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All Adults Here
All Adults Here: A Novel | Emma Straub
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A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family--as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers. When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? Astrid's youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid's thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most. In All Adults Here, Emma Straub's unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This is my least favorite Straub. While I didn‘t bail this time, it didn‘t charm me either. It was all mess and not as fun as Modern Lovers.

Astrid is the widowed matriarch of a Hudson Valley clan and has fallen in love with a woman. Her three adult children‘s, businessman Elliott, former-actor Nicky, and goat-farmer Porter, reactions are as different as their jobs. Add on Porter‘s solo pregnancy and Nicky‘s daughter moving in with Astrid = mess!

Cinfhen I gave this a pick but I remember thinking it was #MoreMehThanYeah 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 💯💯💯 3w
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abbyreadz
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Panpan

I sort of enjoyed this book. It was one of those slice of life stories which was satisfying and boring at times. I was overjoyed by the bisexual/lesbian/trans representation in it. It made the story much more relevant and interesting. Even though I hated Elliot‘s character I loved he AND Porters character development. Just wish more happened in this book- the plot was dry.

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Lauram
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Mehso-so

I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would but wouldn‘t recommend it to any of the readers in my life. January #Bookspin #Doublespin

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LadyCait84
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Pickpick

The ideas at the center of this book are not new or surprising: Families are complicated; Disappointing those we love, and being disappointed by them, is inevitable. But Straub‘s characters pulled me along and made me care about their complicated family, their litany of disappointments…made me care about them, even as they exchange boneheaded mistakes and clumsy apologies.

Honestly, a pretty fitting read for Thanksgiving weekend?

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bb623
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Pickpick

This book was so much more than I expected it to be. I wanted something light and it did make me laugh. But, it‘s about decisions and regrets and things you wish, as a parent or a child, you‘d done better. It‘s about family and how you love them and how they annoy the hell out of you. It‘s about figuring out who you are and finding love and knowing that it‘s all gonna be OK. I was really touched by this book.

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fredamans
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fredamans
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Mehso-so

I like the writing more than the story. ⭐ ⭐/5

Read my full review: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2021/09/all-adults-here-emma-straub-37.html

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SerenaCrawford
Pickpick

I enjoyed the family…..easy snd quick read. I read this book since part of my local book club otherwise I don‘t think I would have picked up.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#man
#CuriousCovers
#TBR

💜💗❤️🧡💛💚💙

AkashaVampie Love the mug! 1y
Eggs 📚🥳🌟👏🏻 1y
AkashaVampie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ur welcome sweetie!!! how have u been? 1y
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

I liked this family saga more than I thought I would. Straub somehow made the characters likable even as they messed up over and over.

BookishClaire She‘s really good at writing family dynamics. 1y
Bookwormjillk @BookishClaire yes, very realistic 1y
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sarahlandis
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Pickpick

This was a fun, easy novel to read. Some teenage drama, some middle age drama, and some old people drama. It shows how easily complicated family relationships can get, how easy it is to get stuck in the ‘what if everything was different‘ reveries, and even has some awesome gay and trans story lines and coming out triumphs.
“This was the job of a parent: to fuck up over and over again. This was the job of a child: to grow up anyway.”

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ItsAnotherJen
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Pickpick

I liked this one! So refreshing to have an easy and somewhat relatable book. I enjoyed the dynamic between the family members. Their stories are complicated in a way that everyone's relationships to their family members are complicated. I'm at that age where I'm not so young anymore, and my kids are (pretty much) fully capable adults. I can see things from Astrid's point of view, as well as Porter's.
Engaging and entertaining.
⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Dalaine
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Pickpick

Such a great read. I couldn't put it down all weekend. It's a good reminder that we're all just doing our best at playing grown-up. And that we all fuck up. But grow anyways.

sarahlandis Wow you finished?! I‘m about a third of the way through and I‘m really enjoying it 1y
Dalaine @sarahlandis literally couldn't put it down - also was so sore yesterday and just stayed on my couch reading all day 😊 1y
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IselaKay
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Pickpick

I had to recheck this book out 3 times so I had the time to finish it. One reason is because I‘ve been busy but also because while I didn‘t want to bail on it—I didn‘t immediately find it THAT interesting, just interesting enough. But about halfway through, I connected with the characters and all their flaws a little more and I‘m glad I finished it! It‘s ultimately relatable, with a diverse lot. Not a new love, but recommendable.

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BookNAround
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I‘m down to reading only one book so decided to add my March #bookspin book, which was a swap gift from @Kappadeemom recently.

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ElspethY
Pickpick

A good, well written look into a family and family relationships. Nice that it switched narrator perspectives every chapter within the family.

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Kristin_Reads
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn‘t connect with any of the characters. I‘m trying something new to me this year— not finishing a book if I‘m not totally into it. So, I will be moving along to some others on my TBR list! (📷 Snoqualmie River)

IamIamIam It's so freeing when you dump the guilt of not finishing every book!! Good luck on your bailing journey and I hope you find some gems in your TBR!!! 2y
Kristin_Reads @IamIamIam Thank you for the encouragement! 2y
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KarenUK
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Pickpick

This just made me smile. I enjoyed spending time with 3 generations of the dysfunctional Strick family, warts and all. I think Straub always writes her characters with such great affection, with all their flaws and their mistakes, and it just makes me warm to them all the more. Yes, there‘s a ton of storylines to wrangle but for me it worked. And the Upstate NY small town setting gave me a Gilmore Girls updated vibe but with LBGTQ representation!

Cinfhen I read this one earlier last year... good call on the Gilmore Girls vibe 💚This book was good, but I had already FALLEN HARD for this family drama 2y
Erinreadsthebooks Love this book 😍 2y
KarenUK @Cinfhen I still need to read that one.... 👍 2y
Kalalalatja I still haven‘t read a Straub book, but I think I‘ll have to give her a try! 2y
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KarenUK
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#audiopuzzling this morning 🧩.... this puzzle was a gift and I am in love with it! The packaging is beautiful and the Julia Heffernan illustration is 😍😉...
The book is a re-read for #irl book club (I read it in print last time....) I love the author Emma Straub so much. She writes characters that feel real, and in this novel, they are written with such affection and I‘m loving it. The narrator is great too 🎧💕

squirrelbrain I loved the book too (I read it in print as well). That puzzle is FAB-U-LOUS! 2y
Kalalalatja Love that puzzle! 2y
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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

I love Emma Straub and her latest did not disappoint. A grandmother in upstate New York sees her “rival” die, and then begins to reevaluate her relationships with her own adult children, each of whom has issues of their own.

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Anna40
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Bailedbailed

Second book I'm trying to read by Emma Straub and second one I'm bailing. I wanted to like this, but even though it's dealing with important issues, it's too fluffy and I can't connect to any of the characters.

Megabooks I bailed on this too. 2y
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rachelm
All Adults Here | Emma Straub
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Donating blood and starting this audiobook. I recommend both 😋❤️

LiteraryinLawrence Good for you! Thanks for doing that. 2y
rachelm @LiteraryinLititz my dad used to have to get blood transfusions twice a week for a medical condition. Our family feels so indebted to many strangers for helping him get through that period. Least I can do—- seriously 2y
valeriegeary 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 2y
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katy4peas
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Wow! Thanks so much @Meaw_catlady ! There are so many yummy new teas for me to try. Fall is the perfect time to try them! I‘m excited about the book and it is moving to the top of TBR as soon as I finish 1 I am currently reading! I love stickers/bookmarks & the bun warmer is beautiful! Is he local to your area? I love breads so it is perfect! And the necklace is so pretty! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! 💕 Cleo 🐶 helped me open it! 🧡

rsteve388 This is awesome!! 2y
katy4peas I‘m totally wearing my necklace today! 🙂 @Meaw_catlady 2y
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Bookgoil Amazing so cute! Love all the tea too! It‘s cold here so I‘ve been into hot drinks! 2y
Meaw_catlady Yay! I‘m so glad you love it all! The necklace is from a craft program I had at the library this summer. While virtually ahha we learned to wire wrap. And yes the bun warmer is from a local potter! He‘s pretty well known in southern Colorado! 2y
katy4peas @Meaw_catlady that‘s so cool. I work at a library too. ☺️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉📚👏🏻 2y
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MMFinck
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Pickpick

Enjoyable. Modern characters. Satisfying from beg to end.

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CassieT
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Bailedbailed

⭐️
I got 25% of the way through and this book did nothing to grab me at all. I think I‘m figuring out that this version of fiction—the attempt to throw a bunch of modern liberal agendas into one storyline and normalize them all at the same time—is definitely one of the reasons I‘m not a huge fan of contemporary fiction. This book is not engaging and is poorly written. Maybe I‘ll try to get through the rest of it again sometime. Probably not.

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ReadingRuthie
Mehso-so

3.5

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ATB

Enjoying this last summer days.

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Annie1215
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Pickpick

A great take on complicated family relationships. Examining moments where we need to admit our parents are just people and how those relationships shape our adult lives. I appreciated the siblings having varying emotional distance from one another, but still demonstrating that uniquely loyal sibling relationship. First #bookspin book done @TheAromaofBooks

i.besteph Looks like an interesting read. Stacked :) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Anna40 Ever since reading an article about Emma Straub I've wanted to read one of her books and tried The Vacationers but it wasn't for me. She comes across as down to earth and smart! This one sounds good! I'll give it a try :) 2y
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Annie1215 @Anna40 I totally get that. I have some of her other books that I‘ve never gotten around to. I ordered this one as a pre-order from my favorite book store that she happens to own. Since I follow them pretty closely (and she‘s pretty vocal and involved in their social media, etc), in a weird way, I‘ve gotten a sense of her voice and I can tell how it shows up in this one. I‘ll be interested to get around to the others and see how they compare! 2y
Anna40 Oh great! Just the fact that she owns a book store is adorable 😁 See if I can get this one at the library ... 2y
Sargar114 Great review! Stacked! 2y
Anna40 Library hold - done. Waiting for it to be ready for pick up :) 2y
Nute Nice review! I have been on-the-fence about reading this book, but the statement that you made about admitting that our parents are just people has pulled an emotion out of me. I‘m going to the book store to get this book today. Thanks for helping me to decide in favor of it!🙂 2y
Annie1215 @Nute I hope you enjoy! 2y
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Reviewsbylola
All Adults Here | Emma Straub
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Pickpick

I didn‘t fall in love with this one the way I did The Vacationers. It felt a bit two dimensional and the characters didn‘t feel completely fleshed out. That said, Straub has a way of describing the human condition in an authentic way. So many sentences had me nodding my head in agreement. #botm #bathandbook

Cinfhen Yup! It was ok but not memorable 2y
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Annie1215
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In honor of #independentbookstoreday I thought I‘d share my favorites that I recommend everyone support and order from. These are just some of my favorites that I normally love to visit and continued to order from throughout NYC stay at home orders. Excuse the potentially illegible handwriting, but I knew I couldn‘t fit this in a blurb. What are some of your favorite independent bookstores to support?

Annie1215 P.s. if I get matched with you in one of the several October swaps I signed up for, odds are your books are from one of these stores. 2y
AllisonM89 Strand is my happy place ❤️ 2y
Annie1215 @AllisonM89 I went a few weeks ago and it was as empty as I‘ve ever seen it. It felt like my own personal dream bookstore 🥰 2y
AllisonM89 @Annie1215 i haven't been there since grad school, but i miss it. It's hard to get into the city with little ones at home.... 2y
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BittersweetBooks
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If she hadn‘t learned anything else, she had learned this—say it. Say it now, while you have the chance 🍂🐐🚸

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Cinfhen
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book/audio but it‘s another #Fluffernutter
Tasty but lacks nourishment
Absolutely fine but not memorable or indecipherable from most other contemporary fiction novels set around multi generational family dramas.
#BorrowNotBuy
Narration was 🙌🏻🎧
Three stars but still a pick, because I didn‘t roll my eyes and the writing was sharp.

Megabooks Earlier this summer I was talking about this book on IG with @britt_brooke and I kept on going on about the goats and decided I had unresolved goat trauma from my day at a goat farm when I got peed on twice in the first 5 minutes, had to stay in those coveralls all day in the summer in TN...yeah, not a goat fan! 2y
Megabooks So many indignities at that goat farm. And I was not weird about getting dirty most days, but I guess I just really hated that day. 2y
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TrishB Lol #fluffernutter love it. I call these junk food books, really ok whilst reading but not really memorable afterwards. 2y
BarbaraBB Great hashtags and review. I‘ll skip it! 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Megabooks - I grew up around animals and with a lot of friends who lived on farms, but goats were always my nemesis. Something about their eyes! Poultry, cattle, hogs, horses, all fine - but goats....!!!!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Also, great review, Cindy!! 😂 Got sidetracked by goat angst! 2y
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks I feel less alone in my #goattrauma!! 💜😂💜 (edited) 2y
Megabooks Right?!? Damn goat day...🤪🤪 2y
Kaylamburson Ohhh #fluffernutter is such a great hashtag and description for this! 2y
Cinfhen 😁 @Kaylamburson empty calories xx 2y
Reviewsbylola You encouraged me to pick this one up. I‘m only a few pages in so I‘m not sure how I feel about it yet. 2y
Cinfhen It‘s nothing great @Reviewsbylola but it‘s fine for a mindless read. 2y
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Kaylamburson
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable enough story, but I didn't really feel there was a point to the story or a point to me reading it. I didn't get anything new out of it, but could have also just been the moment in my life I chose to read it. I may have enjoyed this one in print more as I appreciate literary writing more in that format. I did love August and Cecilia's storylines, and their friendship was just beautiful.

Cinfhen I‘m on the last 20 minutes of this audio and I literally had the same thought. I‘m enjoying the audio but the story is pointless. I mean, I guess it‘s a family drama 🤷🏼‍♀️Entertaining and some funny moments but nothing new here. 2y
Kaylamburson I'm glad I'm not alone, but sorry you feel that way, too! Nothing new and I've also read some family dramas that I've loved that also didn't have heavy plot but changed my thinking in some way, and this wasn't it. One of my favorite books of last year was The Most Fun We Ever Had and that was a family drama, but so much more. @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Yesssssssss!!!! That book is now myGold Standard for dysfunctional families!!! I LOVED IT and it was super long and I didn‘t care one bit😃 2y
Kaylamburson Yessss!!!!! I feel the same. We are clearly on the same reading wavelengths haha. @Cinfhen 2y
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Cinfhen
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I‘ve read SO MANY similar themed books in the past few months, but so far I‘m enjoying this one ♥️Audio narration is pleasant🎧

Librariana I recently found out she and her husband own an indie bookstore in Brooklyn called "Books Are Magic" ?? Hope the audiobook continues to be enjoyable! 2y
Cinfhen Book ended up being just ok @Librariana but I‘m excited to visit her bookstore one day 😁 2y
Kaylamburson Her bookstore is truly magical. There's a kid's reading nook and it makes me so happy. Something I would have loved as a kid. @Librariana @Cinfhen 2y
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Kaylamburson
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I'm not as far along as I'd like for 24 hour #MBCReadathon this weekend, but continuing to push forward! I couldn't do it without audiobooks! #MBCGiveaway7

anygivenmemory Entry added for check in 7! 2y
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Sharpeipup
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Spent the first cloudless day in a while at the pool where it‘s all adults here.

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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

What a quirky and slightly dysfunctional family.

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rather_be_reading
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Pickpick

A cute fluffy book set in a small town with a big family, which the author says, was inspired by Gilmore Girls!

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GidgetsTreasures75
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8-14-20: My 60th finished book of 2020! I loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #alladultshere #emmastraub 👍🏼📖#️⃣6️⃣0️⃣

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rather_be_reading
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My happy place. I am lagging on this book even tho ita fantastic!

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rather_be_reading
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My yummy Mediterranean lunch

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shaynarae
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Mehso-so

I was pretty underwhelmed by this book after all the hype I had heard about it. Although I really appreciated the inclusion of sexual and gender queerness, nothing actually happened in the book and everything felt forced and fake. The narrator was great for the audiobook though.

Kaylamburson I just finished this and agree. A bit of a pointless story. 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Lunch time. Im so loving this book!

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rather_be_reading
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Book 144 of 2020
#botm #botmbacklist

MynameisSnow Been wanting to read this one 2y
rather_be_reading @MynameisSnow love it so far! 2y
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carosayz
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Light, fun, good read 👍🏻

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Sills
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Finished today-would recommend going to Goodreads and read the summary description. In brief Astrid witnesses a tragic accident and spirals her thoughts and actions about her parenting of her now adult children. Parents aren't perfect but they parent the best way they know how🌹
@tpixie

tpixie I‘ve watched her do some virtual Author events this summer. Her books sound great 2y
Sills @tpixie I like this author but this novel was just so-so for me💁🏻‍♀️ 2y
tpixie @Sills snap! But they can‘t all be winners I guess. 2y
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LeslieO
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The first line was too much to type! It‘s a long one. #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ChasingOm Wow. What a line! 😳 2y
LeslieO @ChasingOm I‘m really enjoying it! 2y
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LeslieO
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Loving this one! #summerreading