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Good Company
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
A warm, incisive new novel about the enduring bonds of marriage and friendship from Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Nest Flora Mancini has been happily married for more than twenty years. But everything she thought she knew about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with her best friend, Margot, is upended when she stumbles upon an envelope containing her husband's wedding ring--the one he claimed he lost one summer when their daughter, Ruby, was five. Flora and Julian struggled for years, scraping together just enough acting work to raise Ruby in Manhattan and keep Julian's small theater company--Good Company--afloat. A move to Los Angeles brought their first real career successes, a chance to breathe easier, and a reunion with Margot, now a bona fide television star. But has their new life been built on lies? What happened that summer all those years ago? And what happens now? With Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's signature tenderness, humor, and insight, Good Company tells a bighearted story of the lifelong relationships that both wound and heal us.
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BennettBookworm
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Finished my #lmpbc book, definitely late, so I apologize for that again! This will be in the mail Monday! This book was between a pick and so-so for me. Definitely enjoyed reading it and lots to think about with these characters‘ complicated relationships. Hope you enjoy it!

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CuriousG
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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After snow last weekend, I have a chance to actually enjoy reading in the yard today. Supposed to snow again next week, so better enjoy it while I can!

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LikelyLibrarian
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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1. The House at Sea‘s End, a Ruth Galloway mystery by Elly Griffith

2. Audiobooks

3. I DNF‘d A Ghost in the Throat and swapped it for the tagged book. The writing is beautiful, but story‘s hard to concentrate on via audio.

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LiteraryinLawrence
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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I finished my #lmpbc book for this round in time to pass it off to @BennettBookworm tomorrow! Things to like, things to criticize… I‘m looking forward to reading my group members‘ comments in the margins in a few months!

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BethHagey
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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****

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mcctrish
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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I liked this better than The Nest ( which I did like, but the cast of unlikeable characters was hard sometimes) CDS writes life-like fallible characters and in the is case I found it easy to have empathy for them even if their thoughts/actions, sometimes, weren‘t reflective of their best selves

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mcctrish
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Happy Thursday Littens

kspenmoll And to you too! 6mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

This book explores friendship, marriage, adultery, coming of age, parenthood, the acting life, job satisfaction, LIFE satisfaction & more, most of it well. There were quite a few thoughts that resonated with me & I mostly enjoyed the meandering story. But I didn't connect with a single character in this book. They all had their good points; I understood why they acted (& reacted) as they did but I didn't particularly care about any of them.

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Ahw06
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Pickpick

What do you do when your best friend and your husband both break your trust?

This book was good and I understand why it ended the way it did, but it felt so incomplete to me. I would have preferred a more concrete decision from the heroine but it was more true to life with the ending.
3.5⭐️

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MicheleinPhilly
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I loved The Nest and had high hopes for this. While it didn‘t quite reach that level for me, it came pretty darn close. I love Sweeney‘s characterizations and think she is an absolute master of domestic drama. 👍🏼

squirrelbrain I loved The Nest (I know it gets mixed reviews) so I think I need to try this one too. 8mo
Cathythoughts I loved the Nest too 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
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Megabooks
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The best thing about Sweeney‘s debut, The Nest, was how beautifully she wove together many characters from a large family. When she scaled down to two couples in Good Company, the magic was lost. While this look at the interplay of marriage, infidelity, friendship, and ambition was good, it was a bit of a sophomore slump in comparison. I‘ll still read her next novel, though. #audiobook

Cathythoughts Good insight. 👍🏻I remember really enjoying The Nest .. then I got Good Company , but never got very far with it .. I‘ll definitely try her next book too. 8mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts thanks, Cathy! I did put this in hibernation once, so I completely understand why it was the same for you. Just a weak, but not bad, book. 8mo
Cinfhen This was meh for me too @Cathythoughts @Megabooks it lacked originality and that spark that her debut had. That being said I would still pick up her next book😉 8mo
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britt_brooke Nice review! I‘ve still not read her, but want to. 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen agree! 8mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke I‘d definitely recommend The Nest over this, but you should try her sometime. 👍🏻 8mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Will do - thanks! (edited) 8mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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9-9-21: My 91st finished book of 2021! Flora and Julian struggled as actors for years trying to keep their theater company-Good Company-afloat. A move to LA brought them each success plus reunited them with their best friends Margot and David. But when Flora finds her husband‘s missing wedding ring, he lost it 10 years prior, their lives are changed forever. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👍🏼📖#️⃣9️⃣1️⃣

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Jgacreations
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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I‘m really liking Cynthia‘s books lately. Another family story, something light and not too drama filled while busy working. Def a good one.

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mom2bugnbee
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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*whew* Classes started two weeks ago, & it's been a whirlwind. But I'm SO thankful to be back in the classroom full-time with "live" students. My reading suffered this month, but the books I did read were good!

1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
2 DNF

And I never posted that I finished about 12 hours in #20in4, which was good for me, since two of those days were work days! @Andrew65

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AvidReader25
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This quiet novel reminded me a lot of Crossing to Safety. Two married couples have been close friends for decades when a secret comes to light. The novel is less about the big reveal and more about the relationships that shape us. The pairs: a TV star & her Dr. husband and a voice actress and her a theatre company director spouse. They‘ve shared their ups & downs through the years. I appreciated the tender exploration of the choices they‘ve made.

AvidReader25 I read this while visiting my favorite theater company, which puts on Shakespeare at a huge outdoor theater. It was particularly appropriate as the author explores a theater company in the novel that produces immersive outdoor shows. I loved the moments of reflection about the impact of theater on audience and cast members alike. 9mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Mercy. D'Aprix Sweeney did NOT disappoint. This was a solid 4🌟 for me all the way through... Until the final few chapters, where it swung to a 5. Beautifully written, wonderful characters, highly recommend.

Also took me to 7:20 for #20in4. @Andrew65

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Andrew65 Going well! 👏👏👏 9mo
britt_brooke I still haven‘t read The Nest. I need to give her a try! #stacked 9mo
Clwojick Loved this one! 9mo
mom2bugnbee @britt_brooke I loved The Nest as well, and liked this one even more. The Nest is a big-time dysfunctional family book (a trope I love) without getting to the point of you hating every character, which is hard to do. 9mo
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mom2bugnbee
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Not much reading this week because it was the first week of the fall semester & my husband & older daughter headed to Boston today to move her into BU for her sophomore year. But I did manage to squeeze in 1:54 today to start #20in4. This book is not disappointing.

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mom2bugnbee
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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"Flora wasn't looking for the ring when she found it."

So far, so good!

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

Bookishgal71 Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. 9mo
mom2bugnbee @Bookishgal71 Ooo! What book? 9mo
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mom2bugnbee
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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I can only handle so much of Radium Girls at a time, so starting this much-anticipated novel - I LOVED The Nest! Hoping this lives up to expectations!

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Leftcoastzen
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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A great character driven novel of people that have known each other from college & are pursuing careers in the theater.The difficult choices they have made.Can it be that the couple seen as the ones with the most enviable marriage might be derailed by a secret from the past? I read the author‘s first book The Nest ,remember really liking parts of it & being dissatisfied with other elements of it , but can‘t tell you why 5 years later.😃

LeahBergen It‘s funny how you quite often only remember certain impressions from a book, isn‘t it? 😆 10mo
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen yes! I even looked at other Litsy reviews to try to figure it out .😄It‘s not that the characters are unlikable , often a plus for me! Something else………… 10mo
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tanya1512
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Mehso-so

I felt I was reading the whole book waiting to see what the story was actually about. Not great felt like waste of time

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Leftcoastzen
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Happy #Caturday ! Got my running around done , reading with Crosby is next ! #catsofLitsy

MatchlessMarie Cutie 😻 10mo
Liz_M Look at the cute little face! 10mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Flora wasn‘t looking for the ring when she found it .
#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Victoriahoperose
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Panpan

I thought this was going to be such a great book to read and I just could not get into it. I thought it was super slow and I was really bored with it. I didn‘t connect with the characters and found it a bit annoying. I think maybe I was expecting it to be like The Husband‘s Secret and it wasn‘t really what I wanted.

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CuriousG
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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An impromptu trip to my local bookshop resulted in two more books to add to my gigantic TBR stack. Just couldn't resist these two very different books though! #mountTBR #summerreads2021

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suvata
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ONE BOOK COMPLETED
ModernMrsDarcy Reader‘s Weekend
July 23-25, 2021
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Flora Mancini has been happily married for more than twenty years. But everything she thought she knew about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with her best friend, Margot, is upended when she stumbles upon an envelope containing her husband‘s wedding ring—the one he claimed he lost one summer when their daughter, Ruby, was five.

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suvata
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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B I N G O x 2
ModernMrsDarcy Reader‘s Weekend
July 23-25, 2021
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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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… and off I go …
ModernMrsDarcy Reader‘s Weekend
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Katenm
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Midway...so far soooo good

Libby22 yes, very enjoyable! 10mo
Katenm Sooo good, great character writing, better than The Nest (edited) 10mo
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Sonarson
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Mehso-so

Limited character development, plot driven

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BookNightOwl
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Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is a wonderful character driven book. I enjoyed the main characters are the realistic issues in their lives. This book deals with marriage, friendship, family and career. I just loved how this book didn't only focus on the now but the before. I loved the different timelines and how you eventually got the whole story. I also wanted to add that the cover is beautiful.

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collegecatlady
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Mehso-so

This novel is one of the deepest human emotions, but sadly, I felt that Sweeney never got there completely. It seemed that the characters were not unique enough, not memorable enough. For the first half of the novel, I couldn‘t keep who was who straight. Not a good sign. This book was fine, but will fade into the background.

CocoReads I love the cover if this but I read her first book and hated it. I‘m all for second chances, but if I decide to give her another try, I‘ll definitely get it from the library. 12mo
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MelKelsey
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Book 67
An easy read that explores topics of relationships with family and friends, careers, and forgiveness. Flora learns her relationships aren't exactly what she thought when she finds her husband's lost wedding ring while preparingfor her daughter's graduation. I was invested while reading but have no significant thoughts on The Good Company, so 3.5 stars.

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Leftcoastzen
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#BOTM Hey Littens , a question. I‘ve only been a member since November, and picked at least one book every month. What happens if you don‘t pick ? Back in the day they just sent you a book but has that changed? I might gift a subscription so want to know.

Branwen I don't think I've ever not picked a book, so I'm not really sure! 🤔 I think that it possibly just skips that month and then you get a credit for the next month? Maybe? 12mo
vivastory You can skip a month & you won't be charged until you select a book. I've had a credit for months because I keep skipping 12mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory thx ! (edited) 12mo
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Leftcoastzen @Branwen Yep , I think I will skip and I end up getting something. Greedy little book hoarder that I am. Wait, it‘s not hoarding if it‘s books , right? 📚📚 12mo
Megabooks You have to purposefully skip though. If you don‘t hit the skip button, they‘ll charge you for the next month as well. 12mo
Branwen @Leftcoastzen That is basically my life's mantra-it's not hoarding if it's books! 🤣😂📚 12mo
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Traci1
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚💙 12mo
Eggs So pretty 💙❤️💙 12mo
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janeycanuck
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I definitely preferred the Nest over this one but this was good summer reading

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Traci1
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Today's #bookmail. I have zero will power. I blame all of you! 😆

AmyG Ha! Litsy....when book people enable book people. 12mo
marleed Haha - I accept my part in any blame - with glee! 12mo
hoppeduponbooks Love the puzzle 😍 12mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Panpan

First things first, this cover is gorgeous. For me, the cover is the only memorable part of this book. This just wasn't a good story. The characters were flat & I didn't connect with any of them. I felt like there wasn't a plot. There was an event but no story.
Perhaps this book is brilliant & it's just over my head but I have no idea what message the author was trying to send.
Nothing special or memorable between the covers. 🙁

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BookishMarginalia
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Loved this story of love, friendship, marriage, parenthood, career, creativity, forgiveness. The changing perspectives —while still using third person limited narration— bring depth to the narrative and help us understand the feelings and motivations of the characters.

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marleed
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I liked this story even though I didn‘t really connect with any of the characters. I‘ve had a life-long fascination with NYC. This had me considering which road I‘d take given a choice of life with a NYC theater company or a starring role in a long-running tv series filmed in sunny Hollywood.

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jpetrillivm
Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Mehso-so

This book was ok. I didn‘t want to give up on it but I didn‘t really ever feel connected to any of the main characters.

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LatrelWhite
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Finished one started the other Gold Diggers🎧

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Hooked_on_books
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I enjoyed this novel that focuses on the friendship between Flora and Margot across the years and all the people surrounding them. There is a plot through-line that the book revolves around, but much of this is also the lives of these people and the daily ins and outs. Since I have no interest in her first book, I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Kaylamburson
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Super excited that I found this brand-new 2021 read at a Flea Market today for just $5! I've been wanting to read it and it immediately jumped out to me on a table filled with mass markets and other older paperbacks.

Kaylamburson It truly is a gorgeous cover!! @Jennick2004 13mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 13mo
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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

Eh, wasn't really feeling it. Felt like I realized I was drinking a cup of decaf coffee - it tasted fine and I finished it anyway, but it was basically pointless.

LiteraryinLawrence Interesting! I recently got this as a gift and I‘m probably going to read it this month. I wonder what I‘ll think! 13mo
Suet624 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
Tera66 I love this! Decaf is broken coffee! 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm 😂 ☕️ 13mo
kyraleseberg 😆 13mo
FelinesAndFelonies This is the perfect description of this book! 😜 12mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 perfect analogy ☕️Any spoilers??? June is getting closer... and it‘s my birthday month ( I‘ll take that free book!!) 12mo
swishandflick @Cinfhen no spoilers, unfortunately! They've been making it so difficult 12mo
Cinfhen I know!!!! They‘re taking all the joy away 😩😩 12mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Seriously wtf is wrong with me. 😂 Planned on skipping on my 2nd account but clearly that didn‘t happen. #botm

BarbaraBB Haha, who would have thought 😉?! 13mo
Tattooedteacher We have a disease. We can‘t help it. 13mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 54/150. #readwithjenna