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Come See About Me

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  343 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Twenty-year-old Leah Fischer's been in a state of collapse since the moment police arrived on her Toronto doorstep to inform her that boyfriend Bastien was killed in a car accident. After flunking out of university and cutting herself off from nearly everyone she knows, Leah's saved by Bastien's aunt who offers her a rent-free place to stay in a nearby town.

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Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published June 7th 2012 (first published June 6th 2012)
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3 1/2 stars

Unconventional review time!

Over at the blog today, I posted a double review of this book along with C.K. Kelly Martin's Yesterday. If you're starting here - great! Follow the links to read my whole crazy train of thought!

Many of my friends have urged me to try out C.K. Kelly Martin over the past year, and it just so happened that I ended up reading two of her books in succession this summer – two very different books, as it turns out. I liked one of them a good deal and the other one…
The thing that most sucks me into C K Kelly Martin is how she gets right under he character's skin, and she has done it again in Come See About Me with Leah. The prose is pitch perfect, this elegant blend of simple and straightforward with some poetic turns of phrase sprinkled throughout. Martin is a talented writer, for sure, and there's nothing like sinking into a book from the first page thinking 'this is going to be good'.

And it was good.

From the blurb, you know it's a grief book, coupled wi
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
Love is real and real love lasts. I used to feel sorry for people who didn't believe in it--the people who were lonely with someone else or lonely alone. For awhile I was was one of the lucky ones.

C.K. Kelly Martin, who's written several marvelous young adult novels, couldn't find a traditional publisher for her first book for adults, Come See About Me.

According to Martin, no one knew how to market a novel with a 20 year old pro
Check out my BLOG for a very insightful guest post from C.K. Kelly Martin and get a chance to win a SIGNED HARDCOVER copy or an EBOOK copy of COME SEE ABOUT ME!

Come See About Me was a very well thought and written book about a girl who suffers from a great loss and how she tries to deal with it and picks herself back. I try most of the time to avoid emotional books but for some reason there was something in this book that just pulls me to it. So, even though it wasn’t on my reading schedule for
4.5 stars

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“In two years you can love somebody with all your heart and lose them. You can become the very best of friends with someone and then neglect them to the point that they don't expect anything different from you anymore. You can become someone you never expected and forget things you believed you could take for granted about yourself.”

Come See About Me is contemporary fiction at is best. It is real and flawed. It completely got under my skin. And boy was it was heartbreakin
Heads up: this is out now and it's brilliant. Like I said, raw, realistic, heartbreaking, romantic, sexy. Good stuff.



C.K. Kelly Martin's first adult book. There is nothing this woman can't write. I got to read it back in January and I will write more when she releases it this June, but it is one of the most raw, realistic, heartbreaking (and ro
Nyrae Dawn
Wow. I’m a huge CK Kelly Martin fan and this book didn’t disappoint. Leah’s journey was beautifully told. Her pain was so real… so raw that I felt it along with her. My heart broke for her. And her journey and healing was just as powerful. I loved watching her grow—though at times it emotionally wrecked me, there were also those moments where I couldn’t stop my smile. As she started to heal I loved watching her transition. And Liam. Fun sexy. The scenes with the two of them were definitely some ...more
19-now-20-year-old Leah's boyfriend Bastien was killed in a terrible accident, and she is deeply grieving the loss. It's not easy (not that it would be) but his loss throws everything she's had planned for her future into a tailspin. She withdraws from everything that had been giving her purpose in her life -- school, work at the museum, socializing with her good friend Yunhee. She's stopped answering the phone, talking to her parents, caring.

When Bastien's aunt offers her a place to live outsi
"Was I wrong to ask you to ring me? Sometimes I think I should've left you alone. I don’t want this to throw either of us off."
"You weren't wrong," I say. "No one’s being thrown off." I haven’t forgotten what he said two weeks earlier, that he didn't want another source of confusion. "This is like a vacation from real life."
"It feels like that," he agrees.

At this point I do not know yet how many aspects my review is going to cover. But let me tell you first that in my opinion this is how all N
Aug 01, 2012 Isamlq rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isamlq by: Nomes
Leah is broken. But, understandably so because given what she’s recounted, I got why she was behaving the way she was. I understood where she was coming from, that others expecting her to get better a certain way, was miles away from what she wanted for herself. She’d found her perfect match in him after all and losing him was doing her in. So by the time we meet her, she’s broken and wallowing in all things Bastien, in her longing for him and missing him and not wanting to let him go. She’s bl ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 15, 2014 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Lenore Appelhans
After being impressed with the intensity of C.K. Kelly Martin’s young adult novels, I was really curious to try her new adult Come See About Me. As expected, Come See About Me has all the grit and sexiness of the typical new adult novel, but also takes on everything in a very true to life, sincere, and healthy way. Though a romance in its way, Come See About Me is primarily the story of a young woman seeking to find herself again after the loss of a loved one. Powerful and sexy, Come See About M ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I loved this! 'Come See About Me' contained so many aspects that I love, including that it...

- Fits into the new adult category
- Has a Canadian setting, more specifically Toronto & Oakville, so it basically felt like reading a book about home
- Contains a whole lot of UK & Ireland love, with Leah working at a imported goods store, and with Liam, an Irish actor
- Has a famous actor on the down-low subplot (yes, I am totally smitten with these types of plots, and Liam fits the bill oh so wel
Come See About me started out as a grief book but ended up veering into "chic lit" territory with a stale friends with benefits storyline.

Leah is a Canadian twenty year old college student with a perfect boyfriend, named Bastian. When Bastian is killed she is overcome with grief, and her life starts to fall apart. This is where the book had something to say about relationships. Grief is something that certainly everyone on earth will have to face. Why do we find ourselves at a loss as to what t
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I've taken to fleeing inside a closet whenever I hear the term "New Adult." It's a shame as I believe the genre has a great deal of potential, particularly because of the age group it's confined to. Thanks to hordes of mis-marketing when the term was first coined, however, New Adult will forever be associated with vapid heroines, hunky heroes, and dramatic situations. Not only does the genre manage to completely gloss over the complexity of the first adult years, but it also be
Autumn Review
Wow...this was an emotional story. My heart broke for Leah. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose someone you love in such a devastating way. She was lost without Bastian. Then she meets Liam and she starts to allow herself to heal. While their relationship certainly had it's obstacles, I really liked them as a couple. I also love that the author made it clear that while Leah was moving on, she never lost her memories of Bastian.

I'd definitely recommend this one. It is a bit sad, but th
Titolo: Come and see about me

Autore: C. K. Kelly Martin

Inedito in italiano

Trama: Leah ha appena vent’anni ed il suo fidanzato è morto in uno stupido incidente. Tutti intorno a lei, la compiangono certo, ma al tempo stesso vorrebbero vederla riprendersi, mentre lei invece vorrebbe solo fermare il tempo e stare aggrappata con le unghie e con i denti al passato. Ha avuto così poco tempo con lui, poco ma abbastanza per sapere con certezza che se solo avessero avuto questa possibilità il loro amore s
Grief and loss are two of the hardest things to write about. It can seem so fake sometimes, when characters cry and give speeches about what someone’s life meant to them. It might even feel staged, like the writer took the Kubler-Ross model as a law and had to hit on each one before the story could end. In those ways, it can be difficult to read about grief and loss, especially if you’ve been through something and nothing rings true.

But it’s even harder when it’s all so real, and that’s how it w
I was so excited about this book because I love Martin's writing so much. She has a real way with capturing humanity in people, for better or for worse. She's also written in such a sex positive manner, that even when people were making mistakes no one was demonized, and sex itself was never presented as an issue. So obviously I couldn't wait to read her tackling an adult book.

And I was right to be excited, because this book is lovely. There's so much rawness here: grief and anger and lust. Ther
A 3.5 read for this one.

I would have love to hate it but I would have hate not to love it.

The first few chapters were rough for me as it was kind of depressing reading Leah basically throwing her life away and living with her head in the sand after the death of her boyfriend, Bastien.
I get it.
But reading about it for a few chapters? It rubs me in the wrong way.
However, she had slowly "recover" by not avoiding human contacts and contacting her friends and even met Liam.

Liam... Sometimes, I don't
I have already read two of Martin's YA novels both of which were excellent, so this move into (new?) adult and only (?) as an ebook is both interesting and significant.

Martin's writing is both assured and emotive. This is another novel about grief and loss (and I truly believe I have read enough of these this year). Leah's descent into despair is sublimely depicted. And her subsequent journey back to the land of living (& loving) is understated, yet powerful.

This is the work of a truly capa
Kathleen Peacock
A wonderfully written, honest, and raw portrayal of a girl slowly putting her life back together after a catastrophic loss. C.K. Kelly Martin doesn't gloss over or sugar-coat Leah's journey--it's at times painful and messy (view spoiler)--which makes the glimmers of hope throughout the story all the more poignant.

Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
I was really looking forward to this book. I was in the mood for something emotional, something that would strike a chord and this sounded perfect.

Unfortunately, this one wasn't for me. I just couldn't connect to Leah. The book picked up when Liam came on the scene, but by that time I had got a bit fed up with Leah and couldn't find the emotion in the story.

Jolene Perry
I'm totally biased because I love CK Kelly Martin's writing ;-D

THAT being said, this started a TAD slow, but picked up fast, and was SOOooo worth it.

Great read, and another great book to add to the New Adult genre that I LOVE.
Amanda Kennedy
i liked this book alot (close to 5 stars) but the beginning was slow dragged on a bit to much for my taste knocking it down a star. I would still recommend reading this
Twenty year-old Leah is free-falling. Her boyfriend, Bastien has died tragically, and, unable to cope, she's flunked out of school, gotten fired from her job, and is living away from her friends and family.

She takes solace in Bastien's aunt's home in a suburb of Toronto. She's there to hide out from the world and try to heal herself. Soon she meets Liam, an Irish actor with a messy past. Drawn to him but hating herself for it, because she feels guilty about being "unfaithful" to her dead boyfri
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
Let me start out by saying I love C.K. Kelly Martin. I've read a couple of her books and they just blew me away. That being said, this just wasn't one of them for me. I had quite a bit of trouble getting into this one. To be perfectly honest, I didn't finish it, and I'll try to explain why.

First of all, I've read quite a few books about people experiencing loss... and I have experienced loss myself through the death of a loved one. So I know how it can be. But there were times I felt that Leah's
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
Let me start out by saying I love C.K. Kelly Martin. I've read a couple of her books and they just blew me away. That being said, this just wasn't one of them for me. I had quite a bit of trouble getting into this one. To be perfectly honest, I didn't finish it, and I'll try to explain why.

First of all, I've read quite a few books about people experiencing loss... and I have experienced loss myself through the death of a loved one. So I know how it can be. But there were times I felt that Leah's
And because I liked I Know It's Over, I thought I could give C.K. Kelly Martin another round and picked up her latest novel, which has been tagged under New Adult. I kind of struggled with this one, though, but only because I was so hung up with the idea of comparing the emotions it will trigger from me as I felt with Janet Fitch's Paint It Black, which also centers around the death of a significant other. What eventually got me was just how Martin delivers her stories with such convincing reali ...more
I did not connect to this book at all. I'm not an unemotional person, I'm not the type of person who doesn't cry at books or during films. Around the same time I read this book I also read Tell the Wolves I'm Home and it had me weeping openly at my desk as I read it. At work! I didn't care, those girls and the uncle and the other guy, my heart BLED for them. The Reese Malcolm List drew tears from my eyes as big as marbles and it was the shallowest book in the entire world. This book had me bored ...more
Leah is morning the sudden death of her boyfriend. She has decided to close herself off from everyone and everything in order to be close to him and her memories of him. As she tries to venture out again she comes across a man in numerous places. Liam is an Irishman who is in a play while on break from his soap opera at his home. They started having conversations and decided that they could have a causal relationship until he leaves to go back to Ireland. Neither one of them thought that they w ...more
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“In two years you can love somebody with all your heart and lose them. You can become the very best of friends with someone and then neglect them to the point that they don't expect anything different from you anymore. You can become someone you never expected and forget things you believed you could take for granted about yourself.” 29 likes
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