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Weekly Book Club {11.22.17}

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1. Pitch Dark by A.M. Wilson– One girl disappeared. After fifteen years, her cold lifeless body was found on the damp forest floor. Not an inch of her was unmarked by the horrors she endured. Alone, malnourished, abused in horrific ways; this was how she died. One girl was found walking the streets, covered in dirt and scars. She had no memory of who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her. Even though the marks on her body attested to years of heinous abuse, her strength shone through at every turn. Revenge and justice were sworn. Years of searching brought up nothing but dead ends. Detective Niko James was too late to save his childhood friend, but he vows not to let down another. The clock is ticking and the trail is pitch dark.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I’m not sure what to say about this book. It was disturbing and raw and emotional and heart breaking. HUGE trigger warnings for anyone who has abuse, trauma, or rape in their past. You will definitely NOT want to read this book. It took me awhile to finish it because I had to put it down several times and switch to a different book. It was uncomfortable to read and very very dark. But it was well written and character driven. It feels wrong to say that I liked this book because of the subject matter but it definitely kept me interested and I had to see how it ended. 

2. I’m fine…and other lies by Whitney Cummings– Well, well, well. Look at you, ogling my book page. . . . I presume if you’re reading this it means you either need more encouragement to buy it, you’re very bored in an airport, or we used to date and you’re trying to figure out if you should sue me or not. Here are all the stories and mistakes I’ve made that were way too embarrassing to tell on stage in front of an actual audience; but thanks to not-so-modern technology, you can read about them here so I don’t have to risk having your judgmental eye contact crush my self-esteem. This book contains some delicious schadenfreude in which I recall such humiliating debacles as breaking my shoulder while trying to impress a guy, coming very close to spending my life in a Guatemalan prison, and having my lacerated ear sewn back on by a deaf guy after losing it in a torrid love affair. In addition to hoarding mortifying situations that’ll make you feel way better about your choices, I’ve also accumulated a lot of knowledge from therapists, psychotherapists, and psychopaths, which can probably help you avoid making the same mistakes I’ve made. Think of this book as everything you’d want from the Internet all in one place, except without the constant distractions of ads, online shopping, and porn. I’m not sure what else to say to say, except that you should buy it if you want to laugh and learn how to stop being crazy. If you’re bored at an airport, I’m sorry and welcome to most days of my life on the road. And if we used to date, see you in court.

My Rating: 3 Stars

I was excited to read this book because I loved Whitney on Chelsea Lately with Chelsea Handler and then on her own sitcom a few years ago. She was hysterically funny and I enjoyed her sarcastic sense of humor. The book was funny but not as funny as I’d hoped it would be. It was also a little sad and awkward to read. I enjoyed it but it’s not one I would read again. 

 
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