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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
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My Absolute Darling

by Gabriel Tallent

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This is one of the best written books I have ever read. Cannot wait for the author's next book.

I read this book when it first came out. I have never written a review because there just aren't words enough or stars enough to express how many levels this book excels in. I have never before read a book where some of the actions of characters made me want to scream out loud in hatred while at the same time, cry at the beauty of how the passage is written.

I hesitated to pass it along because I was afraid someone would not see what I saw in this book. But everyone I've spoken to does see it. This time was a re-reading and I mostly skimmed as I still remember it from when I first read it .

Please read this book. It will not leave you. ( )
  Bonnie.Franks | Jul 15, 2019 |
WARNING: This book contains childhood sexual assault, incest, and graphic violence.

There are a handful* of exceptional books I never recommend because their subject is so difficult, I will not take responsibility for putting it on another reader. This belongs among the rare greats of this category. Brutal, beautiful, both grand and minute, a full and filling world in richly polished prose, relentlessly plotted. The emotional interior and the Mendocino landscape are each subtly and deeply rendered. A spectacular first novel.

*Other amazing books I do not recommend: [b: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing|18218630|A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing|Eimear McBride|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1374386236s/18218630.jpg|25647879], [b: Bastard Out of Carolina|25354|Bastard Out of Carolina|Dorothy Allison|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1424648725s/25354.jpg|51364] ( )
  Eoin | Jun 3, 2019 |
I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. There are absolutely no words to describe how this book was written. This story, these people, the emotions, the hope, the failures all written intricately to keep you moving through all 417 pages hoping for what's next. Julia lives a rugged life of survival in the backwoods of Buckhorn Bay. Her father is an end of the world survivalist that preaches protection and guns and survival like no one can even imagine. The lessons he bestows upon Julia are harsh the guns, the ammo, the trauma are all abusive and when Julia (Turtle) realizes life can't go on like this she has to make choices that will effect everyone she has ever come in contact with. In the end survival is your only choice but how you survive is your choice and your choice alone and something that only you can learn to live with. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com ( )
  SBoren | May 5, 2019 |
There are books that make you love them from the first page. This one was not one of those!
There were millions of times when I wanted to give it up and put this book down - I found it extremely hard to keep going, but I somehow finished it.

The story itself is so twisted, it is just unbelievable. It is one of the most twisted plots I've ever read in my life. And there were parts I loved, but there were also parts I hated.

The thing I loved the most was the adventures Turtle had with Jacob.
The thing I hated the most... - Where do I start?
The relationship between Turtle and her father, the unrealistic characters description, the unreliable situations they find themselves into, the unreal thoughts that a 14-year-old girl might have, the swearing throughout the book.

I have never had such a feeling towards a book, and as much as I don't like it - it bothers me. It bothers me of what could have happened, what could be different, why this and why that...

It is definitely worth reading it, but only for those that can cope with it. I 'm not sure if I can... ( )
  InnahLovesYou | Apr 18, 2019 |
Compelling writing and storytelling but ultimately decided I did not like the book because it was too much like violence porn. ( )
  suedutton | Mar 25, 2019 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0735211175, Hardcover)

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero--and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:33:57 -0400)

Turtle Alveston "has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father. Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable"--… (more)

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