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Victoriahoperose

Joined May 2016

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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I absolutely loved this book even more than I thought I would. Learning about Matthew Mcconaughey‘s life and how he wound up in some of his most famous roles was so interesting. I loved the tone of this book. It was so much fun listening to this one. He is a very engaging narrator and I looked forward to listening to this one every time I got a chance.

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The Project | Courtney Summers
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Super scattered and hard to follow for me. The timelines jumped all over the place and I couldn‘t keep track of what was going on which made me lose interest. I loved the cult part of it and thought that would be enough, but it just wasn‘t for me.

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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I really wanted to like this one, but it was so slow. Nothing really happened to keep my interest for how long it was. I feel like I dedicated so much time reading this and was just dissatisfied with the way it came together. It just didn‘t offer new to this type of dysfunctional family genre that is so popular and it was just way too long for me to not really be super interesting.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 6d
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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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I just couldn‘t get into this one. I think it‘s really just the genre for me is so hit or miss and this one just did not grab my attention at first and I just had such a hard time getting into it. Not really my cup of tea, but I can see how some people would enjoy this one!

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
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What an important book. This was so beautifully written and truly unique. I don‘t think I‘ve really read anything like this before. I love Clover and how insightful she is. The growth in this book is so beautiful and touching. This book is one that really makes you think and reflect and will inspire you to live each moment like it‘s your last.

kspenmoll 😻 1w
kspenmoll Nice review! 1w
Victoriahoperose @kspenmoll thank you!! It was a really beautiful book 😊 1w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1w
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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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I‘m giving this book 5 stars because it is the first book in a long time that made me stop halfway and react to what I read. At first, I wasn‘t sure about reading a book about Covid. We lived through it and that wasn‘t fun and I didn‘t want to relive it in fiction where I go to escape, but this wasn‘t what I expected at all. Really unique story with a really interesting twist. I am surprised at how much I liked this book.

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I really enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would. It wasn‘t super suspenseful, but I was sucked in from the very first page. I loved the relationship shops that were built and then the mystery of the whole story. So many mysteries to solve and none of them were what I expected. I highly recommend this one even though it isn‘t super action packed.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1w
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Definitely tough to hear about all of Matthew Perry‘s struggles with addiction and his health, especially after his passing. This was really interesting book to hear about his life and what he went through and some backstory about his career. I really enjoyed this one, even though it was tough to know that he passed away shortly after he wrote it.

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The Babysitters Coven | Kate M. Williams
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This was just okay for me. It had an interesting idea mixing different tropes together from horror, but it was honestly a bit silly most of the way through. I know the idea was probably to poke fun at the genre or even the fact that it is set in the present, but it was a little over the top in a lot of ways and drug on at points. Cute, but not really something I loved.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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The Last Word: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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I really liked this for the most part. It started out really strong and kept momentum but then kinda got lost about halfway through. I thought it could have been a little bit shorter than what it was. The author got caught up with the story within the story and in parts it made the story drag. But, the suspense level was good and the twists were entertaining.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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The Cousins | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This was such a quick read and kept me completely sucked in from the first page. If you were a fan of shows (books) like Pretty Little Liars or Revenge, then you will love this one. The setting with the vacation island for the rich and the cousins reuniting there to find out family secrets was a lot of fun and lots of twists and turns kept the story going until the very end!

BooksNBowls This is a standalone? 2w
Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls I believe so! I don‘t think I saw another one listed. I just checked Goodreads and it doesn‘t look like there is a second one if I‘m reading it right 😊 2w
BooksNBowls @Victoriahoperose I didn‘t know if it was connected to the One of Us is Lying series or not! I really enjoyed those, I‘ll have to check this one out! ☺️ 2w
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Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls I read them too! So good. Definitely no connection! Can‘t wait to see what you think when you get to it!! 2w
BooksNBowls @Victoriahoperose for sure!! Thanks! Happy Valentine‘s Day, btw! 🫶🏻 2w
Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls you too!! 💕 2w
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This was pretty interesting. I liked the way the format was in lists and it was brief. It was a little bit repetitive in parts, but I do think a lot of what the author wrote about very motivational and thought provoking. I think for anyone who needs a push to reset the way they are thinking, this is a great book to remind you of the things we probably already know but need to hear again.

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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This was a really powerful and mostly sad book about a boy who is the lone survivor of a plane crash and his life after dealing with this trauma. It is written in alternating timelines of during the flight and after and it incorporates stories of the people on the plane and Edward‘s life after. It was really well written and interesting to read the varying viewpoints. This is definitely a book that will be hard to forget.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐾 ❤️ I just bought this one! 2w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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Darling Rose Gold | Stephanie Wrobel
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This is very timely with the controversy over the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case getting so much attention recently. One would have to assume that some of the parallels are no coincidence even down to the names and parts of the story. It‘s an interesting take on what would have happened if the story had ended differently. I‘m not sure how I feel in the end of this one because both characters are unlikable in their own ways but sympathetic, as well.

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Divine Rivals | Rebecca Ross
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I wasn‘t sure if I would like this book because fantasy isn‘t my normal genre that I gravitate to, but I took a chance and I‘m glad I did. I suspect that this book (series) is going to be very big and we will be hearing a lot more about it. I think I loved it so much because it wasn‘t typical for a fantasy book with heavy world building, etc. This felt real and like it could be something that would happen. I loved it and can‘t wait to read book 2.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! 📚 2w
Victoriahoperose @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you will not be sorry!! I am so shocked that I devoured this book like I did!! 2w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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The Turn of the Screw | Henry James
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For a book that is horror, I thought this was really dry. I struggled to pay attention with this one, but I know so many great stories have come from this. I like the concept and the overall story, but it was slow for me and a bit boring.

monkeygirlsmama This was on my TBR way back when and I have no idea if I actually read it or not. Guess I'll have to treat as not and give a go one day. I've always heard good things, but I know everything varies depending on the reader and the day. Sorry it wasn't such a hit for you. 3w
Victoriahoperose @monkeygirlsmama it‘s so funny because my mom loves this book so I was excited to read it, but it just fell flat for me. Maybe you will enjoy it more!! 3w
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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Every time I read a book by Katherine Center, I say it‘s my favorite by her when I finish. I find myself saying that again, but I‘m sure I‘ll change my mind when I get to the next one. This book was excellent. Strong female character with a somewhat predictable ending, but broke the standards of most romantic comedies that you read. I loved everything - writing, story, characters and would love if she made it a series. I need more.

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This was pretty fun and nostalgic to read about the different books that have been turned into movies and tv shows, a lot of which I have read or seen or both. It really read like a college essay, just spouting information. It wasn‘t really something that was super engaging, but I did appreciate it and enjoyed it. A reluctant pick for me. It was good, but nothing spectacular for me.

TieDyeDude Thanks for the review. I have been tentative about this one, but I think I'll check it out with reserved expectations 🙂 3w
Victoriahoperose @TieDyeDude yes!! It was good but it had the potential to be a bit boring. Luckily it was short. I‘ll be interested to see what you think!! 3w
Deblovestoread Sounds like a good #borrownotbuy and my library has it. 💜 3w
Victoriahoperose @Deblovestoread yes!! I‘m glad I borrowed, also!! 3w
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The Initial Insult | Mindy McGinnis
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I‘m not sure how I feel about this book. It was super dark. I think I need to read the second one now to really know what to think. The characters are really interesting. Each of them has something different to break your heart and the book itself is just very bleak. I did not expect it to end the way it did which is probably why I am conflicted on how I feel about it as a whole.

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Love, Pamela | Pamela Anderson
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This was a really interesting memoir. It definitely was very similar to the documentary but got into a little more detail about Pamela‘s life before she met Tommy Lee. With all of the different takes on her past, I found it really interesting to hear about everything in her own voice. Her story is sad in a lot of parts, but also inspiring to learn about how much she overcame in her life to end up strong and reflective about it today.

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Well Played | Jen DeLuca
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I didn‘t love this one quite as much as the first book, but it was really cute. I liked how it centered around a different character, but still kept the same people from the first book and followed more of their storyline, as well. Stacey and Daniel are a really cute relationship to read about and I‘m excited to see what happens in the next book!

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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I liked this story a lot but the format was tough to get through in parts. Not a lot of chapter breaks and the last chunk of the book was a long one. Although, I did like how each chapter was written differently. I liked the relationship between Sally and Noah and the characters in this book. It felt very real to me and I enjoyed the fact that for a romance about a celebrity and a writer, it wasn‘t over the top for the most part.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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I want to love this book like so many people do, but I just can‘t see what it is that everyone likes about it so much. This is my second time reading this one and I just am not a fan of the characters and it‘s so slow. I do love classics, but this one is just tough to get into, in my opinion. I‘m glad I gave it another shot because I do think I noticed some things that I didn‘t before, but it still isn‘t a favorite for me.

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I enjoyed this book for the most part. There were certain elements that were definitely a fresh take on the normal takes that we have gotten from Rear Window. It reminded me a lot of The Girl on the Train, but it definitely took a turn. I like that Sager finds a way to make a story that is familiar unique in his own way. Definitely a slower burn than his normal books, but once it got going, it was hard to put down.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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Twelfth Night | William Shakespeare
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I loved reading this because I loved She‘s the Man and it was based off of this play. I never got a chance to read it before and it was really fun to see where the movie came from and to notice how well they did with remaking this classic into something modern.

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After | Anna Todd
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I liked this one for the most part. It was steamy in parts and a good story. I liked the characters, but I just didn‘t love the writing and it got a little repetitive at some points. But, I am definitely in it for the long haul to see what happens with Tessa and Hardin. Book 2, here I come.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4w
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I loved this book. It was so inspiring and I learned a lot from reading it. I loved learning about different runners and techniques. This was such an excellent book to read for anyone, but especially if you are a runner.

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Little Secrets | Jennifer Hillier
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This definitely kept me guessing throughout the whole book. There were a lot of twists. Some of them I didn‘t guess and some of them I did, but for the most part, I really liked this story. It felt very real to me in a lot of ways, especially the emotion that Marin goes through and the other characters when faced with so many difficult situations. Definitely a good thriller to keep you wondering what will happen.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4w
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Adelaide: A Novel | Genevieve Wheeler
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This one was absolutely worth every bit of praise it got. I loved Adelaide so much. This character is eccentric and beautiful and speaks to my soul. There is too much to say about this book. It‘s heartbreaking and happy and just perfect, in my opinion. The writing is truly a work of art and I am so happy that I read this book. Adelaide is going to stay in my mind for a very long time.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to move this one up based upon n your review! 💛 4w
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I loved this book so much. It was so much fun. It definitely had Stephanie Plum vibes to it which I really enjoyed. There was mystery, romance, friendship and humor. I just enjoyed the characters and the story so much. It was a light read that I couldn‘t put down and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

CoffeeNBooks This series was so much fun! Looking forward to book #4! 1mo
Victoriahoperose @CoffeeNBooks I have had this book on my shelf for the longest time and have been saving it and I‘m so glad I got to it. I cannot wait to read the next one. Definitely exceeded what I even expected 😊 1mo
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marleed It is so much fun to read the first book in a series and realize how lucky you are that you can to read the next books back-to-back! Not that you really do but imagining that you can is all part of the thrill! 1mo
Victoriahoperose @marleed so true!!! 1mo
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Gerald's Game | Stephen King
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This book was definitely worth reading even after seeing the movie. There is a lot of detail and it is such a psychological experience of what goes through Jessie‘s mind while she is trapped with no way out and the thoughts of survival and fear that she goes through. Even though I knew how it would end, I was still in suspense through the whole book. Definitely a book that will stay with me.

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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In my opinion, this was definitely worth the hype. I know it was a little bit predictable at certain points, but I still loved it. The characters were just so well portrayed. I felt so many emotions when I was reading this book and I really do think it will be one that I think about for years after I read it. I think the author unpacked a lot in this book in a very graceful way while also writing the story beautifully.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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Motherest: A Novel | Kristen Iskandrian
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This book was truly beautifully written and well thought out. The author really touched on so much in such a short amount of space and this book had so much depth about being a mother and the emotion of all of it. I loved the different relationships and how real this book felt. The ending was a little bit rushed for me, but overall, I really enjoyed this book.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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I was really looking forward to this book, but it‘s a pass for me. It was way too long and drawn out. Nothing happened for so long. It pulled you in with the premise of a murder and finding out what really happened and then just drug on for so long about so much that really didn‘t enhance the story. This needed to be cut down by a lot and refined. It just wasn‘t for me.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Absolutely beautiful writing and story. I loved the varying timelines of the different women and how it all came together. This truly was a magical read about strong women who overcome so much in their lives. I loved this book and can definitely see why it was so popular when it came out. Definitely another top pick from me.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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The Soulmate: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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This was a super quick book to read. I really liked the story line. There were a lot of twists, but I think I was expecting a little more suspense or something more from this one. I did like the way the author dealt with mental illness in this book and didn‘t shy away from the impact of mental health issues on an individual and those around them. I thought the story was well constructed and I enjoyed the writing.

MelisK The cover is beautiful 1mo
Victoriahoperose @MelisK I know. It was definitely a factor when I got this one 😊 1mo
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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I felt like it was super slow to really get into anything and it was so short for such a slow burn book. I did love the strong women and the ending and the overall idea of the book, but it just felt like it took forever to get into anything. Definitely creepy in some parts, but super mild for a book that is labeled horror, in my opinion. Overall, very good writing and a good story.

ElizaMarie I think your pup also has mixed feelings not his book :) Such a cutie! 1mo
Victoriahoperose @ElizaMarie LOL!! He always looks like that 😂😂😂 he has an attitude problem 😂😂😂😂 1mo
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ShelleyBooksie OMG - your dog is ADORABLE 1mo
Victoriahoperose @ShelleyBooksie thank you!! 😊 1mo
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Maame | Jessica George
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Excellent. Beautiful writing. Beautiful story. At times difficult but relatable and eye opening in a lot of ways. I loved the characters and the rawness of this book. It was so true and honest and portrayed grief in a way that was real. I see why everyone loved this book and I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading it. (Edgar especially loved that it consumed so much of my time to allow me to snuggle with him while I read 😊)

wanderinglynn What a cutie! I love his scruffiness. ❤️🐶 1mo
Victoriahoperose @wanderinglynn he needs a haircut so bad 😂😂😂 hopefully when the weather is a little better. He‘s a good reading buddy 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 🐶 🐾 ❤️ 1mo
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This got a lot of mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. I flew through and never felt like I didn‘t want to finish it. There was a lot of suspense and some good twists. I felt like the ending was a little flat and I expected a bit more from it, but overall I really enjoyed this one. I loved the book within a book and the retreat storyline. It reminded me of Nine Perfect Strangers, but more sinister.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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What Lies in the Woods | Kate Alice Marshall
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Wow. This author just became a one click buy for me. This book was excellent. I could not put it down. I did not remotely guess the ending. A few twists were on my radar, but I was truly shocked at how this came together. Excellent writing, excellent story. This is a new favorite for me that I will be recommending to everyone.

dabbe 💜🩶💜 1mo
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Age of Vice: A Novel | Deepti Kapoor
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Way too long and too much description. It could have been a good story but it needed to be cut down a lot.

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This book was excellent. I could not put it down every time I picked it up. The writing and story both were perfectly constructed and kept me guessing until the end. The author really did a great job of not only telling a story, but using her words to truly make the reader become emotionally invested in the characters and the outcome. Full of twists and turns, this book is a page turner and definitely worth picking up.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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I really liked this in the beginning and was very invested, but the ending really fell flat for me. It built up and then dropped off and the last bit was just super slow for me. It was a pretty good story, but it could have been shorter.

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Before I Let Go | Kennedy Ryan
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I loved this book so much. I couldn‘t put it down when I got a chance to read. It was such a beautiful story about grief and loss and finding yourself after trauma. I loved how relatable these characters were and it just came together perfectly. Definitely a new favorite for me.

TheBookHippie It was so good, I agree! 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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There were parts that were a little bit repetitive, but after watching the show, hearing the truer story from Rachel‘s point of you was really interesting. There is much more to sympathize with in this book when it comes to Rachel. The show did not portray the situation in the same way as the book. Really interesting story and interesting perspective.

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Signal Fires | Dani Shapiro
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This was really powerful in the beginning and then it lost me. There were too many characters and too much going on and I just had a hard time staying interested and keeping everything straight. It was a good story, but I just wish it had jumped all over the place because I felt like it lost something by having so many different perspectives and stories.

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The Wilderwomen | Ruth Emmie Lang
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Beautiful writing but the story was a little bit scattered in parts and in some ways it was almost too wordy. It felt like it could have been cut down a bit. I did like how it came together and the ending was a really nice one that worked well to tie the whole book together. Overall, I enjoyed this one, but definitely think it could have been a little shorter.

dabbe Hello there, sweet floof! 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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This was such a powerful book with a strong message. It was a really quick read but really hit me in a lot of ways. I can‘t really relate to some of it, but there were certain aspects that really resonated with me and I appreciated how candid and honest the author was about her life and experiences.

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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Super powerful book. I loved the story and the writing and the way this just kept my attention from start to finish. Difficult book to read because of the content, but very worth it!

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I wouldn‘t say this was the worst book ever, but I didn‘t love it. I know the intention was for the main character to be insufferable, but it just got really cringey and annoying after awhile. I just couldn‘t stand the scenarios and the attitude she had. It was too much for me. But, that being said, I gave it a little bit higher of a rating because I did find parts of this relatable in some ways and that‘s what kept me going with this one.