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IamIamIam

IamIamIam

Joined January 2017

🛑🛋📚🤘💜💙 #Bookspin #mountTBR
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I took this afternoon to set up a more free flowing #bookspin list for next year! This month offers Legends of the Fall again so maybe I'll dive in. I've only read 4 books for my list this year. I thought I needed a little more wiggle room to be successful next year. As always, huge thanks to Sarah @TheAromaofBooks for all the work that goes into our challenge each month!!! ❤️
*Side note: basement books are just on shelves in the basement 🤣

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 16h
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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This was such a great mystery mixed with a ghost story! I love how St. James mixes the two so well! I didn't see the twists in this one coming. Girls in a rural boarding school are haunted by both a local legend and the disappearance of their friend, while a journalist is haunted by the murder of her sister. I absolutely love Rebecca Lowman as a narrator!!

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There are so many underrated stories in this collection!! I love Got a Letter From Jimmy 👍🏻 After You, My Dear Alphonse 👹 Charles 💜 The Witch

LeahBergen I love this collection. 😍 5d
IamIamIam @LeahBergen It's one of my favorites! This collection follows close behind James Harris. Lol 5d
LeahBergen @IamIamIam Ah, I don‘t have that one! I have Dark Tales coming up next on my reading schedule. 😆 5d
IamIamIam @LeahBergen LOL, I stacked that and then said, "Hmm, that cover looks familiar." I have it on my Kindle!!! ? 5d
LeahBergen 😆😆 5d
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Enjoying some midday sun (sorry Florida! 🌀) and finishing up some books I was in the middle of! This was a super cute collection of stories about a few people who live on an ACNH island. As my 13 year old says, I'm OG Animal Crossing, having been there since the first Game Cube game. 🤣

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I've been struggling with reading lately & I've put a bookmark in about 5 books that aren't doing it for me. I do complain about my 10 year old doing the same thing so now I have guilt too!! 🤫 I got this last weekend in our anniversary travels. I absolutely LOVE Dan Santat so count me in for a graphic novel in a SECOND! 💜

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Seed | Ania Ahlborn
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Mehso-so

While this book was super creepy, because I can't handle creepy kids, it fell a little short for me. Lots of repetitive buildup to things that didn't really resolve themselves. Amiee never redeemed herself and lost me at telling Jack that he's the man and should step in because of that. 🤨 It had a creepy ending but it was all just abrupt. I want to love everything Ahlborn does but she's fallen flat for me since The Bird Eater.

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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas | Marie-Helene Bertino
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Doing my first re-listen of an audiobook! I think about this book so frequently, I figured I should go back to it! 😁

jlhammar I loved this book! 2w
IamIamIam @jlhammar 😁❤️😁❤️ I listened to this quite a number of years ago and it has stuck with me ever since!!! That really says something! I think I need to get a print copy too! 2w
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Seed | Ania Ahlborn
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Normally Ahlborn really speaks to me but this chick is pretty delusional. I dislike everything about Amiee, but mostly how angry she gets at Jack playing in a band. My husband had been in bands as long as I've known him. I was never going to expect him to drop something he loves because he goes out one night a week and maybe plays a show occasionally. 🙄

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Honor's Promise | Sharon Sala
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Spending a weekend in the Catskills visiting the Hobart Book Village for our anniversary. I've never seen anyplace that puts this much trust in anyone but that's the difference between upstate and downstate! Lol

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Mehso-so

Meh... this was an interesting little twisty story. I was thrown off a few times & didn't see the end coming. That being said, I thought all the "good" characters were syrupy sweet & so naively trusting of everyone else. Leo was the only character that felt even close to real to me.

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I feel kind of guilty that I'm not sorry something happened to Meredith. She is so unlikable to me, but mostly because she's sickly sweet. Blech!

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Seed | Ania Ahlborn
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I never thought I'd have much in common with Danny Trejo, but we have both been told to work slower by our municipal co-workers!!! The main difference is that I haven't threatened to beat anyone with a shovel... but I might have pictured it in my head... 🤫🤫🤫

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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This is an interesting story about how what is perceived isn't always the truth and there are many different layers to every situation. Also, there are many ways to spin a story to align with your perception but that's not always the truth. I liked most of the characters & was a bit surprised by the ending, although I can see how it would fall short for other readers. I love the way Hawley writes too, so that didn't hurt! Lol

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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I love the way Hawley writes but he really got me by referencing the PBS shows Word Girl and Word World!!! 💜💜

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City on Fire | Garth Risk Hallberg
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I feel like I've just finished a marathon... what a book! This teeters between a pick and so so based on sheer volume. There's A LOT going on in this but I stuck with it for glimpses of the city on the cusp of what I grew up with. I liked it but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone I know personally. I'll go take a nap now before my next read... 😴😴😴

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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A 300 year old witch with her eyes and mouth sewn shut walks the streets of Black Spring, NY. When local teens start to experiment with her tolerance levels, which is prohibited by the Emergency Decree, things start to go sideways. This slow burn was PHENOMINAL!! Even more interesting, it was rewritten to give it an American location, as it was originally written in Dutch and set in a small Dutch village.

DGRachel I heard the author also changed the ending for the English language version and didn‘t want the original Dutch translated. 😩 1mo
IamIamIam @DGRachel I've not read the original but I'd definitely be interested to see how different it is! 1mo
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City on Fire | Garth Risk Hallberg
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My dad was an NYC police officer in the 80s and I find myself repeatedly raising my eyebrows about Sam & Charlie hanging out in places I was absolutely and totally FORBIDDEN to visit in the city! Lol, Tompkins Square Park and Washington Square Park were both in his command and off limits to me in the late 90s. The Village was okay, though, as long as I stayed close to the beginning of Alphabet City. 🤣

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City on Fire | Garth Risk Hallberg
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I went back to this a few days ago & totally forgot what an investment it is!!! It's a sweeping epic of NYC in the late 70s with an overabundance of rich character development. That being said, I recalled all the characters and plot points since I returned this several months ago!

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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Mehso-so

A story of a pool, a bunch of strangers, and a woman who has memory loss. I didn't care for Otsuka's writing style at all or maybe it didn't translate well to audio. The asides were distracting, the repetitive questions were frustrating. This is absolutely a book club type book, just not my book club. Lol

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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God is going to strike me down but... this is all I can think about with these repetitive questions in this book....

JamieArc Always appreciate a Talking Heads reference 😂 2mo
IamIamIam @JamieArc 🤣🤣🤣 Same as it ever was.... 2mo
Megabooks 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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I waited about 3 months for this to come in and I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to be getting out of this... 🤨

DivineDiana I recently finished this and loved it! In the beginning I felt the same way. It starts to come together after they leave the pool. 🙂 2mo
IamIamIam @DivineDiana Thanks for the encouragement!! It's short enough to keep going so based on your recommendation, I'll keep going! Lol 2mo
DivineDiana It is a quick read! Looking forward to your review! 2mo
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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Getting in some down time after a busy vacation week!!! This book is so intriguing but we've been on the go so much that I haven't really been able to buckle down and sink my teeth in just yet. ✈️🌴❤️

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How infrequently we hear about the people who survive cults and this story is a great example. Told from Avery's point of view, a fire destroys the compound on which she lived but her "parents" were leaders of a survivalist cult. I loved the complexity of everyone's feelings in this and how much of our identity lies with how we're raised.

Jgacreations Adding this! How was disney!!! 2mo
IamIamIam @Jgacreations I can't wait to see what you think!! Disney was great, but busy and hot and rainy! Lol, the Runaway Railway was amazing and Guardians of the Galaxy took my breath away!!! It's not like anything else I've ever ridden!!! 😲 2mo
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Trying out Hoopla ahead of my vacation this week! I really like the functionality, especially the driving mode! This book is destroying me, though... 22% in and it's ripping me to shreds!!!

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Haunted Legends | Ellen Datlow, Nick Mamatas
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As a New Yorker, I've always been made fun of for being a fervent New Jersey Devils hockey fan. One of my favorite things is that their name is based off the Jersey Devil legend. When a story starts off with "I live along the edge of the Pine Barrens in South Jersey", I can't help but smile!!! ??

vivastory There's a found footage movie (Last Broadcast) that came out shortly before the original Blair Witch that was about this legend. Definitely low budget, but I remember appreciating it for what it was 2mo
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Haunted Legends | Ellen Datlow, Nick Mamatas
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Enjoying these creepy little reimaginanings of urban legends and ghost stories! They're familiar and new at the same time! Signed by Ellen Datlow not because I was a fan but because she was sitting at a table at ComicCon one year by herself and nobody was talking to her. I felt bad so we started chatting, bought a book and asked her to sign it! 🤣 Lo and behold, she's legendary herself!

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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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Checking out at 43%... nothing significant is happening and I don't like any of the characters. NEXT!!!

Purpleness I read this one last Summer… Good call, you‘re not missing much 2mo
IamIamIam @Purpleness Haha, I appreciate that!! I refuse to be beaten by books I'm not enjoying anymore! 2mo
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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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THANK GOD... a crumbling English Manor house has eccentric residents that a local doctor is obsessed with. Deaths occur, they may or may not be supernatural. That's all. All I got was 16 hours older. 👎

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The Memory Thief | Bryce Moore
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Unexpectedly finished this mostly in 1 day! Benji runs into a Memory Thief at a carnival and ends up with his powers as well as his nemesis. He finds out that memories are what make us and we can't remove or alter things without serious consequences. 👏👏👏 I REALLY enjoyed this!

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Deep and Dark and Dangerous | Mary Downing Hahn
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Ali finds a torn photo from her mom's childhood, but her mom and aunt refuse to talk about it or their summers spent on a lake in Maine. Ali's aunt asks her to accompany her and her daughter Emma for the summer to the same lake house. Things change dramatically when they meet the enigmatic Sissy. A great creepy story crafted by Hahn, the queen of creepy middle grade ghost stories!

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Deep and Dark and Dangerous | Mary Downing Hahn
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Reading this one on my reluctant reader 13 year old's recommendation! He read this in his small group reading class and really enjoyed it so I decided to buy it. Looking forward to discussing this creepy little story with him! I also happen to love Mary Downing Hahn myself! Lol

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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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I really enjoyed this MG story about 3 sisters visiting the mother who walked away from them for one month in the summer of 1968. They travel from Brooklyn to Oakland & get introduced to the workings of the Black Panthers and how their mother came to be who she was. As a kid with an unusual upbringing, I felt the confusion these girls conveyed and what they brought to their unique situation!

Bookwormjillk I loved this series so much 3mo
IamIamIam @Bookwormjillk Oh wow, I didn't know it was a series!!! 👀 Thanks for the heads up!! 3mo
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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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We aren't always given the parents we need but we manage with the parents we have. Growing up with much the same personality as Delphine, I understand how hard it is to just be a kid. My kids seem so childish to me, at 10 and 13, but then I stop to remind myself that they're probably fine. I was the one raised in unusual circumstances. ❤️

TheBookHippie I did the same thing, for the same reason. I love this book, it's a favorite! 3mo
IamIamIam @TheBookHippie ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Been slogging through this during the workday. It's a little Grey Gardens but slow and rambling... it's not awful but s-l-o-w 🐌

StaceGhost This book creeped me out 3mo
IamIamIam @StaceGhost That's promising!!! Thanks! I'll keep going at it! 👻 3mo
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The Lottery | Shirley Jackson
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Jackson was so intuitive about life and how sometimes things go sideways and people just don't know what to do. Colloquy, an extremely short story in The Lottery, starts off vaguely with a woman asking a doctor how you know if you're going crazy. This is so perfect for these strange days we live in.

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Come Tumbling Down | Seanan McGuire
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I love anything involving Jack & Jill but I'm getting a bit frustrated with the repetitive descriptions. We know these characters, let's move their story along. Heavy on YA body positivity & feeling comfortable in your own skin, quite literally. I'll keep going because I NEED a book about Christopher and Mariposa!!!

peanutnine God yes! I need a Christopher story!!! 3mo
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Come Tumbling Down | Seanan McGuire
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This also feels a little bit like parenting a teenager... 😅

Kappadeemom Isn‘t that the truth??😂 3mo
IamIamIam @Kappadeemom 🤣 Especially after you get final grades for the year!! 3mo
Graywacke 😂 3mo
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The Lottery | Shirley Jackson
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I love how well Shirley Jackson weaves the mundane sense of daily life into her stories. This is literally my every morning!!

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Hoot | Carl Hiaasen
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I love how Hiaasen MG novels are so similar to his adult novels in tone and character development! A pancake restaurant is being built on a site that has several burrowing owl nests on it. A new kid, a burly soccer player, and her Skink-esque stepbrother take on bullies, developers, incompetent but kind police officers and City Hall in this enjoyable romp!

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An interesting memoir of a narcissistic mother, the affect it takes on a child, alcoholism, emotional and sexual abuse, but also recovery, chronic illness and motherhood. Selma Blair has many layers and I appreciated all of them!

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Hoot | Carl Hiaasen
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I love when Carl Hiaasen writes about places I've been to! My in laws have a house in Bonita Springs & I just laughed out reading this!

AmyG Ha, my in-laws had friends there. 3mo
IamIamIam @AmyG It's a great little place!!! 3mo
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Mehso-so

Not bad but a lot of nonsense without a real lesson. A boy is abused by his miserable aunts and gets taken away on a magic peach full of insects. They never really learn to like each other but they fly through the clouds to New York. 🤷‍♀️ Fun fact: Illustrator Lane Smith also did The Stinky Cheese Man, which is a favorite of mine. 💜

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Witching Hour Theatre | Jonathan Janz
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Really enjoyed this creepy little novella! A midnight triple feature takes a hard left into unexpected territory. A but explicit and a lot gory but fun for horror film fans!

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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I enjoyed Lundy's story much more than I thought I would! What happens if you get to decide just how much you want to stay in the world where your door leads? For Lundy and her Goblin Market, sometimes fair value means giving up something precious and intangible.

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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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Today was Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character at school & my daughter wanted to be El Deafo!!! This book is a household favorite & it was a pleasure to make this happen!!!

monalyisha LOVE! 😍 4mo
IamIamIam @monalyisha 🥰🥰🥰 4mo
jlhammar Fantastic costume! Love that book. 4mo
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IamIamIam @jlhammar Thanks!!! 😁😁 I love that she was so excited about it!!! 4mo
tpixie Great costume!!! 4mo
IamIamIam @tpixie Thanks so much!!! 4mo
tpixie @IamIamIam and sweet girl 👧🏻 4mo
IamIamIam @tpixie 🥰🥰🥰 4mo
mrp27 Love it!! 4mo
IamIamIam @mrp27 Thanks!!! 4mo
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Enjoying this much more than I expected! We met Lundy in book 1 and lost her as quickly. Halfway through her story, I'm in love with her!!! 🥰🥰🥰

Shemac77 I love this series! 4mo
IamIamIam @Shemac77 It's way outside of my comfort zone so I'm readout surprised at how much I'm enjoying it!!! 4mo
Shemac77 It‘s very different. Good for you for going outside your comfort zone! 4mo
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Slacker | Gordon Korman
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Video games may be Cameron's whole life, but when there's a fire in his house because of his own negligence, he's got to convince his parents he's active in school. By setting up a pretend civic club that takes on a life of its own, he realizes that there are bigger things out there. A fun MG book and my first Korman. 😁

CogsOfEncouragement My kids and I loved this one and still reference it. It has been years since we read it. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute ☺️ 4mo
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SO SAD this is over!!!! This book tore me to shreds and put me back together again! We follow 8 year old Francie through her tumultuous upbringing with her mentally ill mother to her life with her aunt and uncle. As an adult, Francie tries to reconcile a number of odd occurrences that took place at emotionally difficult times. I finished this in about 24 hours and I can't remember the last time that happened!

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I've gotten over the yarn craft blunder and fell head over heels with these broken, traumatized characters. Bender meticulously explores how children deal with the trauma of a parent with mental illness in a way that is so tender, it hurts.