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The Careful Undressing of Love
The Careful Undressing of Love | Corey Ann Haydu
23 posts | 15 read | 22 to read
The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told theyre cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessorysomething funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper Devonairre to their friends. But its not real. It wont affect their futures. Then Jacktheir Jack, the one boy everyone loveddies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark. The Careful Undressing of Love is a disturbing and sensual story of the power of youth and the boundless mysteries of love set against the backdrop of Haydus brilliantly reimagined New York City. From the Hardcover edition.
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Mehso-so

Everyone in Brooklyn knows about the girls on Devonairre Street and how they are cursed for the men they love. If they fall in love with you, your going to die.

Sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with magic realism books. I don‘t know how to feel about this one. While I enjoyed some parts of the story there were a lot of moments where I was waiting for someone to say “Fuck this Shit” but it never happened.

3 1/2 ⭐️

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Mehso-so

Everyone in Brooklyn knows about the girls on Devonairre Street and how they are cursed for the men they love. If they fall in love with you, your going to die.

Sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with magic realism books. I don‘t know how to feel about this one. While I enjoyed some parts of the story there were a lot of moments where I was waiting for someone to say “Fuck this Shit” but it never happened.

3 1/2 ⭐️

wordzie Pretty cover❤ 10mo
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theshrinkette
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Pickpick

I was a little iffy about the plot going in, but was totally drawn in by the writing. The story follows the supposedly cursed Devonnaire Street girls- any boys they love will die. And after a violent death of someone they loved, it seems that way, even to Lorna, who never believed. This is sad and mysterious and sucks you in. I really enjoyed it. The writing is simply gorgeous.

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theshrinkette
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Early morning reading time is the best.

8little_paws I love it too!! Days I skip Crossfit, I sleep in until about 6 and then read for an hour before work! 3y
cdreincarnate It really is. It was part of my morning ritual before I got a puppy who vetoed them and replaced them with walks🐶 2y
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theshrinkette
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Finished a blog post, drafted a review, did some research stuff, and watched Game of Thrones. Time to read.

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alexalovesbooks
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Pickpick

It's a beautiful exploration of love, grief, community and tragedy. Once again, I'm thoroughly impressed by Haydu's ability to write an unusual, compelling tale.

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BookishMarginalia
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BookishMarginalia
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Great coffee and gorgeous book (cover, at least) -- post-anniversary date with @WanderingBookaneer @TheBookmarkPR

TheBookAddict 💕Happy Anniversary! 💝 beautiful book too! 3y
Megabooks Awww! Happy anniversary to you and @WanderingBookaneer ! 🍾🥂📚 3y
LeslieO ❤️ that cover! 3y
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Jillsandypants Ohhh! Pretty! 😍 (edited) 3y
Bookzombie Happy Anniversary!!💗 3y
MrBook Happy anniversary, you two!!!!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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KatyAliceReads
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britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷👌🏻 3y
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jesslovestype
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Mehso-so

Another case of beautiful, lyric prose separating me from the main character, who was the most boring of all the Devonairre Street girls. The good: a gorgeous portrayal of female friendship and grief and a fascinating alternate universe America (and that cover 😍). The bad: I wanted to spend more time with the world than inside Lorna's selfish, confused and repetitive inner monologue. 🌾🍋 #ya #yalit

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amrrruuuta
Mehso-so

The portrayal of grief in this book was absolutely wonderful, and I really liked the writing, but I also hated the main character and had way too many questions by the end. Too bad, it could have been fantastic. #arc

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bookandcat
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Mehso-so

Finished during my weekly allergy shot reading time.

An incredibly intriguing concept in terms of world-building and hook, but the book falls flat in what is done with it. I liked the parts which meditated on grief, grief rituals, survivor's guilt, and superstition. But the plot itself didn't thrill me and I didn't feel much attachment to the protagonist. It disappointed me after the absolutely thrill I had reading OCD Love Story. 2 out of 5 *.

bookandcat To recommend something, check out OCD Love Story, it is fantastic. 3y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Pickpick

Lyrical and melancholy, with shades of The Virgin Suicides. Very different from her Life By Committee, but I think this book is going to haunt me for a long time. #midnightbookgirl #JanuaryRelease #edelweiss #arc

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silentrequiem
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Reading in bed. #ARC

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Desirai
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The story is interesting so far but I'm having trouble just accepting the way things are. Hopefully they explain more before the end.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Starting this arc for #boutofbooks. Loved her book #LifeByCommittee

BraveNewBooks I strangely adore the mix of Roman and Italic in the title. 3y
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quirkyreader
Bailedbailed

I had to bail on this one because the download for the ARC was incomplete. @penguinrandomhouse @penguinusa

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Rlweasley
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Two books in two days. That's how you know it's thanksgiving.

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Rlweasley
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"I can't quite figure out the difference between loving someone and loving things about them... Mostly, I'm happy to have someone around on Tuesdays."

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MGarciaWrites
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Pickpick

Haydu's writing is just so damn lovely in this book. The way she delves into grief, love, and loss is equal parts terrifying and heartbreaking. I will not spoil the ending but I will say I almost took it out during a lunch with my mom because I needed to know what happened. Would also recommend if you like April Genevieve Tucholke's work.

read_diverse_books Hah, I've been so hooked on books before that I have actually taken some with me to lunch, a party, or some other social obligation. 😂 3y
MGarciaWrites @read_diverse_books it was super hard not to finish it during lunch but my mom was looking at me weird the entire time while I took this photo so I figured reading was a bad idea 😂 3y
MrBook Nice pic!!! 3y
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MGarciaWrites
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"The girls of Devonairre street have always been told they're cursed. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory - something that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special."

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thedaysbetween
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So excited to get started on this one!

MrBook Eclectic cover. 4y
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