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by jenna on August 30, 2011

Next month’s book club pick….I haven’t started yet. I’m still disturbed from my last book.

I think next time I need a little happily ever after in my life.

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Becki @ Bites 'n Brews August 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

If you’re still disturbed, this one is going to spiral you into a terrible depression. Double whammy!

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Baking N Books August 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I was going to say the same! I haven’t read it – but have heard about it…

My sister is reading it and is engrossed in it though.

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alicia August 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Agreed! I brought this along as a vacation read, and it was definitely sad! I would recommend something more of a pick me up to read alongside it.

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alicia August 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

The comment about the second half is totally true though, and at the end of the day I’m glad I read it.

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peacebeme September 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

This is not going to be an uplifting book~!

Gill August 31, 2011 at 7:38 am

Room is one of the best books I’ve read all year.

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Laura August 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I was gong to say the same thing too! But I’d definietly recommend it, it’s a good book :)

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morgan September 3, 2011 at 4:17 am

I am SO GLAD you are reading Room. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Ever! It will keep you up at night engulfed in the story!

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Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats August 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Eek – I want to read this one too, but I don’t want to downward spiral!! Let us know what you think if you end up reading it!

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Laura T. August 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I agree with the people above…if you are looking for an uplifting book, this would be the last book i would recommend!

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Meg August 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Ooooh. This is a good one. I will warn you– the first half is pretty dark. I was very close to putting it down. Once you get to the second half, you’ll be glad you didn’t give up!

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Kathryn August 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I loved this, one of the best books I’ve read this year. I started reading and couldn’t put it down and read it through in one sitting.

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Lynne August 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

This is a great book and I highly recommend it. However, happily ever after it is not…

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rebecca August 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

ooh, I heard it’s so good. It’s actually my next read. I avoided it for awhile because it seems so disturbing but I’ve had too many people recommend it to keep ignoring it.

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allie August 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Definitely not a “happily ever after” kind of book…I was honestly quite disturbed by it but it is an excellent read. Beware, it might give you nightmares (like it did for me!).

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Cait's Plate August 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Oooh I’ve heard AWESOME things about that book. Can’t wait to see what you think!

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Wendy August 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’ve heard this books is incredibly depressing!

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Nisrine M. August 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

The book sounds fantastic. Who doesn’t love happily ever afters?
Btw, the muffins below look delicious.

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Sweet and Savvy August 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’ve been wanting to read that!

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Kim August 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

This has been on my list for a while! Can’t wait to see how you like it!

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shan August 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

i read this for my last book club meeting and i’m still getting over it. it’s a traumatic read, but a quick one. i couldn’t put it down, so at least i was done reading it within a few days.

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Tess August 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

This one is definitely a tough read but it is extremely well written. After it though, you will want a bit of sunshine reading.

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

If you were disturbed by that, this one will keep it going! So good though, I blew through it in like 2 days.

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Elizabeth August 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

While it most certainly isn’t happily ever after, it’s a great book and I thought it ended nicely.

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Shut Up and Run August 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

This book will really hit home after the one you just read , even tho this one is fiction. The writing in this book is amazing. That the author can tell from the child’s point of view so beautifully requires such skill. Enjoy. You will not be able to put it down.

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Katie @ www.princessofpavement.com August 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Excellent book but extremely disturbing.

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lucy August 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm

oh gosh, I read this one right after “Never Let Me Go” (which is amazing and you must read after your next happy book) and was sad for days.

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Linda August 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I’ve heard great things about The Room but sounds so disturbing! I’ll be interested to know what you think.

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Natasha (OveLoves) August 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have to disagree with those who say this book is depressing. Although dark, it is intriguing and transcends into an uplifting book as we see Jack & his Mom progress forward. That being sad, it certainly isn’t happily ever after but it isn’t all bad. Overall, it is very interesting and makes you look at the world in a different light.

OveLoves

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Lindsey August 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I read Room earlier this year. It is a similar story line to the real-life A Stolen Life (which I also just finished reading) but the writing is very abstract and unique. I thought it was a great read. Although both books are sad, you learn so much from reading about people’s struggles. Every time I finish a sad book, I feel grateful for my life and what I have. I personally think that’s a great takeaway!

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feener August 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

i loved this book, but it is disturbing so be prepared.

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Rachel Wilkerson August 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’m pretty sure this book isn’t an upper! I started it months ago and read the first chapter before pausing, which I rarely do. But oddly enough, I just started it again last night so I’ll be ready for this month’s discussion!

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Melissa W August 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

If you were disturbed by the last book, you’re going to be worse off after reading this one. You need a nice steamy beach read next!!

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Emily August 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Room is a great book couldn’t put it down, but if your already disturbed…you might want to pick a different book!

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Amanda August 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I read this book in under two days, but be prepared, like everyone else said, it’s also disturbing. I think it’s a really important book to read though…as disturbing as it is, it’s refreshing to see life from a little one’s point of view.

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Amber from Girl with the Red Hair August 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I read Room then started The Shack and then listened to Still Missing in audio book form. Let’s just say three books in a row about women/children being abducted was TOO much for me!

That being said, Room is a really really good book. I think you’ll enjoy it!

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Robin @ Our Semi Organic Life August 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

This is a good one!

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Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) August 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Loved Room but — wow! — it’s dark. Since you like historical fiction, you might enjoy her earlier novel Slammerkin, too. I actually preferred it — fascinating mid-1700s in London story.

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Aleyta August 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I just read that. I did like it but was anxious for it to end, ya know?

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Paige @ Running Around Normal August 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

This is one of my “to-read’s” too! It sounds riveting.

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Leslie August 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! I could not put it down. It is definitely disturbing and a little intense but still so good!

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Jen August 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I keep seeing this book on different lists, but still haven’t read it. I think I want to read the Jaycee Dougard book first, because I’ve meaning to for a while (and because you read it all in one night, so it must be good). By the way, your enthusiasm over Kindles is partly what made me want one, and now that I finally have one, I have been reading non-stop! Ever since I bought it, my poor fiance has gotten a lot less attention from me.

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kaitlin @4loveofcarrots August 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Eeps this book is soo good!! It is a sad one but hopeful at the same time! Hope you enjoy it. It’s a quick read you’ll plow through it in a few days

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Nicole August 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Room is really good! It does start out dark, but it doesn’t end dark. But I can understand wanting to read a happy book. I felt like that after The Deep End of the Ocean.

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Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas August 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I’ve only heard great things about that book!

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Ashley August 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Ooh, not sure you’re going to find happily ever after in that book! But it is good, I enjoyed it. It’s a quick read, very interesting!!

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Lily August 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I read this book on audiotape while commuting to work! The audio tape was kind of annoying, but the book was great! Kind of disturbing though! This book is great, but I hope your next is a little more upbeat! :p

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Stephanie August 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Excellent book! Incredible writing from the child’s perspective. You’ll definitely want something light hearted after this one though!

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Jessica Taylor August 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Just read this for my book club and LOVED it! It’s a bit weird and slow to start but SO worth it, gets awesome around page 60-70 or so.

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Penny August 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I’ve read it.
Honestly….it is a very good book, and definitely upsetting, HOWEVER, I have read far more disturbing books (of course, I read A LOT too). I don’t think it will send you into a downward spiral, but I do think you will want to read something fun afterwards.
I blogged about this book in Feburary if you wanna read.
http://www.whimsicalarchives.com/2011/02/

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Diana August 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

“Room” was an EXCELLENT book! I could barely put it down! But yes, very haunting.

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock August 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’ve heard this is a really good book! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I clicked over and yeah, that book sounds like it would be very disturbing. I’m not sure if I’d want to read it, to be honest. Watching tv shows like Criminal Minds or SVU is one thing, but seeing someone that it actually happened to is just heartbreaking.

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courtney (pancakes and postcards) August 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

depressing! but a good read? I am in the mood to read some sort of fluffy romance book right now. Yeah. That’s about all I can handle at this point. :)

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Vegetarian in the City August 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

that one is on my ‘to read’ list as well! oooh your last book definitely sounds creepy.

Are you on goodreads.com?

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Laura H August 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

If you’re still disturbed from your last one, this certainly won’t help.
It’s written beautifully (once you get used to the language), but it’s so sad too. But amazing in a weird way.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Jenna your book choices the last couple are all pretty serious and deep and sad…I just can’t!

If I make time to read, it’s going to be about lighter stuff. I have lived through various events that prevent me from reading the dark stuff without being majorly haunted & disturbed…I just can’t go there!

Keep us posted w/ your book review thoughts.

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Karen August 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

As others have warned, Jenna: this is no feel good book! It’s innovative and engrossing for sure, but it’s quite dark. On balance, I’m glad I experienced it, but months later, I’m still conflicted. It’s a tough one for me to rate.

I’d be interested in reading youur review. Keep us posted!

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katie August 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This book is a great read BUT it is not a good book if you are looking for a non-disturbing book ; )

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Puttin' On The GRITS August 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I read Room, Jaycee Dugard’s book, and another one called Still Missing. Still Missing and Room are fiction versions of Jaycee Dugard’s story. All disturbing yet I could. not. put. them. down. I think I read each in a day.

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laura August 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I’ll add it to my list

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I’ve never heard of this before! I need to find out more :)

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Melissa August 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Just going to say what everyone else has!! Definitely not a shiny, happy book but a very good read!

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Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I listened to this one in the car, and while it was super weird to listen to a child’s voice for so much of the book, I really did get wrapped up in the story.

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Heidi August 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I’m reading this as well : )

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Katie August 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Hmmmm if you’re looking for a feel good book this isnt it. A little disturbing but SO SO worth it. A fabulous read. And a great departure from the coming of age of a girl stories that I gravitate to. Enjoy!

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I read this in a day. A great read.

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katie @KatieDid August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I’ve heard lots about this book lately, my roommate is reading it and loving it. I’m very curious. Maybe I will borrow it from her when she’s done and be a little late for book club.

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Kiah August 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I downloaded that certain disturbing book on my ipod, but I’m kind of afraid to start it :-/ I definitely will, because I agree with what you said about it being important for her story to be heard.

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Kristina August 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Oh yikes. I’ve been meaning to read that… good but definitely disturbing

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Brenna August 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I read through your book reviews on my last trip to the Lib. LOVED the murder’s daughters, and am in the middle of the violet’s of march. Thanks for your reviews!

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Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields August 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I just picked this one up the other day! It sounds similar to Jaycee Dugard’s story. Are you sure you’re ready?!

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Erica @ A Healthy Habit August 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm

heard this book is phenomenal. thanks for sharing your thoughts on “stolen life”. I am going to pick it up this week!

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Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats August 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

It was tough for me to get into the narrative of this book. But it was very good!!

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Julia August 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’m detecting a trend in your literary choices…..

I can’t say that I LOVED this book, since it is on the disturbing side. But, I couldn’t stop reading it. And then had nightmares that my husband abducted my puppy and locked it in a room. He told me I can’t read books like this anymore.

Hope it goes better for you than me….

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Katrina August 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

This book is fantastic!

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Carla @ I Run, You Run August 31, 2011 at 2:32 am

ROOM is pretty much the same topic, except fiction instead of real. Just as disturbing.

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Sarah August 31, 2011 at 4:12 am

One of my favorite books this year! Couldn’t put it down!!

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Anneline August 31, 2011 at 5:49 am

Ooooooh, I read that book about a month ago, it’s incredibly well written, and just as incredibly disturbing! One of the best books I’ve ever read though, it’s so… I don’t know, realistic, horrible and yet so moving.

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Christine August 31, 2011 at 6:36 am

Hey Jenna – have you checked out the book “Heaven is for Real”? I just started reading it on Monday and am already nearly done – it’s a phenomenal read for those who do or don’t have strong faith – it will make you question what you believe and give you the chills – it’s that unbelievable! I’d love to see your take on it on your blog :)

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Bonnie August 31, 2011 at 6:49 am

I’ve heard of this one, and have been meaning to get a copy of it. May have to download it to my nook. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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Audra@The-Baker-Chick August 31, 2011 at 7:33 am

My book club just read this! We had our meeting on Monday. Definitely makes for a good conversation!

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Steph @ Running in the Kitchen August 31, 2011 at 8:01 am

This book is amazing! You’ll love it!!!!

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Beth (Well I'll Be) August 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

Yes, I’ve been wanting to read this one!!

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Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness August 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

Disturbing, yes, but I can honestly say that Room is the most amazingly written book I have ever read. It is absolutely phenomenal. Can’t wait to see what you think of it!

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Vanessa August 31, 2011 at 9:24 am

I read two great “beach reads” this summer….Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand and Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews. They are good transition books after you have read some serious books.

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Taea August 31, 2011 at 9:26 am

Room is SO SO good. But it is deffinetly not uplifting. It is disturbing but reeeeally well written. You won’t be able to put it down, I promise!

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Carre at Kiss My Whisk August 31, 2011 at 9:45 am

I just finished this book! While it wasn’t the most uplifting, it was definitely a really great read, I didn’t want to put it down at night so it made it quick to get through.

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PaigeP August 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

I read this book when it first came out, and I hated it. If you were teaching an English class and covering “point of view,” it is an excellent example. Other than that, I think the author had a good concept, but didn’t quite know how to work it out. Strong start, slow finish. I can’t wait to see what you guys say after you’ve read it. Maybe someone will give me some insight that will make me change my mind about it.

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katecooks August 31, 2011 at 10:33 am

unfortunately, you’re in for another disturbing read. good, but not exactly lighthearted…i just read What Alice Forgot…still a deep subject but a much lighter feeling, i’d definitely recommend!

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Tracy August 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

Read this a few months ago. It’s very good, enjoy!

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Kinder August 31, 2011 at 11:54 am

Don’t read this book now. It is likely too much like what you just read.

Have you read Left Neglected? I really enjoyed that one. It is both sad, but uplifting and has a happy ending!

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Gavin S. August 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I just finished this book a couple weeks ago. It was so good–I couldn’t put it down! It was definitely disturbing, but also fascinating. Next I’m reading “A Stolen Life” (at your recommendation!) so we’re flip-flopping. I think there will be similar themes in both books. Let’s definitely shoot for something happier next time. Have you ever read “Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster? It’s always good for lots of laughs…

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Katie August 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I read Room a few months ago, I loved it. It is disturbing, but also uplifting in its depiction of a mother’s love for her child, and the lengths she’ll go to to create a “normal” life for him. Really amazing book. I couldn’t put it down.

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