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The Fall of Lisa Bellow
The Fall of Lisa Bellow | Susan Perabo
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The suspenseful, breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Dowhen a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way. What happens to the girl left behind? A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind. After Lisas abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Merediths mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not. Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.
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JacintaMCarter
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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mdhughes72 👏👏👏 1y
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DarcysMom
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FeastOfFiction I couldn‘t get into this book. I‘m anxious to hear if you like it. 1y
DarcysMom @FeastOfFiction I am hoping audio will keep me engaged. It is still early in the book, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. 🤞 1y
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DarcysMom
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MelAnn What app do you use on your walks? 1y
DarcysMom @MelAnn I use Map My Walk. 1y
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FeastOfFiction
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Bailedbailed

I just could not get into this book. Time to bail.

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JenP
Fall of Lisa Bellow | Susan Perabo
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Anyone want either of these two books (or both)? Top one I got as an ARC and never read it so they are practically brand new.

UrsulaMonarch At first I thought that was a dresser rather than a jewelry box & the books seemed ENORMOUS! 😂 2y
JenP @UrsulaMonarch that would be some pricy shipping costs for me 😂 2y
hermyknee Oooo they‘re so pretty! 2y
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JenP @hermyknee want either of them? 2y
hermyknee If no one else does, I‘d be happy to take them! 2y
JenP @hermyknee you‘re the first one to claim them. I can mail them to you. Just send me your address jenlane3 at yahoo.com 2y
JenP @hermyknee I can mail them out next Monday because I‘m leaving for a week vacation first thing tomorrow 2y
hermyknee @JenP thank you! 2y
Phlamboyant @UrsulaMonarch Me, too! 🤣 2y
OrangeMooseReads I was thinking the same thing @UrsulaMonarch lol I was very confused for a moment 2y
UrsulaMonarch @Phlamboyant @OrangeMooseReads 😂😂 glad it's not just me! It's kind of an awesome illusion! @jenp 🤣🤣 true!!! 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Enjoying my vacation

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Lauren.Archer
Mehso-so

This another YA novel that fell a little short. The premise is very good, but it just not take me home. With that send the last chapter was quite lovely.

JenP I liked it a bit more than you did but didn't love it. I did think the way she portrayed trauma reaction was quite good 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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Next up!

SilversReviews I keep seeing this book. I hope you enjoy it. 3y
NoleyReid What a gorgeous cover. 3y
lovintoread I will have to look back to see your review on this one. It has so many mixed reviews 3y
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Pam.Kokomo
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Pickpick

Great summer read. Audio books and weeding pair well.

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Mehso-so

What if you were involved in a robbery and out of you and the popular girl in your class, SHE was the one kidnapped? How would you feel? Your family? This book explores the points of view of a mother and daughter, and through their eyes, a traumatic event that has ramifications through their family and their town. The girl's PTSD from the event and how she mentally coped was heartbreaking. I gave it 3 stars.

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Denisereads75
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Pickpick

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I really enjoyed it while I was reading it but it wasn't exactly what I expected. If you are looking for a thriller this isn't it because it deals with the after effects of trauma. I think I am unsure of how I feel because I really didn't like the characters especially the mother.

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Denisereads75
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Pickpick

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I really enjoyed it while I was reading it but it wasn't exactly what I expected. If you are looking for a thriller this isn't it because it deals with the after effects of trauma. I think I am unsure of how I feel because I really didn't like the characters especially the mother.

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Redjewel_7734
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Pickpick

Two eighth grade girls and a gunman walk into a sandwich shop. This the story of the girl left behind & the hole left by the one taken. I love the back & forth of the voices of the girl & her mother as a family tries to find the way back from the edge of almost taken...is it a blessing or an almost blessing? What do you do when your daughter is still there, but not? How does a girl move on when all she can do is stare into the hole left behind?

MyNamesParadise Glad it's a pick! I bought it really cheap off Amazon one day! 3y
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Crowlows
Mehso-so

This is one of those books that ends in the wrong place and resolves the wrong conflict. Very disappointed in where it ended but others might be more open to a crime book that only sort DEALS with the crime but ultimately only cares about inner conflict. 😌

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Librarybelle
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Excited to try these! #librarybookhaul

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JenniferJR
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Hi friends! Let's have a bit of fun! Use #ReadingChairs #jenniferasks and let's show our favorite reading spots!! Comment if you're playing along! Here's mine: comfy chair and sunshine!! @Liberty @Kd_reads @Reviewsbylola

emilyhaldi What a cozy spot!! 🙌🏻 3y
TheAliceEvers That looks sooo lovely! 😁 3y
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Librarylady
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A cold Friday evening at a junior high track meet. Planning on reading this until my daughter's race.

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JenP
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Lying in bed sick but with a good book and company. Thank you @SimonSchuster for sending me the book am really liking it so far!

The cover is gorgeous and when I'm healthy and it stops snowing, I'll head out to snap a pretty cover shot.

CocoReads Feel better! 3y
JenP @CocoReads thank you. It's been a rough winter with tons of colds for me 😭 3y
Simona Feel better soon 😘 3y
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JenP @Simona thanks! 3y
rachellayown Feel better! 3y
asiriusreader Feel better! 3y
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JenniferJR
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This gem is on my #TBR!! Now someone give me 2 extra days of the week so I can get to reading all these books!!

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NovelVisits
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Pickpick

I really liked this story of the girl NOT taken. Perabo did a beautiful job of getting in the mind of an 8th grade girl, Meredith, and her mother. Both struggled mightily to navigate a new normal after Meredith witnessed the kidnapping of a classmate. This is not a suspense novel, but a character study rooted in family. Full review here: http://www.novelvisits.com/fall-lisa-bellow-susan-perabo-review/

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Garabrandtreviews
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Two middle school girls of very different social standing in school are at a deli when it is robbed. One is taken, the other left. How do you deal with the guilt, the pain.... The fact that you didn't even really like her. What happens to the girl that got left.
I loved this, but feel like there were some glaring plot holes. I would have liked more info on the kidnapped girl, though I know it isn' t the point of this book. 4☆'s

Alfoster Agree on all points!👊 3y
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simonbooks
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What happens to the girl left behind?

tracyramone Oh! Oh! I know! 😉 3y
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simonbooks
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What happens to the girl left behind?

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shawnmooney
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This cover caught my eye – the plot synopsis sounds like it could be pretty interesting too!

Libby1 Here are some more fallen women, @LauraBeth ! 3y
LauraBeth @Libby1 More?! 🙀 3y
saresmoore Hmm, sounds intriguing! May be another opportunity to compare short stories and novel-writing prowess. Or perhaps just another way to learn the cover-judging lesson? 3y
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simonbooks
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What happens to the girl left behind?...

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Reviewsbylola
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Mehso-so

Although not typical for me, I read the Litsy reviews as I was starting this book. I'm so glad I did. The resounding theme was disappointment. Lisa Bellow is touted by the publisher as a novel of suspense. The reviews claimed this was false, so I went in knowing not to expect suspense. The reviews were right. Although the story of an abduction, it focuses on the aftermath for the witness Meredith. The book became convoluted for me and was just ok.

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monkeygirlsmama
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Been a slow reading week for me as I've been busy with classes, lesson planning, and I had to get my daughters back on schedule after taking an extended Chinese New Year break (homeschool/online schooling). I did finally finish this one though, finally. It will pull at your heartstrings and affect you deeply. I look forward to more from this author in the future. 👍😌#NetGalleyReads

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These came in the mail today. Thanks, @simonbooks @SimonSchuster and Henry Holt books!

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monkeygirlsmama
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#LitsyPartyOfOne

Stopped an hour into my party to get some dinner with the kids and hubby, then grabbed some groceries. Now kids are hanging out in the living room, hubby's gone off to see his dad for a bit, and I'm back to my party of one. Cozied down in my reading nook, aka the foot of our bed 😸, with two cats (not pictured because they're huddled under the covers). Got my toesocks, Weebeast (for company, LoL), banana apple juice, and water.

MyNamesParadise Looks like a good time to me!! 3y
monkeygirlsmama @MyNamesParadise It is, except I ate a big dinner and now this night owl 🦉 is turning into a party pooper 🎉 💩. 😴 😭😆 3y
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monkeygirlsmama
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#LitsyPartyOfOne @Ambrosnazzy

The party has begun! 🎉🎈

Starting this evening off with a light snack of seaweed and a new book I just got invited to review. 🙂📖

Iamlisa22 I'll skip the seaweed ... but book sounds good! 3y
monkeygirlsmama @Iamlisa22 Oooh you don't know what you're missing; it's delicious. 😁 3y
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simonbooks
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"This is me. This is my real life"

[DELETED] 3560995899 Oh! Must read this. 3y
Alfoster Loved this one!😍 3y
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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

This is an engaging and thought-provoking read- hard to categorize, but definitely bound to incite good discussion amongst its readers!

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Coffeereadswithmimi
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I'm about 1/4 of the way through and the book has managed to keep me captivated enough to continue reading. I do feel like it is somewhat slow moving with the story line since most of what I've read has been character building. I also feel like some of the character building has left me confused as I'm not sure how it is prevalent to the rest of the story. Interested to see how quickly it picks up and how successfully the books ties together.

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JacintaMCarter
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Mehso-so

I was completely into this book until the last few pages. What started out as a page-turning look into the minds of the people left behind when a teenage girl is kidnapped ended as kind of a disappointment.

Cinfhen Bummer 😫I hate when that happens😡 3y
Grimscythe Totally agree with you here. It felt like a chore to me, largely because I was expecting a lot more suspense. It's more focused on the minds of the mother and daughter, than the actual tragedy and its effect on them. 3y
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Grimscythe
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Based on writing and depth of characters, I can give this a higher rating. That is without any biases; however, this book is not what it is advertised as. There is nothing suspenseful about the book. It is a coming of age novel, and that's about it. Thanks #netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the arc.

Full review: http://www.theghastlygrimoire.com/2016/10/16/book-review-the-fall-of-lisa-bellow...

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

YA story about a young girl who was involved in a crime but was spared the fate of one of her classmates. The plot and drama in the book relate to living with having been spared. My biggest issues relate to the blurbs which say that this is a book of suspense (it is not) and relating it to Room (nope). Also, is not being promoted at YA, but that's the genre that it fits into IMHO. The disconnect threw me off. a #netgalley read

rachellayown I agree that the blurbs for this did it a great disservice. 3y
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Grimscythe

About halfway through this one. Took a few days to myself for some gaming, and in the meantime I started getting a few more NetGalley requests approved. Time to start hacking away again.

Alfoster Just finished it! Let me know what you think! I liked it but was surprised at the focus.... 3y
Grimscythe @Alfoster Will do! 3y
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rachellayown
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Pickpick

I saw some reviews that complained about this book not being very suspenseful. This novel is *not* a thriller and ROOM shouldn't really be used as a comp title as it's not as much about a kidnapping as it is an intimate moving portrait of a family in crisis. A beautiful searing story.

EloisaJames Gorgeous cover 3y
rachellayown I think so too @EloisaJames ! 3y
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rachellayown
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I'm starting my day off right.

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Grimscythe
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Time to wind down and snuggle with my number one #cuddlebuddy and read a book! #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #kittenlitten #OtistheCat

Robothugs What a cute cuddle buddy! 😻 3y
Texreader He is beautiful! 💙 3y
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Balibee146 Handsome boy 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hello Otis!! Nice to meet you!🐾 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Otis is most handsome. 3y
Meg11726 Hi Otis!! 🐾🐾😺 he looks like my boy, except my boy Ricky, has freckles on his one eye lid all the way down to the tip of his nose 3y
Dragon Cute cat 🐱 3y
Bette 💕🐱 3y
kspenmoll 😺hello again to # littenkitten Otis! 3y
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Grimscythe
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My next #NetGalley read! I really liked this cover.

BooksRockMyWorld That's a gorgeous cover! 3y
KarenUK That cover! 💗💗💗💗 3y
Cinfhen Sounds good and I went to school with a girl named Lisa Bellow🙄😱👻 3y
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rachellayown I'm reading this now! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen I was thinking the same exact thing!! That name is so familiar!! 3y
Grimscythe @rachellayown How are you liking it so far? 3y
Alfoster My next NetGalley read as well! 3y
Well-ReadNeck Can't wait to hear how you guys like it. Was 👀 at this one, too. 3y
susanw I got this from netgalley too! Haven't started yet, got library books to finish first! 3y
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Soozanne
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Mehso-so

The publisher describes this book as "suspenseful," but I disagree. Meredith is an eighth grade girl who witnesses a classmate's abduction in the midst of a crime being committed. This book is about how Meredith, her family and the people around them cope with the personal trauma and the tragedy of the kidnapping. Not suspenseful, but it is an interesting perspective.

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Soozanne
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I was able to snag an advanced reader copy of this one. So far, it's shaping up to be YA, but I'm willing to give it a chance.