an asshole like this. #neveragain But that's why I'm loving it, mostly bc I think I need something to scream at that isnt politics for a bit. 😂 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ok, sadly this made me want to read this and see where it goes. Annoying character for sure...but a pretty open discussion about things with a character whose opinions we all know exists in real life. 6y
BookishFeminist @Riveted_Reader_Melissa go read it! It's satire. Just finished it, loved it. This post definitely not meant to deter anyone from reading it. Just wanted to vent about the vein I'm about to burst every time he opens his mouth 😂 6y
BookishFeminist @Riveted_Reader_Melissa fwiw I've literally had this exact same argument with several white men this past week so...yea. makes me want to scream and throw things. It's nice it was in a book this time lol 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookishFeminist and nice that a book is finally capturing that sentiment by white men accurately. I don't know that I've seen that written in print so well before, let alone with a character that then pokes holes in the argument in a fun teasing not debate until death way. 6y
BookishFeminist @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I could have screenshot half of this book with all his holier than thou misogynistic comments 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookishFeminist We've all heard them, in life and definitely I'm comment sections... but I can't say I've seen that represented in fiction. Which is, this is going to sound really odd, a shame...because years later it would be nice if it was recorded somewhere the passive aggressive little tidbits that had people protesting, etc. The everyday sexism/racism on the daily, by your average Joe, that lead to xyz. Is it weird that I feel like that... 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...logic needs to be preserved somewhere, so in the future people may see what caused some of the controversy. I'm know I'm not explaining this well at all, but I'm glad in a way, to see this dynamic recorded as part of a storyline. 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Maybe it's that I feel vindicated seeing it in print and reaffirming that it isn't all in my head and my perceptions.😳 6y
BookishFeminist @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don't think that's weird at all—I feel the same way, especially since it's brought up in satire fiction that's also written by a male author. There's something particularly cathartic about that. I also don't blame you for wanting to feel vindicated—it's nice to have those feelings confirmed by someone besides other women. 😳 dealing with sexism can create a lot of cognitive dissonance so we need reality confirmed. 6y
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AlizaApp
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Deeply unsettling.

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BookishFeminist
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Started this tonight on audio, but I snagged the kindle version too so I can read along for quotes when I want. The narrator is great! I'm not entirely sure where the book is going yet, but the prose is decadent. Just like this #heavypour of dark red wine. 🍷🍷

I'm also watching When We Rise tonight, and I highly recommend it so far. It's a lot more intersectional than I was expecting, and that's a good thing!

CatLadyBibliophile No lie, I'm just super jealous of your wine 😂 6y
Megabooks I did audio and ebook on this one too. Both good! 6y
BookishFeminist @CatLadyBibliophile It's really good wine if you can find it! 😂😂 6y
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BookishFeminist @Ebooksandcooks Yes! I like the narrator for audio. 6y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 6y
dylanisreading What is When We Rise? 6y
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bookchickdi
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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A friend recommended this one, saying how creepy she found it. I read it in two sittings and it is unsettling.

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rivercityreading
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Mehso-so

Phew, this had many more layers than I expected it to, but I'm still torn. I'm a sucker for campus novels, so I held on as the typical dude psyche got creepier and creepier. It almost has two endings: one totally redeeming, brilliant twist and one gut-punch that needs a trigger warning. I almost wish it had made it through to the #ToB17 shortlist because I'd love to read discussion on it.

NovelVisits I reviewed Loner back in September and think you and I had a similar reaction to it. Working with young people, I thought David would have fallen somewhere on the autism spectrum because of his extreme social awkwardness while still being brilliant. 6y
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SarahSDavis
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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My ten best books of 2016. Am eclectic list of favorites, many debuts. I tend to reward books that weren't perfect but took chances and whose authors have lots of ambition and promise. http://brokebybooks.com/best-books-2016

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nickchom
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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When I picked up Loner I knew it was in my wheelhouse, books set at university in New England, but I didn't know much more. It's a quick novel that slowly reeled me in as I got to know the main character, David. It's also the first book in a long time that I really liked but, at the same, disliked all of the main characters. The twist near the end and the ending are what make this novel though.

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BraveNewBooks
Loner | Teddy Wayne
Mehso-so

I'm a fan of unreliable narrators, but this guy was both too obviously unreliable, and too relentlessly unlikable. Still, the writing itself was undeniably well-crafted, so I can't quite pan it.
But I'd be interested to hear from people who liked it.

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BraveNewBooks
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Reading at lunch with the help of my USB-heated narwhal slippers!

"Heated slippers? Don't you live in Puerto Rico?" ?
"Yes." ?
"Isn't it like 80-some degrees there?" ☉☉?
"Yes, but the A/C is freezing!" ❄❄☃

#unicornofthesea #officewinter

EvieBee Wow! So cute! 6y
Well-ReadNeck 😆😆😆 6y
Readingrobin Oh.My.Gosh! 6y
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Kimzey Narwhal slippers! This made my day! 😍 6y
BraveNewBooks @Kimzey Yay! Happy to help. Brand is Smoko and I think both Modcloth and amazon have them if you need to track them down 😊 6y
Kimzey @BraveNewBooks Thanks! I looked them up. Smoko also has heated Yeti slippers! 😊 6y
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Reita325
Loner | Teddy Wayne
Mehso-so

Not as compelling as I thought it would be, but it was okay.

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MicheleinPhilly
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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#seasonsreadings2016 #EReader I read on my phone, my computer, and my Kindle but my Kindle is upstairs and I haven't had any coffee yet so enjoy this screenshot. Also, can someone go up and get my Kindle? 😉

Jenshootsweddings Ughhhhh I hate when that happens! I'm known to start a brand new book just to avoid leaving whichever floor I'm on. 6y
LauraBeth My next house will have no stairs 😀 6y
MicheleinPhilly @Jenshootsweddings I've been running up and down the stairs for the past 3 days. I'm not doing it if I don't have to. 6y
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MicheleinPhilly @LauraBeth One of the doctors that saw my wife was asking about our living situation. When we told her that we live in a 3 story house she said, "No elevator????" I almost bit my tongue in half to prevent myself from blurting, "This is Philly, not an episode of Million Dollar Listing. No, we don't have an elevator!" 6y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂oh I definitely would have had to say something! 6y
saresmoore No elevator?! Hahahaha! Just have the butler run up and get your Kindle. 🙃 6y
MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore That's what I need - a butler! I've been serving as my wife's butler but I think I should get my own. 6y
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Caterina
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Well-written and realistic, with great characterization and a perfect narrator's voice... Right up to the end (see comments). If you're interested in sociopaths/psychopaths/antisocial personality disorder, if you like Criminal Minds, this book might be for you. The narrator David is a sociopath/psychopath (depending on your preferred definitions) who fixates on a girl when he starts college. It's not a pleasant read, but it's very well done.

Caterina I found the ending seriously disappointing. After the climax, the episode between David and Veronica to which the plot had been building, it peters out weakly and doesn't ring true. Given that David is clearly a psychopath/sociopath/has ASPD, he would not have reacted to his failures with such resignation. I expected physical violence, anger, something. Wayne seems to have backed off in the very end. 6y
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Ahhhhh to those of you who have read this book, I still think it's well written and the narrator's voice is perfectly done, but I also really like Sara and would want to be friends with her IRL, so the way David is treating her is killing me. 😫😡

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Caterina
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GUYS MY NEW KINDLE PAPERWHITE CAME IN AND I'M IN LOVE. Also I started reading Loner, and so far I'm loving the characterization and the narrator's voice.

saresmoore Yay new Kindle! And also, this book sounds great. 6y
Caterina This book first got on my radar because of @BookishMarginalia so thank you! :) 6y
Caterina @saresmoore I'm only on the second chapter and I'm hooked! 6y
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BookishMarginalia I'm glad! And new Kindle rocks! Enjoy both! 👍🏼💜 6y
LindsayReads It's a beaut! 6y
Megabooks Enjoy! My mom loves hers! 6y
Bookzombie Random fact: Teddy Wayne was born in 1979. He came up when I was searching for authors my age for the #litsyreadingchallenge. 🙂 6y
ReadingOver50 Kindles are great 👍 6y
BooksForEmpathy Loved this book! 6y
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chelseahannac
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Mehso-so

I couldn't put this one down but I don't think I actually liked it.

Megabooks It's funny how some books are like that. I enjoyed this book, but it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. 6y
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Sara_Planz
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Both $2.99 on Kindle today!!! These deals are killing my budget!

MicheleinPhilly Right??? I always think, "2 or 3 bucks, what a steal!" It's not a steal when you buy 25 books, Michele! ? 6y
Carissa-Green-Reads Brooklyn was my favorite book and movie last year 6y
Sara_Planz @MicheleinPhilly my TBR list is now officially out of control. And I don't care! Bwahaha! 6y
AmyG @Carissa-Green-Reads ....it was my favorite movie, too. Beautiful. Now I just need to read the book. 6y
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kbuggle
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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I've heard this is a little creepy; about to find out if the rumor is true.

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Veganspacecat
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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A boy at Yale becomes obsessed with a girl so much that he takes things way too far to be closer to her - cheating, lying, using friends. But there's a truth that he discovers about her that ultimately causes him to take things to a point of no return.

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BooksForEmpathy
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Picked this one up to read in line for our early voting at City Hall today. Feels good to be done and I am hoping for the best but pretty stressed out 😕.

Who else early voted!? Or do you like waiting until Election Day? Or mail-in? 💙.

As for Loner, I can't put it down. Will probably finish it by tonight!

Soubhiville I voted last Monday! Felt good to be done and miss Tuesday's lines! 6y
Karkar I voted last week since I will be out of state on Tuesday. I am just ready for this whole thing to be over. I am so totally over being stressed out 6y
Theresa I did mail-in/absentee this year because I'm traveling for work. I've been ready for this election to be over for months, but especially since I mailed my ballot. 😆 6y
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LauraBrook Voted early three weeks ago, and I'm so glad to have it off my mind! I'm tired of avoiding all tv and radio (cannot stand one more second of any political ad)! 6y
BooksForEmpathy @Soubhiville Yes! Agree! @Karkar Me too. I just want to KNOW already. @Theresa You are on top of it! @LauraBrook I know. It feel so all-consuming right now. Almost over! 6y
Reviewsbylola I'll be voting on Tuesday. I considered voting early but the location wasn't very convenient for me. My polling place has never been super crowded, not even during presidential elections, so I am hoping the wait won't be too long. 6y
Bette Glad you voted. This whole experience has been so stressful. We'll vote Tuesday. Just want it over. 6y
NovelGirl82 I voted early, a week ago. I agree, I'm ready for it to be over. We're so close!! 6y
Owlizabeth Virginia doesn't really do early voting, so I am definitely going on Tuesday and I'm so excited to get counted and be done!! #imwithher 6y
Godmotherx5 I voted early. The line during the primaries was almost 2hrs. I don't have the patience for that. 6y
Suet624 Voting on Tuesday. This small Vermont town doesn't see lengthy lines. Will be glad to have it over. I think. 6y
BookishFeminist Voting on Tuesday. Virginia doesn't have early voting unless you work out of county, so I don't have a choice. But my polling place is right across the street from me so I'm hoping to get in line early & then grab some breakfast! 6y
BookishShelly I'm a mail-in voter starting this year. I love that it's an option here in California since standing in long lines with my energetic 3yo is not my idea of a good time. 6y
JackieSmith My husband & I vote together after work. Finalizing & filling in my sample ballot today. There are some crazy propositions on the California ballot. 6y
Notafraidofwords Totally reading loner now and it's like: I can't look away! 6y
BooksForEmpathy @Reviewsbylola Awesome! Hope it goes quickly for you; however it will hopefully be worth the wait even if it's a long one. @Bette Yes. I just want people to vote and I hope they come out and do so. Nervous to think of what could happen if not enough people come out! @NovelGirl82 Ah! Almost! @Owlizabeth Forgot that some states don't do it. And yes! #imwithher Glad you're coming out! @Godmotherx5 So long! Hope you brought a book!! @Suet624 same! 6y
ReadingEnvy I like to do it the day of and see all my neighbors (and think "I am canceling out one of their votes," haha) 6y
BooksForEmpathy @BookishFeminist Very convenient! Mine is like that too, but I couldn't wait! I'm too antsy. @BookishShelly I signed up for mail-in this year but I kind of like the option; it felt so good to be there today. As long as you're voting anything works!!! @JackieSmith Oh I KNOW! My boyfriend and I had a date night where we went through them all. I like your voting "date" ?. @Notafraidofwords Hahaha! Yes! It reminds me of "You"! 6y
BooksForEmpathy @ReadingEnvy Hahaha! Thank goodness! What state are you from? 6y
ApoptyGina69 I did my first vote by mail this time around. My polling place is a tiny, stuffy, smelly room with these ancient curtained partitions and I just hated the experience for what is a fun event, so spread out on the kitchen table with my notes and pen, I filled in little rectangles with glee! ⚖️🗳 6y
ReadingEnvy @BooksForEmpathy I live in upstate SC, the reddest part of the reddest state, home of Bob Jones University, a Confederate memorabilia store, etc 6y
mauveandrosysky I voted Friday! Yay early voting. Also I'm dying to hear your thoughts about LONER — particularly the ending. 6y
GlitteryOtters Our state doesn't have early voting. Some people tried to get it on this year as a ballot initiative for us to vote on, but it didn't qualify. Maybe some future year it finally will. In the meantime, I'll be voting on Tuesday, with my husband after he finishes work & school for the day. If early voting, or absentee voting was allowed without us having to prove why we're eligible, I'd gladly do either in a heartbeat. 6y
kspenmoll We do not have early voting in my state (CT) so I will vote Tuesday😊 6y
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Notafraidofwords
Loner | Teddy Wayne
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About 30 pages into this book and I don't like how loners are depicted. I'm going to trudge along, because I find the Harvard depictions interesting along with the plot. Being lonely does not equate to being a psychopath. Am I being too harsh?

Caterina (Without having read the book) I'd say it's fair to say a lot of psychopaths are loners, there is a correlation there; but it can't bleed over into being the other way round, loners aren't psychopaths. Sounds like maybe this book makes that mistake. 6y
BookishMarginalia I read it -- "loner" is indeed used with the full weight of negative connotation. This protagonist is decidedly not an introvert; he is a distinctly disturbed individual who manages to fake most of his interactions. Truly unlikable character; interesting and thought-provoking novel. 6y
Notafraidofwords @Caterina I agree. I get the sense that this book is trying to make a connection about psychopaths and loneliness. I think it might also be saying how easy it is to blur the lines. 6y
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Notafraidofwords @BookishMarginalia I'm early in the book but you're so right. It's heavy in subject manner, but for some reason I can't look away. 6y
Megabooks Stick with it. There's a slow build, and I really enjoyed the ending. 6y
readinginthedark I haven't read this, but when I think of "loner," I think of someone who has no meaningful connections to other people at all, which has been proven to stem from or cause psychological problems. This isn't really the same as being an introvert, who would usually have meaningful connections without necessarily spending a lot of time with those people or in public. So, in that respect, it sounds like the author isn't far off. 6y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks thanks! I want to see how it ends. 6y
Notafraidofwords @readinginthedark great difference. totally makes sense in this book! 6y
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mauveandrosysky
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I'm making this a PICK because I loved reading it. It was engaging and horrifying, smart and relevant. If you liked Caroline Kepnes' "YOU," you'll definitely want to pick this up. That said, I felt truly let down by the ending. Here's my review on Goodreads, with spoilers that explain my thinking. If you've also read this one, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the part that disappointed me: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1714961620

DeborahSmall I loved You and Hidden Bodies so will give this a go 👍🏼❤️📚 6y
Hooked_on_books I honestly thought he was either going to commit suicide or kill Veronica. I felt that was the trajectory he was on and either action would have felt more true to the narrative. 6y
mauveandrosysky @Hooked_on_books I just wanted so badly for it to end with the revelation about Veronica playing him the whole time. It was such a good twist on the creepy misogynistic privileged male trope that I felt sort of cheated that it reverted back to him raping her with virtually no consequences. 6y
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Cinfhen Shitty endings are a HUGE pet peeve of mine! Now I'm not sure if I should even start this one🤔The comparison to YOU has me intrigued 😱 6y
Notafraidofwords What is horrifying ? What trigger warnings should I be aware of ? If you don't mind telling me... 6y
mauveandrosysky @Notafraidofwords stalking and rape are probably the two biggest ones 6y
mauveandrosysky @Cinfhen I think you should definitely still read it! It was really captivating. And I know many readers who had no problem with the ending. 6y
Cinfhen Thanks, I guess I won't know how I feel until I give it a try! 6y
BooksForEmpathy Can't wait! 6y
Ericmanciniwriter That was a great review - I was also torn on the ending. Its obviously disgusting that he gets off, but in his own twisted worldview going from Harvard to CC is the worst thing that can happen to him in his mind 6y
mauveandrosysky @Eamann totally, yeah. In that regard it's consistent with his character and the story. But ugh, Veronica playing him the whole time was just so satisfying! 6y
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