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The Guest
The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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A young woman pretends to be someone she isnt in this stunning novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls. Summer is coming to a close on the East End of Long Island, and Alex is no longer welcome. A misstep at a dinner party, and the older man she's been staying with dismisses her with a ride to the train station and a ticket back to the city. With few resources and a waterlogged phone, but gifted with an ability to navigate the desires of others, Alex stays on Long Island and drifts like a ghost through the hedged lanes, gated driveways, and sun-blasted dunes of a rarified world that is, at first, closed to her. Propelled by desperation and a mutable sense of morality, she spends the week leading up to Labor Day moving from one place to the next, a cipher leaving destruction in her wake. Taut, propulsive, and impossible to look away from, Emma Clines The Guest is a spellbinding literary achievement.
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Larkken
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At heart, this is a book about the hustle from a morally ambivalent working girl trying to leave the life but it has some interesting subtext about classism and multiple plays on “staying afloat” that was clever. More interesting than pure hot girl problems would be on their own, anyway. #tob2024
Photo is of the Hamptons, which is where internet peoples say it is set, though I assumed Long Island? Lol. Less posh there, I guess.

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cariashley
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A perfect one-day vacation read, but man is it stressful. Cline really leans in to the problematic, reckless and self destructive protagonist theme to the point that it‘s hard to watch, but impossible to look away. I loved the snarky take on the Hamptons - as a lifelong (admittedly, mostly seasonal) resident it‘s completely warranted and not far off the mark.

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merelybookish
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This is a very good book & a very distressing book. Alex is a young woman who survives on sex work and street smarts. Most of the novel she floats around the Hamptons, trying to avoid one guy, waiting for another guy's party. Homeless, penniless, friendless, she is the outsider who find ways inside, exposing the empty world of personal assistants, country clubs, lonely kids, uneven marriages, false friendships & unhappy families. Alex is 👇

merelybookish never safe and neither are you as a reader. It makes for a very uncomfortable reading experience. It feels like the kind of book people could read in 100 years to understand something about current culture. The ending didn't bother as much as I knew from reviews it was considered disappointing. And in some ways, I think it points to the inevitable that might have been too much to read. 1mo
merelybookish My #bookspin book and one of the #tob24 titles ticked off. 1mo
sarahbarnes Great review - you make me want to read it. 1mo
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Suet624 I agree with @sarahbarnes 1mo
batsy Great review. You sum up how I feel about it. The underlying sense of dread still comes up strongly when I think about it. I was let down by the ending but in retrospect I think any ending would seem incomplete because of the nature of the story and the style. 1mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @Suet624 Definitely worth reading! Maybe not when you're in the mood for something cosy. 😉 1mo
merelybookish Thanks @batsy I was prepared for a vague ending so that softened the blow. But all indications were the things she has managed to avoid were about to come crashing down, a reality she would not have been able to narrate. 1mo
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heyitsMacall
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Wooooow! I need so much more of Emma Cline‘s writing and characters and worlds. I loved The Girls so much that I picked up this book without reading the synopsis. I had so many feelings while I read this book. For sure pick

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ImperfectCJ
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I think this might have been going for a Mulholland Drive kind of thing. A lot of hints are dropped about what was going on, but I'm not sure I like the MC enough to care. Something of a nihilistic commentary about wealth and privilege, about manipulation and being manipulated, about what happens to someone with no moral compass and no sense of identity. Interesting, I guess, but ultimately it leaves me feeling a little existentially drained.

Megabooks This was a real disappointment! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks It was my first by Emma Cline, so I didn't really have expectations, but it was definitely a letdown. I'm not sure if I want to read more by her or not based on this experience. 1mo
Megabooks I‘ve read all three she‘s published so far, and I was not impressed with either novel, but her short story collection was quite good. (edited) 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks I find short story collections to be hit or miss, but I love them when they work well. I'll check this one out! 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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First book finished this New Year. We only know Alex in her present life … She loves the water and swimming. She is in summer , on Long Island. Her past life can only have been madness, as is her present. She tested my patience and my understanding. But , it wasn‘t so much the mc or the story , it was the writing , how she told it , suspenseful insightful writing , I will read Emma Cline‘s The Girls now, and I will look out for her future books.

Tamra Cathy 💙♥️ Happy New Year! So happy to see you! 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Happy NewYear ♥️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Hi Cathy, lovely to see you! 😘 2mo
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rockpools Hi Cathy, Happy New Year! 2mo
batsy I thought this was really intriguing too! I think my main issue was the ending. (Happy to see you back 💜) 2mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year Cathy! 🥳 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @rockpools @Ruthiella Happy New Year ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy The ending was strange.. I didn‘t mind it too much, I enjoyed the journey.. and I was warned by many reviews that the ending would be annoying. Hope your well X🩷 2mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year Cathy! Very happy you‘re here again 💜 2mo
MaureenMc Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! So glad to see you again. 😁 I loved The Girls but have been hesitant to pick up this one. Your review has me thinking that maybe I‘ll try it. (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Happy New Year Barbara 🩷 2mo
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc Happy New Year Maureen. X .. and you loved The Girls , good the hear 👍🏻 I‘m looking forward to trying it. 2mo
merelybookish I read The Girls when it came out and loved it, although I don't remember much about it now. I was planning to read this for our #tob but now your review has me more interested in it. 2mo
Cathythoughts @merelybookish Yes , likewise, I think The Guest is a book I won‘t remember much about in the future, but I did enjoy reading it. Good to hear you loved Girls, I will get to it soon. I‘ve just started Wellness and it‘s very long !! And very good so far👍🏻 2mo
quietlycuriouskate It's lovely to see you here again, Cathy! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen There you are! So glad you‘re back. 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @quietlycuriouskate Thanks Kate 🩷 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Hi Leah 😘🩷 looking forward to Persephone. 2mo
Lesliereadsalot Every day for the narrator was such an adventure. And I felt sorry for her page after page, wondering if she was ever going to get it together. I suppose we‘ve all had times in our lives when we couldn‘t get it together! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Lesliereadsalot I know , I think we‘ve all had difficult times. She was an interesting character, she used everything she had to survive…living on the edge. 2mo
TrishB Hi Cathy- happy new year 😘 and lovely to see you back. 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Happy New Year to you Trish 🩷X 2mo
andrew61 Happy 2024 Cathy, I hope you john and your family are all well. 2mo
Cathythoughts @sndrew61 Thanks Andrew, we are all good thank god. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year. 2mo
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she.hearts.horror
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5️⃣. Beautiful and words for the ugliness of humanity.

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RealLifeReading
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Reading this book is like watching a car crash happen in slow motion, you know what‘s coming and you know it‘s going to be horrible, but you can‘t stop yourself from watching it. Alex is that character you just can‘t stand. She‘s a grifter, manipulative, & calculative. This book is not for everyone, and you can‘t go into it looking for an easy read. It‘s intensely captivating yet tiring. But that Emma Cline, she can write.

ChaoticMissAdventures Totally agree. I think there is so much skill in the writing, and bravery - knowing how much some people hate unlikable characters. To me though it is so much more realistic than all the characters being amazingly likable. 3mo
batsy Great review! I felt that way about it too but I was hoping for more with the ending. 3mo
BarbaraBB You make ir sound so good while I‘ve been sure, until now, that I wouldn‘t read it because I hated 2mo
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RealLifeReading @ChaoticMissAdventures that‘s true. It is really brave to have an unlikeable main character! 2mo
RealLifeReading @batsy I was at first confused by the ending but later as I thought about it, the way it leaves the reader (or at least me) unsettled in that we don‘t get any closure, is kind of fitting to this story 2mo
RealLifeReading @BarbaraBB I think this book, like The Girls will be a toss up between the haters and those who….i hesitate to say “loved” but whatever the other side of it is. I didn‘t love it but it was quite brilliant (also brilliantly frustrating, if there‘s such a thing). 2mo
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BkClubCare
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I want my money back.

Julsmarshall This was the worst. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m so glad I got this one from the library. I thought it was awful. 3mo
ncsufoxes I tried this one over audio. Lasted for about an hour & just couldn‘t get into it or understand the point of the book 3mo
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BkClubCare
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Started the audio of this but am ready to DNF. First, tho, I will skip and listen to the end. THEN make my decision. Seems like this is one that you can sample, read some positive reviews and some negative reviews, and feel like it was adequately sampled. GOOD ENOUGH.

Copper being startled by the vet cat.

I didn‘t get the job I was hoping for. #sigh 😔

Megabooks This got 1⭐️ from me. 👎🏻 3mo
MicheleinPhilly The ending will make this an easy decision for you! 3mo
dabbe I'm sorry to read about the job. Hopefully a better opportunity will come along soon. 🩵❄️🩵 3mo
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Ruthiella Sorry about the job. I can‘t believe that cat is just at large at the vet? My cat would try to hightail it outta there were he not in a crate! 😹 3mo
Suet624 I‘m sorry about your job. 3mo
Susanita I‘m sorry about the job. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I really hated this book. You‘re not missing anything if you bail. 3mo
Jas16 I hope something even better is around the corner for you. 3mo
bthegood I hope you find something soon that you will enjoy - 🙂 3mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - the place has 4 cats that roam around! And there is often a stray that waits at the front trying to get inside! 3mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I can see why others are not enjoying this. It is a meandering novel, 1 with a highly unlikable, and unreliable main character, there isn't much of a plot. Alex is in the Hampton's floating through life and leaving disaster in her wake.
I enjoyed this. The writing was a bit sparse, and you want to reach through the pages and shake Alex, but the book kept me engaged and thinking about scammers and frauds, how someone twists themselves to fit in.

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akfreeborn
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This protagonist couldn‘t make a good decision to save her life. No one in the Hamptons or friends from the past know her story only minimal pieces. I understand the disappointment in the ending but I think it‘s masterful. All the pieces, all her threats and the results of her decisions come to a head and the ending didn‘t really matter as any one of them could have happened.

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Shaaaannnn
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I have mixed feelings. I really liked it, but that ending was so disappointing. Did I miss something?

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Jilly6183
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I do not understand the appeal of this novel. It is 300 pages of tension with only the barest semblance of plot. There is no backstory, no resolution of any kind, and no likable characters.

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Kimberlone
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First book finished in October and for #Scarathlon!

I totally see why this was the “cool girl” book of the summer (I had it on hold from Libby for months, so I missed the zeitgeist), and why it‘s been so polarizing. This is a *vibes* book, and there‘s a certain creeping dread that overwhelms this slim novel. I have ambivalent feelings about the ambiguous ending, but overall it was a really interesting book with a complicated FMC at its center.

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DebinHawaii
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#SummerEndReadAThon #RushAThon

Finished earlier in the week, this book is a soft pick for me. I did not love it. The MC Alex is pretty unlikable & the ending drive me a bit crazy with its ambiguity. Still, the pacing & tension & feeling of foreboding kept me turning the pages & cringing as I did. A bit like seeing a train speeding down the tracks, out of control & you know it‘s not going to end well but you just can‘t manage to look away.🤷🏻‍♀️

TheSpineView Great job! 5mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 5mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 5mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

This sucked me in every time I picked it up, but it also made me feel so anxious! It crawled under my skin like an unwanted guest (like the protagonist). Alex is a compelling character and the writing is razor sharp. I actually really liked the ambiguous ending and thought it worked well with this story. I‘m interested in reading different interpretations of what happened!

ICantImReading It‘s also the perfect time of year to read this book because it takes place in the days leading up to Labor Day! 6mo
CallMeIshmael It also made me crazy anxious 6mo
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CallMeIshmael
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I enjoyed this, but I will admit I had anxiety reading it from her point of you and wondering her next moves. And that ending….I need to discuss it

CallMeIshmael My theory on the ending is that she is dead 💀 6mo
ICantImReading @CallMeIshmael oooh wait, this could make a lot of sense!! I hadn‘t thought about that! 6mo
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ChrisBohjalian
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We must discuss the ending.

CallMeIshmael So I just finished it and she‘s dead right? 6mo
ChrisBohjalian @CallMeIshmael I have an essay in the Washington Post going live today with my thoughts. 6mo
CallMeIshmael @ChrisBohjalian seriously? So cool I‘m a wapo subscriber 6mo
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AlizaApp
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Ok jumping on board for the “it book” of the summer. A young woman running out of options tries to scam her way to a better life in the Hamptons, not realizing that she will never really belong in that world even though she looks like she could. I enjoyed the voyeuristic element but it did make me very anxious about her complete inability to accept reality.

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thewallflower0707
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#TheGuest

Another entry for the Hot Girl Summer reading list.

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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VRM1975
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Nicki_K
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For 300 pages, Alex drifts from person to person on Long Island after being kicked out by the older man she‘s been living with. I kept reading hoping it would eventually become more than it was for me but sadly I felt like nothing really happened in the book at all really. I can see from looking on Goodreads there are quite a few 5 star and 4 star ratings so maybe its just one of those “not for me type of reads“ or I missed what was going on.

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Abailliekaras
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A compulsive suspense novel, I couldn‘t put this down. Tightly written, Emma cline gives wonderful (but minimal, carefully selected) details of life in the Hampton among the wealthy holiday-makers. Told from the point of view of Alex, who doesn‘t belong and is an unreliable narrator, gives it an edge. Cline has created a protagonist who is dishonest & unliveable but interesting: you care what happens to her. A great, stylish holiday read.

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Mdion1993
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Alex drifts from home to home in the Hamptons plotting her next move.

Transient ✨ Leech ✨ Drifter

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kbuggle
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Enjoyed this more than I didn‘t, but the ending was still really lacking for me (if you‘ve read this, you may be saying what ending??) it‘s a consuming story based on nothing that I can pinpoint. We‘re told nothing about the main character and yet I still wanted to know what she‘d do next.

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Nalbuque
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No story, just anxiety. No ending either, just more anxiety. Super well written tho, I enjoyed it overall. Double up on the lexapro and jump in

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️ Alex wanders around Long Island looking for marks. Just someone, or a few someones, to use / steal from for a few days until her ex sugar daddy‘s exclusive Labor Day party. She‘s manipulative, unlikable, and desperate. Emma Cline is undoubtedly a gifted writer, but this story is a total snooze fest. Pure pretension. Nothing interesting even happens. Zero self-reflection.

Hooked_on_books Yup, awful! She‘s so flat and seems to have no inner life or motivations. I‘m all for a character study, but that means actually studying the character! 8mo
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MysticFaerie
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4⭐️/5⭐️

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Leniverse
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The MC is an absolute train wreck in progress. She's a hustler who uses pills and alcohol to keep herself in a state of mellow denial. Watching her going completely off the rails and causing chaos for everyone she interacts with was possibly my most uncomfortable reading experience so far this year, but it was also oddly compelling. The ending was unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, unresolved.

TrishB I‘m not drawn to this one! 8mo
squirrelbrain I agree; I couldn‘t put it down, and then the ending just ruined it for me. 8mo
batsy I too found it both uncomfortable and compelling, but I also found I wanted a bit more from the ending. 8mo
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Leniverse @TrishB Yes, I don't think you need to feel any FOMO if you pass on this one. 8mo
Leniverse @squirrelbrain @batsy Right? There were so many ways that could end (badly), and I was bracing myself, and then... that's it!? 8mo
Caroline2 Argh. What is with the fashion lately for unresolved endings?! So lazy and bloody annoying!!! 8mo
Leniverse @Caroline2 It does seem to be a trend, doesn't it? It's something I associate more with short stories and novellas where it can be used to good effect. But I figure if you write a full length novel you can bloody well write a fully fledged ending too! 😛 8mo
Caroline2 Too right!! Writers need to woman up and put their big girl pants on and commit to an ending!!! 8mo
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Leniverse
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Not my usual fare, but I thought this might be a good summer read. It's certainly a suitable summer read, and it might even be good, but a hundred pages in I'm still not sure whether I actually like it. 🤔

Caroline2 Hmm yeah I‘m on the fence about this one. 🤔 8mo
Leniverse @Caroline2 Almost 200 pages in now. Unlikeable MC makes a series of bad choices based on total denial of reality. It's extremely uncomfortable to read, especially when she drags innocent and helpful people into her mess. I'm curious how it will all turn out though. 8mo
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perfectlywinged
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So far the tension of seeing how Alex will grift her way into places to stay in this wealthy beach town is keeping me reading. Shades of The Talented Mr Ripley (sans murder) so far.

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Lizpixie
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Bk15 of my #BookMail is a contemporary drama/thriller set on Long Island. Summer is ending & after a misstep at a dinner party, the older man she‘s staying with dumps her at the train station with a ticket back to the city. But with a gift for navigating people, Alex stays on the island, drifting through the gated estates of a rarified world, trailing destruction behind her. My first Emma Cline & looking forward to it.

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jesseastin
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I don‘t know that this book will appeal to everyone, but I loved it. Alex drifts like a ghost, grifting, lying, stealing her way through different lives. You know this won‘t end well, yet you can‘t look away. The prose style is what captivated me. It‘s short sentences, sparse language. You learn more from what the author isn‘t telling you. I kept thinking about this book after I‘d finished it.

currentlyreadinginCO Great review! 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I read most of this in a single sitting yesterday and was loving it for the most part. And then, that ending. 🙄 It felt like she just lost interest in the story and abruptly ended it. So frustrating and disappointing.

Cinfhen Yea. The ending was LAZY 8mo
squirrelbrain I agree - the book was OK, but the ending was rubbish. 8mo
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AmandaBlaze
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This weekend's read.

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Chelsea.Poole
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22 year old Alex floats through the lives of the wealthy on Long Island, longing for an end to summer, notably: Labor Day and her troubles. And her troubles are many though readers never get a glimpse of her past or what led her to such an unstable and haphazard life. Alex is running from some men and into the arms of others, never really secure or at ease in this effortlessly exclusive environment. She uses sex appeal as currency to make her way.

Ruthiella What‘s the paper plate art project ? 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella it‘s a cactus. 🌵 They are creating different environments in the library for the summer reading program 😊 8mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Started the audio of The Guest as I whipped up a tasty vegan lunch 🥢🍲

DivineDiana Cheers to a plant based meal! Looks so good! ❤️ 8mo
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Rhondareads
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EmmaClines latest perfect weekend read for me.

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batsy
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I saw a tweet about the ending of the book that made me think I just completely read it wrong 🙃 Just wondering if anyone else who read it felt the same...? I'll share in the (spoiler) comment below.

batsy The theory is that Alex died during the course of the book and the end is narrated by her ghost. https://twitter.com/daisandconfused/status/1665808025901228034 I feel so stupid for not once thinking of that. But I'm also curious about what the point would be, if she is a ghost? Meaning there's no difference in Alex's life & afterlife because she lives like a ghost? And perhaps she doesn't know she's dead? Until she gets to the Labor Day party... 9mo
Lesliereadsalot Never heard the ghost theory! My take was she was just trying to get through one day at a time, thinking all would be well if she could just get back with Simon. And then he wasn‘t even sure who she was from across the room. This is her life…one day at a time until she meets the next guy. A sad life indeed. Anybody familiar with Maslow‘s Hierarchy of Needs? She‘s stuck on level one! 9mo
ReadingOver50 Interesting theories 9mo
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batsy @Lesliereadsalot Yes, I thought she was basically doing the same. I'm intrigued that others have come up with the "she died" theory and just wondering why I never once read it that way ? 9mo
Hooked_on_books I wondered during the final scene if she was dead since she‘s being utterly ignored. But I disliked the book so much that I wasn‘t really interested in interrogating it at that point. 8mo
britt_brooke Interesting! That never once crossed my mind. 8mo
batsy @britt_brooke Same! It kind of makes me want to revisit it, but if I do I need to give it some time 😁 8mo
ICantImReading @batsy I just finished this book and I‘m really intrigued by this theory! I didn‘t read it this way either, but it could make a lot of sense… It looks like some readers didn‘t love the ambiguity of the ending, which I get, but I also like that it encourages discussion and it‘s fun to read about different interpretations! 6mo
batsy @ICantImReading It can be fun, but I'm among the few who found the book practically ruined by the ending 🙈 My main issue is that the book feels too slight with an ending like that, given the lack of a backstory for the protagonist. A bit like an extended short story. 6mo
ICantImReading @batsy I definitely see what you mean! I‘m not sure if I actually *liked* the book, haha, but it did make an impression! I was also wondering about the lack of backstory, and I found this quote from the author, which also goes along with this theory of the ending: “I think of Alex as a ghost, even to herself - that void makes it easy for her to become what others desire, to form herself into the shape of their wishes.” 6mo
batsy @ICantImReading I agree! A super interesting book that I'm still thinking about. Thanks for sharing that quote; that definitely indicates what she was trying to achieve by situating that character in that milieu, and with that ending. 6mo
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SteveWJones
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First of Cline‘s I‘ve read. I really enjoy her writing. Somehow reminds me of Hemingway, with so much found in what is actually withheld from description.

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laurrose
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Emma Cline has such a distinct voice. Fantastic read—couldn‘t put it down!

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MicheleinPhilly
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Holy fast shipping! #bookmail

Soubhiville Wow! That‘s crazy fast! 9mo
DGRachel Wow! It‘s supposed to be another week before I get mine, according to the email I received. 😩 Can‘t be too upset since we all know it will probably sit on a shelf for at least 6 months before I crack it open. 😂😂😂 9mo
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Hooked_on_books
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This book is actively bad. Paper thin plot with a one-dimensional character. I typically enjoy an unlikable character when they inform the story or you come to understand why they are who they are. There‘s none of that here. This feels like a self-centered writer believing their own press and failing to deliver because they can.

BarbaraBB Paper thin plot. I think I used similar words for 9mo
SamAnne A friend just gave me the same review of it. Will skip. 9mo
Megabooks Yes! I was hopeful because I enjoyed her short stories, but I have the audiobook on now, and it‘s truly terrible! 9mo
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Megabooks Her blurbs are more interesting than the books! 9mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @SamAnne @Megabooks I really feel like if she wasn‘t this celebrated literary figure and this was her first book, she never would have found a publisher for this. It‘s really that bad. I liked but didn‘t love The Girls, but didn‘t think it came anywhere close to living up to its hype. 9mo
Megabooks The Girls was okay the good side of okay for me (like 3⭐️), but I really enjoyed Daddy (short stories), so I was hopeful that she‘d progressed as a writer since Girls, and I‘d enjoy this more. It is truly a slog to get through. And I‘m doing audio and have it way sped up! 🙄 9mo
britt_brooke I didn‘t care for this either. 8mo
Hooked_on_books @britt_brooke I keep seeing it on lists, like “Great Books to Read this Summer” type things, and I get annoyed every time. Plus the critics seem to like it. I don‘t get that. 8mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books The critics can have it then. 😂 8mo
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Coueriamb
The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I originally didn‘t plan on picking up Cline‘s newest because The Girls didn‘t do much for me, but I‘m really glad this came through on Libby‘s Skip-The-Line

Maybe it was the shorter timeframe, or the ripples of actions and consequences in real time- but It feels like what My Year of Rest and Relaxation wanted to be. If you can grab a copy definetly do

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currentlyreadinginCO
The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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My tempered expectations panned out because my first-take opinion is that this is a masterpiece.

The prose is truly phenomenal. The plot is a fever dream. Alex doesn't care whether or not you like her. These characters are unique, but knowable, which makes me think that everyone else is missing something that this author sees. Or maybe I've just been around some messed-up people. Either way -- fascinating.

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currentlyreadinginCO
The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline

There was no reason to feel anxious--the fear had been transmuted, the way it often was, into excitement, the memory always dissolving until it was only the idea of fear, and when had the idea of fear even been a convincing deterrent?

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Lesliereadsalot
The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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What is 22 year old Alex to do? Brought to the Hamptons for the month of August and asked to leave about three weeks in. No life in the city, no apartment, and a mysterious man constantly calling and texting for money she stole. How will she survive day after day? Kept me reading to see how she would navigate her life even though she‘s a very unsympathetic character.

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JHSiess
The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 by 𝐄𝐦𝐦𝐚 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 is eloquent & impeccably crafted. A young woman is utterly lost but lacks the self-awareness & life skills required to get her life on track. She constructs a fantasy, determined to make it real. Cline never reveals how her perception of reality became so skewed, her decisions so poor. A sad tale with an ending that leaves readers wondering just what the point of the story is.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️