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The Animators
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
For readers of Meg Wolitzer and Adelle Waldman, and in the tradition of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, comes a bold and vibrant debut novel about friendship, art, ambition—and the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood. She was the first person to see me as I had always wanted to be seen. It was enough to indebt me to her forever. At a private East Coast college, two young women meet in art class. Sharon Kisses, quietly ambitious but self-doubting, arrives from rural Kentucky. Mel Vaught, brash, unapologetic, wildly gifted, brings her own brand of hellfire from the backwaters of Florida. Both outsiders, Sharon and Mel become fervent friends, bonding over Ren and Stimpy, R. Crumb, and dysfunctional families. Working, absorbing, drinking. Drawing: Mel, to understand her own tumultuous past, and Sharon, to lose herself altogether. A decade later, Sharon and Mel are an award-winning animation duo, and with the release of their first full-length feature, the “spitting, twitching tour-de-force of epic freaking proportions” Nashville Combat, they stand at the cusp of success. But while on tour to promote the film, cracks in their relationship begin to form: Sharon begins to feel like a tag-along and suspects that raucous Mel is the real artist. When unexpected tragedy strikes, long-buried resentments rise to the surface, threatening their relationships with their families, their lovers, and each other—and hastening a reckoning no one sees coming. Advance praise for The Animators “The Animators is a heartbreakingly beautiful, sharply funny, arrestingly unforgettable novel about love and genius, the powerful obsessiveness of artistic creation, and the equally powerful undertow of the past. Kayla Rae Whitaker writes like her head is on fire.”—Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner Award–winning author of The Great Man “An engrossing, exuberant ride through all the territories of love—familial, romantic, sexual, love of friends, and, perhaps above all, white-hot passion for the art you were born to make . . . I wish I’d written The Animators.”—Emma Donoghue, author of Room and Frog Music “Every artist must come from somewhere; this is something you try to outrun, even as home fuels the creative engine. The Animators is a novel about a pair of cartoonists, but it’s also about the complexity of creative friendship, about balance and jealousy, growing into yourself and living with your talent and trying to actually, impossibly get along in this cracked and unjust world. The result is unapologetic and raucous and compulsively readable; it is potato-chip-friendly and deeply, generously wise.” —Charles Bock, author of Alice & Oliver From the Hardcover edition.
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Becker
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Mehso-so

Is it fair to dislike a book just because you disliked the characters? I think the author did a fine job writing this but I couldn‘t stand either of the two main characters. Not sure why I even finished it but I feel bad saying that because it‘s not really a reflection of the quality of the book.

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Scochrane26
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1. Tagged
2. crunchy
3. Sunset
4. Either paying on my car or house (I would go for a fun thing like a trip to Europe, but it would prob take more than an hour to book it.)
5. 5th
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Mtroiano
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Beach read #1

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Jilly6183
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Thank you again @britt_brooke for the #dollarscoregiveaway ! Such a nice treat to find when I got home from vacation. And thank you for the bookmarks, especially the @BookBabe design! ☺️

britt_brooke Hope you enjoy!! 💚 2mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Thank you so much @britt_brooke !
Love the Vonnegut bookmark 😊 can‘t wait to read this.
#litsylove

britt_brooke So happy you like the bookmark, too! 🤗 2mo
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Mtroiano
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Thanks again, Brittany! ❤️ I‘m excited to read this and I love the Parnassus and @BookBabe bookmarks!

Reviewsbylola Brittany is the best and so is this book! 🥰 2mo
britt_brooke You‘re so welcome! Hope you enjoy! 2mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Thanks, Steph! 🤗 2mo
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britt_brooke
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And the random winners are:

💛 @OrangeMooseReads
💛 @Mtroiano
💛 @Jilly6183

Please send your mailing information to brittany.seibert@gmail.com and I‘ll get these out (hopefully) in the next few days.

Thanks a bunch to all who entered my little #DollarScoreGiveaway ! 😙😙

OrangeMooseReads OH MY GOSH! I WON! Thank you 😊 3mo
Mtroiano Yay!! Thank you! 3mo
Jilly6183 Woohoo! Thank you! 3mo
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britt_brooke @OrangeMooseReads @Mtroiano @Jilly6183 It‘s a good one. Hope you all enjoy!! 🤗🤗🤗 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Congratulations to the winners!!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Yay!! 3mo
AmyG Congrats all 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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#dollarscoregiveaway @britt_brooke
Hahahaha...I can‘t tell you how long that took me bc I‘m a total spaz. This is very sweet, thanks for having giveaway!

britt_brooke 😆 There‘s no simple way to repost on here. Would be nice if there was. Thank you for entering!! 🤗 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @britt_brooke Thank YOU for being so generous🦋 (edited) 3mo
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GypsyKat
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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The lovely @britt_brooke is hosting a giveaway! I‘ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so this #DollarScoreGiveaway is exciting! 💛📚💛📚💛

JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s a kick!! I love dollar store book bargains 3mo
britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! It‘s a good read! 3mo
GypsyKat @britt_brooke Thank you for hosting! It‘s been on my list for a while! 💛😘 3mo
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GypsyKat @JanuarieTimewalker13 I don‘t even know where there is a dollar store near me, but this makes me want to go out and find one! 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 All of a sudden, within the last 2 years or so, there‘s a Dollar Tree and a Family Dollar all within 2 miles....and now a Goodwill ! 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just bought Jonas Jonasson‘s relatively new one (I think) something with Hitman in title...I loved the 100 year old man one. 3mo
GypsyKat @JanuarieTimewalker13 I don‘t think I‘ve ever heard of that author, I‘ll have to check them out. 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, he‘s good!! Swedish, like Eric Northman...ok, so I have a thing for Swedish men. Lol 3mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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The wonderful @britt_brooke is having a giveaway! Go to her page and check it. Thanks for the chance to win!
#dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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ephemeralwaltz
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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@britt_brooke is having the most generous #giveaway! 😍😍😍 Crossing my fingers because this one has been on my radar for a while. It has a lot of #LitsyLove. Quick, tomorrow is the last day to enter!
#DollarScoreGiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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lele1432
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Thank you @britt_brooke for the chance to win this #DollarScoreGiveaway! I remember this being a #BOTM pick, but I didn't end up choosing it. Fingers crossed I may finally get my hands on a copy! 🤞🏽#giveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Thanks @britt_brooke for the chance to win in your #DollarScoreGiveaway!

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
Scochrane26 I LOVE this book, and the author is really nice. 3mo
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babyruth2510
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@britt_brooke is awesome for hosting a giveaway. Check out her page for more info

#dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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jessinikkip
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A big thanks to @britt_brooke for the chance to wnter the #DollarScoreGiveaway

I always love finding books at the dollar store when they are so good!

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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Cinfhen
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The super awesome @britt_brooke is hosting a super thoughtful #giveaway 💚💚💚 #DollarScoreGiveaway
Check out her original post for all the details 🎉I‘d like to try this one again...I had an ARC but I prematurely bailed 🙄some of my most trusted Littens loved this book, so I‘m calling a redo 🤞🏼🤞🏼Thanks for the chance, Britt😘

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Good luck! I liked it a lot, but it took a minute to get hooked. 3mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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I‘ve had this on my TBR for a long while. Fingers crossed that I could win a copy through the generous #dollarscoregiveaway from @britt_brooke 😁

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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@britt_brooke is doing an incredibly thoughtful #dollarscoregiveaway I never think to look for books in the dollar store. Usually I‘m going for something specific and don‘t browse. Clearly I need to change my habits. Thanks again, @britt_brooke

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks You just reminded me I need to go there to get a laundry basket for daughter who is home for the summer...definitely will look at the books too 😉. The Animators is very good BTW. 3mo
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youneverarrived
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Thank you @britt_brooke for the generous giveaway. I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while 😊 #dollarscoregiveaway

BookishTrish Loved this book 3mo
britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
Pricel101 So fun!! One of the many reasons to love Litsy:) 👏🎉📖 3mo
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wanderinglynn
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The awesome @britt_brooke is doing a #DollarScoreGiveaway of The Animators. Thanks for the opportunity to enter! ☺️

jewright I broke my leg and had to be off it for 9 weeks. I read about 30 books. 3mo
britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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AmyG
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Thank you @britt_brooke for the wonderful #Dollarscoregiveaway! I have heard good things about this book. Great find!

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! It‘s a good read. 3mo
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Skyrimir
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Thanks for hosting a giveaway! @britt_brooke #dollarscoregiveaway Check out the tagged litsy to see how to enter!

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Jilly6183
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Check out this generous giveaway from @britt_brooke . This is so sweet! #dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 3mo
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Mitch
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Thanks @britt_brooke for this cool #giveaway. Your so kind to take us Littens shopping with you! #dollarscoregiveaway 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

britt_brooke 🥰 Thank you for entering! 3mo
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Mtroiano
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What a sweet, generous gal you are, @britt_brooke ❤️ Great find! #dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰 Thank you for entering! 3mo
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britt_brooke
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Randomly found The Animators at Dollar Tree yesterday! I read - and loved it - last spring. So, I bought 3 copies to giveaway to 3 Littens. 💛

TO ENTER:

Make a new post using this photo, tag me @britt_brooke and use the hashtag #DollarScoreGiveaway

Open to ALL. Enter through Thursday May 30. Winners will be announced Friday.

Rachel.Rencher Whaaat? That's so cool. Was it at a Dollar Tree? I might have to go check mine and see if they have some! Also, how kind of you to think of others and do a giveaway. ❤ 3mo
JoScho Love this and I adored this book! Great find! 3mo
britt_brooke @Rachel.Rencher Yes - Go check your Dollar Tree. Maybe you‘ll get lucky! 3mo
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britt_brooke @JoScho I loved it, too. Can‘t wait to see what this author does next! 3mo
tpixie You're so sweet!! 🥳📚🥳 3mo
TrishB How lovely 💕 3mo
JennyM That is such a lovely thing to do Britt. I loved this book 💛♥️💛 (edited) 3mo
krismlars Yay, $ store! This book is part of my BOTM backlog. 3mo
britt_brooke @tpixie 🥰🤗 3mo
britt_brooke @TrishB 🥰🤗 3mo
britt_brooke @JennyM 🥰🤗 I loved it, too! (edited) 3mo
britt_brooke @krismlars That infamous backlog! That‘s one reason I ended up canceling. I couldn‘t keep up and it stressed me out. 😆 3mo
LeahBergen How nice! 😘 3mo
sudi That's so sweet of you 😊😘 3mo
Mitch That‘s so lovely of you. Thank you xx 3mo
britt_brooke @sudi 🥰🤗 3mo
britt_brooke @Mitch 🥰🤗 3mo
AmyG Great find! I miss not living near a Dollar Tree. Thank you for the giveaway! (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen I feel your pain @AmyG 😫😫😫😫😫nice find, Britt 💚💚💚 3mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen This is the first time my Dollar Tree has had anything good. 😬 3mo
AmyG @cinfhen Ha! For sure. @britt_brooke It‘s the store, the area and if you get lucky. 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s such a hit or miss and especially store to store but when you find a winner......it‘s the BEST feeling @AmyG @britt_brooke I once dragged Niki to 4 different stores on a Sunday.... I legit thought she was going to burst an artery 😂😂 3mo
britt_brooke @AmyG So true! I usually check the 2 locations in my hometown when I visit and I usually find decent books there. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz How nice!!😍😍 3mo
GypsyKat What a great find! This is on my TBR list! ❤️ 3mo
Megabooks This was my first bail of the BOTM challenge. The sexual abuse really got to me. The writing was beautiful, though. I‘m interested to see what she does next! Great find. 👍🏻 And very generous of you!! (edited) 3mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks I understand. That part was tough and, I felt, unnecessary. 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! This was a BOTM I think, back in the day! Great find. Heck, I‘ll give it the old college try! (edited) 3mo
britt_brooke @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yep, you‘re right! 3mo
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Hoopiefoot
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Spending a weekend hiding in the mountains with my books and my hiking shoes. My kindle is hidden in the stack there just in case I run out of books 😊

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Christine
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Rarely are mom rewards so immediate: I ran into Dollar Tree for some last-minute necessities for the SpongeBob 20th Anniversary party my kids really thought we ought to have today (😂), and with only seconds to peruse the books section before checkout I found both the only Nickolas Butler I haven‘t read (having read his most recent last week) and the tagged, which has been on my TBR forever! 🥳

TheSpineView Score!💜📚 4mo
merelybookish Book score and serious mom points for the party! 4mo
AlaMich That‘s awesome! Plus, any excuse for cake, I always say!! 4mo
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Christine @TheSpineView Yes, I felt that I hit a mini-jackpot. 🤓 4mo
Christine @merelybookish The kids did enjoy it all, so a double win! :) 4mo
Christine @AlaMich Agreed completely re: cake! We also just got my first-ever brand new oven last week, so I'm even more easily persuaded to impulse bake! 😛 4mo
britt_brooke Ha! I‘m just seeing this. I found The Animators at Dollar Tree yesterday. I‘ve already read it, but couldn‘t help but buy a few copies to give away. It‘s by far the best book I‘ve found at my local Dollar Tree. 3mo
Christine @britt_brooke Aww, that‘s a great idea to buy and give away! ❤️ (Did you love the book? I started it a long time ago but didn‘t love the audio narration, so I‘m looking forward to trying again in print!) (edited) 3mo
britt_brooke @Christine I really liked it. 4 stars, but it took me a bit to get into it. Maybe you‘ll have better luck in print. 🤞🏻 3mo
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Tanisha_A
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Suba! Thank you for sending an envelope full of love. I have never read Persuasion and i am thrilled to read it from that gorgeous edition. The premise of The Animators sounds exactly what i would be interested in reading. Love that adorable elephant diary, and your sweet note made my day! @batsy 💙

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I 💖 that card 5mo
Tanisha_A @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It's super cute! 😍 5mo
batsy Yay! I'm so glad it arrived. Enjoy, friend ❤️ 5mo
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Tanisha_A @batsy La la la la la! Thanks, friend. 💌 5mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 5mo
Tanisha_A @TrishB Yesss! 🥰 5mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Persuasion is my fave Austen, I hope you love it! 5mo
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wen4blu
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Up next. Hope this will keep me occupied on the long flight home.

readordierachel I adore this book. Enjoy! 9mo
BookishTrish Heartbreaking 9mo
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GirlWellRead
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
Panpan

Character-wise, there was a lot going on and Mel became a caricature of herself. Whitaker tried to tackle too many things in one novel, which didn't work, especially when using first-person point of view. The book could've benefited from a solid substantive edit.

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LWagoner
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Pickpick

This book is a brilliant debut novel. It‘s a story of friendship, partnership, grief, loss, and of finding oneself. The story and writing flow effortlessly. This story grabbed me and would not let go.

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JoScho
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In the male-dominated field of animation, Mel and Sharon are a dynamic duo, the friction of their differences driving them: Sharon, quietly ambitious but self-doubting; Mel, brash and unapologetic. Best friends and artistic partners, they spent their twenties ensconced in a gritty Brooklyn studio. Working, drinking, laughing. Drawing: Mel, to understand her tumultuous past, and Sharon, to lose herself altogether.💚 this one
#letswork #princeofjuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is on my tbr shelf!! I‘ve just got to get to it! 13mo
vkois88 I'm in the same boat as Misty! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks lol... it's been sitting on my shelf looking at me for month 13mo
vkois88 Months 13mo
JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 it‘s pretty great! 13mo
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InkyQuillwarts
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Bailedbailed

Sorry guys.

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BiblioBimbo
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Pickpick

I don't usually read contemporary fiction but since it was our #booksandbrews pick I figured what the hell. The Animators is a great read--funny, touching, and messy. I was completely engrossed in it from the very beginning and was much more invested than I usually am. Mel and Sharon are great characters and they're journey is a real roller coaster. Highly recommended!!!

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MoMogrl
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. A great look at friendship and family. I loved the ups, downs, highs, and lows. Characters are very relatable. I wish I had had the time to read during the buddy read because it would have been great to participate in the discussions. Read for #booked2018 #friendship
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft Awesome pick for #friendship!! 13mo
Cinfhen I bailed on this book months ago but now I‘m regretting the decision...NEED to get a copy back 13mo
MoMogrl @Cinfhen I don't blame you for bailing, it was a slow read at times and some things I just couldn't relate to. In the end I really enjoyed it though. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Another prompt finished! 🙌🏻🙌🏻♥️♥️ 13mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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Pickpick

I love books about difficult women! 💛🤗 Sharon and Mel are driven, self-destructive, self-loathing, bitter, crude AND talented as hell. They‘re an artistic duo on the precipice of success. But as all their dreams start coming true, cracks in their relationship threaten their partnership. I really loved this book and I can NOT believe this was Kayla Rae Whitaker‘s debut novel. I can‘t wait to see what she does next.

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BarbaraBB
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#heatofjuly #ikissedagirl Mel kisses a lot of girls but it‘s not Sharon Kisses she kisses 💋

Cinfhen @DivineDiana got this book at our #PhillyMeetUp and I‘m slightly jealous 😉👍🏻📚 13mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I can send to you when I finish! 13mo
Cinfhen No!!! It‘s totally fine 💕💕hold onto it and next time I see u we can exchange books ☺️ @DivineDiana 😘 (edited) 13mo
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ValerieAndBooks That book was from me 😃 @DivineDiana! I wondered who got it. It is so good! Was happy to pass it along. Impressive debut novel. @Cinfhen 13mo
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks Yay! Thank you for the fab gift! @Cinfhen It‘s a deal! ❤️📚❤️ 13mo
Cinfhen Ha😁love this little circle of friendship @ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana and mini book exchange 🎉💕 13mo
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NHLibrarian
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Omg there is a character named Fart! Once again, Litsy hasn‘t let me down. 😂

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Reviewsbylola
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Thanks for the giveaway @nomadreader

The first book that springs to mind when I think of #uglycry is The Animators. I love love LOVED this book! The friendship between Mel and Sharon was so raw and true to me. I felt like this book guy punched me, in a good way. 💔💔💔

nomadreader I actually stopped reading this one in Thailand because I was homesick and feeling too many feelings, but I loved the first half. I have to pick it up again to finish this summer! 14mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian This sounds so good! 14mo
Reviewsbylola You should! It‘s so great! @nomadreader 14mo
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Reviewsbylola The funny thing is I had no interest in reading it, but it was a BOTM choice last year and I was doing a BOTM challenge. So glad I had to read it! @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian 14mo
readordierachel This book 😭💙 14mo
vivastory What ☝said 💔💔 14mo
emilyhaldi I loved this but it didn't give me ugly cry for sure 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
Mdargusch I love when a book surprises me in a good way! 14mo
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bedandabook
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“...a quiet, grateful life.”
Loved this quote. It sums up exactly how I live my life at the moment; quietly and gratefully.

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bedandabook
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And this is how my afternoon is shaping up in sunny London Town, although I‘m sticking to the shade. Thoroughly enjoying this quirky, off-beat tale of two cartoon animators. You can never tell where it is going to take you next, and I‘m constantly gasping with surprise. A really good read.

kspenmoll Hope to read-this book! this summer! Looks like a relaxing day for you. Enjoy! (edited) 14mo
bedandabook @kspenmoll It was brilliant! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It‘s really stayed in my memory too, which is always the sign of a good book. 13mo
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GatheringBooks
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Pickpick

#ReadingResolutions Day 20: There is definitely a #PlotTwist in this raw, gritty, heartfelt story that I enjoyed tremendously. It seems pretty obvious to the reader, but the willful obliviousness of the main character seemed essential to propel the narrative forward. Achingly real and true, I cared for the story even if I did not care too much for the characters. It happens. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Cinfhen Great review, I bailed on this book early in, maybe I need to try again 14mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen there is something grating about the characters that can annoy the reader into bailing, i totally get that. but i am deeply fascinated with high creatives, it is after all, my focus of research and what i also teach in the university, so their story, regardless of my failing to get their many hipster allusions (that i couldn‘t care less if i miss hehehe) was fine with me. i was impressed by its being a debut novel yet so bravely true. 14mo
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mcctrish
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The Animators is awesome. So much happens and it‘s so real and raw and true. It‘s about love. Love for your self and friends and what you do and family and significant others. It‘s about priorities and losing your way and finding it and in life that can happen more than once. It‘s yay!

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#QuotsyJune18 Day 18: When taking a #Trip back home can produce such a visceral, spine-chilling reaction, one can tell it is something that should be avoided at all costs, if possible. I thought this image captures perfectly Sharon‘s wordless scream - plus the box!!!

JennyM Indeed it does. Very clever image to tie in with the book 😘 14mo
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My kiddie pool fits right in with the hillbilly theme #highendsuperclassy and oh my did this book just take a TURN

Reviewsbylola SUCH a great book! 1y
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Am I the only one that just can‘t seem to get into this book? I‘m not very far, maybe it gets better?

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Discuss #TheAnimators here 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 #LitsyBuddyRead

LitsyBuddyRead What did everyone think of this book? What did you like or dislike? 1y
Crystallinegirl I definitely wasn't expecting that ending! 1y
Jess7 Yeah, I wasn‘t either @Crystallinegirl . It was sad. Did you like the book? Anything stick out to you? 1y
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Crystallinegirl I did like it. More than I thought I would. I think overall the part that stuck out the most was what I talked about last discussion - the visit home and how surreal it felt. Oh, I also really loved that the two guys from Louisville came out to join Sharon. It felt like a passing of the torch. 1y
mrp27 It was not the ending I was expecting or hoping for. I really liked the book despite a couple of eye roll moments like the possibility of Teddy and Sharon being half siblings. Even though a lot happens there were long moments where nothing was happening at all. 1y
Suelizbeth I loved this book, so much. The ending was inevitable. I was a little irked at Sharon‘s obliviousness to Mel‘s feelings for her. Everyone else could see it, but then everyone else didn‘t bother to explain it to Sharon until it was too late, so there‘s that, as well. (edited) 1y
BookishTrish I agree with the eye rolling about the possible incest storyline but LOVED the book so hard otherwise. 1y
britt_brooke I loved this book. The characters felt real and relatable. Sharon or Mel aren‘t particularly likable, but I don‘t think they‘re meant to be. I was impressed that this was a debut and can‘t wait to see more from Whitaker. 1y
Jess7 I agree. Parts of this one were really slow. @mrp27 1y
Jess7 Good points @Suelizbeth 1y
Jess7 I agree about being impressed with this debut author— especially in terms of the level of character development @britt_brooke 1y
Jess7 The mom drove me nuts with the nicest timeline. @BookishTrish 1y
GatheringBooks @Suelizbeth that was the exact right word: oblivious. Clearly Mel loved Sharon, yet Sharon chose to ignore it, for reasons of convenience, maybe? or just plain denial because acknowledging it means things would change irrevocably between the both of them, which will inevitably affect their working relationship - something which clearly both of them did not want to happen. so best ignore the elephant in the room, even if it kills mel. 1y
GatheringBooks this was a solid 5-star for me. i love narratives about high creatives, mainly because this is what i study in my own academic research. I find it endlessly fascinating, such that even the parts which may be perceived as slow going for most is what i found infinitely absorbing: the creative process and how their work consumes both mel and sharon to the exclusion of everything else, even at the expense of their own personal relationships w/ others 1y
GatheringBooks There is an edginess to the narrative that is pointedly grating &may even serve to exclude the reader, w/ a lot of comic and movie references that the author assumes the reader should know about if “cool” enough, a cosmopolitan/indie/angry vibe that is raw, earthy, and pushes boundaries. the fact that whitaker accomplishes all this as a debut novelist is an astounding accomplishment. she is able to ‘read‘ women & all their intricacies &complexity. 1y
Suelizbeth @GatheringBooks Yes! Sharon‘s modus operandi appears to be obliviousness. 1y
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