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Freespirit
Katerina | James Frey
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Bailedbailed

I can't find anything to recommend this book. I didn't like the writing, the story or the main character! I think it's a memoir.....about a shallow, sex obsessed young would-be writer.....I did however very much enjoy the comments from my other postal markup team members @thegreensofa @LapReader @CarolynM and I feel like we need to get together for coffee/wine to complete our literary review in person😂❤️ #LMPBC #GroupZ #ozgroup

LapReader I was thinking an Australian Litsy meet up would be fun. 1mo
Freespirit A trip to Melbourne would be fun😍 @LapReader (edited) 1mo
LapReader I‘ve always wanted to go to the Writer‘s Festival there. 1mo
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CarolynM I would love to catch up with you @Freespirit @lapreader let me know if you're coming to Melbourne. 😘😘 1mo
Freespirit I will definitely do that @CarolynM 🤗 1mo
thegreensofa I agree, this book was nuts! I hated it too, but I am really looking forward to getting it back and reading everyone‘s comments in it ☺️. Much wine 🍷 will be needed @Freespirit if we talk about it at a meetup! 😂. So embarrassed that I picked it! But yes count me in too :) 🙋🏼‍♀️💚💚 1mo
Freespirit Hi @thegreensofa I have picked some horrors over the years..it‘s good to read the occasional dud just so the others shine. We should plan a get together some day😍 1mo
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CarolynM
Katerina | James Frey
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Panpan

At first I felt this was a car crash kind of book - ugly but difficult to look away from - and I was interested in where it was going. My major problem with it was its shallowness, I never felt I had any sense of the MC other than as a pretentious drunk so I had no emotional investment in him. Then came the insta-love and the appalling series of clichés which would have embarrassed most romance novelists. ? #LMPBC #GroupZ

CarolynM I was also super annoyed by the blame shifting he indulged in over the A Million Little Pieces fiasco. If there's an apology version of the humble brag, this was it. I've never read that book and I'm not an Oprah fan so I have no particular views about what happened, but the way he talked about it here was really, really obnoxious. 1mo
CarolynM And don't get me started on the sex scenes! Ugh!! 1mo
Graywacke Points for bravery for trying this one, Carolyn. 1mo
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Alfoster Sooo agree! I got tired of his constant need for pastries and sex!🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Freespirit Wow....not sure what's ahead 😬 1mo
Reggie Lolololol I knew you wouldn‘t like it. 1mo
Reggie Truth be told, I really liked this one. 1mo
CarolynM @Reggie I get what you said about "prick lit" and it wasn't the drinking and vomiting I had a problem with. For me the worst bit was the "romance" which I found unconvincing and shockingly clichéd. If you're writing a formulaic romance that's got some amusement value I'll forgive you. If you're making a claim for literature I need more substance in the characters and more originality in the story if I'm going to care. 1mo
Reggie @CarolynM how can one not fall in love with the person who saves them from themselves. He would have frozen to death in the snow if it weren‘t for her. And she saw through him to the good person he was. She even said it. “You act like an asshole but you aren‘t, there are guys who don‘t act like it but they are.” And then she broke his heart....😭. Lol can I ask you to do an exercise. Would you feel the same if the genders were switched? 1mo
CarolynM @Graywacke I don't know about that. Ultimately I just didn't think it was very good. 1mo
CarolynM @Reggie I think so. Both characters were superficially drawn. I didn't feel like there was enough in the text to show any real connection between them. We were told there was but not shown it. That's a killer for me, even in the trashy romance novels I like to read at bedtime🙂 Same with the idea he was a good person really - where was the evidence for that? He didn't do anything that made me think he was good. I don't think she did save him👇 1mo
CarolynM @Reggie He'd apparently slept off a drunken stupor in similar conditions before. The whole breaking up over infidelity thing, the pregnancy, the terminal illness - it's all been done a million times. If she'd been the addict, he'd been the unfaithful one, he was the one dying - it wouldn't make a difference, it's still old hat. If you're going to use those tropes you need to write a lot better than this. 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit Don't worry too much, I'm just hard to please 😉😬 1mo
CarolynM @Alfoster Indeed! 1mo
GlassAsDiamonds Having not (and never likely to) read the book... I‘m totally here for the “formulaic romance with amusement values” comment 😂😂😂😂👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😂😂😂😂 1mo
CarolynM @GlassAsDiamonds You know exactly what I mean🙂 1mo
CarolynM @Reggie I'm sorry. I didn't mean to harangue you and I don't mean to criticise you for liking the book. I am convinced by things others find questionable. We all bring our own understandings to our reading and often I think they are what determine our connection with the material. I enjoy other people's opinions even if I disagree and I forget sometimes that I express myself in stronger terms than others might be comfortable with. 1mo
Reggie Oh no, chica, I totally appreciate your view. I didn‘t take anything you said personal. I don‘t think of you any differently for not liking this book. We‘re cool. 😊 1mo
CarolynM @Reggie That's good. Thanks🙂 1mo
Jeg Maybe not one I‘ll buy. 1mo
CarolynM @Jeg I'm glad I didn't spend my money on it🙂 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit I put this in the post for you today🙂 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @CarolynM . I am posting Euphoria off to you @thegreensofa tomorrow. Sorry for the delay. 1mo
thegreensofa @Freespirit thank you :), no worries about being late, was following your holiday posts looked great! 😊 1mo
thegreensofa @CarolynM I so agree about Katerina! 🙄😳 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @CarolynM I received the book...50 pages in...not a fan so far! 1mo
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CarolynM
Katerina | James Frey
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Yay, it has arrived! Thanks Alissa😘
#LMPBC #GroupZ

LapReader Sorry @CarolynM I‘m in Samoa. 2mo
CarolynM @LapReader No problem, I was only concerned in case it had gone missing in the post (it wouldn't be the first time something sent to me disappeared). Enjoy Samoa! 2mo
Reggie I‘m curious to hear what you think about this.... 2mo
CarolynM @Reggie I'll be reading it over the next few days because I need to get I on tot he next person in line, so you should see a review soon🙂 2mo
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CarolynM
Euphoria | Lily King
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Pickpick

I went into this book knowing nothing about it and was pleasantly surprised. Inspired by the true story of Margaret Mead and her work in New Guinea with her 2nd husband and the man who became her 3rd husband, I found the anthropological details and discussions as interesting as the love triangle. The relationships and characters (even the truly awful Australian husband - based on a Kiwi I might add) all felt authentic.
#LPMBC #GroupZ

LapReader Yay! Glad you liked it xo 3mo
CarolynM @LapReader I really did. Great choice👍🙂 3mo
Ruthiella I read this recently too and enjoyed it! 😀 3mo
Freespirit Looking forward to it! 3mo
RaimeyGallant This sounds super interesting! 3mo
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CarolynM
Euphoria | Lily King
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#LMPBC #GroupZ
I collected the next book from the post office this morning and I've dived straight in.

LapReader I hope you enjoy it xo 3mo
Freespirit 👍🏼happy reading 3mo
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Freespirit
The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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Thanks @CarolynM I received your book today and am about to get started❤️📚
Thanks also for the lovely pin and chocolate to enjoy whilst I read.
I‘m gradually adapting to writing in the books😬
#litsypostalmarkup #round6 #groupz #aussiegroup @LapReader @thegreensofa

CarolynM 👍 3mo
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CarolynM
The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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Pickpick

This book wasn't what I was expecting and I think that's coloured my judgement a little. It is an insightful and thought provoking meditation on the consequences of tragedy, living with grief and assigning responsibility both legal and moral. However, for me, it was not as moving as it could have been. I think it was trying to cover too much ground, a bit more focus would have given it a lot more emotional impact. #ozfiction #lmpbc #groupz

CarolynM @Freespirit I sent the book express post this afternoon so hopefully it will reach you on Tuesday 🙂 4mo
Freespirit Awesome🤗 @CarolynM 4mo
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CarolynM
The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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#lmpbc #groupz

I was hoping to get this finished today and get it in the mail for you @Freespirit but I've fallen a bit behind. Should be done by the end of the week and I'll send it on express post. Sorry to keep you waiting.

Freespirit No problem @CarolynM 👍🏻 I am away from Aug 20 but hope I can get it read and posted to @thegreensofa by then. Looking forward to reading it. 4mo
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thegreensofa
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Can't wait to start next book for #lmpbc #round6 #groupz !
Thank you @Freespirit 🚚📦 And thank you so much for the handmade card too! Beautiful!!! 👏🏻😍

Go 💤's ! @LapReader @CarolynM @thegreensofa 📚👓❤️

CarolynM I haven't even started my book yet! Will get on to it this week, promise! (edited) 4mo
Freespirit So looking forward to seeing your comments @thegreensofa 😊. I‘m ahead of schedule with this one @CarolynM 👍🏼 4mo
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thegreensofa
Katerina | James Frey
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Reading this for my #LMPBC #groupz pick.
And all I can say is 🤭

Freespirit Looking forward to reading it! 4mo
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