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All Involved: A Novel | Ryan Gattis
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A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as The Wire, from a writer hailed as the West Coast's Richard Pricea mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty, set in the chaotic streets of South Central L.A. in the wake of one of the most notorious and incendiary trials of the 1990sAt 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted three white Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue a black man named Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a fourth officer. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. In nearly 121 hours, fifty-three lives were lost. But there were even more deaths unaccounted for: violence that occurred outside of active rioting sites by those who used the chaos to viciously settle old scores.A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, All Involved vividly re-creates this turbulent and terrifying time, set in a sliver of Los Angeles largely ignored by the media during the riots. Ryan Gattis tells seventeen interconnected first-person narratives that paint a portrait of modern America itselflaying bare our history, our prejudices, and our complexities. With characters that capture the voices of gang members, firefighters, graffiti kids, and nurses caught up in these extraordinary circumstances, All Involved is a literary tour de force that catapults this edgy writer into the ranks of such legendary talents as Dennis Lehane and George V. Higgins.
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#ipredictariot this multi narrated se lot of interlinking novellas about the LA riots has stuck with me since I read it a few years ago. #ayupaugust @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

Cinfhen One of the best books I ever read!!! Great choice and perfect pick🙌🏻‼️♥️ 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds really good - stacked! 4mo
Chrissyreadit Hi! Checking in about your Staycation In Time Swap package in case you did not get notification about tagging you.... 4mo
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An EXCELLENT read! Highly recommend!😍💔💔

All Involved: A Novel | Ryan Gattis
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This book was too long, repetitive and just not my kind of thing. With styles that are difficult to follow, characters that I‘ve already forgotten and plot points that happen again and again, I didn‘t like this book. No matter what other reviewers say, it‘s just 1 star for “All Involved” from me.

See my full review on my blog by clicking on the link in my profile! 📚

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An uncomfortable, yet compelling read about the LA riots in 1992.
Although well written, it just wasn‘t for me, too real life sad and depressing 😔
Managed another 1 1/2 hours for #25infive so finishing on 21.31 😁

Andrew65 A brilliant total, well done and thanks for taking part in the challenge. 😊 2y
Reviewsbylola I wasn‘t in love with this one either but I appreciated the different perspective. 2y
TrishB @Reviewsbylola I think that‘s what I was trying to say too! 2y
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Not managed much of this tonight!
Finishing today‘s #25infive at 20.01 it seems like 5 hours a day when not in work is my average! Work tomorrow 😔 be lucky to do another couple of hours and taking daughter to pictures after work.

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Not a bad book, just not my thing. Bailed after 3 chapters.

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#Bookmail from @DeborahSmall arrived today along with my new favourite woodmark of Tormund! This edition of Sleeping Beauties is the Tesco exclusive peacock one. Thank you so much as usual!

emilyhaldi One of my favorites!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
coffeenebula Tormund! 😍🔥 2y
TrishB Lovely 💜 2y
DeborahSmall You're welcome 😘 2y
Nat_Reads Love that cover of Sleeping Beauties! 2y
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A fantastic look at the '92 LA riots, after a jury acquitted 3 police officers, of 'excessive force used to subdue civilian Rodney King'. I knew very little about the LA riots and found this a fascinating intense read of the violence that occurred outside of the actual riots. Specifically the murders between the Chicano gangs. The book takes us through 17 peoples (fictionalised) accounts of the 6 days of violence and chaos. So well done. ❤️

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Another day at the pool ❤️📚☀️😎

TrishB Great pic 👍 nice matching! It's like winter here so enjoy the sun while you can. 2y
Cinfhen Loved this book 💙hope you're having a wonderful holiday ☀️ 2y
Reviewsbylola That cover is fantastic. 2y
LeahBergen That looks like some great pool reading. 😘 2y
DeborahSmall @TrishB weather was awful last week but has been great this week x. @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @LeahBergen book is great so far. Very powerful, was close to tears at the pool 😭❤️ 2y
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Here is my #tbrbingo after a couple weeks. My plan right now is to post an update at the end of each month, at the minimum. I'm not flying through it, that's for sure. 😂 I think at least two books a month is a reasonable goal. 🐌 🐌 🐌

Reviewsbylola Of course, now that I've started, I keep seeing books on my shelves that I wish I had included. 😂 2y
RachelO Yep! I did my board based on print books, so now my kindle's guilt-tripping me! 2y
WhatDeeReads @Reviewsbylola It's ok if you go slowly. This is go at your own pace. No judgement. 2y
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Cinfhen I'm curious to hear your thoughts on 2y
Cinfhen I'm liking your card ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi Are you actually refraining from buying books in the interim!? 2y
Reviewsbylola I haven't bought any books in a long time and I am trying to keep it that way. However Brian and I are going to Costco on Tuesday . . . @emilyhaldi 2y
Mdargusch Do BOTM books not count because I believe you will be buying those. 🤑🤑🤑 2y
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This is one of those books that is epic in scope. It's hard to fathom how Gattis was even able to write about the LA riots and the fictional gang members in such a realistic way. This was gritty and violent and it showed a sad world that undoubtedly exists and was also able to show the reader why it exists. I don't feel like I loved this as much as @emilyhaldi or @Cinfhen --it's not an easy read--but I definitely appreciate that it's well done.

emilyhaldi I'm glad you thought this was a worthy read, even if it wasn't your fav! 🔪🔪 2y
bedandabook Great review. This one's definitely on my TBR pile now. Looking forward to it. 2y
Cinfhen Echoing @emilyhaldi 🖤Yes, this book is gritty and violent but it's written in such an honest vulnerable way that you come to care for these gang members! I was rooting and cheering for them as scores were settled & my heart ached when life strangled them😞 2y
Mdargusch Sounds like a tough read. 2y
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End of week update! I finished 3 books on my #tbrbingo board - 2 I LOVED and 1 not so much. I've been reading based on my mood and not focusing on completing a row, but not sure if I can keep that going!

WarpedSweetness I wrote down the names of the books from my bingo card and put them in a jar. So I can draw at random just like in regular bingo. 2y
WhatDeeReads @WarpedSweetness Good strategy! 2y
TheWordJar Excellent progress! 2y
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SilversReviews Looks good. Good idea. 2y
WarpedSweetness @WhatDeeReads Thank you! I wish I could fill credit for it, but someone on Litsy a while back mentioned doing that when they couldn't decide what to read. So I stole it for this. Lol 2y
emilyhaldi @WarpedSweetness @WhatDeeReads I like that idea! Will have to try it next time I can't decide 😄 2y
Mdargusch Did you even finish Modern Lovers? 2y
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch there was definitely some skimming near the end but I DID finish! I 2y
Magpiegem Ok I need to know- how do you make up these bingo cards? 2y
emilyhaldi @Magpiegem I made mine at myfreebingocard.com 😁 2y
Reviewsbylola I've crossed off one. I need to read two more BOTM books so I'm not sure what to read next. 2y
Cinfhen Our boards share some titles 💕💕 2y
Cinfhen I bailed midway on 2y
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#bookmail thanks to @Balibee146 and @emilyhaldi for these recommendations 📚👍🏼❤️

ScorpioBookDreams I haven't read that Sarah Pinborough! Stop tempting me with these beautiful covers! Xx 2y
Balibee146 Gorgeous pic... Hope you enjoy them both xx 2y
DeborahSmall @ScorpioBookDreams this was under Qb and a first edition x lovely cover and great condition 2y
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Reviewsbylola I am reading All Involved right now! I love the cover you got. 2y
DeborahSmall @Reviewsbylola it looks great. Can't wait to start it x 2y
emilyhaldi So hope that you love it!!!! Please do keep me posted with your final thoughts ☺️❤️ 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon That Mayhem cover !! 2y
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It's my birthday today, so I had to treat myself to a special birthday drink from Sbux and a #bathandbook before work. This is one of Lush's new jelly bath bombs and I've been saving it. I'm very intrigued by the idea. 🤔 And I wanted to make sure I picked a real winner of a book. Am I the only one that wants to make sure I'm not reading a dud on my birthday? 😂 The thought horrified me yesterday when I was picking a new book. #booknerdproblems

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emilyhaldi Happy birthday!! I didn't realize you were taking a bath BEFORE work! Baller 🛁 2y
Reviewsbylola That was the only way I could ensure a peaceful and quiet bath ALONE!!! 😁 @emilyhaldi 2y
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Mdargusch How was that jellybomb? 2y
Reviewsbylola Very moisturizing!!!! I liked it! @Mdargusch 2y
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Cinfhen Dang!!!! I almost forgot....Hope your day was wonderful 😘😘😘 2y
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I've seen this come up in my feed twice in the last week, so I'm taking it as a sign that I should read it next.

LA_Mead Love the cover! 2y
Reviewsbylola I just started this thanks to @emilyhaldi and @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen @bookishkris @Reviewsbylola I'm feeling the HEAT!!!! Hope you guys love it!!!! 2y
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Oh man, this book! I was hooked from the first chapter reading about the turbulent interwoven narratives of a group of people living through the 1992 LA riots. Thanks for the rec @Cinfhen - this is a top contender for 2017!

1st book down in #tbrbingo ✔️

DeborahSmall Mines is waiting at home! Delivered today, will take it on holiday next week x 2y
emilyhaldi @DeborahSmall I hope you love as much as I did! It's intense but I think good for a holiday bc it's you won't want to put it down 😄 enjoy!!! 2y
Cinfhen I'm soooo happy you loved it! I'm always hesitant to tell people to buy/read a book because their expectations may not be met🙄I agree the interwoven stories are so gripping~ I couldn't put it down! 2y
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Cinfhen Oh and congrats on your first #TBRbingo box 🤗 2y
JazzFeathers Sounds good. Staked 😊 2y
bedandabook This looks great, so thanks! 2y
Reviewsbylola Damn why tf didn't I add this to my bingo?! 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola add it now! No one has to know... 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I totally agree- I almost never recommend bc I fear I will let people down 😬 but I'm glad you took the risk here bc it was worth it!! I think we inspired @Reviewsbylola to move it further to the top of her TBR as well 😉 2y
Cinfhen I like your suggestion to @Reviewsbylola 😄so true...no one will know...add it!!!! 2y
Mdargusch Sound very interesting. 🤔 2y
Reviewsbylola I did. 😆😁 @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Excellent! Hope you love too ❣️ @Reviewsbylola 2y
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#IHeardaRumor that this book was good so I snatched it up from bookoutlet real quick, and now it's my first pick from my #tbrbingo ☝🏻

So far, Lupe, aka Payasa, heard a rumor about her brother Ernesto, and now she's after The Joker and his gang after hearing another rumor about some grape gum, and I'm sucked right in to this rumor mill!

nomadreader I loved that book, especially on audio. 2y
Cinfhen I hope I was the one who started the rumor....this book was fantastic!!!! Yay 😊 perfect for your first TBRbingo selection!!! 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen it was definitely you who I have to thank for this book! 😊 2y
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Reviewsbylola Ooooh this didn't make it onto my bingo but I want to read it! 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I can't put it down!! 2y
AmyWrites This book is SO good! 2y
DeborahSmall I've just ordered this to take on holiday next week! Thanks 💓 2y
Cinfhen ☺️ 2y
Mdargusch I will stack this. 2y
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Working through my #tbrbingo has taken over my living room floor 📚

JaclynW I love your TBR bingo! Great books! Great picture! 2y
Sue What a great pile! I wouldn't know how to choose what to read next! 2y
LauraJ What @Sue said. 2y
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Caroline2 Burial Rites is v good!! 👍🏻 2y
Laalaleighh Haha I love it!!! 👯 2y
LeahBergen Six of these are TBR for me, too. 🙄 2y
BarbaraBB Just start with Remains of the Day and all will be fine 😀😀 2y
Lacythebookworm So many great choices! 2y
WhatDeeReads Lovely! 2y
L_auren I'm really looking forward to seeing what you think of Speak! Just read that one. Idaho is an interesting one to digest as well. Modern Lovers is the worrrrrst 😏 2y
Lmstraubie So many great choices! 2y
AceOnRoam Yes, but it looks awesome :) 2y
emilyhaldi @Caroline2 oh good!! I picked that one up for $1 from a book sale knowing nothing about it. It's about time I get to it! (edited) 2y
emilyhaldi @L_auren I keep hearing great things about Speak! Very excited. And I am expecting the worst with Modern Lovers 😏 but I swore I would give Straub one more chance... Figured if I didn't put it on my bingo list I would never actually get to it!! 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola Hahaha I just took a picture of my shelves and did my bingo card at work. 😂 2y
Megabooks Speak is awesome too! 2y
BornReadChicago Of the 7 here I've read, I HIGHLY recommend Euphoria! 2y
Mdargusch So fun. Now I'm wishing I did the bing after all just so I could play with my books too. 2y
emilyhaldi You can still do it! It's a very motivating way to get through your tbr 😄 2y
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I got some truly great hardcovers in my #bookoutlet #bookhaul. Check out the endpapers for these three books!

AnnieReads Is that bottom one Darktown? 2y
AnnieReads It is Darktown! I saw your first post. That book is absolutely fantastic!! 2y
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 2y
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Reviewsbylola Yes, it is! One of the reasons I wanted it in the first place was the endpapers, but I've also heard great things! @AnnieReads 2y
emilyhaldi 😍 2y
emilyhaldi What's the third one? 2y
Reviewsbylola The bottom one? Darktown. @emilyhaldi 2y
LeahBergen Nice!!! 2y
Megabooks Neat! 2y
emilyhaldi And the other one? Besides the one tagged? (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola Maybe it's time for you to make another order @emilyhaldi 😉 Don't forget 2y
Cinfhen Those are gorgeous 💕loved 2y
Cinfhen @emilyhaldi and Steph...I bailed on 2y
Cinfhen The other two tagged books sound great...think I need to visit BookOutlet again😜 2y
Reviewsbylola Nooooooooo! Sometimes I think I'm the only person to love The Fall Guy! @Cinfhen 2y
Reviewsbylola And a Book Outlet haul is always in order! @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Agreed about BookOutlet ~ Fall Guy just didn't grab me and right now I have #somanybookssolittletime 2y
elliemcc11 Love the top one but then I love a map 🌍👍 2y
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Loving this, taking slight issue with the fact that books set in the 90s are now considered 'historical fiction', though. I'm a grumpy old woman. #litsyatoz

Cinfhen Haha, makes me feel old too but I really thought this book was stellar 💚 3y
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#LyricalApril Day 14 #UndertheBridge Written as a love song to LosAngeles, the "City of Angles"my book choice shows a dark side of LA. On April 29, 1992 four white police officers were acquitted on all counts of deadly assault and use of excessive force vs Rodney King. The outrage from the trial sparked The LA Riots, when the city was ablaze with looting, fires and criminal activities. This book covers those 6 days of unrest. AMAZING READ!!!

Oryx Really interesting book. I had heard about the riots but really knew nothing about it, so I learnt a lot from this. 3y
Cinfhen I was mesmerized by this book, I found myself really rooting for the gang members. One of the best books I've read in a long time @Oryx 3y
DebinHawaii Stacking it! 📚👍 3y
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KarenUK Stacked! 📚👍 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I didn't know about this book, though I'm aware of the incident. Off to my wish list! 3y
Cinfhen It's really good @DebinHawaii @KarenUK -a little violent at times but not gory. It's 17 interconnected stories which all converge! Hope you get to read it @erzascarletbookgasm (edited) 3y
LauraBeth What a horrible time that was 😔 Riots also broke out in Atlanta and I was away at college and we turned on the tv to see what was happening and there was my cop dad in riot gear in all that commotion. I think that Americans must acknowledge that there is and has always been a serious problem with racial injustice. If we don't ever face this issue and acknowledge it's truth instead of pretending everything is fine on the surface - we're broken 3y
Cinfhen Yet another terrible mark in our "justice" system. Poor Rodney King , as well as your dad who needed to do his job. I agree, this NEEDS to be fixed!!! (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola Sounds like a must read. Glad you posted this!! 3y
Cinfhen I LOVED this book, it was eye opening and the author did such a great job of humanizing such a terrible time in modern history! @Reviewsbylola 💟 (edited) 3y
mrp27 I was in college and living just outside LA when this happened, I watched it all unfold on tv. It was a scary time. Looks like a great read, stacked! 3y
LornaDH This is my G for atoz. Starting after we finish Billions, ha! 3y
Cinfhen Can't wait to read your review @LornaDH I really LOVED this book 3y
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A mostly excellent crime novel set during the LA riots. A single narrative built from unique character POV chapters it was a thought provoking read. Also loved the cover!

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#Augustphotochallenge #day26 I came across this book by chance and it has easily earned a top spot on my best read list! Gattis tells 17 interconnected stories over a 6 day period following the acquittal of 4 white police officers in the beating of Rodney King. As LA is on fire and law and order is non existent many LA based gangs see this time as an invitation to settle scores, old & new. Gripping, gritty, shocking and compelling. MUST READ!

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I have around 15 books tbr for Netgalley, probably that many iBooks waiting for me (not to mention actual book books), and still, I can't stop buying books! I'm a bookaholic! This ebook is $1.99 today--it has some stellar reviews on Goodreads and some great reviews here, too.

BookMusings This one was really good! 3y
ReadThisBookYall I just watched "Straight Outta Compton" last night with my sons & I was struck by how positive we were in 1991 that video alone would be enough to convict the Rodney King cops. How wrong we were, then and now. Thanks for the rec 3y
KrisConstantReader @BookMusings I snapped it up, a great deal! 3y
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KrisConstantReader @ReadThisBookYall it still blows me away that they weren't convicted. 3y
Gezemice As long as you realize that you are a book collector and don't feel like you have to read all, go for it. :) 3y
BookMusings @Gezemice that's how I sleep at night! :) 3y
KrisConstantReader @Gezemice that's a great way of thinking about it! 3y
quirkyreader Plenty of books always gives us something to look forward to. 3y
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This incredible novel, set during the LA riots, reads like like a TV series. Through the eyes of 17 different characters, Gattis recreates 90's LA with astounding clarity. All Involved is our Thriller of The Month this month and it should not be missed.

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Half way through this and it's pretty darned good! Linked vignettes has scorching as the fires of LA that surround them 🔥🔥🔥🔥

SavidgeReads I loooooooved this book so much. 4y
livjhooper I'll be honest, I liked the first half but the second half tailed off a little for me! 3y
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Gripping, compulsive, vivid!
I could not put this book down.
The story spans the six days following the Rodney King verdict that set the stage for the LA Riots in 1992.

AmyWrites I, too, could not put this book down. Such a powerful piece of work. I loved it. 4y
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