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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley | Hannah Tinti
Bursting with imaginative exuberance, THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti has been described as 'One part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade' (Ann Patchett) and will appeal to fans of The Sisters Brothers or The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past - a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. Both a coming of age novel and a literary thriller, THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY explores what it means to be a hero, and the price we pay to protect the people we love most.
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LMJenkins
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I *loved* this book....$1.99 today...snatch it up!

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AlaMich
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Is it just me being a crank? I‘m getting sort of tired of formulaic titles.
“ The (insert number) (insert noun)s of (insert name)”
“The Girl (insert preposition) The (insert noun)”

*getting off soapbox*

SitsWithaBook @AlaMich I will sit right next to you on the cranky bench. There also seemed to be a glut of titles which defined women in terms of someone else. "The Wife." etc. 10mo
Oryx @SitsWithaBook Yes, the wife and daughter thing is very irritating! 10mo
AlaMich @SitsWithaBook Yes!! What you just said!! 10mo
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AlaMich @Oryx I‘ve made a point of avoiding them, just on principle! 😉 10mo
batsy Yes! Gah. 10mo
Itchyfeetreader @sitswithabook yes! This! A total pet niggle of mine 10mo
AlaMich @batsy @Itchyfeetreader @SitsWithaBook And the books themselves might be great, but the titles are clearly meant to capitalize on the success of other books. 10mo
cathysaid 😂 BTW this is a kindle deal today. Ya know, if you wanna go snap it up because of that fabulous title. 😉 10mo
AlaMich @cathysaid *snort* 😆 10mo
readordierachel I'm with you on that. (But I did enjoy this particular book ☺) 10mo
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Buechersuechtling

@Saari84 Auch da klingt die Inhaltsangabe richtig gut.
Schade allerdings, dass ich mich durch den letzten Satz ein wenig gespoilert gefühlt habe.

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Lauram
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I don‘t have a lot to say about this book. I liked it and would recommend it to others.

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Lauram
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Book, tea, and oatcake. I‘m ready for Sunday.

readordierachel I really enjoyed this book! 12mo
Lauram @readordierachel I‘m enjoying it too! I‘m sorry I let it sit on my tbr list for so long. 12mo
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LisaJo
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This book reads like 12 short stories nestled amongst a novella. I enjoyed that. This book was right in my wheelhouse. It was gritty , and I do enjoy a gritty novel. It was a coming-of-age story, a genre I thoroughly enjoy. The characters are not 100% likable, kind of like life. I would recommended it. Trigger warning: there is a little violence. OK, there‘s a lot of violence. But, deep down inside it‘s the story of love, safety, and family.

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LisaJo
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I think part of the joy of reading is when words create a picture that cause you to look at something differently. I enjoyed the picture of silverware being carried like a bouquet of flowers. 💐 🥄 🍴

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LisaJo
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“She was a drooler.” 😃

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kstadt929
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I never bail on books. I always power through. But I just couldn‘t get into this one. At all. It is an audiobook, but I keep finding my mind wandering and cannot get into the story. I‘m bailing before I get too far into it and feel like I HAVE to finish. Onto something else!

Solshine1 Oh I so relate! It‘s very rare for me to bail on a book but sometimes it‘s just so bad. I tried to listen to Atlas Shrugged but between the narrator and the writing I couldn‘t get very far into it. I finished The Goldfinch out of spite. 1y
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kstadt929
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Started a new audiobook tonight while enjoying a delicious Starbucks refresher ❤️

JoScho Great photo Katie 💖 1y
kstadt929 Thank you @JoScho 😊 1y
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LisaJo
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❤️

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LisaJo
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Starting this for my book club. And I have a signed first edition of this that I received from Parnassus Bookstore in Nashville. It was on my TBR pile. So glad when my TBR pile and my book club have the same book. About 30 pages in and I‘m already really enjoying it.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Nice! Been wanting to get to this one! 1y
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BibliOphelia
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I waited years for this after Tinti‘s excellent THE GOOD THIEF, and I wasn‘t disappointed! The book bounces back and forth between Samuel‘s present life with his daughter Loo, and the twelve times in his past that he had been shot, engagingly telling the story of their life on the run, Loo‘s mother‘s death, and their hope for a peaceful life. These characters will stay with me for a very long time. I unreservedly recommend this!

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brennahawleycraig
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When you take the dust jacket off a hardcover and find this gem.

LauraBeth Wow! Beautiful! 1y
tracey38 What a great surprise! Love when I find these gems under the covers. 😉 1y
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BibliOphelia
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Hannah Tinti is a masterful storyteller, and this book is beautiful, compelling and haunting. Unfortunately, I just reached the point where I think I figured something out, and now it is also terrifying - not conventionally so, but in what it will reveal about a past tragedy, and the pain of characters I‘ve come to feel so much for.

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JSW
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Compulsively readable, even though I found I didn‘t really like any of the characters... Tinti is just that good.

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JSW
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The Bullet 4 chapter of this book is outstanding. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 The pacing and descriptions are impeccable.

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JSW
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I got this ARC last year at my local indie bookstore and I‘m finally getting around to reading it. I love that it has this cool author doodle!

2BR02B This is so rad! 1y
mrozzz !!!! 1y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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I went a little crazy with library haul. Apparently Dean Martin thinks I should put YJY up at bat next...Xena is apathetic about the whole thing. Do you ever wish you were a speed reader? I know I do.

monalyisha What a good haul, though! Love “Attachments” & “White Oleander”! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @monalyisha that‘s good to know!! Thank you!! 2y
tammysue 👍🏻 Nice 2y
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2BR02B Have you tried Amazon Word Runner? I read a few books using it, and while it did make me a faster reader, it also took some of the fun out of reading, I think. 2y
Soubhiville ❤️ White Oleander! 2y
EvieBee I think that‘s an excellent way of picking the next book. I might have to implement that! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @whatshesreadingnow thanks!! @2BR02B no, never even heard of it!! Interesting!! I may be too lazy to check that out at this time, but maybe I will one day!! Thanks!! @Soubhiville WO seems to be a crowd fave! @EvieBee lol..kitty pick book club😺 2y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Mehso-so

I finally finished this one and it was just ok for me.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Backseat riding today, still reading the same book...

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Starting this tonight!

RedbagReadbooks Awesome book 2y
Bakingbookworm This book has been on my TBR pile for a long time. By the way, I love your name. I too, have a non-reader for a husband. #bookworm-solidarity 2y
Myhusbandhatesreading @Bakingbookworm I‘m about 1/4 of the way in, so far so good. My husband‘s idea of reading is going through his Facebook...I get my revenge where I can :) #bookwormsrule !! 2y
Bakingbookworm @Myhusbandhatesreading My husband has read two books in the 25 years we‘ve been together. I read two books in the first week of January. Opposites attract, I guess lol. 2y
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emilycr2
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Very good

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Sweettartlaura
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#marchmadnesschallenge @JenP

Having a hard time reviewing this one. The characters are sharply drawn, especially Samuel - I can see him & he intrigues me.
And the book reads well enough - good pacing & plot, interesting structure. There‘s plenty to uncover about Samuel, before, with, & after Lily, & we get it all. But there‘s just something a little flat, & a little drawn-out.
Still a solid read.

rmaclean4 Thanks for the review...I have been wondering about this one. 2y
Sweettartlaura @rmaclean4 It‘s a solid read. Just a little long. You can wait on it, but if you‘re interested do pick it up - it‘s worth it. 2y
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BookaholicNatty
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I have been excited to read this book for awhile now. What do you all think about this one?

DeborahSmall I loved it! 2y
Branwen I thought it was great! 😃 It's such a beautiful, unique story! I hope you like it! 2y
Li_21 I've wanted to read this one as well, Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. 2y
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ericarobynreads I loved it so much!! 2y
PirateJenny I loved it a lot 2y
Suetara It‘s fantastic. 2y
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Linds
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Just finished this delightful and gritty book that tells the story of Hawley, his daughter Loo, and a whole lot of gunslinging. Bonus points because it‘s set on the Northshore of Massachusetts, just outside of Boston (where I live). Highly recommend, especially if you have a soft spot for father/daughter narratives. A perfect mix of gritty and whimsical.

beaconhillbooks Thanks for this I also live in the Boston area and hadn‘t heard of this book! 1y
Linds @beaconhillbooks I hope you like it! Boston is a great book town 😊 1y
beaconhillbooks I agree! Plus there‘s so much history around! 1y
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JenP
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#MarchMadnessChallene
Alabama moves on with its partner The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.

Did you pick it?

RachLovesTV I did! 😱 This is the primary reason I'm in the lead for now, until Arizona's loss, aka Strange the Dreamer's loss, catches up with me. 2y
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#MarchIntoOz Samuel Hawley is a complicated guy, he‘s got a dozen #scar(s) to prove it! But at the heart of the matter he‘s a dad willing to risk everything to keep his family safe! I liked this one, although maybe 7 scars instead of 12 would have sufficed 😜It was a little too drawn out but still recommend 💕

Cathythoughts I like the sound of this man ❤️👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen He‘s flawed but in a good way @Cathythoughts This would work for #pop18 #antihero 2y
TrishB Yet to read! 2y
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Cinfhen Hi @TrishB 😘😘 2y
TrishB Hi 🙋 work mega stupid at the mo and I‘m missing Litsy chats! 💕 2y
Cinfhen Sorry work is “mega stupid” 🤪😂 2y
CaitlinR Really enjoyed the book. 2y
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BlameJennyJane
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The temperature today has reached a balmy 42 degrees and I needed an excuse to get out of the house. What better excuse than a run to the bookstore? These have both been on my wishlist for a bit. I can‘t wait to jump in.

#popsugar2018 #popsugar2017 #haul

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Preciouz29
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Good. At least I think it was. It kept playing like a movie in my head. But I enjoyed it!

thepaulhoa Agreed 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! Stunning 2y
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readordierachel
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I loved this story of a young girl and her father, circling the truth and each other. Told in alternating chapters set in the past and present, the blanks are filled in one bullet at a time. I figured out some of what was coming, but I enjoyed the ride. I grew to love Loo & Hawley. Part coming of age story, part love story, part crime novel. I'll read more from this author.

Blaire Glad you enjoyed it!! My bookclub all liked it. 2y
readordierachel @Blaire Glad we're all on the same page 😊📚 2y
vivastory I need to read this one 2y
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readordierachel @vivastory It's a good one. I kept picturing it as film, with Michael Shannon as Hawley. 2y
vivastory I love Michael Shannon. 2y
readordierachel @vivastory Me too! Did you ever see "Bug"? I think that was the first thing I ever saw (or at least noticed) him in. 2y
vivastory I completely forgot he was in that one. I'm tempted to rewatch it now! Although he's typecast as the villain too often, I can't wait to see him in Fahrenheit 451. 2y
readordierachel @vivastory Ooh yeah, looking forward to that too! I agree. He does villains well, but his range is so much wider. Now I want to rewatch Bug, haha. 2y
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Addison_Reads
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This one was a little slow for me at first, but I am glad I didn't give up on it. I enjoyed the back and forth between past and present all wrapped up in the bonds shared between people who despite bad choices are not bad people. Perfect reading for a cold winter day.

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Addison_Reads
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"When Loo was twelve years old her father taught her how to shoot a gun."

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UnabridgedTomes
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The rest of my new year books just arrived! 🎉🎉🎉

Chelsibeau 😍 2y
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Hestapleton
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Overall a really good story about grief and live and how far we go in both journeys. I found the end to be a little too open for my tastes, by I still recommend. A rough beginning, but a satisfying read.
Working through #Netgalley backlist: 3/18

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Quippe
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Hannah Tinti's literary thriller is an absorbing and well-structured read that combines Loo's coming-of-age tale with a look back at the mistakes in Samuel's past that return to haunt him to form a novel that made me care about the pair of them and kept me gripped from beginning to end.

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Bexicans
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Interesting, sad, funny, and not cliche. Quality

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Cinfhen
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#TuneIntoNovember #EmojiNov Samuel Hawley is an outlaw and a bit of a #🤥 As much as he loves his daughter and is willing to risk everything for her, he can‘t share his past with her. As the novel alternates between Hawley‘s violent & complicated past we come to understand the life that scarred him, shaped him and keeps him so anxious about his daughter‘s safety. His twelve scars represent 12 bullets, each with a tale. #ScarsToYourBeautiful

Tamra Your blurb vaguely reminds me of the movie Unforgiven, a man with a past that his kids don‘t know and resurfaces with consequences. It‘s a western with more depth than one might presume. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen That movie sounds eerily similar to this book! I'm pretty sure my hubby saw the film & I'm pretty sure he really enjoyed it, too! The book is good- @Tamra 2y
Tamra It‘s a very good movie, it‘s one of those biannual watches. In this case, the past comes back by his choice and he has to question who he really is as a man. 😊 2y
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Blaire Nice choice. I️ liked this one. 2y
emilyhaldi This has been on my tbr for a while!! Sounds good. 2y
VinceReads Love this book!! 2y
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DeborahSmall
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#twelve #Novemberbythenumbers I enjoyed this one just a few months ago ❤️📚

CoffeeBooksRepeat One of my favorites!!! 2y
DeborahSmall @CoffeeBooksRepeat I loved it 💕 2y
VinceReads Picked this up on a whim a few months ago and it quickly became one of my favorites 2y
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PandaPanda
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I absolutely loved this one! A book I wish I had purchased because of the super cool cover but got from the library. #NovemberByTheNumbers @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

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Purrfectpages
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Cinfhen I forgot about this one! It was good 2y
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Blaire
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This would make an amazing mini-series with each life as an episode. It was such a vivid and action packed read with great characters. At my book club we discussed how we would cast it picking the guy from justified for hawley. #thisshouldbeatvseries #tvseries #fallintobooks

RealLifeReading I've not read it but am curious now! 2y
Blaire @RealLifeReading it's different and fun...story divided by the lives or bullets. 2y
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bethcos
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Beautifully written. I'm going to be thinking about this one for awhile

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OneLitChick
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I often get asked for book recs, as I'm sure a lot of us Littens do. This is what I'm currently recommending everyone read right now.

My full review, with my writing partner, is here: http://onelitchick.com/snotty-literati/samuel-hawley/

BookBabe Yes! I loved this one! 🙌🏻❤️ 2y
OneLitChick @BookBabe 😀👍🏻 2y
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DeborahSmall
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Was slow going at the start, but was soon pulled into Sam and Loo's world. They may not have made 'good' life choices but I found it hard to judge these loveable characters. Loo comes to realise her dad is/was a bad man, when they eventually settle in Loo's mothers hometown in Massachusetts. Chapters alternate from Sam's violent past detailing each bullet he acquired, to chapters on Loo's coming of age story; .......

DeborahSmall her struggles to fit in because of her dads reputation and also her high school romance. A beautifully written story of a great love and bond between a father and daughter. Great storytelling 2y
TrishB Great review 👍 added to the stack! 2y
rohit-sawant Excellent review! 2y
Cinfhen Nice review ✅💚this book was a pick for me too! Although nine bullets was probably enough 🤔😜 2y
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BeverleeWitvoetAbell
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I loved this coming of age story about Loo. We learn about her life and her father's from twelve bullets. Some will see a lot of violence. I saw a lot of love just not all traditional.