Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review: Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream

Clementine is an accomplished artist who has spent her adult life struggling with bipolar disorder.  When the book opens, she's decided to give up.  She's given herself thirty days to get her affairs in order and then she plans to kill herself.  We follow her last thirty days and see Clementine prepare herself for death, and in that preparation hope to see her find something to live for.

Writing
Amazing.  I was especially impressed because this is the author's debut novel.  The book is at times both hilarious and heartbreaking.  I love the character of Clementine, and, although I don't suffer from bipolar disorder, I could completely empathize with her depression.  I think the author did an amazing job of writing a believable fictional experience with mental illness.  There wasn't a moment in the book where Clementine's character wasn't real for me.

Entertainment Value
Again, I love this book.  I loved Clementine and I very much identified with her character.  I also thought her relationship with her ex-husband was portrayed realistically and with a balanced view of both sides - someone who has a mental illness and someone who is in a long-term relationship with someone who is mentally ill.  I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed every minute of the story. 

Overall
I can't recommend it highly enough.  I think it has a really broad appeal as well: I'd recommend it to those who like humor, chick lit, women's lit, YA, and "issue" books.  It really spans a broad range of interests.  It takes the heaviness of the subject matter seriously, but it has enough humor that it's not depressing. 

A big thank you to TLC Tours and the publisher for giving me a chance to review this one.  Click here for a list of other stops on the tour.

7 comments:

  1. I had lunch with a friend the other day and she said she is currently reading this one. I was intrigued by the premise when she explained it to me, and hearing you loved it so much makes me want to read it even more! Great review.

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  2. I too am intrigued with the premise. I'm going to check it out!

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  3. Sounds like this book would appeal to a lot of different readers - gotta love that!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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  4. Wow, thank you so much for reading and sharing! It's incredibly exciting to see CLEMENTINE making her way in the world. For so long, she lived only in my head and on the pages no one but me saw. Now that the book has made its way onto shelves and into the hands of readers (and reviewers), it is a more complete work, one that incorporates and supports the feelings and experiences of many, many people.

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  5. Heathers, Wendy, and Trish: I think you guys will really enjoy this one. Plus, it would be an excellent book club read - lots of things to discuss in it!

    Ashley: Thank you so much for stopping by to comment. It always means a lot to me when an author takes the time to do that. And thanks for creating Clementine - she's an amazing character!

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