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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shrew's Reviews - My Absolute Darling

I finished Gabriel Tallent's My Absolute Darling (13 hours) this afternoon.  If ever there was a book that made me want to reach out and talk to others about, this is it. 

To be honest, I didn't expect to like this book once I got a feel for it.  A 14 year old girl (Turtle) has been raised by an extreme prepper of a father who is just a little bit obsessed about the world going to pieces.  He has abused his daughter in about every way possible, and I wasn't very far into the book before I began hoping that she'd kill him. She certainly would have been justified.

This book is haunting.  Beyond the surface of the story, the characters are so well drawn I feel like I could pick them out of a line up.  Her father is a madman in a lot of ways, but when he explained his rationale for doing something - I almost agree with him, thinking "yeah, that's reasonable" but at the same time I know he's full of shit. 

Excellent book.  Highly recommend unless you are (a) uneasy with lots of cursing or (b) uncomfortable with the abusive bits.  I wont lie.  Those scenes are raw and if you've experienced any kind of abuse in your personal life, reading those sections could be overwhelming.  I would think twice before letting my 17 year old read this, though she would probably love it. 

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