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Perfect Little World
Perfect Little World: A Novel | Kevin Wilson
When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's just about out of options. She recently graduated from high school and is pregnant with her art teacher's baby. Her mother is dead and her father is a drunk. The art teacher is too much of a head-case to help raise the child. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or prospects, she's left searching. So when Dr. Grind offers her a space in The Infinite Family Project, she accepts. Housed in a spacious compound in Tennessee, she joins nine other couples, all with children the same age as her newborn son, to raise their children as one extended family. Grind's theory is that the more parental love a child receives, the better off they are. This attempt at a utopian ideal-funded by an eccentric billionaire-starts off promising: Izzy enjoys the kids, reading to them and teaching them to cook. She even forms a bond with her son more meaningful than she ever expected. But soon the gentle equilibrium among the families is upset and it all starts to disintegrate: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project's funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy's feelings for Dr. Grind, who is looking to expunge his own painful childhood, make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place. Written with the same compassionate voice, disarming sense of humor, and quirky charm that made The Family Fang such a success, PERFECT LITTLE WORLD is a poignant look at how the best families are the ones we make for ourselves.
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Ashley85
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This has been a slow read for me. It‘s getting a bit more intriguing now that I‘m almost at the half-way point. Interesting concept about family and child-rearing. Hoping it holds my attention so I can see how it all turns out!

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3njennn
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I‘m almost halfway through this and enjoying it enough to speed through. The mixed reviews have me intrigued about the ending.

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Patchshank
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Bailedbailed

I was going to try and finish this book, but I just can't. The writing style is so bland. Interesting things are happening, but the writing style makes me not give a flying truck about any of it. It was just boring me.
We all know that one person who just talks to hear themselves talk and you're spaced out the whole time just nodding every so often. This book made me feel like I was talking to that person.

SamanthaMarie Oh no!! Those people are terrible... and for it to be like that in a book ? also, "flying truck" ? 10mo
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GirlWellRead
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I don't particularly care for utopian-style books. Is it their formulaic nature? Because there will be a giant conflict/problem to overcome? Without giving too much away, things start to crumble at the compound (gasp!) with relationships disintegrating, funding running out and Izzy's growing feelings for Dr. Grind. The worst part was the ending, Wilson tied everything up a little too neatly and by that point, it had just fizzled out.

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KimM
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Mehso-so

I‘m reading through my #BOTM backlog. This one started out interesting with an intriguing protagonist who becomes pregnant just after high school graduation and decides to keep the baby despite having no support. Then she is introduced to the Infinite Family Project - a science-based commune-like alternative way to raise children. I struggled with the concept‘s believability and dreaded the drama I knew was coming. Eventually I just got bored.

nosferatoos I had heard such good things about this and it seemed right up my alley but I had SO many problems with it. 1y
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Thousand-Lives
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Mehso-so

I found the premise of the story (ten families participating in a communal parenting experiment) more intriguing than the storyline or characters.

#botmbacklog book 6

bookandcat 🎉🎉🎉 awesome job finishing yet another backlog book! You're tearing through your pile! 1y
Thousand-Lives @bookandcat I am and it feels so good!! 🎉 Thanks for the motivation! 1y
bookandcat @Thousand-Lives you're welcome and thanks for participating!!! 1y
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Thousand-Lives
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My youngest had to get shots this morning so we‘re cuddling and reading. ❤️

BookNAround Look at that sweet little plump arm! I remember those days so vividly but my youngest just headed off for his first day of junior year in high school. Enjoy the sweet snuggles while you can. 1y
Thousand-Lives @BookNAround Thank you! It goes so fast, doesn‘t it? I hope your son has a good first day and enjoys his junior year. 1y
readordierachel So sweet 💙 1y
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MStew Miss the baby days, mine is almost 2 😣 1y
Thousand-Lives @meghan2714 Unbelievable how fast it goes 😥 Mine just turned 1. He‘s my last so I try to soak it up as much as possible. 1y
MStew @Thousand-Lives ❤awwwww soak it up mama!🤗 1y
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Tex2Flo
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Mehso-so

#augustisatrip
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
26 Utopia
Always goes too far. Never utopic.

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Thousand-Lives
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Perfect weather for some outdoor reading

On to #botmbacklog book 6 📖

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LitLogophile
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Panpan

Probably the most disappointing botm I‘ve chosen thus far.

The whole story is rushed but also not interesting enough for me to wish there was more. ⭐️⭐️

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lovelybookshelf
Mehso-so

I have so many thoughts and feelings! I'm strangely charmed and *super* unsettled. I had issues with the bad science in the execution of the premise, and flat, faceless secondary characters. But Izzy and Preston's stories tugged at my heart. This would make a great book club pick because there are a ton of ethical issues to discuss - with the potential to lead to heated arguments.

TW: cutting, psychological child abuse, ableist microaggressions

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wanderer15
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Pickpick

@LiteraryinLititz really got into this one, so I decided to try it too. Intriguing premise, artfully written - several times Wilson defied my expectations for how a scene or plot point would turn out. Will have to try reading his other books.

Meglet I‘m glad @LiteraryinLititz tagged you in one of her recent posts...your reviews are fantastic. They tell me exactly what I‘d ask about in order to figure out if I‘d like a book or not. And I like knowing the things you share about a book, even if it means I decide I‘m not interested in reading it myself. 1y
wanderer15 How nice of you to say, thanks! 1y
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LiteraryinLititz
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Pickpick

Loved, loved, loved. I put this on my TBR back when it came out last year, and it called out to me this week from the library shelves. I was pulled into the story from the start. Although the characters are in an unusual situation (a long term social experiment where 10 sets of parents raise their children collectively), they react to it as you or I might. I found it heartfelt, surprising, authentic, and creative. Total pick!

mrozzz I concur! This was a nice surprise for me! 2y
DebinHawaii I really enjoyed this one as well! 📚👍 2y
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

I vacillated between pick and so-so for this one. While I really did like this book I just wanted more from it. I wanted more depth on the day to day running of the project and more developed secondary characters. I wanted more analysis about the impact on the children. Still this was a great premise and an entertaining read.

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Cityofamber
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Mehso-so

I‘m so torn about this book. I loved the idea and it kept me interested and I wanted to know more. But it took forever to get to the “community” part the backstory could of been shorted, I would of loved to see more of inside the community. Besides the main character the characters didn‘t feel like individuals. And the ending was too unreal and random. I‘m also interested in how the kids reacted to after everything. #botm

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Howseldomtheydo
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Love this! #tbr #red

Gezemice Nice. 😉 2y
mrsmarch @Schlinkles 😂😂😂😂😁😁😳 2y
Schlinkles @mrsmarch My life in a photo 2y
Ddzmini ❤️🎈✂️😡👹👺💄💋👄🎅🏽🤶🏼👨🏽‍🚒🧚🏽‍♀️🧜🏽‍♀️💃🏼👩‍👩‍👧👩‍👩‍👦👠🎒⛑🧣🦑🦐🦀🌹🥀😝🤣🤣📚📖 2y
Maria514626 Brilliant! 2y
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kiminreverse
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I'm in a bit of a reading slump. I'm going to start this and we'll see if it sticks or if I switch books or end up watching Dark Mirror. #unreadshelfproject2018

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lyssamez
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Pickpick

Since it‘s freezing outside I‘ve finished this book under a cozy blanket by the fire. I devoured this book - it‘s wonderfully written and a fascinating premise that examines what makes a family.

DebinHawaii I really enjoyed this one! 👍📚 2y
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Crash
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Pickpick

I flew through this book! It was an interesting topic of 10 families taking part in an unusual social experiment to communally raise all 10 kids from birth for ten years. Well written and interesting.

Tamra Can you comment on the outcome and put a spoiler sticker on it? 2y
Crash Not sure how to do that, but it was a well written fiction book. 2y
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LitLogophile
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Wow, with an introductory quote like this I expect good things 🤔

Cathythoughts 🤔makes one think 2y
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MrsAHintz
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Mehso-so

While the concept of the Infinite Family Project is interesting, especially when juxtaposed with the Constant Friction Method (the other parenting style written about in this novel), the actual writing fell flat for me and I found myself bored between the interesting, dramatic spurts. But, then again, my love of trashy reality tv shows with all of the constant twists and unending drama might be to blame for that... 🤷‍♀️

⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5 stars)

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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

This was an audiobook for me and I really enjoyed it. It was an interesting premise for a story. I liked that for a majority of the book Wilson wasn't choosing the typical happily ever after path, so I was a little disappointed with the ending. But don't let that put you off its a great read.

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Soubhiville
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When both of the books you‘re currently reading are really good, how do you choose which one to pick up with this evening? I‘m just going to flip a coin. #agoodproblemtohave

Ashley_Nicoletto I will dabble back and forth until one just sucks me in. An hour here. An hour there. 😂 2y
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LPezzo
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I was surprised I liked this book so much after reading some of the reviews. It took a few chapters to really get into it, but it was worth it. I felt the book was different from many of the novels out now. I loved the idea of the Infinite Family Project, and it went along with the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. It didn‘t shy away from conflict either, which made it more realistic. Definitely recommend!

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Soubhiville
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This was a gift from my Litsy friend @Hooked_on_books , and it‘s next up on my TBR. I‘m looking forward to getting into it!
#GIVEAWAYSIX

Thanks for sharing your books with everyone @Liberty !

Ashley_Nicoletto This has been on my TBR since I got it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Bloomingjen How was Euphoria? it is on my TBR (edited) 2y
mrozzz It's a good one! 2y
Hooked_on_books I hope you like it as much as I did. ☺️ 2y
Soubhiville @Bloomingjen that‘s my TBR shelf in the background, I haven‘t gotten to Euphoria yet, but it‘s also on my up soon list. 2y
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jenniemayfield
Pickpick

This book was an interesting concept and I enjoyed it a lot. Although I wish the Goodreads overview hadn't spoiled the ending 🙈

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Mdargusch
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My #rainbow pile. Just a small part of my TBR. #fallintoreading

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Leaving now to look up Enslaved by Ducks 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola 🌈 🌈🌈 2y
Mdargusch I think I found that at target @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ! 😂 2y
emilyhaldi ❤️ this pic. And that chair gives me major nostalgia for some reason ☺️ 2y
RealLifeReading Lovely 🌈 2y
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NCNY
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Pickpick

Not sure why, but I expected this to be kind of satirical. It ended up being a nice, straightforward story about what family means. I liked a lot of the characters and was rooting for things to work out. The ending was a little predictable but I still enjoyed it.

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FernsAndFairyTales
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Mehso-so

Overall, I enjoyed this story about ten families who participate in a communal parenting experiment called the Infinite Family Project. But something about it lacked the punch to make it stand out - there wasn't as much character development as I would've liked - and the ending felt rushed. Good but not great.

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Soubhiville
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@Hooked_on_books thank you for passing this along to me! I may have stacked it when I saw you were reading it 😃. The blurb sounds really good.
Also excited for a new #OwlPost book! (Book and journal edge pictured...) I love the diversity of books our group has chosen!

Book mail is the best mail 😊📚📬

Hooked_on_books You're welcome! I totally wanted to steal that journal. I love the gilding! 2y
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books it is really pretty, so shiny! 2y
erinreads Creeping on your feed to ask a quick question (😬😬): You organized some postal book groups, right? If so, does everyone send to the same person each month or do you all send to someone different each time? I'm getting a new one going and wanted to check. Thanks! 🤗 2y
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Soubhiville Hi @erinreads ! In the group I'm part of as well as the ones I organized, each member sends to the same person each month. I'm happy to help if you have any more questions! And if you are looking for members I'd be happy to post for you, too 😊 2y
erinreads @Soubhiville Thank you! I was definitely overthinking it yesterday. I only need one more person and I might have someone, but if I need an extra boost, I'll let you know. Thanks for offering to post! 👌🏻 2y
Soubhiville You bet! If it's helpful I could send you my intro email. You can email me at magicbelly@gmail.com if you'd like. @MrBook can give some great advice too! 2y
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Mehso-so

🔆🔆⭕️⭕️⭕️ // the concept of this book was perfectly in my wheelhouse. I love the concept of alternative and chosen families. The story itself was quick and funny and compelling, but there were some cringy tropes employed by the male author that seemed unnecessary. It's hard not to side eye the decision for Izzy/Preston to end up together. Not only did it feel forced, but it brought down and otherwise enjoyable story. #lastsentence

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nosferatoos
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I have some conflicting opinions and feelings about the Izzy as a character and her romantic decisions as written by a male author. But this was such a satisfying moment 😂bye David 🖕🖕

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nosferatoos
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When books mention my hometown I get irrationally excited. But, no offense, if you're not from Memphis you're not going to school anyone at Memphis in May at How To Barbecue 😒😒😒 #memphis

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nosferatoos
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I started this a while back and then got caught up with other reading so I'm diving back in! #botm #tennesseebook

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BooksForEmpathy
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Lunch and the last few pages of this read 😍.

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BooksForEmpathy
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Homemade pozole verde tonight! Topped with some avocado, cotija, and pickled red onion. Hominy is so delicious. Also, sunflowers 🌻!

Almost finished with this read. Right in time for book club tomorrow night! The premise is so intriguing. How many of you have dreamed about alternative ways of living, raising a family, etc.?

Soubhiville Sounds really interesting. I've toyed with the idea of off the grid living, but never went farther than considering it. 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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A light and super summery panzanella for dinner tonight ☀️. It was so hot today! Tomatoes and avocado and arugula and fresh mozzarella and garlic and basil and fried and torn bread from Tartine.

Watching the Game of Thrones season premiere, too!!!!

bookwrm526 I love panzanella! 2y
Zelma Sounds yummy! We were less healthy with wine and homemade pizza with GoT. 😛 2y
DebinHawaii Now I'm craving panzanella! Yum! 😋🍴 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Posted up at Blue Bottle for a couple hours before our movie. Trying to finish this one up fast! Also, wanted to share my cute pin from Emma Straub's bookstore when I went in June: Books Are Magic ✨! Happy Sunday Litsy!

mauveandrosysky How are you liking Perfect Little World? It's been sitting on my shelf forever waiting to be read... 2y
BooksForEmpathy @mauveandrosysky Soooo I am enjoying it. I think the writing is simple though and it's plot-centric and it's one of those times where the concept is SO compelling and complex and I wish that was reflected more in the pages. I appreciate a beautiful sentence, and even more so long and meandering thought processes, and I won't find them here. At least I don't think so. But if you want to spark conversation and make your own depth, it's a good start. 2y
mauveandrosysky @BooksForEmpathy that's super helpful / good to know! It kind of confirms a lot of my apprehensions. Also this has me even further convinced that you will really enjoy 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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We got home from a pool party today meeting my sister's new boyfriend and DEVOURED these "kimcheese" burgers and queso tots. And peanut butter + buttermilk milkshakes if I'm being honest ??.

We chose this for book club and it's on Tuesday and I haven't started!! It has such mixed reviews, but hopefully the idea leads to an interesting conversation...

ferskner Kimchi makes everything better. 2y
NoleyReid I hope the reading was as delicious as the food. 2y
DebinHawaii Looks delicious! I actually liked this one--at least it's a pretty quick read though, if you don't. 😀👍 2y
BeckyLeJ Oh, that look AMAZING! 2y
mrozzz It's a pretty good book, such an interesting idea for the storyline. 2y
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JenFowler
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Pickpick

What a nice break from what I've been reading! I enjoyed this book. It's all about the experimental idea of choosing 10 newborns, along with their parents, and setting them up to live together in a kind of a commune. The babies are brought up together, not knowing which parents are "theirs" until age 5, but thinking of all them are family.
Is this a better way of raising children? Is the widening of a family in this way the better option?
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ptkpepe98 Interesting, especially when you think of what we put up with from family vs. everyone else. 2y
JenFowler I can definitely see some positive to it! For example, when they are newborns and you are easily overwhelmed by it all. Especially if you have no other family or friends to help you out initially. 2y
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JackOBotts
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Pickpick

What makes a family? This question is at the core of Perfect Little World. If given the opportunity to join 9 other families for a 10-year study in an environment where all parenting duties are shared by all parents and are for all children, would you participate? Compelling and thought-provoking, I kept asking myself, "What would you do?". If it sounds too good to be true, might it be? #BOTM #BOTMFeb2017

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AnnaDesourdy
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Pickpick

Finished this one up in the car a few days ago and I find I'm still digesting which can be good or bad. In this case I think it's good. This was certainly not an action or romance filled story but still had those elements. It was enjoyable and held my attention. I got very worried towards the end that I wouldn't like how it all tied up but I was pleasantly surprised.

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tbreit
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#TGIFGIVEAWAY fav book of 2017 so far is Perfect Little World @Liberty

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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

I really liked this story. I liked the characters and well researched plot. I thought the ending could have used a little more detail. I would have loved to read a few pages of where are they now for the kids in the experiment.

Apinlibraryland Have you read Atwood's ? I got a similar feeling from it. 2y
heyitsMacall @Apinlibraryland I haven't read that one but I like her! 2y
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JessReads
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It's the beginning of a heatwave here in NYC, so I got up nice and early to get my run in, and now I have coffee and this intriguing book for the rest of the morning!

AnnaDesourdy That's what I'm reading! Definitely intriguing!!! 2y
Louise Wow! You are so good! 👏🏼🙌🏻💪🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola I got my coffee nice and early too! Hoping to grab a few minutes with my book before the day gets going. 2y
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heyitsMacall
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These similes are cracking me up. The book is full of them 😂

MatchlessMarie 😂💸💸💸 3y
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heyitsMacall
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This book seems fairly well researched for fiction. I am familiar with studies like the one imagined in the book because of my undergrad degree 😂. The sample is specific and clearly not random; I wonder if this snippet is foreshadowing the outcome...?

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tjwill
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I started packing some books in anticipation of moving later in the summer, and left TBR on the shelves. I have an entire bookcase of TBR. 😐 This isn't even all of it. 😬

ReadingOver50 My TBR shelf is shamefully large too. ☹️ 3y
Purrfectpages I have an ebook TBR pile that's never ending! 3y
CareBear I have three 😕 3y
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Purrfectpages
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Mehso-so

While I loved the uniqueness of this novel's concept, it didn't pull me in the way I hoped it would. It was a decent book, but I still couldn't help but feeling there was some missed out potential in the story. I also agree with others who've commented on the somewhat rushed ending.

emilyhaldi Totally agree on the missed potential 3y
Reviewsbylola The more I think about this one, the more disappointed I get. Great premise, not so great execution. 3y
Purrfectpages @emilyhaldi and @Reviewsbylola bummer we all feel this way, but it's good to know I'm not alone! 3y
L_auren It was all missed potential. He should have sold his idea to someone who could write it ha 3y
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