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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...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Karen
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...more
Melissa Caldwell
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Alicia
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...more
Nancy
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...more
Paula  Phillips
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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
Itsjustme-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.

Great...more
Julie (julie37619)
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 hi...more
Barbara Sissel
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
Ariel
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. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/book-clu......

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...more
Arlene
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
Candy
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
Heather
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
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
Richard
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...more
Susan
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...more
Vanessa
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...more
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...more
Rebecca
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.
Ginger
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.
Heidi
Interesting and easier read than I expected, given the topic. Didn't expect the ending, felt a bit cheated.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Is it worth dying? Did Clementine really want to kill herself? Should she end her life?

Clementine thought she should, but she had a few things to complete first...things like find a home for her cat and find her long-lost father who left the family when she was a child. Her first step was traveling to Mexico to acquire drugs that would do the job. Upon her return from Mexico, she continues with the remainder of her plan that definitely includes some bizarre occurrences.
Clementine was determined...more
TinasBookReviews
Determined to end her life, Clementine decides to tie up lose ends, in which she fires her assistant Jenny, makes emends with her past, become friends with her X-husband Richard and tries to find a loving home for her weird cat Chuckles. Clementine is not going to spend her last month in a state of zombiegirl though, so in this case the only thing to do is go drastic. She go's off all her medication, flushes it down the toilet, buys a casket and decides to live life like she never has for her la...more
Glenda Alexander
If you like the unusual, this is your book. This book has many interesting twist and turns and is an intriguing look at a person that decides they are done, by done she means finished with life.

Clementine Pritchard, Artist decides enough is enough and strikes out to make things as right as she can with those that will let her, plans to get rid of all her worldly belongings and plans to spend whatever time she has left in doing any and every thing she desires.

But she has limited her time to 30 d...more
Kaitie
Losing Clementine was an interesting book. Going into it, I knew it was about Clementine, who was going to commit suicide in 20 days. With a plot like that, I expected a sad, depressing story and I wasn't sure I was ready for that after having just finished The Fault in Our Stars. I was pleased to find out that while the story is about her decision to end her life, it wasn't done in a depressing way.

Instead, and this part kind of messed with my head, Clementine is tired of a life full of mental...more
Jaime (Twisting the Lens)
This review is part of the publisher's book tour.

Clementine Pritchard has decided she is going to kill herself in thirty days. This is the story about her wrapping up loose ends and fully coming to terms with her decision. She is organized about it, and buys her cemetery plot, her casket, the drugs to use to do it, and decides to hunt down her father that abandoned her family years ago. She has thought it all through, and has chosen suicide as the best route for her.
While reading Losing Clementi...more
Tia
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Asheley
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books: http://www.intothehallofbooks.com/201...)

I knew going into this book that Clementine was contemplating suicide - even going as far as planning it out meticulously. I found myself very caught up in the countdown of days, 30 to be exact...and as her ending approached, I was very curious as to whether Clementine would stick to or plan or not.
Let's talk about LOSING CLEMENTINE for a moment:

1. The Characters:
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Cher
I absolutely loved “Losing Clementine” by journalist and first time novelist, Ashley Ream. I read a synopsis on a lit website and am so glad I did because the cover art would not have snagged my attention (nor narrator and painter Clementine’s, I am certain).
Clementine Pritchard is a successful visual artist based in Los Angeles. In addition to a wonderfully dark sense of humor, Clementine has a red ’68 Corvette, an ex-husband very much in the picture, a shrink doubling as inappropriate boyfrien...more
fivesunflowers
**some spoilers** This is a wonderful book about a non-so-wonderful subject. Knowing that the novel is about a young woman who has given herself 30 days to tie up the loose ends of her life before she commits suicide would lead one to believe this book is going to be sad and depressing. It had its sad moments, but the book itself was clever, witty, and humorous. Clementine has been through way too much trauma in her life for anyone to comprehend how broken she is emotionally and mentally. That b...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 and a Sutter Home Book Club pick. She and her books have appeared in L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Bust Magazine, the Kansas City...more
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