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The Lauras
The Lauras | Sara Taylor
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I didnt realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong. As we made our way from Virginia to California, returning to the places where shed lived as a child in foster care and as a teenager on the run, repaying debts and keeping promises, I learned who she was in her life-before-me and the secrets she had kept even from herself. But when life on the road began to feel normal I couldnt forget the home wed left behind, couldnt deny that, just like my mother, I too had unfinished business. This enigmatic pilgrimage takes them back to various stages of Alexs mothers life, each new state prompting stories and secrets. Together they trace back through a life of struggle and adventure to put to rest unfinished business, to heal old wounds and to search out lost friends. This is an extraordinary story of a life; a stunning exploration of identity and an authentic study of the relationship between a mother and her child. The Lauras is the new novel from the exceptionally gifted author of The Shore, which was long listed for the Baileys Womens Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.
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Jas16
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Panpan

Two pans in row for me. I should have followed my impulse to bail early on but I wanted to see where the story went. Nothing about this book seemed cohesive to me and I never found myself caring about anything other than what the father left at home was going through.

Crazeedi That's a bummer, 2 in a row is depressing. I hope you have good luck with the next one 13mo
Tamra Shoot, the cover is so enticing! 13mo
Jas16 @Tamra I really like the cover too. Reviews on Litsy seem to be pretty split and plenty of people liked it. 13mo
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Lissa00
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It is going to be so hot today, so I thought I‘d get some morning outside reading time in!

SheReadsAndWrites The high here today is 102. 🙄 Meh. Happy reading! 🤓 I'll be doing so inside... 2y
Lissa00 @SheReadsAndWrites We are just mid-90‘s here but boy, it‘s hard weather to relax outside in. 2y
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Gissy Dos you like this book? 13mo
Lissa00 @Gissy The Goodreads rating for this isn‘t great but I liked it. This author is a beautiful writer but it does mean for a slow moving story. 13mo
Gissy Well, I added in my Litsy tbr☺️ 13mo
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Misanthropester
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Finally got around to finishing this novel I picked up through NetGalley. I love how this story paces itself allowing the mother-child relationship(s) to meander naturally. And, of course, the non-binary narrator journey of self shirks any trite #YA tropes leaving readers to experience a story of high literary merit

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saresmoore
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Bailedbailed

The aftermath of my evening reading—a double bail! Three words sum up the reason I abandoned both of these: I. Don‘t. Care.

One of those words is a contraction. Does it still count? 🤔 Even this review is more interesting than the books...

Jess_Read_This 😂 Better luck with the next book! 2y
saresmoore @shawnmooney Why is the mother so uninteresting? It seems like she‘s relentlessly self-pitying and the daughter/narrator is a shell character. And you‘re right about the writing. Maybe it‘s at a disadvantage for being compared with The Lost Garden in my mind, but it simply couldn‘t hold my attention after a while. 2y
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shawnmooney Have I corrupted you? I sure as heck hope so! 😘😘😘 2y
saresmoore @shawnmooney Oh, I‘m certain you have! I think I only wanted to like The Lauras because the author shares my first name. 😬 2y
Cinfhen Wasn‘t a fan of 2y
saresmoore @Cinfhen What is it about that book? I‘m still trying to put my finger on it. 2y
Cinfhen Nothing about it rang true or interesting ~ I also just DID. NOT. CARE 2y
Cinfhen And what was the point of the ambiguous sexuality of the daughter 2y
saresmoore @Cinfhen Hahaha! I guess that‘s it, then! 2y
saresmoore @Cinfhen I didn‘t even pick up on it as I was reading. Alex was barely a character at all and that bugged me! Is ambiguity an excuse for no substance? (edited) 2y
Itchyfeetreader This is a high runner for my worst read of the year! 2y
Cinfhen I see you had an ARC too! That's the only reason I didn't bail... 2y
saresmoore @Itchyfeetreader Yikes! I don‘t regret bailing, in that case! 2y
saresmoore @Cinfhen Yes! I imagine we won the same giveaway. I should probably have qualms about bailing on an ARC, but I really don‘t. 😬 2y
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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

I love the cover, and although the plot struck me as more than a little clichéd the characters seemed moderately interesting. But the writing itself made my eyes glaze over. Abandoned three pages into chapter 3. No thank you!
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Cinfhen Like I predicted!!! 💖😜😂 2y
shawnmooney @Cinfhen 😘😘😂😂 2y
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shawnmooney
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Cinfhen Didn't like this one at all!! Let's see if you #bail ???!!? 2y
bedandabook That‘s so, so sad. 2y
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shawnmooney
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I think I first heard about this book here on Litsy a year or so ago, and it has been on my TBR ever since. When I saw this wonderful booktube video review a couple weeks ago, I finally got off my duff and ordered it.

https://youtu.be/agLCLbOp8ik

saresmoore I have a copy of this, too! 2y
mcipher I love the cover! 2y
merelybookish I really liked it! 2y
KathyWheeler Such a great cover! 2y
Cinfhen This was an odd book...not sure I cared for it....although I did mark it as a pick🙄🤔 2y
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cobwebmoth
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Happy mail today! Thank you! @Cinfhen 😊

emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Enjoy 😊 2y
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susanw
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Been off the grid awhile. Doing a lot of this ⬆️. I did finish The Lauras and liked it. I felt in the second half the book really came together She writes well and if you haven't read her debut of linked short stories, The Shore, you should.

merelybookish I liked it too! 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍 2y
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Centique Now that's a view! 😍 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 Beautiful view! 2y
EvieBee Man. This is THE DREAM. 2y
AmyG What a reading spot! 2y
Redwritinghood Looks like a lovely, peaceful place to read and relax. 💕💕 2y
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Cinfhen
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Hmmm, I'm really not sure how I feel about this book! Part coming of age, mixed with ambiguous sexual identity/awakening, mother/daughter bonding~road trip thrown in the mix🙆a reluctant pick?!? Could have been better - either way I'm gifting it to any Litten named Laura who lives in the US (sorry, shipping is getting expensive) tag me below if you'd like this book before midnight Sunday 8/13. I'll let a random name generator decide winner🤗

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I like the giveaway hook! That's fun! 2y
cobwebmoth @Cinfhen I'd be interested in reading it. Thanks for the chance!😊 2y
Jas16 Hmmm. I am willing to change my name for a book on my TBR. Never really liked Jennifer all that much... 2y
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emilyhaldi Fun idea! 2y
monkeygirlsmama I don't qualify to enter, but had to say I love how you decided to set the parameters for this giveaway. That's fab! Happy Reading to the lucky Laura that wins. 🙃 2y
susanw I'm not a Laura, but I'm reading this now. And to tell the truth, the ambiguous gender of the child kind of annoys me. I get it doesn't really matter. It's a mother/child relationship but I find I'm constantly trying to figure it out. 2y
Cinfhen I agree @susanw it was more of a distraction than anything else, I'm not sure the relevance it added to the story 2y
Cinfhen Thanks, non Laura's 😜 @emilyhaldi @Jas16 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders @monkeygirlsmama looks like @cobwebmoth is the front runner 💗 2y
merelybookish @Cinfhen @susanw I actually liked how Alex's gender identity was not THE story in The Lauras but part of the story. 2y
Cinfhen I'm not sure how Alex's gender identity added to the story @merelybookish 2y
merelybookish @Cinfhen I guess I read it as trying to make an unconventional kid part of a more conventional storyline. It's important and part of Alex's experiences are related to being gende-fluid. But there's also having parents. And figuring out the past. If Alex had been a straight boy or girl, he or she might have sex or fallen in love and that would just be part of the story. 2y
Cinfhen I get what you're saying @merelybookish it certainly effected Alex's schooling ~ but I didn't think the gender ambiguity changed the family dynamics/relationships. I like when other readers have a different reading experience from myself. 2y
Cinfhen Hi @cobwebmoth You are the only Laura who responded...🙀🎉🎁I'm happy to send you the book~ just need your address, which you can email to me cindyh666 at iCloud.com 2y
cobwebmoth @Cinfhen I'm surprised that I was the only one who responded! I emailed you. Thank you!! 2y
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LauraJ
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I'm pretty sure that Laura is the most popular name on Litsy. I think it's time to consolidate our literary love and officially form a group...#TheLauras!!! Tag your fellow Lauras!

Cinfhen Hilarious 😂 I'm reading this book right now! like it, it's a bit dark. I'll gift it to one of the Laura 's when I'm done! 2y
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Laru79 Thanks for the tag @LauraJ.... I have this on my tbr pile, am hoping it'll do us Lauras proud!! 2y
TrishB I've just followed some more Laura's!! 2y
Scurvygirl All you Laura's!! Laurie is a much cooler name!😻😻😹💚💚💚 2y
Sweettartlaura Whoo hoo!!!!! Love all the Lauras❤️😍❤️😍 2y
Laura317 This is hilarious! 2y
LauraBeth It's a good, solid 1970s name! ❤️😀Thanks @ValerieAndBooks 2y
LauraJ @LauraBeth Or late 60's. 😊 The 90's version is Lauren. 8 of my neighbors are named Lauren. 10 are named Rachel. 2y
Laura317 Early 60's name for me. I was named after the character Laura on the Dick Van Dyke Show (played by Mary Tyler Moore). 2y
LauraJ @Laura317 We're classics! I was named after a soap opera character 😕 2y
LauraBrook Hah, I love this! My grandmother named me, but not after anyone in particular (I'm a late 70s baby). Will be following some more Lauras shortly! 2y
Booksnob @LauraJ @LauraBeth @LauraBrook @Laura317 too funny. I was also named by my grandmother after Laura in The Days of Our Lives soap opera in the Late 60's and Laurie is my nickname. @Scurvygirl (edited) 2y
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Cinfhen
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Always pays to keep a softcover in your tote! This is a GoodReads win 😍anyone read it yet? #BookNCoffee

Moray_Reads I have. I liked it, interesting and enjoyable 2y
Jas16 On my TBR so I will be I interested in your thoughts. 2y
Booksnob I want to read this and have been eagerly awaiting. Put on my TBR simply because my name is Laura. 2y
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emmaturi yes I did and loved it! 2y
shawnmooney I want to get to this soon! 😘 2y
nomadreader The Shore is one of my all-time favorites. I need to read this one soon! 2y
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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

Meh... though well-written and definitely a discussion starter, this one didn't really end on a satisfying note for me... I really can see this doing well though with book clubs!

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merelybookish
The Lauras | Sara Taylor
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Road trip, coming-of-age, parent/child relationships. This book isn't breaking narrative ground, but still manages to be fresh and engrossing. Ma crisscrosses the US as she settles scores, keeps promises, recounts her history and the Lauras she's known. But it's narrated by Alex, a kid with a gender-ambiguous identity, a pre-teen when they leave who learns a lot on the road and not just about Ma.
A book with depth, heart, and wisdom.

Cinfhen Nice review! Just finished this one. I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about it! 2y
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merelybookish
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#Currentlyreading. Thoroughly enjoying. Lovely writing. Recommending.
#birthdayspace @Liberty

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Ellebeekay
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Kalalalatja 👍👍 3y
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merelybookish
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Starting a new book on a lazy Saturday! 👌

shawnmooney I'm deeply curious about this one – look forward to your review! 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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#asidefrombooks
Fave Hobby: Aside from books??? Ummm... Ummm... Ummm... Pass!
Fave Drink: Gin & Tonic, lots of lime
Fave Food: NY Pizza
Fave Color: ❤️or 💜
Fave City: New Orleans or my current home, Tacoma
Where My Dream House Would Be: Niagara Falls, Canadian side
Fave Accessory - my gold hoop earrings - see pic
Fave TV show: LOST
Last Movie Seen in the Theater - Beatriz at Dinner
Currently Reading: The Redbreast

CouronneDhiver Aw, Niagara Falls! 👍🏽 3y
britt_brooke I love New Orleans!! ⚜️ 3y
Sweettartlaura @CouronneDhiver @britt_brooke My ultimate dream would be year-round in NOLA, summers in Niagara 😍 Perfect, perfect, perfect❤️ (edited) 3y
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MLRio
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Panpan

Lord deliver me from pointlessly graphic descriptions of blowjobs in literary fiction.

LauraBrook Yikes. Thanks for taking one for the team, as it were. 3y
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charl08
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The ocean is the lover our species never got over. We crawled out of its arms to stumble and stand on solid ground, and have pined for it ever since. It‘s the tragic romance to end them all . It hasn‘t forgotten, either, hasn‘t forgiven that abandonment —try and climb back into its bed without due precaution and it will kill your ass.

KarenUK 💕💕 3y
Suet624 Wow. So good. 3y
Beckys_Books I never thought of the ocean that way, but it seems so true reading that quote. 3y
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monalyisha
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Tfw you're cleaning out your car and you find a few books... 😂

lauren.lerner Lmaoooooo 😂👌🏻 3y
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emmanoble
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Today's mini #bookhaul ! The bookshop down the street is having a sale & I'm very proud of myself for not going too crazy 👏🏼

MrsAHintz Those covers are gorgeous 😍 3y
emmanoble I know right 😍 @MrsAHintz 3y
Liberty You won a treat! Please email your address to Liberty at Book Riot dot com and I'll send you your treat. 😊 3y
emmanoble Yayy how exciting!! @Liberty 3y
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Forgetmenot
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An interesting book about coming of age. You never know if Alex is a boy or a girl. Alex's mum leaves on a road trip going back to places in her past taking Alex with her. When the trip starts Alex is a child but at the end Alex is an adult. You see the relationship develop between mum and alex

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Coleen
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Mehso-so

Some readers will love this one. It's a story of a teenager coming into his/her own, gender identity, mother-child relationships, and revisiting the past. The writing was fairly impressive, but the story just couldn't capture me. I didn't feel like it was going anywhere and what should've probably been a quick read dragged on and on.

I think I'm just ready to move on to something with more action.

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Coleen
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It's not an April Fool's joke. That IS the sun shining in through the window! I've missed you, sunshine! ☀️☀️☀️

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ferskner
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#bookmail to soothe my Wednesday blahs. Thank you @penguinrandomhouse!

EvieBee So Kevin Kwan is continuing his series?! Awesome! 3y
ferskner @EvieBee84 It looks like it! 3y
LeahBergen Wow!!! 3y
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Coleen
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LornaDH
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I loved this book. Another perfect road trip companion. All the stars. When's the movie? #netgalley #haftabuy 💖

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Moray_Reads
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There's a wonderful flow to so many of Sara Taylor's sentences which makes them beautiful.

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Moray_Reads
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An excellent story about the choices we make and those that others (try to) make for us. Peppered with LGBTQIA relationships, romantic, friendships, mother-child, narrator Alex identifies as neither sex not as any particular gender. It is sensitively and cleverly done and while it provides key plot points it never overwhelms the narrative or the character. #litsyreadingchallenge #LRC19

shawnmooney Great review – it's been bumped up closer to the top of my list, thanks to you! (edited) 3y
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Moray_Reads
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readordierachel That's lovely. 3y
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Moray_Reads
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New tea set, new book. Happy Monday! #teaandbook

Reviewsbylola Beautiful 😍😍 3y
britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷👌🏻 3y
I-read-and-eat So cute 😍 and they all match 3y
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rubyslippersreads Lovely! 😍😍😍 3y
Kalalalatja 😍😍 3y
Alfoster Oh, I really liked The Lauras! 😍 3y
LeahBergen I'm jealous!!!! 3y
celtichik Oh wow...that tea set! 3y
Moray_Reads @celtichik I got it in the January sale at T2, they do amazing tea and tea accessories 3y
saresmoore Gorgeous! 3y
Simona 😍😍😍Beautiful❣ 3y
lynneamch Lovely!💖 3y
Hobbinol How wonderful! 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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13 year old Alex tells the story of a cross country road trip that occurs when their parents split. On the road trip, Alex's mother revisits her past and the many Lauras that she has known. I especially enjoyed the way the author ended the road trip and its story while leaving open ended the next chapters in Alex's life. #netgalley

Alfoster I liked it too, but got bogged down in the middle--wanted the journey to end already!😳 3y
8little_paws Her first book was EVERYTHING. Can't wait to read this 3y
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AnneCecilie
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What a fantastic book ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I had huge expectations for this after reading her debut and it lived up to every one of them. I can't wait to for her next novel.

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AnneCecilie
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I'm starting on this now and I'm really exited. I 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 her first one, The Shore. Hope this one can live up to my expectations

rivercityreading The Shore is one of my favorite books ever! Can't wait to hear about this one. 3y
AnneCecilie I have some 30 pages left and I'm really loving it. If the last 30 pages are as good as the privious 270 pages, this is a new favourite. 3y
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shawnmooney
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This one sounds so good!

ImaginativeMom It really does!! I was so unsettled when I realized my parents were *people*! 3y
quirkyreader This morning in the guardian there was an article about it on the books page. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I love that cover! 3y
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LitHousewife
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Just saw this on Twitter and looked it up. Sounds interesting. It comes out in February 2017 and I need to keep my eyes open for it.

KrisConstantReader It does look interesting. 4y
Liberty Eeeeee! I thought the US edition wasn't out until February. SO EXCITED!!! I loved THE SHORE. 4y
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Megabooks This sounds fantastic! Thanks for posting! 4y
jennifersmeth That cover! 4y
LitHousewife @Liberty Uh, my bad. I wasn't looking at the American release date. It is February. 😳 4y
Liberty @LitHousewife But I have nothing to read until then! 😂😂😂 4y
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