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We Are the Brennans
We Are the Brennans | Tracey Lange
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In the vein of Mary Beth Keanes Ask Again, Yes, Tracey Langes We Are the Brennans explores the staying power of shameand the redemptive power of lovein an Irish Catholic family torn apart by secrets...
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Nicki_K
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A captivating read, Family secrets, shame, family bonds, lost love, relatable characters. This book swept me up into the Brennan family and left me wanting to be a member of this family. A highly enjoyable read.⭐⭐⭐⭐ #wearethebrennans #traceylange #goodreads #litsy #tea_sipping_bookworm #thestorygraph #bookqueen #bookstagram #amazonkindle

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I listened to We Are the Brennans, a family drama, mystery. I didn't want to stop reading and finished it quickly. I'll look into more by the author. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Jensol77
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What is the secret? 🤔🤔🤔

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swishandflick
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I absolutely loved this! It had everything that appeals to me in a family drama, a full cast of likeable (but imperfect) characters, complicated family dynamics, and secrets long held. I inhaled it with a quickness. Actually kinda bummed that it wasn't on my radar when it was a #BOTM pick 🍀

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OriginalCyn620
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A great family drama! The Brennans are a tight-knit Irish-American family whose members are all keeping secrets. When faced with the sister‘s return after 5 years away, and possible loss of the family business and complete financial ruin, those secrets come to light. They all must face the past in order to move forward, learning that family always comes first.

#bookspinbingo
#pop22 - a book about a secret

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Happy March 1st! These are 3 of my most anticipated reads for this month. They‘re also from my #botmbacklog, so that‘s a plus too!
☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

#mugsoflitsy

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GidgetsTreasures75
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2-20-22: My 16th finished book of 2022! When Sunday Brennan was up in an LA hospital after a drunk driving accident, she decided it‘s time to go home to NY. 5 years earlier she deserted her family and high school sweetheart after experiencing a traumatic event that no one knew about. Now, she is trying to mend her relationships and start over amid many family secrets. This was a good family drama with many points of view. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣6️⃣

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Mdion1993
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An Irish family must face their past when their wayward daughter comes back home. Told from multiple perspectives (sometimes too many), We Are the Brennans brings the theme of family front and center. The Brennans are in no way perfect, and may even be worse off at the end of the story, but there is something that continues to draw them together even after they‘ve been ripped apart by trauma. Is it something altruistic or is it in their blood?

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RenePenn
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Fairly fast paced family drama. 👍

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Cathyloves2read
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This is a story about a tight knit Irish family.Knowing some Irish families myself,it seemed pretty spot on.3 brothers, one sister, and one close friend.I can visualize the scenes around the kitchen table, having seen this myself.This is the part of this story that I loved.I didn‘t necessarily find the plot to be all that interesting.There were a lot of hidden family secrets,but many families have these. On a plus side, the book cover is gorgeous.

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4½⭐
If you like great writing and family drama…especially of the Irish variety then this book might be a good pick for you. This is a story filled with the aftermath of ill-advised decisions. The highs, the lows, the secrets, and everything in-between. Overall, the story wasn‘t necessarily what carried this book, it was the writing. It was so easy to find myself immersed in this family‘s drama. Not to say that the story wasn‘t good because it was.

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AmyG
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much for this lovely gift! I can‘t wait to read this book, the lovely bath salts (am I right this is for the bath?), note cards, candy and hot chocolate! But the little reader‘s journal….Ha….we sell these in the hospital gift shop! I had bought a few for swaps and gifts but not for me so thank you! You are so sweet and kind. Thank you for your friendship. 😘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes, they are bath salts! Let me know if you like them! I love those little journals! I found them at a shop in the mountains! I‘m happy it arrived safely! Thank you for your friendship all of these years! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
BookBabe Lovely gifts ❤️ 4mo
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m.emily
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First book of 2022 and was beautiful. The style of writing from the point of view of every member was entertaining and transitioned seamlessly. 10/10 recommend for everyone. The plot revolves around Family secrets

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MyNamesParadise
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1st read of 2022! Oh how I loved this book! It was a clever style choice to have a quote said at the end of a chapter 2 be the starting point 4 the following chapter & then be from that character‘s perspective. I really enjoyed the pacing & the character development. It‘d make a great mini series. I liked how the ending made u wonder more & what was going to happen to the characters. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author!

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kimmypete1
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At first I wasn‘t sure I‘d like this but I‘m so glad I stuck with it. Called the thing at the end, but that didn‘t detract from the story. Third book finished for #20in4

Andrew65 Well done! 👏👏👏 6mo
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NikkiKey94
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I love books in which the main theme is family secrets! I had wanted to read this book since I first heard about it before it was published. I received in as my BOTM in July and thankfully finally read it! I loved it! I finished it in one day! It had me sucked in from page one! 🌟🌟🌟🌟!

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Annie1215
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I finally got around to this BOTM pick and really liked it. I loved how this family was written.

I wish we would have gotten a bit more of Sunday and Kale‘s relationship but truly the way this was written was great even without that.

Definitely a fan!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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MandyB
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A crazy Irish American family that discover each other's secrets have a way of coming to light.

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Allthebookclubs
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Family first, even if it‘s hiding the hurt and burying the same for someone else‘s sake. That‘s what it meant to the Brennan‘s, especially one Sunday Brennan. I like this tale of a mostly normal family and how they handled life‘s curveballs. There were a few twists I thought I solved but didn‘t, lol. The last one I saw coming and it was fitting of the book. Book #57 in 2021

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Family didn‘t mean hiding the hard stuff from each other, it meant facing it together. And it meant forgiving each other ☘️💚

LatrelWhite I love it💖 8mo
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marleed
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I was raised (a long time ago) in an Irish-Catholic community, and six siblings tipped us to the larger end of a mid-sized family - eight siblings were needed to be a large family. Soooo, I‘m drawn to stories where siblings gather as adults to establish who they are despite a birth order pre-defining their destiny. This book was right up my alley.

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Jemgirl2014
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I guess after all of the hype that this book received, I was expecting more. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. While the characters are likeable, I just wish I had seen them experience more growth. While it is an adequate book "The Brennans" does not have the staying power to resonate with me in the years to come.

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janeycanuck
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What a great book for lazy summer evening reading. I like a good family drama with secrets that keep spilling out and this fit that bill. Combined with good writing, I‘ll be watching for more from Tracey Lange.

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BookNightOwl
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Finally a book that was so good I didn't want to put down. I loved the family dynamic in this story. It's a story about Sunday who gets in an car accident and her emergency contact is her brother who she has not seen in 5 years. Sunday comes back home and the family tries to figure out what made her leave her family all those years ago. A+

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Kind of reminded me of a tamer version of the Gallagher clan from Shameless. A great family drama filled with misunderstandings, secrets, & complicated relationships. I found myself rooting for Sunday & Kale even though Kale was married. I thought the multiple viewpoints really worked for this book. Another really good #BOTM selection.⭐⭐⭐⭐

Megabooks This was very well done in audio even though there was one narrator. However I thought Kale had the Irish spelling of Cael. Perhaps she thought Americans would find it weird?? 9mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Megabooks I used to wait tables with a guy named Kale and I still find the spelling weird. Cael would have been a much better fit. 9mo
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Read_By_Red
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We Are the Brennans is an enjoyable novel that is so effective at showing the power of secrets as well as the power of strong family bonds. The story is presented through the eyes of multiple characters, giving the reader a complete feel for the personalities and motivations of the family members. There are also the occasional flashbacks that are perfectly placed, providing background information at just the right times.

Chelsea.Poole I agree; I enjoyed this one. 10mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘m a sucker for literary family dramas. This one isn‘t long enough to be considered “epic” status, but I thought it was just long enough to work well. Sunday Brennan returns from LA to her big, close-knit Irish family in NY. Some drama, some trauma, some past and present overlapping in the book, some switching perspectives — all this made for an enjoyable #audiobook while I painted today. Recommended. Also reminded me of J. Courtney Sullivan‘s ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole ⬆️Which I loved — 10mo
AmyG I teally liked Saints for All Occasions, too. Thanks for the review. 10mo
Megabooks What did you think about Sunday and Cael ending up together? Tbh, it kinda ruined the book for me. I get that he wants to be happy, but I felt really bad for Luke. That would be a NIGHTMARE divorce. 10mo
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Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I‘m with you, I could have done without those two ending up together. Although, seems like the alternative is them moping about staring longingly at each other from across rooms. 😆 I do feel for Luke because divorce is traumatic, but his parents remaining in an unhappy marriage isn‘t good for him either. Could actually end up being worse for him, judging by real life scenarios I‘ve seen. 10mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG I have really enjoyed all of Sullivan‘s I‘ve read. I still need to read 10mo
Megabooks True. I guess that‘s a no-win situation for Luke, but I hated how Cael just seemed resigned to his ex (Vivan? Can‘t remember her name) talking shit about him. It was a terrible self flagellation that won‘t help anyone, certainly not Luke. The whole situation wasn‘t handled in a very mature way. Everyone claimed to want the best for Luke, but I think he was the biggest loser in that situation whether they divorced or stayed together unhappily. 10mo
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Megabooks
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A large, multi-generational Irish family opens the second location of their pub in this light contemporary fiction novel. It didn‘t bring about the strong emotions I felt when reading Ask Again Yes (tagged ⬇️), which I‘d recommend over this as far as an Irish family drama. A mild pick. The #audiobook narration is good.

Cinfhen I‘ve read a bunch of family dramas revolving around large Irish families, they all feel a bit recycled 10mo
Cinfhen My favorite family drama this year was 10mo
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Cinfhen Although I don‘t think they were Irish 😅 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I very much enjoyed that one too! I think I read it last year. If that family was Irish, their identity wasn‘t wrapped up in it like The Brennans or AAY. Brennans was a good summer read because it‘s as light as a Hilderbrand. I think the author has potential. This is her debut. 10mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen it around on various platforms/ I‘ll keep it on my #ReadersRadar - thanks 😘 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, for sure! It‘s a good light book. I think she‘s just going to get better over time. There‘s a lot of potential here. 👍🏻💜 10mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness we are so on the same wavelength! Just finished this one today and came here to post about it and BAM Meg read it! 👯‍♀️ 10mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole crazy!! We are definitely book twinsies this year! 👯‍♀️ 10mo
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Snuck out of bed really early this morning to drink hot coffee (before the baby wakes) and finish this novel. A family drama examining the effect of long-buried secrets. Even when we run from our past, it has a way of catching up to us, until we can't escape it. Told from multiple perspectives of the Brennan family, each struggling to confront their mistakes and shame. A fast-paced literary drama, looking forward to more by this author ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nerdfins What a cute mug! 🏳️‍🌈 10mo
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I finished the entire book yesterday and it is beautiful. It's one of those novels you finish, sit there and think, wow I just read a piece of magic.

for my full thoughts see: https://heartandsoulbooks.blogspot.com/2021/08/when-you-find-masterpiece.html

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Romancegirl
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When I first saw this book I was a little hesitant to pick it, because recently I've been having difficulty getting into Contemporary books. However, by the time I got to the halfway point I couldn't put it down. The family drama and secrets sprinkled throughout the story drove the book for me. Also, the different character perspectives and the heart of the family shining through made it a fun reading experience. Excited for more books from Lange.

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I want to be clear that this book was perfectly *fine.* A quick read, likeable if predictable characters, an interesting way of switching between perspectives But it‘s being compared to novels like Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, and this is not that. Not even close. So just a so-so from me.

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Sunday Brennan picked up and left New York for California five years ago but when a drunk driving accident lands her in the hospital, she faces the music and heads home to spend time with her family.

Everyone has questions but the reader quickly learns Sunday is not the only one with secrets.

Multiple characters and POV‘s but the author writes in a way that welcomes you into the Brennan family and makes you feel like you‘ve known them all along.

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🎧 One of Jimmy Fallon‘s summer reads. This book‘s similar to a past pick, Ask Again, Yes.

The psychological manipulation was so subtle & precise, it came from multiple directions! From people you‘d trust & others you wouldn‘t. Even the players mention the lies.

This is about an Irish family living in New York, how bad choices change multiple lives & how they come to terms with the fallout.

Loved it & the narrator was fine.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 👇🏻

Twainy The chapter titles are the characters names. One chapter‘s last sentence is the next chapters 1st sentence & switches perspective. Made it easy to follow the rambling train of thought as it jumps around in time to explain the big bad choice.

This was a mood read for me. A nice switch from my go-to genres. I listened in one sitting. Kept my attention! Thank you NetGalley & Mcmillan Audio! Great book!
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MyNamesParadise I placed a hold on this at the library! Eager to read after the comparison to Ask Again Yes. Glad you enjoyed it! 10mo
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LittlebearReads
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This one‘s not worth the time, folks. The softcore victim-blaming (and how it‘s never really challenged) is pretty unforgivable , especially given that the author is female. Additionally, the story just wasn‘t wildly compelling to me and I don‘t think the differing perspectives were really necessary since they were all basically the same voice.

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Ahw06
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This book was wonderful! I really can‘t say enough about this book. From the very first page, I was hooked. There‘s something so relatable about each character, and yet, they‘re all so different. The chapters flow from character to character, each one a seamless transition to continue the story. I had the ending pretty much figured out 3/4 of the way through, but it was the perfect ending and exactly what I wanted to see! A definite must read! 4⭐️

Nute I‘ve read good comments about this book. I hadn‘t heard of this author. I use to belong to BOMC. Sometimes I miss it because of how it exposed me to new authors or unknown to me authors. 10mo
Ahw06 This book was far better than I expected and even saying that isn‘t doing it justice. I joined BOTM for the same reason but honestly I actually just stopped my membership after a couple of months. The selections were good but I got a Kindle and you just can‘t beat the price comparison for ebooks vs actual books. It would be amazing if they did a kindle version of BOTM! 10mo
katy4peas @Nute @Ahw06 I just quit BOTM as the books weren‘t my taste and I am a slow reader so I was just piling up books faster than I could read on the months when I did order a title. However, if you still know your login, you can snoop through the titles. They let you in and try to convince you to join again, but I like snooping thru the titles as it helps me with RA at the library job. 🤷‍♀️ I like that I can still see the book picks. 10mo
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Ahw06 @katy4peas I do the same now! I kept the app so I look to see what they‘re promoting. That way I can add it to my TBR if anything sounds interesting. 10mo
Nute @Ahw06 @katy4peas I didn‘t know that I could still access the app site for BOMC after termination of membership. It‘s been a couple of years. They still send me loads of emails monthly with invites to return. I won‘t reconsider, at least not at this time, I accumulated way too many books through them…not enough shelf space to store only hardbacks and sometimes I purchased books just for the heck of it even though I wasn‘t truly interested. 10mo
Ahw06 @Nute @katy4peas space was definitely one of the reasons I switched to the Kindle. That and I didn‘t always like the books. I ended up doing two months of BOTM but the first month I was able to pick from any of the members‘ favorites, which I preferred because none of the June books looked appealing. 10mo
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Rissa1
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3.5⭐

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Rissa1
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50 pages left. Moving this party to the bedroom. Picture is from earlier. My knees were pulled up making my lap impossible to be in, Alabama chose to jump on the back of my chair, and climb over my shoulder to make biscuits on my blanket.

BookishMarginalia Awwww! 10mo
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Ahw06
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I‘m really enjoying this months‘ #BOTM pick so far!

It covers quite a few tougher subjects but the writing style makes it seem like you‘ve known the characters for years and somehow makes the subjects easier to handle. Each chapter focuses on a different character than the one before it, but they flow together seamlessly.

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sparky89
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I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book quite as much as I did. Finished in a day. Definite pick. 🙂

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RandomReetie
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ loved this book!!

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Finally got my last box in for July #BoTM. I'm so anxious to start Razorblade Tears and The People We Keep.

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TheBookStacker
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#botm was pretty good for July. Got more than I should‘ve since I still am finishing up June!

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BOTM July!!! Asked my MIL to get Razorblade Tears with her account because I really want to read that one but desperately need a Debut Darling to accomplish my challenge…hence my pick! 😂

https://www.mybotm.com/fbf940fe11239?show_box=true

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I was pleasantly surprised to see the July picks were already up! Here are my #BOTM picks for July

Reviewsbylola Same! Very shocked to see them up already after last month. 11mo
Annie1215 @Reviewsbylola I think there were enough angry people from last month that they are trying to make up for it 😂 plus this lets them get ahead of the holiday weekend 🤷🏼‍♀️ I‘ll be glad to have these on my PTO 11mo
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