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Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker: Stories | Maryse Meijer
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In her debut story collection,Heartbreaker, Maryse Meijer, flashlight in hand, goes deep into the darkest rooms of the psyche. With gorgeously restrained and exacting prose that packs a cumulatively devastating punch, she unapologetically unmasks the violence we are willing to perform upon one another in the name of love and loneliness and the unremitting desire to survive. In doing so, she lights societal convention and reader expectation on fire, exploring the darker emotional truths surrounding love and sex, femininity and masculinity, family and girlhood.
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SaniyyahK
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Mehso-so

Some of the stories were ok but towards the end they got really bizarre. Maybe it‘s just not for me but there was a lot of uncomfortable sex fantasies.

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SaniyyahK
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Only read the first couple of stories but definitely already a fresh new take on love. Committed to reading at least one new story a day!

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EadieB
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vkois88 Wow. That's brutal but entirely accurate 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 11mo
wanderinglynn Perfect description. 💔🦋 11mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💔 Sad but true. Never thought of it tay way before. 11mo
zezeki I'm kinda having that feeling now. 🙈 11mo
EadieB @zezeki Look at this way: it may be a protection that someone or something was not right for you. In hindsight it may be a blessing! 11mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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Mehso-so

3.5/5 🦑. I still have a difficult time with the short story genre. I really liked 75% of the stories. To forewarn anyone how ops to read this collection it touches on some perverse content. I enjoy that kind of bend to a story but it may not be for everyone.

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echristopherclark
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Starting this, this morning.

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rachellayown
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Pickpick

I've read more short stories this year than ever before and this collection struck me as pretty original. Some of the stories are weird, some are dark, all are interesting. And since it's #signedsunday I'm showing off this page instead of the cover.

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BookBabe
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#Day28 of the #SpookyOctober #HalloweenCountdown #FrightFest #BookPhotoChallenge! If you want to read something utterly depraved and horrifying, this book of short stories will do it. Anyone who has read it knows I've included some symbolism here...and I know you're all cringing at the stones! 😱 She's a good writer...but be warned, some of these scenes can't be unseen!

Let's see yours! Don't forget to tag me so I can see it! 📚🍁🕸👻🎃☠️⚰️🍂📚

melbeautyandbooks Great pic! 3y
Cortg Great picture! 3y
guinsgirlreads Agreed! Very cool pic! 😻 3y
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Scurvygirl Gritty! Fantastic picture!😻 3y
MrBook 😊👍🏻 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👍🏻 3y
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Jana
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Pickpick

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's a beautiful collection of gorgeously written, sad, and fucked up stories about love and sex and relationships. On the other hand, they were so goddamn weird I struggled through it at times. But I guess that's what made it so compelling. I can't say that I recommend it to everyone, because some might find some of the stories offensive or way too out there, but it was good. Very good.

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emmanoble
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Only read 11 books this month, but they were all good ones! These were my faves 📚 #septemberwrapup

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Jex
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Pickpick

This book was so deliciously creepy. Eerily beautiful and one story in particular I don't recommend reading at night 🤐

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CarrieScott
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Pickpick

Short stories are typically my palette cleansers between larger, heavy books. I keep a book on hand for brief moments that I know I won't be able to devote to a novel of depth.
This book came with the sacrifice of shock, sometimes disgust, morbid-intrigue at each unique character providing a brief glimpse into society's outcasts, drifts from social norms, and humanity's underbelly, uncovering the unusual + absurd surviving among us.

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Pickpick

These stories were all about unhealthy emotional attachment to different men, most of them very unsettling. But worth reading for anyone who likes to pick at their emotional scabs, I think.

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CarrieScott
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Why does this remind me so much of Plath?

mauveandrosysky I kept going back and rereading this quote 3y
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Janitor
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mauveandrosysky
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Pickpick

I typically like short stories to have more closure, but the ones in this collection are so jarring, bizarre and sordid that I didn't even care. They're a punch to the gut, like pouring salt into the open wounds of loneliness, melancholy, longing and disconnection.

David Foster Wallace said that "good fiction's job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." I'll let you guess what Heartbreaker did for me.

LeahBergen Great review. 3y
Yournewfriendsams Awesome review 🙌🏽 love the quote 3y
Lindy Sounds like my kind of book! 3y
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Sfox414 I'm just about to finish this (I'm starting the last story now) and your review is absolutely spot-on 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
mauveandrosysky @Lindy it's definitely not for everyone, but it's my kind of book, too. 3y
mauveandrosysky @Sfox414 thank you! I look forward to reading your review! 3y
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mauveandrosysky
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These stories are a punch in the gut.

Simona I like this, a lot. 3y
MrBook That's what @BookBabe said! 3y
mauveandrosysky @Simona right? I keep re-reading it. 3y
mauveandrosysky @MrBook it's intense! I like it a lot though! Are you enjoying it, @BookBabe? 3y
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BookBabe
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Mealtime with @MrBook . Anyone else read while eating? It's really not as antisocial as it seems—I think conversation while eating is overrated. This way you get to avoid choking or spitting food at one another, so that's a plus. 😉

Spiderfelt Some of my most enjoyable breakfasts are those spent sitting across the table with my daughter, sharing memorable excerpts from our separate books while we eat. 3y
MrBook 😂😁👍🏻👏🏻 3y
Bookbeez We read and eat too. After being together for almost 9 years, my husband I feel we've had plenty of time to talk over dinner. 3y
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Bookzombie 💕 3y
Bibliosa I much prefer reading over being on the phone. 3y
Reviewsbylola I was seriously about to be like wtf, I am so jealous of your life and all the wonderful places where you eat and then I realized this was the same meal @MrBook posted yesterday. 😂😂 3y
MrBook @Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂👍🏻 3y
Angelala007 My mother works not allow reading at the table. Whenever she was not there for a meal my father and I would be super excited about being allowed to read over dinner :) 3y
BookishBlonde12 Oooh! Heartbreak, you will have to let me know your thoughts once your done! 🤗 P.S. Those nachos look Amazing! 😋 3y
CherylDeFranceschi My partner and I always read. He always brings an extra stack in the car, just to be safe. 3y
Desha Yes I will read anywhere if I can get away with it....so many times was told "no books at the table" growing up...now I can do whatever I want! ????? 3y
LitHousewife I would love to have someone to read with while eating. In my next life I'll make reading mandatory to spend time with me. 😝 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Reviewsbylola @MrBook We get to see two views of the same meal! Hilarious and awesome 👍 3y
BookBabe @Reviewsbylola we do try to have impressive meals at least a few times a week, though 😉 3y
BookBabe @elkeo hehe! 🙃 3y
LibrarianJen Since we have kids we like to have a "no phones/tablets etc at the table" rule for dinner. They are allowed at breakfast and lunch though. I couldn't imagine not having my morning coffee without the news. 3y
BookBabe @BookishBlonde12 They were yummy! And delicious, fresh, homemade salsa! I'm plotting how I can get the recipe out of the cook... 😋 Heartbreaker is not for the faint of heart! (No pun intended, lol). It's really, REALLY deranged. She gets points for originality though. Yikes! 🙊 3y
BookishBlonde12 Adding it to the stack!! 🤗📚🤓 3y
Twocougs My husband and I do that too📚 3y
Gleefulreader I LOVE that you guys read while you eat! 3y
ScrappyMags Well I'm single and my dogs don't seem to mind. Lol 🐶🐶 3y
syasutake At my house everyone reads during breakfast and lunch (not to mention snacks). The dining table is always littered with books. 3y
kspenmoll We often read at my house too. 3y
Lidia I always read when I'm eating alone, which is usually at night. My mom forbid us from reading at dinner time 😁 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Only when I'm alone. My husband isn't a reader so that might be a little sad for him. We usually sit on the couch together after dinner and I read while he watches TV. 3y
moranadatter Yep. I'm more likely to read if I'm eating alone though. 3y
Tanner I'll read when eating alone (or when the bf is watching sports on tv). 3y
rustoryhuf I take my morning coffee with a splash of book. 3y
BarbaraJean My husband and I spent the afternoon doing just this! There's something so companionable about reading together. 3y
BookishMarginalia @jaimitapr and I do it all the time 😊 3y
Heretherebedragons No judgement here. I read while brushing my teeth. 3y
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NerdyRev
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Mehso-so

I honestly don't know what I read. I think Maryse Meijer is an actual crazy person who got a book deal. Seriously, these are some messed up "love" stories. They are not traditional boy meets girl, but rather boy meets and loves fire or little girl meets man and grows up to stab him, or girl only loves boy when he is arrested and talks about getting raped in jail. Yup, Meijer is a crazy person and I sort of liked it.

Twocougs 😜 3y
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NerdyRev
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Just started this and read the first two stories- this is not a "normal" book, but I like it! Then again, how did I expect normal from a book with a car on fire?

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Notafraidofwords
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Mehso-so

This is the reason I don't impulse buy. I always do my research before buying my book. This is full of trigger warnings (rape). I finished it and I am so happy it's done. This book is like Miley Cyrus: dying to make a point but no way in hell making it. It's trying so hard to be different, strange and weird that it falls flat for me. It's like "look I can talk about pedophiles, strange sex and rape" with lots of restraint. I liked one story only.

Titania "This book is like Miley Cyrus." Enough said. 3y
Notafraidofwords @Titania I really couldn't describe it any other way. 3y
Megabooks *Removes from TBR* Thanks 3y
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Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks oh no. This might be for you, but it certainly isn't for me. 3y
BookishMarginalia Doesn't sound like it's for me either. 🤓 3y
Megabooks I don't like rape-y books. It's not quite a TW for me, but I generally avoid unless there's some educational value. 3y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks none here. Except I think it's trying for a feminism angle. 3y
LauraBeth This book is like Miley Cyrus...😂😂 then I'll pass for sure 3y
Eyelit Nice analogy, thanks for the review! 3y
Sue What @LauraBeth said 😁 3y
Notafraidofwords @LauraBeth I had to find a way to describe what I feel. I hope it helps! 3y
Notafraidofwords @Eyelit hope it helps! 3y
CynCruz23 Well said! 👏👏👏👏 I was teetering and tottering about reading this book and glad you've saved me! I was getting the same vibes after a quick preview read 3y
Notafraidofwords @CynCruz23 I wish I would have done a preview before purchasing it. But it was a complete impulse by. 3y
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BookBabe
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Proof of my determination during the #24in48 #readathon : reading in NYC at Grand Central, at the NY Public Library, at Sergimmo Salumeria (delicious gourmet Italian sandwiches!) and during intermission at the Lenny Kravitz/Guns n' Roses concert! (I'm pretty sure I was the only one at the concert with a book in hand) 😛 📚

Blair_Reads I love that you read at a concert 😊 3y
DaniRa Lenny Kravitz and Guns n Roses?! Awesome! Was it great? 3y
DaniRa By the way, someone who reads at a concert...my kinda lady! 3y
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Magdawrites @BookBabe love it! Oh that's why you took a pic at Salumeria ;) 3y
BookFreakOut At a concert, that's awesome! Makes me think of all the pop singers getting mad at people playing Pokemon Go at their concerts! 😜 Intermission is fair game, though. 3y
Hugoreads Love it! I used to read at Red Sox and Patriot games (obligated to attend for spouse's business). 3y
LauraBeth Dedication!😀 3y
Melwilk That's dedication! 3y
JSW This is why Litsy peeps are my peeps. Reading at intermission. 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻 3y
Eyelit 👏📚😃 3y
BookBabe @DanielleRa yes, the concert was fabulous! So glad I went. 3y
BookBabe @MysteryAuthor Hehe, yup! Constantly Litsy-ing. 😉 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Totally! 🤘 3y
BookBabe @JSW ☺️☺️☺️ 3y
ValerieAndBooks This weekend in the life of a book is better than Flat Stanley! 3y
bookishkris I always carry a book with me, even if I know I'm not going to have a chance to read. Concerts, movies, theater, dinner at my in-laws, doesn't matter. I kind of panic without knowing I have something to read. 3y
Notafraidofwords I just ordered this online. I hope I like it! 3y
LitHousewife You rock in all possible ways. 😍 3y
BookBabe @LitHousewife ☺️ thank you, such a sweet thing to say! I'm grinning from ear to ear. 😊 3y
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MrBook
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My second reading space when I settle down for a good book. Thank goodness for my ceiling fan in this Summer heat. If I was able to participate in this weekend's readathon, you'd definitely find me here at some point as well. 😊📚 Nothing but trees and wildlife outside the window.

BrittanyReads L😍VE that chair!! 3y
Gezemice Wow! Beautiful! 3y
BrittanyReads L😍VE that chair!! 3y
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MrBook Thank you @BBL4nkensh1p & @Gezemice ! One's reading space is among the most important parts of the house. I have 4 so far, and then when the library and front porch are done 6. Since I'm overly busy this weekend, I thought I'd get everyone's thoughts on my reading nooks one at a time. 😊 3y
BekahB That's such a beautiful space! I'm currently searching for my first house and in one of my top priorities is making sure it has at least one cozy reading nook. 3y
Alisnazzy Ugh. So in love with this!!!!! 3y
LauraBeth Nice! 3y
Gleefulreader What a beautiful spot to read! 3y
Zelma I'm with everyone else and love your reading space. Too bad it isn't winter as that fireplace looks very tempting! 3y
TheWellReadOwl Looks so relaxing. 3y
bedandabook Perfect. If I were you, I'd never move from that chair! Tell me you light that fire in winter? 3y
Tanner So cozy! 3y
JSW Great spot!! What would you pair it with, though? 😉 3y
LibrarianJen Looks like a spot I would pick myself! 3y
LauraBrook Wow, you've got a great house! 3y
Linda24 What a great reading spot! 📚 3y
MrBook @BekahB Happy hunting! Looking at all kinds of houses is fun. @BookBabe 's and my favorite channel is HGTV; it's pretty much the only thing we're willing to watch on tv aside from TWD, lol. Do you use Trulia? Great app. Where are you looking, if you don't mind me asking. 3y
MrBook @LauraBrook @Linda24 Thank you as well!!! 😁👍🏻 3y
MrBook @bedandabook lol, we've got the wood locked and loaded 😉👍🏻. 3y
MrBook @TheWellReadOwl It's very relaxing, especially with it in a far corner of the house. 3y
BekahB @MrBook thanks! Yep, I'm definitely using Trulia. It's been very helpful with narrowing down to exactly what I'm interested in. I'm looking around Yuma, AZ. There are actually a lot of options, which can be overwhelming. 3y
MrBook @JSW 😂👍🏻 Depends on the time and day, but habitually, especially since it's next to my bed, I pair with: in the morning, Twinings English Breakfast tea, with half a Splenda, bagged, piping hot; at night, Numi Organic Chamomile Lemon tea, straight, loose-leafed & infused, piping hot. 😎👍🏻 3y
MrBook @BekahB Oh yes, especially with it being an up-&-coming community, if my AZ family have it ascertained properly. @BookBabe & I eventually plan to settle in lower NH. It's a magnet for writers and artists like us, and gorgeous naturally. 3y
JSW @MrBook oooooh tea, eh? Have you heard of Muse Monthly? Tea and a book every month. 👍🏼. The teas have been so delicious and she pairs them to the book. 3y
MrBook @JSW 😳...*blink blink*...😱!!!!!! 3y
BookBabe @JSW 😳 Omg, what? Count me in! 📚🍵 3y
JSW @BookBabe FOR REALZ it is awesome 3y
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BookBabe
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*Trying* to get my reading time in for the #24in48 #readathon while at a BBQ today 🍺🍔🍗🌭

Notafraidofwords I totally need this one in my life. 3y
Notafraidofwords Totally need this in my life. 3y
JillMoore1226 I like how you roll! 3y
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MrBook 😉👍🏻 3y
BookBabe @Notafraidofwords The book, the beer, or both? 😉 3y
Zelma That cover is the perfect picture for a bbq! 😂 3y
CynCruz23 This shot feels so American! 🇺🇸 3y
Notafraidofwords @BookBabe I have bad gastritis, so the book! 3y
Bookhound1 The cover shot certainly grabbed my attention. Are you enjoying it? 3y
BookBabe @Bookhound1 Yes, I am enjoying it! The first story freaked/weirded me out...not in a bad way, just in a 😮 way 3y
BookBabe @Zelma hehe 😉🔥 3y
BookBabe @CynCruz23 😊🇺🇸 3y
Bookhound1 Cool! Now I had to add it to my stack 3y
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Bree.Hill
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Book recommendation from @Liberty from the All The Books Podcast. This sounds so amazing, I can't wait to get to it.

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ReadsInTheDark
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I want to read this book! @Liberty made this sound amazing and I don't even like short stories. She spoke about it on the All the Books podcast.

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bookshopsc
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HEARTBREAKER is a wonderful literary version of a kick to your solar plexus. It reminds me of Gaitskill or maybe Kelly Link in that the book shows you extreme situations & people but then tricks your brain into seeing them as familiar. Feral, desperate, depraved-but recognizable. I'm loving it.-Nici

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Liberty
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Kids, am I right? 😂

TheNextBook Lmao!!! That is awesome!!! 3y
AshleyS I once babysat a girl that got a little suitcase, put on her sunglasses and said she was going to a hotel. As she was walking away she turned around and said , "by the way, I'm the devil." 3y
Books_Wine_Repeat Hahaha this is great! 3y
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sarahlapolla Sold! 3y
RebeccaH What app do you use to make pictures like this?? Thanks!! 3y
heikemarie Remind me to never get me one of those! 3y
Liberty @RebeccaH I did it all with Litsy, first with the 'Blur' feature, and then 'Stickers.' 😊 3y
RebeccaH Thank you!! I somehow missed all those Litsy editing options. D'Oh!! 3y
Tillie So funny...I love that dad's reply to his daughter. It would take me at least an hour to think of a retort and by then it would be too late... 3y
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Liberty
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Evening reading. 🔥

rebuketodali I'm excited to hear your thoughts on this one. 3y
bookshopsc I'm reading this too right now, and I keep wanting to compare it to Kelly Link even though there's no sf/f element. (At least not so far.)-Nici 3y
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Liberty
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So excited to read this. And the cover is 🔥.

Cobscook That cover is rad! 3y
LisaReads This sounds so good!! 3y
OliverDepp I cannot stop raving about this book. 3y
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LindaGrace812 The description of the book terrifies me. 3y
[DELETED] 1728490109 That cover alone, yes! 3y
SagaReads this sounds amazing!! 3y
tojuxtapose agreed, great cover. 3y
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