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MY DARK VANESSA.
MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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Bren912
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As long as the sun rises and you wake up breathing, there is hope and purpose. This book was dark. The manipulation and justification of the groomer was infuriating. Im glad I finished the book and like life and also the ending of the book, you aren‘t sure which direction Vanessa might be going but suffice to say, she can only go up.

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marissacooper
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It‘s gonna take me a while to articulate how I felt reading this book. Maybe I‘ll never be able to. All I can say is thank you to the author, for putting words to the unspeakable and facing vitriol in the face of her bravery.

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Bren912
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I started this and put it down. It‘s a heavy subject matter of power/sexual/emotional abuse. I had to pick it back up though. I need to know what Vanessa does. I need the teacher to be prosecuted. I need Vanessa and the others he hurt (because there are always others) to heal as best they can.

CuriousG This is a rough one. I almost bailed so many times, but ultimately felt exactly what you were feeling. I'm glad I finished it though. I don't think any ending short of him being put in gen population in prison with no guards would have made me happy though. 3w
lumbricuslibri This is on my TBR. It seems I really need to mentally prepare for this one. 3w
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SomedayAlmost
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Bailedbailed

Complex exploration of the abuse of power by a teacher & statutory rape that‘s too intense for me. Prose so vivid that it‘s disquieting. “Trigger warning,” is an overused phrase (feeling sad or angry is not getting triggered y‘all) but the tone & spot-on dialogue between the teacher & the teen are so realistic that survivors might want to skip this one. Narration is too good. A plot twist is coming, but I‘m bowing out. #statutoryrape #sexualabuse

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ItsAngel
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@sprainedbrain have you read this one? I‘m listening to it, very uncomfortably, now.

sprainedbrain Yes! Extremely uncomfortable, but I thought it was very good. 3mo
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Reagan
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I‘ve been reading A LOT. Lucy is my constant companion, and a very good girl. Finished tagged this morning and I had some feelings! Vanessa had a tears long relationship with her teacher that began when she was 15, now accusations about his behaviour are coming out. I really enjoyed this book and perhaps enjoyed is not the right word but it was a very good book. For me, I thought a lot about how we view victims in the aftermath of these things ⬇️

Reagan And if victims sometimes feel an obligation to come forward and the unfairness of that. The ending was very good, open ended but I thought it left things in a tidy-ish / satisfying spot. It‘s a very hard read but a worthwhile journey. 3mo
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foreverbooked
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This was an interesting read. Moments very difficult to listen to. But that I think is the point, difficult conversation and event for someone to go through. To see abuse from the side of the abused with a different mindset. So hard to hear and very sad. The longtime effects of abuse

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Emilymdxn
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Thank you @LapReader for this #nywd2022 rec! @monalyisha

Hard to review. This book is clearly incredible, important and beautifully written, but I also can‘t say I ‘enjoyed‘ reading it. I like dark books but… wow. Having said that, the ending which I won‘t spoil was simple and cathartic enough that I‘d say it made it worth it. Now time to go read something very light and frothy with absolutely no important themes.

monalyisha Oof! It sounds like you can be proud of yourself for having consumed “L”iterature…and that the author can be proud for having created something so crafted and of such substance. Now, something sweet! 📖✨🍬 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Finally made my January #bookspinbingo board. Been a bit of a hard reading month this month and I‘m excited to start the new year off the way I mean to go on! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! And your handwriting is looking fabulous!!! 5mo
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SleeperShark
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Kleblanc
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New book, new puzzle, & warm mulled wine 😍

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ErraticElle
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Incredibly disturbing, but realistic & believable. Reads like a memoir despite being fiction. Insightful & well-written. Highlights sexualization of females & the power of gaslighting in abusive relationships. The fact that this grooming & manipulation undoubtedly occurs for girls this age intensified the cringe factor & impact. Not for the lighthearted, but recommended. Tread lightly & be prepared, both to be disgusted & enlightened.

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anniebannanie
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This book took me a long time to read. It made me uncomfortable and nauseas, but that just proves the effectiveness of the storytelling and writing. Such a powerful novel.

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RedHeadReader
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I was really enthralled by this book. Don't get me wrong, I was horrified by some of the scenes, but I thought it captured perfectly how damaging sexual abuse is, and the contortions Vanessa went through, to help her cope/ rationalise what had happened to her. I really couldn't put it down, and spent most of the day yesterday reading so I could finish it. It's hard to like Vanessa as a character, but I felt an enormous amount of sympathy for her.

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #mydarkvanessa #kateelizabethrussell #bookbeast #bookjoy #readwithme
What are you reading? 😊

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Andrea4
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When will you let this go?
I remember being questioned similarly and more than a decade later that still haunts me.
Why do we ask anyone that question? If anyone could choose to let something go that they didn't want to carry anymore, as if a bag of groceries, they would. Obviously it's not that simple.
This audio has an 1hr interview with the author but I'm not sure I want to listen. It could make the book better or worse. Should I listen?

Insightsintobooks I just bought this because it was on sale. I have a question though before I start it... I was 19 when I was first trafficked... my trafficker was considerably older than I was.... do you think I might be triggered by this book? 10mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks well I think the whole book is a TW for anyone with any kind of sexual assault experience. She is not trafficked but the premise is she was 15 with someone almost 3x her age. And it contains details of the grooming and of the assaults. 10mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks I guess it depends where you are at, mentally and emotionally. I'd say read it cautiously and if it begins to overwhelm, no one says you have to finish it right? 10mo
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Insightsintobooks @Andrea4 that is true. Thank you. 10mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks of course, any time! I understand wanting to know. I find the worst for me is when it's not expected in a book and I'm completely unprepared for it. 10mo
Andrea4 @Insightsintobooks oh but *really* importantly for this novel, that situation is not the end of her story.♥️ 10mo
Insightsintobooks @Andrea4 That is good to know. That the situation isn't the end. Thank you. 10mo
BoleyBooks My next read. 🤓 10mo
Andrea4 @BoleyBooks I hope you enjoy it! It brings up so many questions! 10mo
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Andrea4
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This story moves in and out of years, in the beginning it's a very obvious shift but as the story moves it becomes less so (maybe an audio more than visual issue).The author does a good job in showing how survivors can easily slip back into memories. They can overtake. A lot of this book makes me want to jump back to the present moment, where something can happen/change. It feels like you're slowly drowning in the past. And that's perfect really.

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Andrea4
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Exactly half way. This book is like watching a fatal pile up of cars that is horrifying but you can't turn away from.
Previously I would've loathed 32yo, inert Vanessa but after much of my own work and hearing the stories of so many others, I feel a bit of kinship, mostly sadness, and like I'd like to lend her a strength to move beyond her self blame/hatred, to move her to DO something to help herself, and yes, others.

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Andrea4
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Just started this morning and already I feel this huge sadness and empathy for a woman-child who is essentially torn in two. You can see one side of her trying to cling to rationalizing while another part fights that. And while she presents her teacher in a rationalizing, sympathetic way, if you "read between the lines" you see how he saw her, how he targeted her, groomed her.

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LapReader
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When your bed clothes match the book you just scored from your building‘s book exchange it might be a sign to go to bed early and read it for this round of #LMPBC What do you think @LeeRHarry & @CarolynM ?

magyklyXdelish I love that cover! I‘ve not seen that one before. 11mo
LapReader I am in Australia @magyklyXdelish 11mo
Freespirit Enjoy!!! 11mo
CarolynM 👍 11mo
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

Unfortunately, this one didn‘t stand up to #reread. It was my favorite fiction of March 2020, but this time the length and repetition were extremely tedious, and now I‘ve read other books I enjoyed much more. (Tagged below) Bummer.

Also, I really hated the narrator of the #audiobook this time.

Megabooks This translation from French is fantastic! 11mo
Megabooks This one really gets at the student/teacher dynamic well, but it, too, suffers a bit from repetition. 11mo
BarbaraBB Wow such a different experience. I was underwhelmed the first time so I can understand your feelings the second time 😉 11mo
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Cinfhen I‘ll check out the other two books you tagged XX I liked this one but it wasn‘t making my best list 11mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yeah, I was surprised to be so disappointed this time! Now we are in agreement. 😉😁😘 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I really think you‘d like this one! 11mo
youneverarrived I read it earlier this year and loved it! Thinking about it though I know what you mean about the repetition. Stacked the others you mention 💕 (edited) 11mo
Megabooks @youneverarrived yeah, I was really surprised by my feelings this time, but tastes evolve, and because I‘m reading so much, there have been about 350-400 books since my last read, and I‘ve definitely read more fiction and nonfiction on this topic. Maybe that‘s why?? 11mo
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Karmapen
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I really expected to hate this, not least because it‘s about the abuse of a teenage girl by her teacher, but it was so well written, so impeccably plotted, so painfully believable, that I was just really impressed by it in the end. That being said, my skin was CRAWLING the entire time.

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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 222: Minty Fresh with Courtney @Conservio

Courtney drops by to discuss reading goals updates, to school Jenny on using Reddit for reading, and we may go on a few mutiny and gardening tangents. There is a content warning at the top of this episode so please listen closely!

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy222

MyNamesParadise I listened to My Dark Vanessa. A powerful read! 11mo
ReadingEnvy @MyNamesParadise totally agree 11mo
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SamAnne
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What an uncomfortable read. I needed a whiskey while finishing it. I‘ve never encountered a novel that so perfectly captures the complex relationship and feelings between an abuser and the target of the abuse. Wow. I do agree with the criticism that it could have been shorter and wandered a bit. But I couldn‘t put it down.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m reading this one now… 🖤🤍 12mo
marleed I came across a hardback copy of this book in an LFL last weekend and my hot little hand quickly reached in to call it mine. I‘ll likely wait until the end of summer to read it. But I have 2 other books pulled out for the LFL. That‘s my rule take 1 replace with two - goodness knows I have enough books to do that with ease! 12mo
SamAnne @marleed I went thrifting last weekend and came home with a stack of books, when I already have several stacks of unread books.🙄. I‘ve been taking more to the used bookstore (for credit towards more books....). I justify them to my sweetie that we will need all those extra books for the shelves in the house we will be turning into an AirbnB. I plan to have a take and leave library in it. (edited) 12mo
Leftcoastzen Sign me up for your Airbnb!😄📚📚 12mo
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amyf0x
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Fifteen-year-old Vanessa has a crush on her English teacher, the intense Mr. Strane, and he‘s got his sights set on her too...

Read May 8-12
Rated 4.5/5 ⭐️
Book 26/60

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youneverarrived
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Favourite book of the year so far. The abuse of power is clear to the reader but I loved the way the author portrayed the mixed feelings of Vanessa. It‘s a sad story but a compulsive read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KarenUK One of my favorites last year too. So good. 12mo
youneverarrived @KarenUK it‘s brilliant! 👍 12mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a 5 star review ❤️👍🏻 It‘s on my kindle , must try it soon 12mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture too 12mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 🥰 let me know what you think when you get to it 12mo
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kricheal
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This book... what an uncomfortable read! The absolute control and power an abuser can have over one they abused for so many years. What did you all think?

Tera66 I couldn't do it, I kept putting it on my TBR and then taking it off. I finally just decided not to, although people are saying its great. 13mo
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JillR
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The fictional story of Vanessa, groomed by her teacher at 15, and the years-long relationship that follows, this is incredibly disturbing but also gripping. The nuances and complexities of Vanessa‘s story are fascinating. I listened to an interview where the author described how she wanted the reader to experience confusion as to whether Vanessa was ever empowered or in control, which is something you grapple with throughout.

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Eva_B
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This is a confronting read. I know this is a work of fiction but I found it interesting to take note of the language that predators use to manipulate and coerce their victims. The emotional abuse in this book is truly awful. It‘s well written and well worth reading. I‘d be really interested to hear other people‘s views on this book

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AlisBookNookCorner
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Up next, My Dark Vanessa. I'm a bit weary about this one with the love it or hate it reviews. I can not resist giving it a shot though. If you read it, did you love it or hate it?

chelsearae1988 I loved it! 14mo
MySharonaK I love it so much but I also cried through most of it and after it. I still find myself thinking about it at times. ❤️ 14mo
Twainy It‘ll be memorable. 👍🏼 14mo
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JamieArc I loved it. It‘s uncomfortable, but it should be. The voice of the survivor who is in the midst of it all, and processing what happened, is so important. 14mo
Annie1215 I‘d agree with @JamieArc I also loved it. It was very emotional and visceral. If you can sit in the discomfort, it‘s a hell of a story. 14mo
AlisBookNookCorner I'm not sure if any of you read, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, it covers a similar topic. I personally LOVED that book. It was tough, but extremely thought provoking. I heard this was similar to it. All the positive feedback makes me eager to start this one now. 14mo
Jessieleah I loved it. It was very difficult to read and made me angry often, but it‘s impactful and an important read. Enjoy 😊 14mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH Just listened to it. I'm about to post my thoughts...right now. 14mo
SamAnne I hope to get to it this month. 14mo
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bookwormlife
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Dark, uncomfortable read.
Makes you so uncomfortable you are torn between continuing and tearing the book apart. Luckily, I read it on an Ipad knowing all the while I can't afford to break it apart.
But the writing is so real, it keeps you going.

I hope you move on, dear dark Vanessa!

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Tiana
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8/10

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CuriousG
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This was ROUGH! Trigger warnings for sexual assualt/abuse, particularly teens abused by someone older.

This book does a great job at looking how power dynamics play into sexual abuse, but man is it ever a tough go. A necessary topic, but it was uncomfortable to the point that I almost quit reading at least 5 times - and I don't shy away from tough subjects. In the end I am glad I continued though. This made me squirm but also think.

Schlinkles I felt the exact same way. It was a tough one to get through, but beautifully written and really worth it. 1y
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Danielle145
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💛💛💛💛💛 Very dark and disturbing, but equally unputdownable. The book confronts the uncomfortable subject of a teenager and teacher having a relationship, whereby the manipulation of vanessa both as a child and into her adult years can be quite difficult to read.

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Cazxxx
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Knowing the subject matter of this book I‘ve put off reading it for months as I thought it would be extremely hard going. It was, however I was totally engrossed and couldn‘t put it down. There are so many layers to this book it would be hard to sum up in a short review. I feel emotionally drained after reading it but glad I did, it‘s a must read and I would highly recommend
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LoverOfLearning On my TBR! I needed a light-hearted read this time around. 1y
Cazxxx @LoverOfLearning it‘s a good one but very intense 1y
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TrishB
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Sat on the fence about this one for ages.
But I brought for 99p in case I get off the fence on the read side.

Tanisha_A 😂 you did good 1y
Cathythoughts Great buy. I see I already have it ... otherwise I‘d be buying pronto 1y
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Kalalalatja This was so good! 1y
MsMelissa It‘s a good book. Not enjoyable given the subject matter, but you‘ll just want to keep turning the pages. 1y
TrishB @Tanisha_A 😁👍🏻 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘ve done that many times! 1y
TrishB @Kalalalatja @MsMelissa thank you 👍🏻 1y
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MMFinck
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I absolutely loved this one. Gillian Flynn said it perfectly: “Brilliant and stunning.” More layers than I ever would‘ve thought possible. Perfect. I recommend it highly.

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MMFinck
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Fascinating. So deeply layered.

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Samary
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Holy crap. What a story! Uncomfortable, rage-inducing and hopeful!

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Emu
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First book of the new year. A really good read.

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Emu
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Happy New Year 🥳

chelsearae1988 This is on my TBR pile! 1y
Emu @chelsearae1988 It‘s a really good book 😊 1y
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GeauxGetLit
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My top 5 books this year!! Number 1 belongs to the train wreck of a book that I couldn‘t put down, #mydarkvanessa. It was one of those I hated that I loved it so much!! Best writing of the year hands down!!

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Emu
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Interesting take Vanessa has on Lolita. That Dolores is a regular girl with a little devil inside and Humbert is just the man that loves that girl. Well, a nice way to explain Vanessa‘s thinking. #holidayreading

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Emu
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Just started this today.

Leftcoastzen Pretty kitty! 1y
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starrdom
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Put together this charcuterie board while I listened to My Dark Vanessa and the snow fell outside. I enjoyed myself immensely 😸

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm ❤️🤤❤️ Looks fantastic! 1y
Chrissyreadit I‘m obsessed with charcuterie boards! Yours is great! (Mine are vegan😊) 1y
starrdom @Chrissyreadit , vegan charcuterie sounds awesome! 1y
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