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Losing Clementine

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  570 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
In thirty days Clementine Pritchard will be finished with her last painting and her life.

World-renowned artist and sharp-tongued wit Clementine Pritchard has decided that she's done. After flushing away a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions, she gives herself thirty days to tie up loose ends—finish one last painting, make nice with her ex-husband, and find a home for he
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Jun 14, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addictive story
Clementine Prichard, renowned artist, just wants to put herself out of her misery. Giving herself a month to get her affairs in order, she counts down the days, chapter by chapter to her impending suicide. With a plot line of this nature you would expect a heavy, depressing story. What you will find instead is an interesting, realistic depiction of mental illness handled with humor and heart. Clementine is irresistible as the main character. She is wildly funny in a deeply flawed
This book started out great for me. It was an interesting premise and it really had me interested. It's really strange for me to say this, but I was okay with Clementine wanting to kill herself at the end. She had lived such a difficult life with mental illness and it seems that she was very prepared for ending it. She even left out all of her important papers, sold her items, gave her cat a new home and purchased a burial plot and coffin.

The ending really bothered me. It just felt so rushed an
Mar 09, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mixed review because I feel very mixed about it. First of all, the writing is rock solid. Ream gets right into the emotional detail without beating it over our heads. She is clear and concise. Much like Clementine is. Clementine only has 30 days to live. Which leads to my next point.

I loved the way the book is set up. The chapters are days. It begins with Clementine, an artistic and bipolar artist, choosing to commit suicide in 30 days time. That's enough time to get her life in order
Paula  Phillips
Jul 20, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2012 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashley Ream treats her readers to the end days of famous artist Clementine Pritchard. From the early murder-suicide of her mother and younger sister to a failed marriage with wanna-be white knight Richard, Clementine has struggled with depression. While this mania has helped her become a renowned artist, it has also left her desperate for an end to the cycle of highs and lows. Opting to check out of the world itself, Clementine sets a month deadline to complete a final piece (or two), and set he ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
4 1/2 Stars!

Absolutely brilliant! A big huge two thumbs up for new Author Ashley Ream (and not just because she has the same name as my daughter! LOL) This basically was a book about a woman getting all her effects in order so she could commit suicide in 30 days. I loved how the chapters were labeled by how many days she had left. This kind of made it seem more real to me. As the days were counting down, as it was getting closer to the end of her time - I was getting more and more nervous.

Julie - Book Hooked Blog
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.

Amazing. I was especially impressed because this is the author's debut novel. The book is at times both hi
Barbara Sissel
Apr 30, 2012 Barbara Sissel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiction is full of characters but they are seldom as individual or as memorably rendered and irresistible as Clementine Pritchard is in Ashley Ream’s boldly written debut novel, Losing Clementine: A Novel. From the start it’s clear that Clementine is planning to kill herself. She’s given herself thirty days to pull off a clinical, no-muss-no-fuss suicide. The reveal of her motive comes about page-by-page through Clementine’s often abrasive, yet compellingly honest voice that comes spiked with gr ...more
May 26, 2012 Ariel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
Thanks to Jen at Book Club Girl for providing me with a copy of this. Check out this link for Ashley Ream's discussion of Losing Clementine.

This novel is about a young woman artist who suffered a terrible family tragedy when she was a child. As a result she is mentally ill and unable to cope with life unless she is taking a boat load of medication. Clementine decides to end her life and the story is told in the days leading up to her planned suicide. A
Apr 04, 2013 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give Losing Clementine more than 5 stars, I would! Author, Ashley Ream, brings you into the last 30 days of Clementine Pritchard's life. Ream makes reading effortless and she has such a wonderful way with words. Her attention to details awakens your senses making you see, feel, taste and experience Clementine's experiences. Ream's description of food makes your mouth water! Her description of despair and the dark side of mental illness brings you down and Clementine's highs lift you u ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written novel with many surprises, so expect to be captured by the story, the well crafted descriptions and the unique tone. I mean, c'mon, it's a countdown to a young woman's very well planned suicide. So you'd think sad, dark, depressing, right? But it actually has humor and heart and you'll come to care very much for Clementine. As the deadline (and that's pretty literal in this case)nears, the weight of the situation grows and turns heavier. Much of the story deals with mental illn ...more
I liked this book much more than expected! The main character, Clementine, is an artist with a lot of mental health issues. She decides to kill herself in 30 days and each chapter is a day in her last month of life. Now this is not a book I would usually read - the summary sounds way too depressing. I am not sure what possessed me to check it out from the library, but I am glad I did. I actually laughed out loud reading this book, something which is rare. I loved Clementine's sarcasm and the "wh ...more
Laronda Atchison
Mar 29, 2012 Laronda Atchison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revised review - Just a disclaimer. I won this copy not from Goodreads as originally stated but from Hartford Books Examiner. Sorry Hartford :*( I liked this book a lot. It wasn't particularly dark, though obviously dealing with a dark subject. Clementine has decided to kill herself and has thirty days to get her affairs in order. This includes finding a home for her cat, which is arguably as crazy as Clementine is, and tracking down her estranged father. I empathized with Clementine. She believ ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I thought was going to be an overtly feminine book, turned out to be an amazingly well crafted and insightful book on what the mind goes through, when one decides to take the their own life.

At turns funny and dramatic (But not overly dramatic) "Losing Clementine" takes the reader through Clementine Pritchard last thirty days before the BIG day. Clemintine spends most of those days tying up the loose threads of her life; finishing one last piece of art, finding her missing father, making ni
Mar 26, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Losing Clementine. Even though the topic is depression's "black days" and Clementine decides that in 30 days she'll commit suicide, I found the book humorous and thought-provoking. She threw away most of her possessions, picked out her own casket, and stopped being nice to people she never liked anyway. As the book moves along and the days count down, she makes all the preparations necessary to end her life.

Ashley Ream did a good job of taking me into the depths of depres
Jul 20, 2015 selda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clementine leidet an schweren Depressionen- so schwer, dass sie an manchen Tagen kaum das Bett verlassen kann und zu nichts anderem fähig ist. Diese Krankheit hat eine dunkle Vergangenheit in ihrer Familie, aus Angst, die Geschichte könnte sich wiederholen, schluckt Clementine Antidepressiva, die ihr Leben so sehr einschränken, dass es jeglichen Wert für sie verloren hat. Sie beschliesst zu sterben und gibt sich 30 Tage, um ihr Leben zu ordnen. Sie setzt ihre Tabletten ab und tut nur noch die Di ...more
Petra Donatz
3,5 Sterne
Clementine beschließt zu sterben. In 30 Tagen will die erfolgreiche Malerin, die für ihre Kunst ebenso bekannt ist wie für ihre Scharfzüngigkeit, ihrem Leben ein Ende setzen. Nachdem die Antidepressiva im WC entsorgt worden sind, bleibt ihr noch genau ein Monat, um das eigene Ableben zu organisieren. Schließlich will Clementine kein Chaos hinterlassen: ein letztes großes Bild malen, sich mit dem Ex aussprechen und ein neues Zuhause für den Kater finden. Ihre letzten Tage wil
Mar 02, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A blurb from another author on the front of this book says, "You won't want this story to end." Well, that's true...or in my opinion, end the way it did. You know also from the front and back of the book that Clementine is a suicidal artist, and if you read it, you will fall in love with her. That's true too, but while I would have liked the book to continue, I...well, any more would be a spoiler. I am fortunate to have no first or second-hand knowledge of black depression or the mental illnesse ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Marimirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Als Clementine beschließt, in 30 Tagen zu sterben, hat sie bereits viele Jahre mit Depressionen hinter sich. Nun hat sie 30 Tage vor sich, um alles zu regeln. Sie möchte ihre Karriere als Künstlerin beenden, ihrer Katze ein neues zu Hause finden und ein Grab kaufen.

Meine Meinung:

Das Thema des Buches ist eigentlich kein schönes oder lustiges. Eine Frau im mittleren Alter beschließt, ihrem Leben ein Ende zu setzen, weil sie einfach nicht mehr möchte. Allerdings handelt es sich um kein ernst
Kristina Rox
Jun 10, 2015 Kristina Rox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zum Cover:
Hier gibt es nicht viel zu sagen, es gefällt mir sehr gut, ich finde es richtig hübsch und auch die Aufmachung, wenn man es aufklappt ist sehr schön. Die Blumen ziehen sich durch das gesamte Buch. Ich glaube es soll ein bisschen die Protagonistin darstellen die von einer Klippe springen möchte.

Zum Inhalt:
Clementine ist eine recht erfolgreiche Malerin. Doch leider leidet sie unter schweren Depressionen und muss Medikamente nehmen. Ihr Mutter hat sich und ihre Schwester umgebracht als Cl
Hannah (Filia Libri)
Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - Buchseele

Mit ihrem Roman „30 Tage und ein ganzes Leben“ konnte mich Autorin Ashley Ream trotz einiger anfänglicher Skepsis im großen und ganzen doch ziemlich von sich überzeugen. Zwar würde ich diesen Roman jetzt nicht als Highlight bezeichnen, aber er macht mich durchaus neugierig auf weitere Werke der Autorin.

Clementine mag nicht mehr leben. Der Künstlerin ist alles zu viel und so beschließt sie, innerhalb von 30 Tagen ihr
Jun 04, 2015 yexxo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unterhaltung
Clementine, eine recht erfolgreiche Künstlerin, leidet chronisch unter schweren manisch-depressiven Phasen, die sie mit verschiedensten Medikamenten zu bekämpfen versucht. Doch sie helfen nicht wirklich, die Nebenwirkungen sind beträchtlich und schränken ihre Lebensqualität erheblich ein. So entschließt sie sich zu sterben und möchte im Gegensatz zu ihrem chaotischen Leben alles wohl geordnet hinterlassen. Aber es kommt so Manches anders als geplant...
Eigentlich keine leichte Kost, die die Autor
May 27, 2015 Angi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Geschichte:
Die Künstlerin Clementine Pritchard ist manisch-depressiv und beschließt, in 30 Tagen zu sterben. Lückenlos und gewissenhaft plant sie ihren eigenen Tod, bis hin zum Probeliegen im Sarg. Sie beginnt damit, erst einmal alle ihre Medikamente wegzuwerfen. Doch dann kommt einiges dazwischen, mit dem sie so nicht gerechnet hat: das Leben!

Meine Meinung:
Auf dieses Buch wurde ich durch eine Leseprobe aufmerksam: der Schreibstil hat mir sofort gefallen … schnörkellos, lebendig, absolut wit
Feb 25, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been a 5 star but for the ending. It was all wrong.... wait..... there is no ending..... the last chapter is a disaster without any resolution. And when you go over the questions for a possible book club discussion, the last one reads, "What do you think happens after the book ends?" Ummmm.... I think the author should have given it an ending so we could discuss what we thought of that. I think the author lost her nerve and chose the cowardly and "artistic" way out....

The Unbridled Stallion
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. Among her projects are finding her father, who disappeared years ago; making amends with her past; becoming friends with her ex-husband, Richard; finding new owners for her cat, Chuckles and obtaining the animal tranquilizers that will do the deed.

I loved the way the book is set up. The chapters are days.

Determined to end her life, Clementine starts

Die Künstlerin Clementine, die schon seit vielen Jahren an Depressionen leidet, beschließt, ihrem Leben in 30 Tagen ein Ende zu setzen. Bis dahin möchte sie ihr Leben ganz nach ihrem Geschmack leben und möchte einige Dinge organisieren. So sucht sie einen neuen Platz für ihren Kater, macht sich auf die Suche nach ihrem Vater, den die Familie verlassen hat, als Clementine noch ein Kind war, kauft einen Sarg, besorgt sich Mediakemte für ihren Selbstmord, schreibt ihr Testament usw.

Das Buch besteht
May 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to give this one 5 stars, but one unbelievable plot twist in this otherwise excellent story forced the 4-star rating. The main character rocks.
Mar 15, 2013 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. For a book about suicide and mental illness, it really had lot of humor and was very easy to read.
Apr 28, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and easier read than I expected, given the topic. Didn't expect the ending, felt a bit cheated.
Corinna Bub
Jan 03, 2016 Corinna Bub rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clementine möchte nicht mehr länger unter den Lebenden weilen und beschließt sich das Leben zu nehmen. Trotz des ernsten Themas lässt sich der Roman sehr leicht lesen und ist stellenweise wirklich witzig. Clementine ist eine sehr eigensinnige Frau um die 40. Sie ist geschieden, kinderlos und eine ziemlich bekannte Künstlerin. Allerdings malt sie ihre besten Bilder unter dem Einfluss von Drogen. Von Konventionen hält sie wenig und nachdem sie beschlossen hat zu sterben, verliert sie auch noch die ...more
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Ashley Ream got her first job at a newspaper when she was 16. After working in newsrooms across Missouri, Florida and Texas, she gave up the deadlines to pursue fiction. Her debut novel, Losing Clementine, which sold at auction, was a Barnes & Noble debut pick, a Sutter Home Book Club pick and was short-listed for the Balcones Fiction Prize. She and her books have appeared in L.A. Weekly, Los ...more
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