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How Lucky
How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
A fantastic novel. . . . You are going to like this a lot.Stephen King Whats more thrilling than a fictional character speaking to us in a voice we havent heard before, a voice so authentic and immediatethink Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, Mattie Rossthat we suspect it mustve been there all along, that we somehow managed to miss it? Daniel, the protagonist of Will Leitchs smart, funny, heartbreaking new novel How Lucky, is just such a voice, and Im not sure it will ever completely leave my head, or that I want it to.Richard Russo For readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Nothing to See Here, a first novel as suspenseful and funny as it is moving, the unforgettable story of a fiercely resilient young man living with a physical disability, and his efforts to solve a mystery unfolding right outside his door. Daniel leads a rich life in the university town of Athens, Georgia. Hes got a couple close friends, a steady paycheck working for a regional airline, and of course, for a few glorious days each Fall, college football tailgates. He considers himself to be a mostly lucky guydespite the fact that hes suffered from a debilitating disease since he was a small child, one that has left him unable to speak or to move without a wheelchair. Largely confined to his home, Daniel spends the hours hes not online communicating with irate air travelers observing his neighborhood from his front porch. One young woman passes by so frequently that spotting her out the window has almost become part of his daily routine. Until the day hes almost sure he sees her being kidnapped...
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emily_roamswild
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed this book. The main character has SMA and he witnesses a kidnapping—only he doesn‘t know it yet. The family of this book is what makes it. The ending is a bit much of a fairytale that I don‘t need, nor do I need the author to spell it out for me. Daniel is a delight. He‘s funny and his narration style is great. I think the author tries to sell it too much, when the characters and story have already done the heavy lifting.

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OriginalCyn620
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Really great book! A mystery with a Rear Window vibe that ended up being not quite what I had expected, but in a good way! There‘s some humor and a cast of great characters, but it does get a bit dark, then has a feel-good ending. Totally recommend!

#bookspinbingo - free space

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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DavidDiamond
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A modern update of “Rear Window”, a young man confined to a wheel chair due to having SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) witnesses a kidnapping and then engages in a cat and mouse game with the kidnapper.

Sadly, I can‘t remember that last time I read a book where the main protagonist is physically challenged. This was a refreshing and insightful look from the perspective of someone who overcomes great challenges with optimism, hope, courage and humor.

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Sargar114
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Wow! What a surprise of a story; and I mean that in the best possible way. A sorta thriller but perspective on life kinda tale told from the POV from an unconventional narrator. I really enjoyed this one. #bookspin for January

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Sargar114
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Starting my #bookspin for January today…and ugh do I know this feeling.

AmyG Yep :( 5mo
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abookishbutterfly
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How Lucky is a story with heart; one that makes the reader think about how we respond to people with visible disabilities. Without making it feel like an info dump, Leitch successfully educated readers about spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). He gave us an unlikely hero and we need more of that in our stories.

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JenReadsAlot
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 5mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This was definitely different than what I expected. I think the idea was really unique and it hooked me early on when the characters begin to develop. It‘s not quite just a mystery about a missing girl, but the story about the man who finds her and how he does so while also fighting with a disability. I liked how the author really made the characters come to life in this book and the story had me on the edge of my seat and made me think.

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keys_on_fire
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This struck me as a mixture of a cozy mystery, a thriller and a Lisa Genova book. The way the MC communicates with the reader is so fresh, and it really drew me in. The last hour really moved quickly!
#bookspin for July 2021

206 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheSpineView Great job! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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BittersweetBooks
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Real life, mercifully isn‘t a thriller. My life is nothing but small moments, and so is yours. We don‘t live in a series of plot points. We should be thankful for that. We should realize how lucky we are 🏡💻🧑‍🦼

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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

I loved the character of Daniel (I loved Travis and Marjani, too) but I didn't love the story.

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bthegood
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Loved this - MC with spinal muscular atrophy - unique approach and I learned a lot about SMA -

thanks again @AprilMae for sending this to me as part of #FFFS

Can't count it for #Scarathlon2021 (finished it last night)
Make a great day everyone -

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bthegood
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!! ❤️❤️ 8mo
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Mdion1993
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Funny, quick, and surprisingly dark, How Lucky is the story of a young man named Daniel who witnesses a kidnapping one morning outside his home. The twist - Daniel has SMA and people can‘t seem to take him seriously. Under the guise of a sarcastic and funny narrator, HL puts fringe characters front and center, considering themes like isolation, human connection, and the consequences of ignoring what (or who) is right in front of us.

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Amiable
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@magyklyXdelish ! What a fabulous treat box for #FallingForFallSwap #FFFS ! No tricks here. 😀 I love everything—especially the leaves! It was like opening a box full of autumn. Thank you so much!

And thank you for organizing this swap again, @Avanders

magyklyXdelish Yay I‘m glad you liked it! I was worried I may have gone overboard on the leaves. I ordered a package of 300 and didn‘t realize how much that actually was 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
Amiable @magyklyXdelish I thought they were real at first and was like, wow, where does she live that autumn is here already! Lol 8mo
magyklyXdelish @Amiable lol I still have so many left over haha 8mo
Avanders 😍😍🍁🍂🧡 (and love the leaves 😁) 8mo
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bthegood
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#FallingForFallSwap #fffs - thank you @AprilMae - how wonderful - love everything - you made my first swap perfect 💝

thank you @Avanders for hosting -

Make a great opening day everyone -

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ooohhhh unicorn 🦄 marshmallows!! 8mo
bthegood @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks right?? had some this morning!! 8mo
Avanders Oh my gosh - I have to find that cocoa!! 😍😍🍁🍂🧡 8mo
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bthegood @Avanders I love it💜 8mo
AprilMae So glad you liked it!!! 8mo
bthegood @AprilMae it made my heart smile, thank you🥰 8mo
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Gissy
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I really appreciate all the information the author provide about SMA, very sensitive, realistic, necessary. I love Daniel, Travis and Marjani and how their relationship. The story was good and funny but it was so repetitive in some parts until almost the end when the suspense kept my attention and I was so worried about Daniel. As the author indicates through Daniel‘s voice, a person with SMA “...can do so much”. 3.75/3.8⭐️

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LeslieO
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Looking forward to September! #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is more about its distinctive and charming characters than the mystery. Daniel has a unique voice and I appreciated his wit, resilience, optimism, and insight. Sometimes it felt a little heavy with information on SMA instead of the story, although I‘m glad I learned more about this disease. 🎧

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Annie1215
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I loved this book! The characters were great and Daniel was so warm and funny. I really appreciated the representation of a character with a disability done so well.

A good mix of mystery, heart and humor

#bookspinbingo

OriginalCyn620 You sold me! Stacked! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
ICantImReading I‘m listening to this now! 🙂 9mo
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marleed
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I thought this was a great book. It‘s much more a story about friends than it is a thriller. But the thrills were a great way to demonstrate friendships. Oh and Danny with SMA Type 2 - I just never knew.

kspenmoll Beautiful colors in your photo! 10mo
marleed @kspenmoll oh thank you! I love the colors on this cover. Makes me wonder why my house has none of these colors on the walls! 10mo
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Neniacorcoran
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I really enjoyed this funny, quick read. It was a learning experience, and it was very entertaining.

Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! Hope you enjoy it on here!!! 10mo
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keys_on_fire
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Hahaha! I love this…ahhhh wishful thinking!

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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

I guess you could call this a “feel good” read, although a story about a kidnapping and a guy, the prime witness who is bound to a wheelchair and unable to verbally speak, doesn‘t sound much like a lighthearted story. Daniel suffers from SMA, a genetic disease which makes him a unique hero. I wanted to like this more than I did, but certain actions were so difficult to believe & the author took me out of the story too many times👇🏽

Cinfhen

Often I felt like I was listening to a PSA about SMA or a documentary about the history of Athens, Georgia. Plus the humor sometimes felt forced.
Narration was wonderful. A definite #BorrowNotBuy for me 🤓
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DivineDiana Thank you for the update! It sounds like a strange one! 🤔 10mo
Cinfhen Author was trying to do too many things I think. Not a bad book but definitely a library copy @DivineDiana xx 10mo
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Amiable Sounds like a library book to me! Thanks for the update. (edited) 10mo
Megabooks Interesting…I get where you‘re coming from, but I don‘t agree. I am glad my library had a copy, as I probably won‘t reread. 💜 10mo
Cinfhen I don‘t regret my time with the book but it isn‘t amongst my favorites this year @Megabooks xxx 10mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘ve been curious about this book since @Megabooks reviewed it a few weeks ago!! It appeared on my #Scribd feed this morning so I felt like it was a sign from the #AudioGods 🎧

Megabooks Enjoy! Really a feel good mystery. I think you‘ll like it! 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m only about a half hour in but I love it!! It‘s giving me Owen Meany feels, with some Guncle and Curious Incident vibes all rolled up 🥰 @Megabooks and the narration is FANTASTIC 10mo
Megabooks I thought this would be in your wheelhouse!! 😁😁 10mo
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Amiable Anything that gives an Owen Meany vibe is going on my TBR…ASAP! Stacking! 10mo
DivineDiana @Amiable Agree! Stacked! 10mo
Cinfhen So I may have been too quick to express Owen Meany vibes @Amiable @DivineDiana while I am enjoying this book I feel like the author is overselling his MC - does that make sense?? Also at times this book feels like a PSA for SMA @Megabooks is that a terrible thing to say 😬 10mo
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Megabooks
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I never thought I‘d describe a mystery as feel-good, but this novel is that. Daniel, an adult living with SMA, sees a woman disappear in a car one morning. When the possible kidnapper begins a correspondence with him, Daniel has to decide how to help. It shows the ways disabled people are underestimated in intelligence and power. It also shows how disabled people can work and have meaningful relationships. All w/o being too saccharine Great book!

Megabooks TBH, growing up with a pretty disabled mother, I always worry about whether disability will be used as a plot device. But this was really authentic and empowering, at least IMO. The #audiobook narration is great! 11mo
sherri Glad to see your review and the comment from @Megabooks. Have this on my shelf. You two just bumped it up my list. 11mo
Megabooks @sherri Both the review and comment are mine. (No space for a ⬇️ unfortunately.) I hope you enjoy it. I held back getting it from #botm and waited for a library copy because so often disabled characters are one-dimensional, but Will writes Daniel really robustly. A very pleasant surprise! 11mo
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sherri Ahh! Didn't realize that you also wrote the post. Haha! I got my copy from #botm but haven't started it yet. So happy to hear the character is well done. 11mo
Cinfhen Good to know!!! Wonderful review ♥️ 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks friend!! 11mo
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swishandflick
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I enjoyed this! It's also not quite what I was expecting, as the mystery of the missing girl takes a bit of a backseat to Daniel's inspiring story of resilience and his experience with SMA. But that's definitely not a bad thing because Daniel is the real MVP!

I borrowed from the library but would certainly not have been disappointed if it had been my #BOTM pick!

AlaMich I love when cats cover their faces like that. So cute! 11mo
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Traci1
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#littenlisten Wrap-up:
🔸️Float Plan: 7 hours + 10 #bookspin + 10 World Ocean Day
🔸️How Lucky: 7 hours + 10 #bookspin + 50 bookspin bingo
🔸️Night Shift: 11 hours + 10 #bookspin

Total Hours: 25
Bonus Points: 90
Game Points: 140 (I had 14 that I think were correct anagram guesses)
Total Points for this week: 255
@aperfectmjk

SeaToSkyes The Midnight Texas trilogy is one of my favorites!! 11mo
Traci1 @SeaToSkyes I wish there were more books in the series. I loved the characters. 11mo
SeaToSkyes @Traci1 I hope she decides to write more of them one day ❤️ 11mo
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Traci1
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a good book, somewhat lighthearted considering the subject matter. It was more about Daniel and his day to day dealing with his illness. I really liked Daniel and his group of caretakers. The "mystery" was sort of secondary to their interactions.

#littenlisten: 7 hours + 10 #bookspin + 50 #bookspin audio bingo @aperfectmjk

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WanderingBookaneer
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I really liked this one. A bit violent at the end, but very good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ckittle019
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An amazingly likable main character! If you like psychological thrillers this is one you should definitely check out. So different, but in a good way, since I usually don‘t smile much when I read a twisty thriller- this one made me 😃

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HeatherBookNerd
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Daniel lives a pretty great life in Athens, GA despite the complications of living with a progressively debilitating illness. He has a devoted best friend, a trusty tank of a wheelchair, and feels lucky to work online from home. It‘s a good, quiet life, until Daniel witnesses an incident that disrupts his routine and turns his world upside down. How Lucky is a slowly building thriller with a delightfully amusing hero at its center. Enjoyed it!

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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

It took me about 100 pages to start liking what I was reading. I liked Daniel and I loved Travis.

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Rissa1
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So much truth.

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Reviewsbylola
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May was a whirlwind month for me. I felt exhausted and like I was constantly in motion, but apparently that didn‘t affect my reading, as I finished 20 books and one literary mag.

8 audiobooks
12 physical books

I‘ll be curious to see if I manage to read even more over summer break. Onward June!

vivastory Did you like the Elizabeth Taylor? 12mo
Reviewsbylola @vivastory LOVED. I gave it five stars. May be my favorite book of hers I‘ve read so far! 12mo
vivastory Well, stacked! I've been wanting to read more of her work ever since we read Game of Hide & Seek last yr for NYRB, I just wasn't sure where to begin 12mo
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vivastory Looking online just now Angel also sounds really interesting 12mo
LeahBergen @vivastory I was contemplating choosing Angel as one of my picks for our #NYRBBookClub. 😊 12mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola You‘re a reading machine. 👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
vivastory @LeahBergen You should! It'll be your turn before you know it 🙂 12mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Monday morning reading buddy. ♥️

LeahBergen Yoyo! ❤️❤️ 12mo
Tera66 Cute puppy😍 12mo
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Reviewsbylola
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How lucky are we that the pools are opening. 😎

Tamra I had my fingers crossed when I looked up ours and woot! It opens next month. 😊 12mo
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TorieStorieS
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I really enjoyed my May #BOTM pick! I was expecting more of a Rear Window vibe but I enjoyed the narrative and the insight into SMA even more! I‘m not sure that a 26 year old would have these references but otherwise, it‘s a fast paced and hard to put down read! I‘m looking forward to reading more from the author!

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Rissa1
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I cannot quit thinking about this line.

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Traci1
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Some of the audios I'm planning on listening to next month for the #littenlisten readathon.
@aperfectmjk

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Traci1
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Well, this is my tentative #bookspin list for June. I may alter it some depending on June's #botm selections and other factors. But I'm pretty excited about lots of these and hopefully will get to them next month.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Very colorful! 🤩 12mo
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NikkiCureton
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NikkiCureton Not my cup of tea. Well received by many, but I just did not enjoy this one. 12mo
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WeirdAtHeart
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book but it was a super slow read and even though the author did a good job helping me to understand SMA, in the end I felt like I didn't really connect with Daniel. I see what Will Leitch was going for but for me it just didn't work.

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jdiehr
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A young man confined to a wheelchair witnesses a kidnapping from his front porch.

Thus begins a wild ride from questioning what he saw, to sharing what he saw, to communicating online with the bad guy.

It's not easy when verbal communication is limited and you have to speak through a computer.

Leitch does an excellent job describing Daniel's condition (SMA) and showing readers that people with handicaps are no different than anyone else.

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mdm139
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This book is hard to describe. Maybe I could describe it as a slow building thriller? I would say it was delightful but the subject matter is anything but delightful. Heartwarming? Maybe because there is a unlikely hero. I loved the main character. The narrator does digress here and there but it adds to character development. It would be a good introduction book for a new-to-the-thriller-genre reader, because it isn‘t too edge of your sit scary.

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Breanne1
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I really enjoyed this thriller which is mixed with such hope and kind people. It was definitely different from what I‘d normally be drawn to and I‘m so happy #botm exposed me to it! I‘ve been trying to crochet for the first time which is making me read less but I‘ve been proud of my progress!

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mdm139
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Sometimes you just need a Hawaiian sundae and a new read to kick off the weekend right.

jdiehr Halfway through and loving this book! 12mo
Yuki_Onna Ohhh, yum! 😊 12mo
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EatSleepRead
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This was so different, in all the best ways. Witty and heartfelt. Anxiety-provoking. I flew through this one to see how it would end.