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Suet624
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Had to laugh when I read this line. Truth.

tammy_sue That‘s so true! 14h
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Rachel_nyc
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Mehso-so

I‘ve only read two but I‘m definitely not impressed with the summer #ToB shortlist so far. I struggled through the angsty first part of the book because I was curious what the switch in POV would bring. I don‘t want to spoil anyone with specifics but I actually started liking it but it wasn‘t enough to make up for the drama kid drama. My reading buddy wasn‘t impressed either! #catsoflitsy #camptob

brit91 Lol I love his face so cute!😍🤣😻 1d
AlaMich Grumpy!!😾 1d
Rachel_nyc @AlaMich @brit91 lol He is actually the sweetest cat ever but he always looks grumpy in photos! 😹😹 1d
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Ruthiella This title and Lost Children Archive are my favorites actually. But I can see where Trust Exercise would frustrate. I‘m still not sure what happened but I‘ve enjoyed thinking about it. 1d
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella Even though I didn‘t love it, I am definitely still thinking about it which is why I wouldn‘t dismiss it. Definitely a lot to unpack will make for lively discussion! I‘m excited to read Lost Children Archives soon. 1d
Suet624 Yup. Glad to see I‘m not the only one with the so-so rating. 16h
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Wonderwoman89
Before the Storm | Diane Chamberlain
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I think I found a new author that I am really liking. This is my third book by her that I am reading.

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baes
Stolen Marriage | Diane Chamberlain
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 Stars.

Loved this. This was my second book from Diane Chamberlain, who is now one of my new favorite authors.

She is a great storyteller who incorporates history with an element of mystery to her stories to make you guess what‘s really going on.

Crazeedi I've not heard of this one! 2d
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baes
Stolen Marriage | Diane Chamberlain
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Had the perfect afternoon with the pool all to myself.

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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

I recently listened to a podcast in which the guest talked about abandoning Susan Choi's Trust Exercise because of her negative reaction to the writing style. I found myself having a similarly hesitant reaction to the writing style--it felt overwrought . . . but it also felt deliberate. My faith was restored as the book continued, when I reached section 2. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod I don't want to take away the joy of any reader's discovery because there's a lot here the relies on the experience of reading the novel (and of reflecting on one's own reactions to the reading). It reminded me of a grad school discussion of Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet and his deliberate manipulation of the reader's understanding of each character. ⬇️ 2d
UnabridgedPod The novel's focus is the student body of a performing arts school: their relationships, with each other and with their teachers, provide a dramatic tale of adolescence, of innocence and corruption, of coming of age. At any rate, I'll just say: Stick with Trust Exercise. The book is worth the journey. (This is another Camp ToB book!) 2d
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Suet624
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Love this line. I‘m quite familiar with a few of these types. 😂😂

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bookish_mind
I Have Lost My Way | Gayle Forman
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I already finished reading this book last month and it was a great book, I love the writing style of Forman, and the feeling while reading it is unusual, I also like the story, how they collide from each other's lives, and help one another.💕
#ihavelostmyway
#gayleforman
#freyaharunnathaniel
#filipinoreader
💖💞

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Suet624
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Mehso-so

I read this as part of the Tournament of Books Summer Camp Program. I can‘t “pan” it outright because Choi‘s attempt was appreciated, but I will say that I never cared at any time for any of the characters, the writing, or the concept. I‘m with @DavidDiamond @TheNerdyProfessor who both made me laugh with their comments on the book. My advice? Don‘t bother.

BarbaraBB Such a pity you didn‘t like it. I was just adding it to my wishlist because of @AlizaApp review. I held you both high when it comes to bookish taste. Now I don‘t know anymore 🤷🏻‍♀️😉! Maybe I must judge for myself! 😘 (edited) 4d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB everything that @AlizaApp says is true and I appreciated the attempt that was made to tell this story. However, I just didn‘t like any of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Check it out. I‘d love to see where you fall in the like/dislike scale. 😀 4d
AlizaApp @Suet624 I understand why this book is not for everyone, so that‘s fair. But I do like when books and stories genuinely surprise me, which this one did. I also love a vengeful narrator. So this one ended up working for me! @BarbaraBB I guess you will have to read it and let us know! 4d
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BarbaraBB @AlizaApp I guess I will. Both your reactions make me real curious! 💜 4d
Megabooks I bailed! 4d
Rachel_nyc I‘m reading this now and I‘m glad to see I‘m not the only one with mixed feelings about it. I just finished the first part and actively dislike most of the characters. I‘m curious to know where all this is leading though. 4d
Liz_M I need you all to hash tag your ToB reviews so I can read the books vicariously. 😁 I am resisting getting sucked in until I finish my 1001-books goal. 3d
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BookwormM
The Au Pair | Emma Rous
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#Netgalley #TheAuPair #ARC

Great compelling read to start with but the story turned out to be impossible for me to believe.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/07/11/the-au-pair-by-emma-rous/

I have given this a pick as I really did enjoy the early parts of the story.