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The Rachel Incident
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
A brilliantly funny novel about friends, lovers, Ireland in chaos, and a young woman desperately trying to manage all three Rachel is a student working at a bookstore when she meets James, and its love at first sight. Effervescent and insistently heterosexual, James soon invites Rachel to be his roommate and the two begin a friendship that changes the course of both their lives forever. Together, they run riot through the streets of Cork city, trying to maintain a bohemian existence while the threat of the financial crash looms before them. When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr. Fred Byrne, James helps her devise a reading at their local bookstore, with the goal that she might seduce him afterwards. But Fred has other desires. So begins a series of secrets and compromises that intertwine the fates of James, Rachel, Fred, and Freds glamorous, well-connected, bourgeois wife. Aching with unrequited love, shot through with delicious, sparkling humor, The Rachel Incident is a triumph.
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Readerann
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This started off slowly, but it became a real page-turner! Rachel herself is a bit of a train wreck, but you can‘t look away. 🤣 #LitsyToB24
Spoiler: the only thing that bugged me was Rachel “running into” Carey as her London physiotherapist. Come on!

BkClubCare I loved this reading experience (audio) and I will support it !!! 😁 4d
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Deblovestoread
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#LitsyTOB #TBRTarot #Bookspin

My early twenties were a long time ago but I really connected with Rachel‘s story in many ways. 4.5 🌟

@rmaclean4 @kwmg40 @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @RebelReader @jlhammar @Addison_Reads @Ruthiella @sarahbarnes @ImperfectCJ @Well-ReadNeck

BarbaraBB I felt the same! 1w
Suet624 This was an unexpected surprise. 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7d
CBee Looking forward to getting to this one soon! 7d
Ruthiella Same! 7d
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Larkken
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Today brings you a tale of 2 #toblonglist titles because for both I found the MC to be extremely relatable… but for the tagged, this meant the 20-something self-involvedness & resulting life implosion was cringe but i rooted for her; & yet the American Mermaid mc is making me want to hide in shared shame and bail... Weird how that shared characteristic is affecting me so differently. Does AM get more fun, all yall who've read it for #tob2024?

Larkken Otherwise, this looks like a clear case of #litsytob2024 supremacy over the official Tob list😅 1w
BarbaraBB @Larkken 🙌🏽 1w
squirrelbrain Hooray - #litsytob2024 for the win! I haven‘t read AM, but loved The Rachel Incident. 1w
Larkken @squirrelbrain i thought RI did as well as anything I‘ve read depicting the complicated feelings over an unwanted pregnancy and its loss and then I loved that it ended on a sweet note, so def a win for me ☺️ 1w
BkClubCare Same!! I gave RI a 5⭐️ but just couldn‘t seem to get into AM and yet… yet! It seemed like one I would like! My reading mojo is super confused anymore. 4d
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Coming of age/young adulthood story of an Irish woman and, her gay roommate/BFF and and a unique set of circumstances they (mis)manage leading to the “incident”. I‘ve seen this compared to Sally Rooney‘s books, but I found these characters more sympathetic and the situations more interesting and morally ambiguous. I enjoyed it! #LitsyToB24

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quietjenn
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I ultimately quite liked this one, although there were definitely times when it was iffy. A little bit to read and relatable perhaps?

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Helsky
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This book was quite lovely. Coming of age story set in Ireland in 2010 dealing with friendship, love and finding your place in the world. It brought back memories of my own youth. All the characters felt so real. They were all flawed in their own ways, but totally relatable. The writing style is compelling and kept me reading late into the night. I did not want to put it down after I started reading. Will definitely read more from this author.

BarbaraBB Loved this one too and am also very interested in this author! 2w
thewallflower0707 Really happy I gave this a chance, I enjoyed this a lot as well. I appreciated how the novel covers the economical crisis and still managed to keep it heartfelt & real. 2w
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MallenNC
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#Two4Tuesday

1. Chocolate or jewelry

2. They‘re a little dysfunctional but I would say Rachel and James in the tagged book are a good example.

Thanks @TheSpineView for the tag. I hadn‘t done one of these in a while!

TheSpineView You're welcome and thanks for playing! 3w
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Lesliereadsalot
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This book is about the intersecting lives of several young Irish adults and a professor and his wife. The young Irish adults are so tiresome, but believable in a way because we‘ve all been there. We‘ve all been 20 something and trying to figure out who we are. This is the second book in a row I‘ve read that got better, the further into the story. Plus a good ending!

AmyG Sounds about right! Good review. 3w
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AmyG
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I struggled with this one as it‘s about 2 young, early ‘20‘s”, people in Ireland, 2010. I had no patience with the “stupidity” of youth. But the second half of the book was much better as they grew up to adulthood. And it took a while to get to the incident.I loved the ending.

#LitsyToB24 @Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain

Megabooks Glad you like it, too! 4w
BarbaraBB I was afraid I would feel too old too for this book too but fortunately I didn‘t at all! 4w
Hooked_on_books I had a similar struggle. I really hated the first half. I just wanted to smack the characters. The second half was much better. 4w
BkClubCare I went into this totally unaware and LOVED it. But, I have lost all patience with The Bee Sting and poor decisions. Glad this ended well for you. 4w
AmyG @BkClubCare I put down The Bee Sting for a bit. I get it. 4w
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CatLass007
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#LitsyToB24 I listened to the audio version and the narrator had a lovely Irish lilt. I think that‘s why I listened for as long as I did. But I felt like I‘d already spent more time than I ought on a book that just didn‘t interest me. I hope other people are getting more from reading this than I could.

AmyG I am reading now and waiting for the damn incident. I almost bailed a few times. 1mo
CatLass007 @AmyG I actually listened to about 75% of the book and I just couldn‘t listen anymore. I can‘t figure out if it‘s because I didn‘t like the story or maybe I‘m just too damn old. 1mo
AmyG I have been feeling a bit too old for this story, too. But I am sticking with it. 1mo
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CatLass007 @AmyG I enjoy reminiscing with friends about college or moving to New York. But I‘m not getting the feeling that she‘s reminiscing so much as dwelling on and regretting. 1mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
CatLass007 @dabbe I think the first book on which I ever bailed was 11-22-63 when it was first released in 2011. It felt like such a sacrilege. But when I joined Litsy (I think it was in 2017) it was the first time I felt that I‘d been given permission to bail. I realized I was giving myself the gift of time. 1mo
squirrelbrain It‘s great how we all like / dislike different books - I loved this one! 😃 1mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one, but I always encourage bailing when you don‘t 😉 1mo
dabbe @CatLass007 #amensista! 🤩🤗😍 4w
Megabooks Sorry this didn‘t work for you! 4w
CatLass007 @Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Y‘all do such a great job!! I‘ve tried a lot of new authors because of #LitsyToB24. Some books I‘ve loved, some books I didn‘t. There are authors I know I will add to my favorites list and others I might give a second chance. The great thing about using my Audible credits is that I can return a book within 365 days of purchase and get my credit back. It‘s a win/win. 4w
BkClubCare @CatLass007 - huh, I have not had any luck getting Audible to accept a return lately. Wonder what I am doing wrong. Sad this one didn‘t work but it‘s great if you could return for another that does work for you. 😊 4w
CatLass007 @BkClubCare How are you trying to return it? I always have to call customer service. 4w
BkClubCare @CatLass007 - oh. Haven‘t tried that option. 😂 It used to be a button right next to the title! The last one I tried to send back, I was told the option was no longer available 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
CatLass007 @BkClubCare They must accept returns within 365 days of purchase. That‘s per the lawsuit they lost. I don‘t think that button has been available for quite a while. You definitely should call customer service directly. I don‘t have the number on speed dial but I call it frequently enough to have it saved in my contacts. 888-283-5051. At first they had to accept all returns, both those purchased with “cash” and credits. (cont)⬇️ 4w
CatLass007 @BkClubCare Now they only have to accept the returns purchased with credits. 4w
BkClubCare @CatLass007 - great, thank you! 4w
CatLass007 @BkClubCare You‘re welcome. I hope you get the return made easily. 4w
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Readerann
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When most of your library holds come in at the same time…😩
#Litsytob24

squirrelbrain Ooh, lovely! But also 🤯 1mo
BarbaraBB That is a little frightening lol 😃 1mo
Megabooks Great stack though! 1mo
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Ruthiella I feel you! 1mo
Readerann @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Ruthie Thanks for the sympathy! I have about an hour a day to read right now. 😩 again. 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘d be in no hurry to read Rouge 😉 1mo
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The problem with genuine memories is that you know too much. It ruins everything 📚🍷🇮🇪

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yum 😋 can‘t wait to read this one! 1mo
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LaraReads
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Finally getting started on my #LitsyToB24 reading list, and what an excellent start it was! I really loved this book! And I don‘t know that I would have picked it up without the ToB. So thank you ladies! I loved these characters and the whole story. It just had so much heart, and was still a whole lot of fun!

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Jas16
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Two college aged friends, broke and unsure about their futures, stumble through bad decisions, relationships, and bad decisions about relationships. This was charming and relatable and even as I cringed a bit I also saw parts of myself in my twenties in Rachel. A winner from the #litsytob24 list.

BarbaraBB So good! 2mo
Megabooks Yay! 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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#12DaysOfChristmas #12BooksOf2023

In November I started reading the #ToB longlist which is every year a huge source of inspiration. I have discovered so many fantastic books and authors this way. This year The Rachel Incident is such a discovery and, cliffhanger 😉😂, my final book tomorrow, will be a ToB- longlisted book as well!

Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 2mo
Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Suet624 This book was such a surprise. So unassuming. (edited) 2mo
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merelybookish
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My pick for July is this excellent story about the messiness of young adulthood. It was a perfect summer read!
#12daysof2023
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds a good read. 2mo
Suet624 This one was an unexpected delight. 2mo
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MallenNC
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This was a very anticipated book for me because I‘d heard great things. I stayed up really late to finish it in one day, so it definitely lived up to the hype. Rachel deals with complicated relationships during a time of chaos in Ireland, when the economy had crashed and there was a lot of struggle. It‘s funny and dramatic, and I loved it. I think it really captures that sense of desperation and confusion.

This was my #BookSpin for December

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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And now for some positivity! This was brilliant. I loved every bit of this Rooney-adjacent tale of Irish best friends James and Rachel who put each other first above all else. Readers get to know them during their collage years and briefly get to know them as adults. One of my favorites from our #litsyToB24 list so far.

TheKidUpstairs Yes! Loved this one. 2mo
Suet624 This book was a delightful surprise. 2mo
sarahbarnes Loved this one too! 2mo
BarbaraBB Agreeing with all! Lovely read! 2mo
Megabooks Yes yes!! 2mo
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sarahbarnes
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I had high expectations going into this one given reviews here and I was not disappointed. What a great book. A perfectly crafted story and phenomenal characters. I loved the juxtaposition of Rachel‘s adult perspective as she tells the story from her youth; it felt authentic and without too much judgment of her younger self. A favorite of 2023!

squirrelbrain Glad you loved it too! ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Relieved and happy you loved it too - with those high expectations ❤️ 2mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB it made my top reads in 2023! 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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#ToB
I went into this expecting it to be Sally Rooney-esque but it‘s so much more than that. (I don‘t dislike Rooney but I find her characters a bit whiny and unlikeable). This was nothing of the sort - it was sharp and funny and, even though the MCs did some slightly iffy things, I couldn‘t help loving them.

I‘m now debating whether this makes my #top23of23 (along with another #ToB book I just finished!) which is why I haven‘t posted it yet!

AmyG This is my next ebook after Happiness Falls. Everyone seems to say they like it. 🤞🏻 2mo
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CatLass007 Wow! Great review. I look forward to reading it for #LitsyToB24. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I feel like I may need to re-read this as we get closer to LitsyTOB. I need to not read any novels featuring 20-somethings for a bit beforehand. 2mo
sarahbarnes I‘m starting this one today! So many great reviews. I‘m glad you liked it so much! 2mo
Ruthiella OMG thank goodness this wasn‘t like Sally Rooney. 😂 I also don‘t hate her books but yeah, they somehow annoy me. I liked this one a lot. 2mo
Deblovestoread I am hoping this is under the Christmas tree. 🎄🎁 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved some of Sally Rooney‘s books as well but Rachel? Wow 🤩 2mo
Hooked_on_books @AmyG Quite frankly, I hated the first half of this book, but the second half is much better. 2mo
Kristy_K I‘ll be reading this next month and have high hopes for this one! 2mo
BkClubCare 👏 yay! (But yikes, not fond of this cover. ) (edited) 2mo
batsy This seems to be very popular! 🙂 2mo
Well-ReadNeck I really don‘t like Sally Rooney but loved The Rachel Incident. I think u nailed the difference- these characters were deeper and more sympathetic. 2mo
Megabooks This was much better than expected. Agree! 2mo
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bio_chem06
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I know this book is on all the lists, but I just couldn‘t get into it. I loved the cover though.

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LitsyEvents
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repost for @BarbaraBB, @Megabooks, @squirrelbrain:

We do have our #LitsyToB24 shortlist! We hope you like the results (based on 30 voters), we know we are!!

Meg, Helen and I will come up with the brackets soon! For now you can make your reading plans for our own tournament in March 2024!

Please feel free to join us, let us know if you want to, so we‘ll add you to our taglist!

original post:
https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2675018

Megabooks Thanks for posting!! 🫶🏻 2mo
CatLass007 @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks Please make sure I‘m on your tag list for #LitsyToB24. Thank you! 2mo
squirrelbrain Yes, of course we will! @CatLass007 2mo
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CatLass007 @squirrelbrain Thank you. 2mo
Megabooks @CatLass007 welcome! Hope you enjoy the tournament! 2mo
CatLass007 The shortlist looks great so I think it will be fun. 2mo
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BkClubCare
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I loved this book! I love pie! 💕

Rachel is retelling a story that needs the decade or more reflection of her younger self and an experience that she wants closure on, especially when news forces it to her top of mind. This book is about growing up, finding the love of friendship and the love of passion. Definitely a “found family” book which is often my favorite. STACK IT! 🌟

Cherry Cranberry Pie per my brother‘s request for Christmas 🎄🍒

Tamra That looks fabulous! 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved the book too ❤️ 3mo
bthegood Pie looks fantastic 🥧 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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Hooked_on_books
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This one is a tough call for me, as I found Rachel immature, irresponsible, and irritating. I pretty much hated the first half. But the second half allowed me to have much empathy for her, as she went through some seriously painful things in a sort of loss of innocence. If it weren‘t a #tob24 book, I would have bailed early. But the second half is strong enough that I give this a soft pick.

Addison_Reads Great review. I read this ARC early in the year and felt very similar to you about it. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I really liked Rachel which made it a different experience for me. 3mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I feel like the reader is meant to like her and I just couldn‘t. If she was unlikeable by design, I probably would have had a better time with it. 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 48/23

The tagged book was my favorite this week, although both others were good reads as well. A satisfying week!

squirrelbrain A great week! I‘m looking forward to The Rachel Incident, when it comes in at the library. 3mo
TrishB Good week 👍🏻 3mo
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Oryx
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I really liked this and flew through it. She really captured something about the university experience and being that age. But it also has a propulsive plot, and relationships you get invested in. It's mostly set in Cork at the time of the recession, but from the perspective of Rachel years later. Great read.

Caroline2 Oh I have this on my kindle and I keep seeing great reviews lately, sounds like I need to move it up the pile! 👍 3mo
squirrelbrain I‘m waiting for this from the library. I think I must have missed a 99p deal on it as I *don‘t* have it on Kindle. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain you must have missed it ☹️ I definitely got it on a deal. It will probably come back again 3mo
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Suet624
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What‘s not to like about this book? We experience the lives of best friends James and Rachel as they move through their 20‘s. Broke, questioning their futures, falling in love with others and taking one for the team when necessary. As time moves on we see the consequences of their prior decisions. The book is meaty while also being a really pleasant way to spend time with characters you root for. #TOB24

BarbaraBB Great review! I was super charmed by this book and characters too. 3mo
merelybookish Totally agree! 3mo
batsy Great review! I've only seen such positive reviews for this so I'm looking forward to picking it up. 3mo
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squirrelbrain Great review - I‘m really looking forward to this, when it comes in for me at the library. 3mo
Ruthiella Agree. This book hit all the right notes regarding navigating early adulthood. It wasn‘t my trajectory, and yet it still felt familiar. 3mo
sarahbarnes Another great review! I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 3mo
Deblovestoread Another great review for this book. Cant wait to read it. 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB 😍 😍 😍 But of course! 3mo
Suet624 @merelybookish 👍 👍 3mo
Suet624 @batsy @squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes @deblovestoread I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 3mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella It did hit the right notes and it felt very familiar. You're spot on. 3mo
marleed Loved this one! 3mo
Well-ReadNeck I had warm nostalgic vibes from this one. Just loved it. 3mo
Suet624 @Well-ReadNeck same! 3mo
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Oryx
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Hairdresser reading, with the dog. Yes, Daisy has come to my hairdressers and had lots of fuss.

Sleepswithbooks What a precious girl 🐶💛 3mo
squirrelbrain Is Daisy getting a new hairdo too?! ❤️ 3mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain she needs one 😁 3mo
AmyG Lucky Daisy! 3mo
dabbe Hello there, Darling Daisy! 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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I wasn't going to read this one - comparisons to Rooney put me off - but then it kept coming up for me on NPR's fabulous Best of 2023 site and I decided to try it. I'm so glad I did. The way this is structured, Rachel as a slightly older narrator looking back at her twenties, sets it apart and above. It allows such beautiful tenderness for 20s Rachel and James, while also being aware of the naive, slightly narcissistic, bordering on (Cont'd)

TheKidUpstairs ... pretentious way of 20-somethings just about everywhere. I felt so deeply for Rachel, she is a wonderfully drawn character, and this framing allows her to examine her own flaws and strengths with such love and compassion. And I love that it ended with just enough closure, but not finality. It was wonderful. 3mo
tpixie Lovely review. The book sounds great! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I‘m waiting on this from the library…. 3mo
Deblovestoread Lovely review! Hope to find it under the Christmas tree. 3mo
Suet624 I‘m in the middle of this one and agree. It‘s a book that calls to me to stop what I‘m doing and to lie on the couch and read it. 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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I loved this book, that took me back to the days I was young and broke and wild too. Rachel is such a loving character, as are both James's! The book was funny and tragic, and felt very true. The plot is great too. I am left with a happy yet melancholic feeling. Another favorite of the #ToB24 longlist!

squirrelbrain Hooray - another good one! I‘m waiting for this from the library…. 3mo
Megabooks So glad you loved it!! 💜 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh good! I‘m looking forward to this! 3mo
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BkClubCare I had to return it to hold, too many too fast. Hoping I get my hands on it again in a few weeks. 3mo
sarahbarnes Love your review! I‘m even more excited for this one now. 3mo
Jas16 Really looking forward to reading this one. 3mo
Ruthiella This is one of the few I‘ve already read from the longlist. I liked it too. Such a lovely depiction of friendship. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Unconditionally 🧡 3mo
MicheleinPhilly I read this a month or so ago. While I liked it, I didn‘t love it. I think I just wasn‘t in the right head space and read it immediately after a similar 20-somethings novel. 3mo
Deblovestoread Great review! Glad I put it on my Christmas list. ❤️💚 3mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I totally get that. It can become annoying easily. But I hadn‘t read a similar kind of book in a while and really fell for their friendship 3mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad you liked it! 3mo
TheKidUpstairs @Chelsea.Poole I think you'll like this one! 3mo
TheKidUpstairs I just finished this morning, loved it as well! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @TheKidUpstairs thank you!! I‘m excited to get to this one now 😊 I have it checked out from the library…I should prioritize it. 3mo
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs The right book at the right time 3mo
KarenUK Had a feeling you‘d like this as much as I did! 2mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK Of course I did! Our kind of book 🩷 2mo
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Suet624
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First world problem: I‘m listening to one book and reading the other (often between 2-4 am) and, at least at this point in the two books, I‘m confusing the two plots. They feel very similar but different. #TOB24

squirrelbrain Oh no! 😬 3mo
IndoorDame Never good when your books could live in the same world! 3mo
BarbaraBB I am reading Rachel and enjoying it. It‘s a fun read about being young. I guess the same goes for Vintage Contemporaries which I haven‘t read yet but heard a lot about! 3mo
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Suet624 @squirrelbrain @indoorDame I'm hoping as time goes on they will distinguish themselves from one another. :) 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I think I am enjoying Rachel too. As long as i can separate it from the other one. I love a book in which the characters live in Ireland. 3mo
Megabooks I‘ve had that happen before. Weird synergies that mix things up. I guess I can see it with these two. 3mo
AmyG I have done this a few times! 3mo
BarbaraBB I thought you‘d like that, the Ireland setting! 3mo
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marleed
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Sometimes I‘m fully aware that the moon and stars aligned and provided me the right book at the right time and immersed me in the experience and joy of reading. This was that book. The whole situation read so believable to me. A reminder we just don‘t know when we are in it, the year that will become so pivotal to the rest of our life.

BarbaraBB Great review! Just bought this one. 3mo
marleed @BarbaraBB isn‘t it interesting how sometimes you just know that reading a particular at a particular time was just exactly the right thing. 3mo
BarbaraBB Yes it is! I love it when that happens! 3mo
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VRM1975
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ErikasMindfulShelf
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book about friendship, love and growing up.

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Ruthiella
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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#Two4Tuesday

🍁1. The tagged book was one of the most enjoyable books I read in September.

🍁 2. I‘m looking forward to tackling Tess of the D‘Urbervilles this October for #Pemberlittens #Hashtagbrigade I‘ve never read any Hardy before.

Feel like playing? Consider yourself tagged! 😃

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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Ruthiella
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this coming-of-age novel set in Cork during the 2008 recession. It‘s narrated by the Rachel of the title, looking back on her college years and is about navigating adult life, the callousness of youth, abortion rights in Ireland and as an underlying plot point, the power of friendship. The enduring friendship between James and Rachel was for me the core of the novel.

I‘m using this for #Booked2023 “About Reproductive Rights”

Amiable Sounds great —stacking! 6mo
Ruthiella @Amiable I hope you enjoy it. Though I came of age 20 years earlier, it rang true in my estimation. (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen Nice!! I started this one on audio but it wasn‘t clicking - #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 😩 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen It happens! 😃 6mo
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ICantImReading
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I thoroughly enjoyed this Irish coming-of-age novel! It really elicited the confusion and contradictions of being in your early twenties, when your friends feel like family and you‘re trying to make sense of yourself and the world. It felt authentic and nuanced; cringey, but tender - completely bingeworthy! 🎧

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KarenUK
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Much funnier than I thought it was going to be. A coming-of-age of sorts, with 20-something, besties Rachel and James, becoming entangled with Rachel‘s charismatic professor and his wife. Nostalgic and witty, Rachel is definitely a hot mess, but endearing none the less, despite her very questionable decisions! Told by Rachel, looking back at her time as a young adult in Ireland, the “incident‘ isn‘t quite what you‘d expect. A really fun read.

squirrelbrain I keep seeing reviews of this one; it sounds great! 7mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. Now I want to read it too! 7mo
CarolynM Great review! Stacked. 7mo
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Megabooks
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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I kinda hate comparing all young female Irish writers to Sally Rooney, but this does read like Rooney lite. While O‘Donoghue writes about the 2010 recession and abortion, this had a more darkly funny vibe than Rooney.

James and Rachel immediately hit it off as besties working at a bookstore, and their lives become intimately entwined with one of Rachel‘s professors and his wife. Rachel chronicles the tumultuous year retrospectively from 2022.

Megabooks Great pick @AardvarkBookClub 😁👍🏻 7mo
Tamra Such a pretty pic! 7mo
squirrelbrain I wondered about this one…stacking now! 7mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain I picked it up last wk and decided no and every review has made me more sure of no! Not for me. 7mo
Cinfhen I bailed on this one @TrishB for all@the reasons you probably didn‘t care for it either. GORGEOUS flowers, Meg!!!!!! 7mo
squirrelbrain I know how much you love Rooney though! 🤣 @TrishB 7mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain the Rooney bit definitely didn‘t help. I genuinely feel like a grumpy old woman!! (edited) 7mo
sarahbarnes Love me some Rooney! 🤍🤍 7mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m looking forward to this one! Pretty picture 🌺 (edited) 7mo
Megabooks @Tamra thank you! 7mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @TrishB @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB no book works for every reader that‘s for damn sure! I understand some of the drawbacks in the reviews here on litsy express, but it was an enjoyable read for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thank you! I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! These were originally planted along the fence with our backyard neighbors in their yard, but we don‘t mind that they‘ve come in our yard too. 7mo
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I really don‘t enjoy the angsty millennial novels, especially when compared to Rooney. I just find the writing so pretentious 🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
Vansa @BarbaraBB I wouldn't compare this to Rooney at all,nowhere near as pretentious!This is a lot funnier and warmer,because it's about someone in their 40s looking back at their 20s.Its more like Barbara Trapido.Heres a longer review in case you're interested!https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5606349964 7mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa Thanks! I am really intrigued by it now. So many opinions! 7mo
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JoyBlue
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Mehso-so

I guess I'm glad I read it, but it isn't a happy story.

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merelybookish
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Pickpick

Rachel Murray is an English major, working at a bookshop, living in Cork when she meets her new best friend James. Together they hatch a plot for Rachel to sleep with her favourite professor. The results are surprising and long-reaching.
This is about being a specific age (early 20s) at a particular time and place (Ireland after the 2009 financial collapse.) It's a coming-of-age novel with an awareness of how the particular cultural, social 👇

merelybookish economic moment in which you in fact come of age shapes what that aging looks like -- what is possible, what stories are defining you, and so on. Rachel is flawed and her I understood her and the messiness of her life. The ending might have been a bit rosy, but overall I loved it. Kind of a perfect summer read. Juicy and thoughtful. And I like this Australian cover. 8mo
TrishB I nearly brought this the other day but the blurb made me put it back down. Great review 👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Set in Cork , university ? ! I‘ll have to give it a go. Stacked. (edited) 8mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB I can see why the blurb would make you put it back down. I‘ll give it a go , but I‘m a bit unsure … 8mo
Ruthiella Sounds like a book I might love…stacked! 8mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I thought it sounded a bit young and romantic for me!! 8mo
merelybookish @trishb @Cathythoughts I would not call it a romance, although relationships are a big part of the story. But so are career choices. 8mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella I will be interested to hear what you think! 8mo
TrishB I‘ll beat that in mind 👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to it ❤️my bookclub will be thrilled! More Cork books (edited) 8mo
Suet624 Great review! 3mo
merelybookish @Suet624 Thanks! 😊 3mo
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merelybookish
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Started this and liking it a lot so far.

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KristiAhlers
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Pickpick

This title releases in June and I have to say I liked this coming-of-age story way more than I anticipated I would. There is so much heart and at times humor in this emotional journey.

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BekaReid
The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Pickpick

Beautifully written with laugh out loud lines, I enjoyed this coming of age story set in Cork 2010 during the Irish recession. Rachel is an awkward uni student navigating work, school, relationships, love, being a woman with restricted reproductive rights, and finding her place in the world.