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whatrebeccasread

Joined May 2018

Reading on my daily commute 📚 Follow me: linktr.ee/whatrebeccasread
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The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
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“The Hope Family Calendar” is a light and easy read looking at family relationships following a tragic loss. It was a little predictable and I felt that something was missing, but I enjoyed it - 3 stars.

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'Every Time He Dies' by Tara East is a very well written, fast paced story of gang crime in Brisbane. I was hooked from page one and really enjoyed exploring the mystery behind a number of murders. I'd definitely recommend this one, it's 5 stars from me!

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The Birthday House | Jill Treseder
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"The Birthday House" is a powerful short read examining a real-life murder during the 1950s. Exploring how this crime affected the lives of those who knew the family, this really is a compelling and heart-wrenching story.

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Seven Days | Alex Lake
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'Seven Days' is a really gripping thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat - 4 stars.

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Gorgito's Ice-Rink | Elizabeth Ducie
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"Gorgito's Ice Rink" is an interesting story, especially for someone with little knowledge of Russia. This book is a tale of love, loss and broken promises that deserves a little love on its publication birthday. I'm sure many people will enjoy this story and learn a little bit while reading too.

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Three Little Truths | Eithne Shortall
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"Three Little Truths" is a fun community story with plenty of colourful characters. I really enjoyed looking at the different lives and dynamics of the residents of Pine Road, it's 4 stars from me.

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The Choke | Sofie Laguna
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“The Choke” isn‘t an easy read, it‘s gritty and it‘s disturbing in places, but don‘t let that put you off – author Sofie Laguna is highly praised and rightfully so. This is a powerful read but not one I can say I enjoyed all that much – it‘s 3 stars from me.

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Soubhiville Great photo! 3w
CarolynM I was put off this by her previous book. Have you read it? 3w
whatrebeccasread @CarolynM I actually didn't know this author had written anything else! I haven't read any others but have just read the blurb for The Eye of the Sheep and don't think that one is my kind of thing either. 3w
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The Good Luck Girls | Charlotte Nicole Davis
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"The Good Luck Girls" had a great opening and I also liked the ending, but I got lost somewhere in the middle. It was an enjoyable read and I'd recommend this for adventure fans or someone looking for a more contemporary Wild West type story – 3 stars.

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The Familiars | Stacey Halls
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"The Familiars" is a historical story set during the time of the Pendle Witch Trials. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it for fans of Gothic fiction. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is a likeable character who I appreciated even more when I found out she was based on a real young woman. It's 5 stars from me!

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Amiable What a neat cover! 4w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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“Before the Coffee Gets Cold” is a charming, clever story about how, no matter what we may try, there is nothing we can do to change the past and we can only learn and grow from our mistakes. I really enjoyed this heartwarming tale and it‘s 4 stars from me.

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The Weighing of the Heart | Paul Tudor Owen
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"The Weighing of the Heart" is a cleverly constructed story that I'd highly recommend. It's difficult to review a book like this without giving too much away, but there's art, romance, a little bit of comedy, some drama and most importantly a crime. 5 stars!

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Living My Best Li(f)e | Claire Frost
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Living My Best Li(f)e is a feel-good story of friendship and community spirit that would be a ideal holiday read. It's also an important reminder that what you see on social media isn't always the truth - sometimes #livingmybestlife is a little more #livingmybestlie.

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The Love Delusion | Nicola Mostyn
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“The Love Delusion” is a genre defying magical adventure. It was refreshing to see some strong female leads in this type of story and I really enjoyed the fast-pace. It's 4 stars from me!

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I gave "Running Like a Girl" 4 stars on my first read and I think I enjoyed it even more second time round. I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to run, or is thinking about running, but needs that extra push to get out the door - 5 stars!

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I really enjoyed "The Travelling Cat Chronicles", a poignant look at the relationship between one man, his cat and the people most important to him in his life. I loved it and would recommend you give it a go – 5 stars.

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The Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
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My fifth Yōko Ogawa read is one of my favourites and I can't wait for more of her work to be translated. I really enjoyed "The Memory Police" and its unique look at how memories are an important part of our identity - 5 stars.

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Daisey I really enjoyed the one book I‘ve read by this author and need to read more! 2mo
whatrebeccasread @Daisey in that case, I highly recommend this one! ❤️ 2mo
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This is a quaint story but it wasn't really my cup of tea. I'd recommend this one for fans of a light hearted British mystery.

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Dead Guilty | Michelle Davies
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"Dead Guilty" is a gripping crime story investigating the death of British holiday-maker ten years earlier and I really enjoyed trying to work out the details of this mystery. It‘s 4 stars from me!

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Incendiary | Chris Cleave
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An emotional and heavy read, Chris Cleave's "Incendiary" looks at the aftermath of a terrorist attack and how grief, guilt and loss can affect a person. I didn't love it as much as "Little Bee" but it's still 4 stars from me.

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One? | Jennifer L Cahill
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"One?" is a fantastically English piece of contemporary fiction set in the 2000s. Penelope, Charlie and Zara are great characters and these ladies are some of the most relatable I've read in a while. I really enjoyed this - 5 stars!

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I Can't Tell You Why | Elaine Robertson North
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"I Can't Tell You Why" tells the story of a woman questioning the decisions she has made in her love life. Recommended for fans of contemporary romance that doesn't always go to plan - it's 4 stars from me.

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Debut author Awais Khan tells a captivating story giving us a peek at life in high society Pakistan. This book isn't perfect but it is an eye-opening account that I'd recommend as a kind of modern day Pakistani Anna Karenina and if you don't know much about the country, give this one a try!

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"Bridge to Eternity" is an emotional rollercoaster. Full of history and memories, Romola Farr tells the story of 65 year old Audrey leaving her family and her past behind for a new life in Hawksmead, or so she says! I enjoyed this one - 4 stars.

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Smile of the Stowaway | Tony Bassett
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"Smile of the Stowaway" is a well-paced, enjoyable story of immigration, crime and uncovering the truth. If you're a fan of British crime fiction, give this book a go - it's 4 stars from me!

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Woman in Cabin 10 | Ruth Ware
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"The Woman in Cabin 10" started strong and was full of suspense but I began to lose interest in the last third as things took as slightly strange turn. It's 3 stars from me!

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The Single Mum's Wish List | Charlene Allcott
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"The Single Mum's Wish List" is a story of one woman trying to find herself after a separation. It's a light-hearted read that is funny in parts but the leading lady wasn't likable enough for me to fall in love with this story - 3 stars from me.

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The Unloved | Deborah Levy
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Deborah Levy's early novel "The Unloved" was odd and felt disconnected. I didn't really understand what was going on and therefore didn't enjoy reading it very much - 1 star.

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Knife for Harry Dodd | George Bellairs
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"A Knife for Harry Dodd" is a wonderful piece of detective fiction originally published in the 1950s. George Bellairs tells a very British story of murders in the countryside which I mostly enjoyed but a few niggles here and there knocked a couple of points off in my eyes - 3 stars.

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Despite enjoying some parts of this story of an inter-racial family in the seventies, I found most of it to be slow moving and really not that interesting. “Everything I Never Told You” seems to be well reviewed by others, but unfortunately isn‘t going to win any awards in my books – 2 stars.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Not my favourite either. 4mo
whatrebeccasread @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego glad to hear I'm not alone. Lots of people on my blog have been surprised to hear I didn't like it! 4mo
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An enjoyable and somewhat unnerving peek at what technology could be like in our future. "Proximity" is fast-paced, imaginative and could easily be featured as the next episode of "Black Mirror". It's a big 5 stars from me!

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Ponti | Sharlene Teo
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"Ponti" is funny, sad and awkward, unlike anything I've read in a long time. I loved this book from Sharlene Teo and can't wait to see what she writes next - 5 stars!

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Promise Between Us | Barbara Claypole White
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“The Promise Between Us” is a powerful and educational story which addresses the less well-known side of OCD and explores how such an illness can affect a family. I'm giving this book 4 stars – thanks again to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources and author Barbara Claypole White for the opportunity to read this book!

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Expectation | Anna Hope
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"Expectation" explores how female friendships change over time. I found it to be very relatable and enjoyed learning about the lives and friendships between Hannah, Cate and Lissa. It's 5 stars from me!

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A beautifully written love song to the piano, "The Forest of Wool and Steel" is a truly captivating story. Another piece of Japanese literature that I really enjoyed, it's 4 stars from me.

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Lcsmcat Sounds lovely. My father-in-law was a piano tuner. I‘ll have to read this in his memory. 5mo
Emilymdxn What a beautiful cover! Book sounds great too 5mo
whatrebeccasread @Lcsmcat oh definitely do, it's a lovely book! 5mo
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The Wrong Envelope | Liz Treacher
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It‘s my stop on the “The Wrong Envelope” blog tour! A quaint story of romance in the 1920s in rural Devon. Bernard Cavalier doesn't make a great first impression and his second one isn't much better either, but he's determined to make this relationship work. A charming 4 stars for Liz Treacher's "The Wrong Envelope".

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Ponti | Sharlene Teo
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Another month, another book from my Rare Birds Book Club subscription. Have you read this one?

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve never even heard of it but it sounds great! #stacked 5mo
whatrebeccasread @MicheleinPhilly it does sounds great and I really like the cover! I'm looking forward to reading it soon! 5mo
Redwritinghood Like many books, it‘s on my shelf waiting to be read. 5mo
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The Killer You Know | S. R. Masters
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I'd highly recommend giving S.R. Masters' debut novel a try. "The Killer You Know" is a gripping story and I enjoyed acting the detective to try and work out the who/what/where/when of this mystery. It's 4 stars from me - thanks so much to Anne Cater and S.R. Masters for the opportunity to read this one!

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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I'm not sure I understand the hype surrounding Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitteridge" but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Some stories I loved but some not so much and I'm beginning to feel that I may need to give it a second chance down the line. For now it's 3 stars, but I'm not ruling this one out for a re-read at some point.

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TrishBovell I didn‘t understand the character of Olive until I saw the Miniseries starring Frances McDormand. Now I want to reread the book because seeing it on the screen made it so much richer! 6mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell oh really? That's interesting to hear, I might give it a try myself! 6mo
TrishBovell Give it a try. I felt the same as you do when I first read the book. I didn‘t understand the hype. 6mo
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TrishBovell Now I love Olive and want to know more about her! 6mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell I'm looking forwaed to it, thank you! 6mo
TrishBovell Let me know what you think! 6mo
EH2018 Theres a new Olive K book coming out in October! Just heard about it. So excited!! 6mo
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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Look at all these shiny new books I've just won on Twitter! I'm so excited to get reading! Have you read any of them yet?? 🤩

Samplergal Twitter? Apparently I‘m not following the right people! 6mo
whatrebeccasread @Samplergal haha, yes! I seem to be having a bit of a winning streak over there in recent weeks! 6mo
TNbookworm Wow, that's awesome! 6mo
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Malamander | Thomas Taylor
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"Malamander" is a really fun read which comes highly recommended for its target audience (aged 10-12). I've just found out that this book is going to be part of a series, and wish the author all the best with that!

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Mdargusch I love the cover! 6mo
whatrebeccasread @Mdargusch this is just the proof cover, the real published cover is even better! 6mo
jenniferw88 It's @Waterstones children's book of the month pick for May too! 6mo
whatrebeccasread @jenniferw88 oh fab, I didn't know that! 6mo
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"The Housekeeper and The Professor" is a quaint story of how kindness and compassion bring people together. This wasn't my favourite Yōko Ogawa book, but I still enjoyed it - 3 stars.

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Daisey I really enjoyed this one and it is the only book I've read by this author. I would be curious to know which you recommend as I consider another to read. (edited) 6mo
whatrebeccasread @Daisey I much preferred both Revenge and Hotel Iris but they definitely have a different style to this one! 6mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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A story of espionage during WW2 sounds like it's going to be a winner, but in reality I found that "Transcription" was a little boring and slow-paced for my liking. I liked the premise, but the story didn't impress - 2 stars.

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The Miniaturist | Jessie Burton
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Again I'm underwhelmed by Jessie Burton, and I'm beginning to think that perhaps she's not the author for me. "The Miniaturist" started well but couldn't really keep me interested and its 400+ pages dragged on quite a lot which definitely didn't help the situation. I didn't hate it but I won't be recommending this book to anyone in a hurry - 2 stars.

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CrowCAH The TV mini-series was only so so, too. 6mo
whatrebeccasread @CrowCAH oh no, really? I've not watched it yet but was planning on! 6mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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April's Rare Birds Book Club brought a Kate Atkinson book! Transcript looks good, have any of you read it? 📚

Laura317 No, but I have it on my tbr shelf. I hope to get your very soon. 6mo
TrishB I have - enjoyed it 👍🏻 6mo
thea-block I just finished this one! Didn‘t live up to the hype for me, but I still enjoyed it. Hope you do, too! 6mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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The plot is original, the characters are quirky and fun and the language is simplistic. I really enjoyed "Convenience Store Woman" and it has only made me even more eager to pick up more Japanese literature and give it a try - 5 stars!

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KimmyM I've been waiting on this from the library for ages! I can't wait to read it! 7mo
whatrebeccasread @KimmyM I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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Bridget Jones's Diary | Helen Fielding
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Bridget Jones's Diary was an easy four star read for me. It's certainly not the best book ever written, but it's fun, British and so relatable. Who hasn't had body insecurities, faced a stinking hangover or felt the judgement of others? I'd recommend this book for fans of the film - read it and fall in love with Bridget all over again!

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hlgreenfield I don't know if it's because I've seen the movie so many times and so had certain expectations who j weren't met, but I didn't love this book and I really expected to! Maybe I should give it another read now that I know it's very different from the film. 7mo
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"Girl A" is a difficult read, detailing the horrors that these girls had to endure, so certainly isn't for the faint-hearted. While it's hard to review something so real and so terrible, I'd give this book a strong 4 stars.

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Falling into Place | Amy Zhang
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"Falling into Place" is a sad story which tackles some difficult subjects, from bullying to drug use to suicide. It's certainly not a happy read and is quite emotional at times. Unfortunately this book wasn't for me, I couldn't connect with the main character and this seriously affected how I felt about the whole thing - 1 star.

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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A wisp of a book, "The Summer Book" is brief with no real plot but it's well written. For me these snippets of life in the summer on a Scandinavian island were enjoyable but nothing I'll be raving about - it's 3 stars from me.

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Dont You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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Georgina Horspool is so real it's difficult not to love her. Unemployed and single on the same day and heading home to a roommate who's not her biggest fan either. This rom-com explores some tricky themes but it mostly fun and witty. This wasn't perfect for me but still an enjoyable 3 stars.

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