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Now Is Not the Time to Panic
Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel | Kevin Wilson
From the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to See Here comes an exuberant, bighearted novel about two teenage misfits who spectacularly collide one fateful summer, and the art they make that changes their lives forever. Sixteen-year-old Frankie Budgeaspiring writer, indifferent student, offbeat loneris determined to make it through yet another sad summer in Coalfield, Tennessee, when she meets Zeke, a talented artist who has just moved into his grandmothers unhappy house and who is as lonely and awkward as Frankie is. Romantic and creative sparks begin to fly, and when the two jointly make an unsigned poster, shot through with an enigmatic phrase, it becomes unforgettable to anyone who sees it. The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us. The posters begin appearing everywhere, and people wonder who is behind them. Satanists, kidnappersthe rumors wont stop, and soon the mystery has dangerous repercussions that spread far beyond the town. The art that brought Frankie and Zeke together now threatens to tear them apart. Twenty years later, Frances Eleanor Budgefamous author, mom to a wonderful daughter, wife to a loving husbandgets a call that threatens to upend everything: a journalist named Mazzy Brower is writing a story about the Coalfield Panic of 1996. Might Frances know something about that? And will what she knows destroy the life shes so carefully built? A bold coming-of-age story, written with Kevin Wilsons trademark wit and blazing prose, Now Is Not The Time to Panic is a nuanced exploration of young love, identity, and the power of art. Its also about the secrets that haunt usand, ultimately, what the truth will set free.
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Jenken1998
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I have yet to be disappointed in a Kevin Wilson book. This is no exception. 5 star coming of age story about two teens, adolescent confusion, adolescent boredom, art and trying to determine who you really are.

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shanebeth
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this was a fantastic Gen X coming-of-age story. it was excellent on audio also, not overly long and narrated beautifully by Ginnifer Goodwin. gave some Tomorrow, and Tommorow, and Tomorrow vibes for sure! 5 ⭐️s!!!

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EadieB
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#FabulousFebruaryReadathon #BookSpinBingo

Two teenage misfits, Frankie Budge and Zeke Browne, collide one fateful summer and the art they make that changes their lives forever. They make a poster with a phrase and it becomes unforgettable to anyone who sees it. "The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us."

EadieB They take copies of the poster and deliver them throughout the town. Satanists, kidnappers, the rumors won't stop and the repercussions spread through town. The art that brought them Frankie and Zeke together now threatens to tear them apart. This is a coming-of-age story and an exploration of young love, identity and the power of art. It's about secrets that haunt us and what the truth will set free. 2d
EadieB I enjoyed Kevin Wilson‘s wit and prose and look forward to reading his next novel. If you like bighearted fiction books, then you will love this book. 2d
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 19h
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squirrelbrain
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Really enjoyed this, although it‘s nothing like as quirky / weird as Nothing to See Here. I loved Frankie and found a lot to empathise with, growing up feeling like you don‘t fit in anywhere. I also liked the portrayal of how their seemingly innocent art project could grow into a national obsession; it felt really true to life.

Thanks so much for sending it to me Barbara! 😘

#booked2023 #setinaneighbourhood
#52books2023 #typographiccover

Cinfhen Ohhh, good use of neighborhood prompt ! I didn‘t think of that 🙊 2w
Librarybelle I was wondering if this was as wacky as Nothing To See Here…thanks for mentioning your thoughts in your review! 2w
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻 2w
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Suet624 I am surprised that I‘m still waiting for this book from the library. Didn‘t know do many folks liked this author. 😀 2w
LaraReads Great review! And love your shelves! 📚 2w
Megabooks Yes! Yes! Yes! Great review! 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
Hooked_on_books I really liked this one. I thought it was a sweet look at coming of age for a quirky kid. 2w
BarbaraBB You‘re so welcome and I love the photo! 2w
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OriginalCyn620
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Got a #pantone2023 match for my latest read!

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OriginalCyn620
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In the summer of 1996, loner Frankie meets Zeke, the new guy in town. Both are creative types, and bored, so they design a poster consisting of 2 weird sentences and ominous drawings. They copy it and plaster it all over their Tennessee small town, vowing to keep it a secret. They thought they were making anonymous street art, but the poster causes a panic, and things spiral way out of control. 21 years later, their secret may finally be revealed.

Cinfhen I just read this one, too! So much fun…but not as great as the “exploding kids” @BarbaraBB 😂😂😂but still really enjoyable 3w
Clwojick Oohoo! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Cinfhen
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Thanks for sending me this book @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed it ♥️Kevin Wilson has such a unique mind and creative voice. A coming of age story that touches upon art, friendship,impressions and lasting memories. I wish this book would have been included on the #ToB23 shortlist😁‼️‼️‼️‼️

britt_brooke Getting to this one soon! 4w
squirrelbrain Great review Cindy! I‘m ‘getting to this one soon‘ too @britt_brooke - hopefully sooner rather than later as it‘s my January bookspin. 4w
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britt_brooke @squirrelbrain Looking forward to seeing your review! My hold should come up in 2-3 weeks. 🤞🏼 4w
Megabooks Same re: ToB shortlist! It‘s a goal to see him next time he‘s at Parnassus because he‘s local to Nashville. Perhaps we can meet up @britt_brooke . One of these days we‘ll swing it! 4w
Librarybelle Nice choice for the prompt! 3w
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Cinfhen
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I‘m REALLY feeling this one @BarbaraBB it‘s my choice for #Booked2023 #ChosenForWeirdReview and “weird” seems to be a theme…. The word “weird” repeats often in this book😁 Personally I don‘t think this book is weird at all….it‘s really original 🙌🏻

BarbaraBB Looking forward to it - so many books right now that I want to read!! 😇 4w
Cinfhen Only 40 more pages to go @BarbaraBB LOVING IT!!! 4w
Soubhiville This is my pick for the same prompt. I love Kevin Wilson. Glad you‘re enjoying it so much! 4w
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BarbaraBB So glad I bought you something good!! 4w
Cinfhen It‘s a VERY Kevin Wilson book @Soubhiville and in the BEST way 😊Great choice for me @BarbaraBB 💗😘 4w
BarbaraBB I loved his book over those exploding kids but was more meh about the family Wang so I‘m very curious about this one! 4w
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Sophronisba
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10. Now Is Not the Time to Panic, Kevin Wilson -- A coming of age tale about a teenaged couple who make an arty, ambiguous poster with an ominous tagline and then stand back and watch it wreak havoc on the world. Frankie and Zeke are memorable characters who really come to life.

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Erynecki
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I gulped this book down in an afternoon. It‘s the story of two awkward teens that become friends over the course of a summer as they make art and their own secret world. It has (at least for me) faint echoes of Bridge to Terabithia.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Mehso-so

You know, this didn‘t quite do it for me. I‘ve read 3 of Wilson‘s books before and truly loved each one, but this one had his characteristic weirdness without the heart or depth of his other ones. I‘ll still read whatever he writes next, but I was disappointed by this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Like but not love for this one, and I‘m not sure why. Regardless, a good read about being a teen and feeling alone and finding a person and a niche that makes you feel as close to whole as possible.

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charl08
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Great read, I had no idea where it was going. A teenage art project goes viral (but before online was a thing), things spiral... Funny as well as painfully on the money in terms of youthful ennui. (I feel like I'd make so much better use of summer holidays now...)

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charl08
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Wondering what these taste like.

TEArificbooks They taste like freezer burn with very little flavor because they are essentially frozen balls of ice. 2mo
LapReader I love them. Tiny, creamy ice cream balls. Perfect holiday dessert in Australia. 2mo
wanderinglynn I used to love dippin‘ dots! Haven‘t had them in ages. 2mo
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Megabooks Melt in your mouth goodness! 2mo
KathyWheeler I didn‘t like their texture. 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This lovely book is about belonging, about outsiders finding their people. Wilson's books all have an appealing strangeness about them. Even when the situations are entirely unique and odd, they still feel true and the characters are endearing in their weirdness. Really enjoyed this.

Wesleypaker Hello how are you doing today ? 2mo
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Sophronisba
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I feel this in my soul:

“And then we were in Memphis. It was kind of run-down, crazy potholes and a lot of litter, but Zeke was so happy. We immediately got a Huey Burger, and it was so good, even more because Zeke kept going, “Mmmm . . . Oh, I missed Huey‘s,” like he‘d been away in a war or something.“

That is exactly how I used to react every time I had a Huey burger after college. For a good two decades, I'm saying.

Sophronisba I just had breakfast and if someone put a Huey burger in front of me right this second, I would devour it. _And_ the onion rings. 2mo
Suet624 I've never heard of a Huey burger but I've read several of Wilson's books and I can't wait to get to this one. :) 2mo
Soubhiville I‘m looking forward to reading this too. 🙂 2mo
Sophronisba @Suet624 I can vouch for both Huey burgers and this book. I just finished it and I loved it. 2mo
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Sophronisba
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#FridayReads #FirstLineFriday

I ANSWERED THE PHONE, AND THERE WAS A WOMAN‘S VOICE on the other end, a voice that I didn‘t recognize. “Is this Frances Budge?” she asked, and I was certain it was a telemarketer, because nobody called me Frances. . . . I said, “I‘m sorry, but I‘m not interested,” and started to hang up, but the woman, understanding that I was done with her, tried her best to pull me in. . . .

Sophronisba “The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers,” she said, her voice rising in pitch, and I froze. I nearly dropped the phone. And together, in harmony, we both completed the phrase, “We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us.” 2mo
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teresareads
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Every single thing that you loved became a source of both intense obsession and possible shame. Everything was a secret.

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Mpcacher
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This is a quirky story told with humour about two teens who become friends and then secretly paper the town with an intriguing poster they designed, creating a major panic. The teenage angst feels real and all the characters drew me in. I found the reaction of the town particularly relevant to our present world where social media runs rampant with 'fake news' and people are willing to believe outlandish things. I really enjoyed it...4/5 stars.

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JenReadsAlot
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Fun day hanging out with @KLyn1 and of course a trip to our favorite bookstore! #bookhaul

Megabooks Great choices! 2mo
JenReadsAlot @Megabooks Thanks! I've only heard of the tagged book but chatting with the owner lead to the other ones. 2mo
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Megabooks
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Is it wrong that I‘m really enjoying books with characters my age (42) looking back and their teen years? 😂 Wilson chooses an interesting way to capture pre-internet nostalgia.

Loner Frankie meets Zeke one summer in small-town Tennessee. Together they create a poster with an odd, catchy saying and disturbing drawings. After weeks of posting it around town, it goes pre-internet viral and the aftermath will reverberate long after that summer. #tob

Megabooks If I‘m missing anyone who‘s also reading the #toblonglist lmk! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Looking forward to reading this one too. 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! Three hits in a row!!! Saving this for 2023 challenges 😉 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole I am, but at a snail‘s pace 🐌 lol. I started this one yesterday 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I‘m really looking forward to this one. 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve read two books from Wilson now and really enjoyed both. Quirky but also thoughtful. This one sounds like he‘s still got it! 2mo
Soubhiville I‘m looking forward to this one. I really like Kevin Wilson. 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB and I‘m excited to read your review! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen you know I‘m terrible at saving things! 🤣 I hope you like it next year. 💜💜 2mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole I am excited to read that one. I have the audiobook, but I‘m not sure that‘s the way to read it. Are you reading print or audio? 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yay! I hope you enjoy it. 💜 2mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella quirky and thoughtful is a great way to describe his books. I‘ve read them all except for his debut short story collection, and while I enjoyed this, Nothing to See Here is still my favorite. 2mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella I found his debut collection on book outlet and I‘m excited to read it this winter. 2mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville same! I hope you enjoy it. 💜 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain Please don‘t buy it 🎁🎄 🤦🏻‍♀️🧚‍♀️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading the ebook. And I‘ve had to reread many of the interviews because it‘s pretty bizarre. I feel like I‘m missing something but there‘s a definite sense of foreboding. I don‘t know if audio would be better or worse honestly…? 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 thanks for the heads-up @BarbaraBB xxxx 2mo
squirrelbrain Thank you @BarbaraBB 🤣😘 - like @Cinfhen I was waiting until 2023 challenges, and had reserved it at the library! 2mo
akaGingerK Intriguing- plus a cool photo! 2mo
Megabooks @akaGingerK thanks! That‘s our Norfolk pine that I‘ve nicknamed Nori. 😁 2mo
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Jas16
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Two lonely teenagers decide to spend their summer vacation creating art together. Their anonymous creation causes various reactions and sets off a surprising chain of events that continues to effect them in adulthood. This has everything I have come to expect from Wilson, enough weird to draw you in and emotional depth that sneaks up on you. I could see my 16 year old self in parts of this story, scribbling my terrible poetry and dreaming of more.

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Addison_Reads
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Book 21 finished on the #ToB23 longlist.

In typical Wilson style this book is quirky, weird, full of flawed characters, but also full of a lot of heart. It's a coming-of-age tale of two young people who find each other one summer and create something that becomes bigger than they are. Themes of acceptance, friendship, and first loves are all explored while Wilson also deals with how a person lives with choices/mistakes made when they are young.

Addison_Reads Nothing to See Here is still my favorite by Wilson but this is a close second and I'm excited it made it on the #ToB23 longlist. 2mo
BarbaraBB I have this one waiting for me too 2mo
Megabooks Great review! 💯 agree that Nothing is a bit better while both are enjoyable. 2mo
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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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I truly loved this short, odd little book about two misfit teenagers in the pre-internet 1990s, the art they made, and the town that freaked out about it. It is alternately sad, funny, weird, and deeply moving. If you were a socially awkward, artsy teen in the 1990s you‘ll probably appreciate this book. Kevin Wilson has such a delightfully strange way of seeing the world and I am here for it!

Jas16 Great review! 2mo
HillsAndHamletsBookshop @Jas16 thank you! 🥰 2mo
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ashw21
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A gorgeous coming-of-age and romantic story of two teenagers , both misfits, lonely but very talented.. Out of boredom and their passion, they collaborate to produce art that is innocent in their eyes but becomes quite explosive in the town they live in. I really loved this exploration into the pre-internet era of young kids bonding over creativity and art.. an enjoyable read with unique writing style with well drawn characters!

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Moonprismpower
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A good coming of age tale about a secret kept between summer friends that unravels. The secret really makes me see childish things I did in youth that I regret today but at the time felt monumental.

Also, Theo pic because he is just so adorable. He tolerates me.

LiteraryinLawrence I preordered this book ages ago because I‘m a big Kevin Wilson fan. Hope it comes soon! I‘m glad to hear you liked it! 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Loved it: a short book with lots of heart. Though very different than my own teen years, it brought up feelings of that time in my life that I had forgotten. Loved our 16 year old Frankie, but Zeke (her object of desire) was a wet blanket. Maybe this is purposeful on the author‘s part, as it‘s often the case in real life..as we get to see these two in their 30s looking back on a life changing summer and see things through the eyes of an adult.

BarbaraBB Looking forward to it! 3mo
Megabooks So excited about this. Great review! 3mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Frankie is a bit at loose ends, a 16 yo who doesn‘t quite fit in and has to contend with 18 yo triplet brothers. But then she meets Zeke and a friendship blooms. Both creative types, they make something together that ends up becoming more than either bargained for. I found this absolutely delightful and loved the whole reading experience.

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Branwen
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Well. I'm only on chapter three so far, but I have fallen hard for this book! It's delightful! 💕📚💕 #catsoflitsy #rumpel

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kbuggle
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I loved Kevin Wilson‘s NOTHING TO SEE HERE and he‘s quickly become a must-read author for me.. his newest novel will tug at your heartstrings in ways you don‘t expect.

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Cinfhen
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#Booked2023 #FirstIdeas I came across this review on IG and thought it would be a perfect pick for prompt #chosenForWeirdReviewOrWeirdBook “It‘s weird, but not too weird. Just weird enough” How‘s that for a sales pitch?? Im intrigued🙋🏼‍♀️ If you still haven‘t signed up for season 6 here‘s the link and additional information
https://forms.gle/3Q4vgqPq61bZekiNA

Crazeedi Every year I try and fail. I'm putting my name in just to say I'm trying again. I've missed everyone, benn a very hard year for me! But I need to connect again with my litsy friends 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry it‘s been a rough year😔 hope to see you back on Litsy 🥰 @Crazeedi (edited) 3mo
Pageturner1 i will give it a go. 3mo
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BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one 3mo
BarbaraBB @Crazeedi Wishing you the best and I hope you‘ll have a better 2023 ❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen Yay @Pageturner1 any questions ask away 😄 3mo
Pageturner1 @Cinfhen i am sure i will have lots of questions when i get started. 3mo
Cinfhen We‘re here to help in any way @Pageturner1 - important thing is to have fun and hopefully read some great books 😁 3mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I am definitely here again, I missed everyone so much 3mo
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Branwen
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Despite having been to Barnes and Noble less than a week ago, I ended up back there again last night! 😅 Sometimes your mental health just requires a bookstore trip, amiright? 💕📚 I desperately needed the seratonin boost, and so I left with these two gems. I really loved Kevin Wilson's previous book, Nothing to See Here, so I was really excited to see he had a new one!

Leftcoastzen I‘m all about that mental health check in at Barnes & Noble!👏📚 3mo
JillR I love this, just realised I desperately need a bookshop mental health boost! 3mo
Branwen @JillR See? You should totally make a bookstore trip! 📚💕 @Leftcoastzen Right?!?! It's the best form of self care! 3mo
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JoyBlue
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bailed at 50%—I just can't anymore. I'm so bored.

Cinfhen Oh no!!! This is high up on my TBR!!!! 3mo
JoyBlue @Cinfhen Hopefully, you'll really like it—most people seem to (including my Litsy friends). Please report back. I'll be sending you good vibes. 😉 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks!!! Kevin Wilson is such an oddball - not in a bad way but his books are really hit or miss for me. 3mo
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vivastory
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Just noticed that Wilson's latest will be released the day of the midterms, lol. That's surely not a coincidence. Please vote.

AmyG 😬 3mo
vivastory @AmyG Your emoji is how I'll be feeling for a few days I imagine 3mo
AmyG Me too. 3mo
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theokiereader
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My #BOTM November 2022 Predictions are up! I'm hoping for Kevin Wilson's new book, and Aethestica sounds intreguing. Grab your tissues for A Quiet Place, but it is worth every one of the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I gave it. Read the summaries here: https://southernersreadtoo.com/2022/10/16/book-of-the-month-predictions-november... #BOTM #BOTMpredictions #BOTMNov2022

Beachesnbooks Would love it if The Cloisters was a pick! I've had my eye on that one 4mo
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Kangaj1
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This was my #doublespin for Sept and just did not work for me. Sadness, because I adored Nothing to See Here. I was pretty bored with it. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I'm always sad when the second book I read by an author doesn't vibe like the first one. 4mo
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Alfoster
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I haven‘t read any of Wilson‘s novels before this one but surely will now! Frankie and Zeke are sixteen and when they meet, they create a poster and have no idea the repercussions it will have as they surreptitiously hang them all over town. It‘s funny, it‘s charming, and bittersweet as adolescence can be! Certainly worth the read!
Out November 8 #NetGalley

Megabooks Very excited for this!! 10mo
Alfoster @Megabooks Yes, now I need to read more of his! 10mo
LiteraryinLawrence I have read his others and loved them! Didn‘t know he had a new one but I will have to check it out! 10mo
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Megabooks I‘ve enjoyed all his novels! 👍🏻👍🏻 I‘m not a fan of his short stories though. 10mo
Suet624 Yippee! I like his stories. 10mo
ErikasMindfulShelf I love his books. Happy to hear his next one is good as well! 10mo
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