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Tell Me Everything: A Novel

2.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  62 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
“I galloped through this book–couldn’t stop once I’d started. The writing’s so spare and yet the message so complex. It’s spiky, sparky, pithy, and deep.”
–Kate Long, author of The Bad Mother’s Handbook

She didn’t mean to tell the story, or have it end that way. She just got a little . . . carried away.

It has been several years since she confided in her teacher, and Molly D
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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Nov 14, 2011 sisterimapoet rated it liked it
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I'm sure it's not the first time Sarah Salway has left me a bit puzzled and I don't think it will be the last - which leads me to believe it's something she does very well.

I never get quite what I'm expecting from her books - they can appear so lightweight and chick-litty but something deeper and darker lurks within. And so it was here.

But I struggled to make the connections that I felt surely must be there under the surface. I felt like each character was a Russian doll - with multiple layers,
Apr 19, 2015 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
started out really well, but didn't go anywhere. Will still look out for more books by the same author.
Jul 22, 2011 Alena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad giving this book 2 stars because I think Salway is a really good writer, but this book made me feel dirty. The main character Molly is so damaged that she survives by lying constantly. (She calls them stories. I call them lies.) I felt for her, but it was too dark and twisted for me. It was supposed to be a coming of age tale, but her problems (and solutions) were so unbelievable to me that I just had to suspend my disbelief to continue reading.
On the other hand, I think its creepines
Feb 23, 2009 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was terrible. It is about a girl who gets kicked out of her parent's house. An old man finds her homeless and tells her she can live in the apartment above his shop, but in return she has to tell him naughty stories about things she's supposedly done. This was hardly anything like what was advertised on the jacket. The plotline was confusing, and jumped around between different time periods without any clue what was going on. It sounded like the author just made things up as she went a ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very confused by this book.It seemed to be getting better and suddenly ended. Molly didn't become a better person at all. She lied and stole and pretended this was for good reasons. Tim was never properly explained, I never quite understood if Leanne was real or not and Joe didn't seem to be a needed character at all.

This is just my opinion, obviously there are good points and it did succeed in making me feel for the characters and their situations.
Becky Everhart
Oct 13, 2009 Becky Everhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was engaging and emotional. The bit about the absurd boyfriend was a ticking time bomb throwing off sparks of sadness until it pretty much fizzled out. All in all, good book, cop-out ending. Seriously, she should have at least identified who appeared at the bench!
Aug 16, 2014 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
A beautifully written, heartfelt book, filled with real, flawed characters, each experiencing their own emotional journey. Beautiful.
Jun 18, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Salway is a poet, novelist and journalist.

She is the author of three novels, including Something Beginning With, and the poetry collection, You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book. She is currently the Canterbury Laureate and the Chair of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society.
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