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To Feel Stuff

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  439 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Meet Elodie Harrington, college student and medical anomaly. From chicken pox to tuberculosis, Elodie suffers such a frequent barrage of illnesses that she moves into the Brown University infirmary. When charismatic Chess Hunter enters the infirmary with two smashed knees, he and Elodie begin an intense affair, but Chess is only a visitor to Elodie’s perpetual state of med ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Mariner Books (first published 2006)
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Aug 01, 2015 Allie marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery-crime, ya
I wonder if this book is getting a popularity bump because of episode 2 of Mystery Show...
Aug 20, 2008 Jackie rated it did not like it
Have you ever read a book that so bad, yet you just can't stop reading it? This is that book. A huge disappointment, since I adored Seigel's previous book, Like the Red Panda. The main problem with the book is the main character's Mary Sue-ness. Most of the book is listening to people talk about how much they adore Elodie, how great and unique she is blah blah blah.

The problem is that none of these great qualities are actually written into the character - she's rather bland and boring. The stru
Jun 28, 2008 Jenn rated it it was ok
Very disappointing 2nd novel. Her first book rocked, but this was a pretentious melodrama.
Aug 03, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Elodie is a college student whose body has been under attack by a multitude and variety of illnesses. For convenience, she's moved herself into Brown University's infirmary, where she watches wistfully the comings and goings of other patients. Into the infirmary one day comes Chess Hunter, an a cappella singer whose knees have been destroyed in a random act of violence. Instantly feeling a connection, Elodie reaches out for the first time in a long time. But something even more unusual has begun ...more
Kierra Trivette
May 22, 2013 Kierra Trivette rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because the idea of the central character's constant encounters with back to back illnesses interested me. I was disappointed when this was not a focus of the book but I was still entertained with the style of the book. I enjoyed the way the author wrote, the phrases she used and the imagery she created with her words. I did not care for the format of the book, as I found the dialogue a bit hard to follow with the changing of character point of view. I didn't care much for ...more
Andrea Buschman
Oct 23, 2014 Andrea Buschman rated it it was ok
It was a fast read, that was good. The characters were strange. What was up with Elodie? Was she a hypochondriac? And why didn't she just go home instead of taking up residence in the infirmary? I thought the doctor was creepy, and it seemed like he wanted the relationship to be more than Dr/patient. And Chess? He was just there for a diversion.
Hannah Talecki
Mar 19, 2016 Hannah Talecki rated it it was ok
I can't help but feel like I just didn't "get" this book. The book is supposed to be written by three different characters, but they all sound exactly the same. The writing is weird and choppy and just... off. The whole book feels like it is building to something big, but then it just kind of ends.
Oct 17, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
Well, this book was thoroughly strange. For a time, I couldn't tell if the melodrama was intentional and was satirizing how seriously college kids take themselves, or if it was totally serious to begin with. Either way, the book was a bit overwritten and meandering. The plot doesn't seem to go anywhere, and then the novel ends abruptly. Vaguely entertaining, but not super substantial or moving. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters, and I think that was this author's biggest failin ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: general
Once again, I wish I could make use of a half-star rating. I'd actually like to give this book 3.5 stars, but I'm going with three, instead.

This book was an interesting read, blending sickness, love, and the absence of normalcy with the paranormal, of all things. With such a deviance from the norm, cheesiness or unbelievability is a high probability. I'm happy to report that Seigel steers quite clear of both of these, though. I suspect she does so with the clinical nature the doctor's passages t
Jul 21, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of quirky premises
What a unique little book this is! I bought the paperback about four years ago, and it has undeservedly sat in abandonment amidst my other books up until this week. If you've ever run across this book in real life, you may have noticed its exquisite cover – the electric blue hands against the off-black background. I'm so glad this book was more than just a pretty face. Bret Easton Ellis perfectly nails the essence of To Feel Stuff as "a satire, ghost story, college romance, and medical drama – a ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Tara rated it really liked it
Jul 18, 2007 Sherrie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of the quirky.
Shelves: 2006booklist
Such a strange and wonderful story. A different narrator for random chapters…a bit confusing at first, but you catch on. The main character, Elodie Harrington, is a student at Brown University who lives in the college infirmary. She suffers from a variety of unrelated illnesses "piggybacked one upon another," so that she never fully recovers. Her story is told from three points of view—Dr. Mark Kirschling's who is chronicling her symptoms in the Journal of Parapsychology and letters between Elod ...more
Mar 26, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it
A good follow up to "Like the Red Panda". Andrea Seigal definetely has a distincitive voice and a way to keep things very interesting and different. I like how she uses three very different characters to tell the same story. Each person tells their version of a piece and the next person picks up where the other left off. It is def not like anything I've read before. And just when you think you are going to find out just whats going on and think you've figured it out for yourself....she completel ...more
Megan Mullins
Aug 17, 2011 Megan Mullins rated it really liked it
I wish I could give it 3.5 stars, because there were several points where I felt sure I was going to hate it. At one point I thought (incorrectly) it was going to be some pretentious bs about lending Meaning to your life (with the capitalization that I detest). But 3 stars does not seem fair enough for how good it was, so it shall receive 4 from me. A quality coming of age story told in a super interesting way- one which cannot be described without spoilers. I liked it a lot and I recommend it! ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Tammy rated it really liked it
This book is a haunting little backwards tale that you really don't want to like when you are reading it but are drawn in to Elodies world and end up loving the book.
Elodie is sick living at the infirmary at college. She meets different people coming in and out of the health center and this is the tale of some of those people. Its a medical story a love story a ghost story all rolled into an unforgettable story. I have actually read the book twice. Once in 2)07/2008 and then again now.
Jan 11, 2008 Brandy rated it liked it
First love, medical complications, resistance to becoming one's parents, finding oneself, and a dash of the supernatural for good measure. About what you'd expect from a 26-year-old author in terms of the romance and college-student fears (particularly the becoming-one's-mother sort of thing), and the ending lacks the emotional punch of Like the Red Panda. Not great, not terrible.
Mar 01, 2008 Mary rated it liked it
E is a young girl who suffers from a continuous cycle of diseases and lives in a college infirmary. M is a professor who sees E as a ticket to a ground-breaking study. C is a senior who falls in love with E after he ends up in the infirmary with two busted knee caps. Each character narates his feelings and thoughts.
Bryan Hall
Oct 31, 2015 Bryan Hall rated it really liked it
Yes, I only read it because the book was the subject of the "Britney" episode of Mystery Show. But it definitely turned out to be worth it. It goes from a curious medical story to a young adult hospital romance to a ghost story, and feels natural throughout. Looking back on it as a whole I'm not completely sold, but while I was reading I enjoyed it quite a bit.
May 12, 2010 Erica rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a rather bizarre read - about a young woman who basically has moved into the infirmary of her college (I want to say Brown, but I can't recall, and don't have the book in front of me). Not much to say about it, really. It's a little bit of a ghost story, I suppose. I read Seigel's first novel and finished it feeling every bit as unsettled.
Aug 06, 2007 Ann rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book! My mom liked it, but it took me forever to get through because I never wanted to read it. If you like stories that involve the supernatural, then check it out. Otherwise, forget it.
Amber Beasley
Oct 31, 2013 Amber Beasley rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I liked this book a lot. It was very slow and you really don't know completely what it's about until maybe a third through it. at least I didn't. When I started reading it I thought it was something totally different than it turned out to be. I really liked it though.
Nov 08, 2007 Offbalance rated it liked it
This kind of read like Copeland-lite, but as a sucker for epistolary novels, I found myself fully engaged in this story of a raging hypochondriac and the people she crosses paths with. Though the story is a bit thin, the characters and vivid descriptions made for an easy read.
Garret Rose
This novel is quite strange and that is what I love about it. Andrea Seigel thinks outside the box and once you enter into her world, there is no turning back. This is the strangest love story that i have ever read, but one I will want to read again.
Oct 13, 2015 Kira rated it it was ok
I only read this book because Britney Spears did. It is not good. The story has potential but it just never gets there. The writing is terrible. Again, it has potential, and she has good ideas, but it doesn't work.
Feb 03, 2014 Elise rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down! I loved the narration of the three characters - two were writing letters toe ach other and the Doctor was writing for a jounral. THe story was very unique and intriguing. I absolutely loved the main girl! My only complain was the end, which was a bit confusing!
Sep 07, 2008 Cara rated it it was ok
about as good as its title. an interesting idea, and at least it was different. but some truly bad lines.
Currie Underwood
Oct 25, 2012 Currie Underwood rated it liked it
Shelves: medical, paranormal, love
started out as a medical mystery, turned into a love story and ended with a paranormal explanation. The only word I can think of to describe this book is 'random'
Jul 20, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed another of this author's books, but this one I did not like. I don't do supernatural, but really it was just odd.
Tara Marie
Sep 15, 2015 Tara Marie rated it liked it
Not a bad book. It was a decent read, fairly fast and easy but it wasn't what I expected. It fell a bit flat for me. I thought something big would happen but I was left disappointed.
Jun 27, 2010 Adrillew rated it really liked it
great novel. another writer with a fresh perspective, something truly original, inventive, and decently written. very enjoyable.
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ANDREA SEIGEL is the author of two novels for adults, Like the Red Panda and To Feel Stuff, as well as the YA novel, The Kid Table, and the forthcoming YA novel, Everybody Knows Your Name, co-written with Brent Bradshaw. In September 2014 A24 will release the film Laggies, written by Seigel, directed by Lynn Shelton, and starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, and Sam Rockwell. She lives in South ...more
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