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message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary You have me in tears. So glad you're OK. "I realized that I’ve spent my adult life bracing myself to be torn down for every misstep as if the fate of the universe relied on me not fucking up" You know I know. (((hugs)))


message 2: by Kris (new)

Kris Madeleine, such a beautiful and sad and brave and true review. I'm trying to find words to let you know I admire your strength and insight - anything I write seems hollow, but I think you know how I feel.


message 3: by Paul (new)

Paul great review - probably one of the great confessional Goodreads reviews (it's a genre).


message 4: by Carol (new)

Carol Seriously, that was one of the best reviews I have ever read.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly but related to your review and appreciate it even more. Thanks for sharing.


message 5: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Mary: Nooooo, no tears! Thank you so much, though, and I do know that you understand far better than you deserve to. I'm sending you cross-country hugs as hard as I can! (And I thought of you when I made some impulse buys tonight....)

Kris: As always, your sincerity and kindness are touching and DO NOT AT ALL ring hollow, so please don't think that. Thank you so, so much.

Paul: It always humbles me when strangers make the effort to say something encouraging on my reviews, and your comment is absolutely no exception. Very glad to be contributing to a GR genre! :) Thanks a whole bunch for taking the time to leave such kind words.

Carol: You are far too generous but thank you nonetheless. I very much appreciate the time you took to both read what I thought would be too long and personal for anyone else's enjoyment and offer up such a beautiful compliment. Thank you thank you thank you.


message 6: by Mary (new)

Mary Madeleine wrote: "Mary: Nooooo, no tears! Thank you so much, though, and I do know that you understand far better than you deserve to. I'm sending you cross-country hugs as hard as I can! (And I thought of you when I made some impulse buys tonight....)"

Ooooo what did you buy??


message 7: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine The coasters, because I have been fervently seeking literary coasters for when the bar in my basement stops being a holding area for still-packed boxes. And the TM&M shirt. That's because I couldn't help myself. :) I would've bought more shirts but I want to see how they fit first.


message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary Oh man I'm so jealous. Let me know how the coasters look. I believe they have a decent return/exchage policy, I hope the sizes I got aren't too boxy/baggy


message 9: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine I'll definitely report back on the coasters! They'll look neat even if I can't use 'em right away. As for the shirt... too-big internet buys usually become comfy bumming-around-the-house shirts. Most of my PJs are the result of me being too lazy to return things.


message 10: by Noran (new)

Noran Miss Pumkin Amazing review. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.


message 11: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Noran, thank YOU for your comment and for actually reading a rambling review that wound up being four Microsoft Word pages. :) I very much appreciate both gestures.


message 12: by Mary (new)

Mary Madeleine wrote: "I'll definitely report back on the coasters! They'll look neat even if I can't use 'em right away. As for the shirt... too-big internet buys usually become comfy bumming-around-the-house shirts. Most of my PJs are the result of me being too lazy to return things."

I'm weak. I caved and bought the coasters, I couldn't help it. I have a serious shopping addiction. Ban starts now (except books maybe)


message 13: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Excellent review. And if you're not writing books yourself, by now, you should be. :)


message 14: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Mary: I understand that pain! I am constantly telling myself that I need to stop buying things. But books (and more and more often, house things) are the constant exception. I like to think I'm doing my part to keep my two favorite secondhand bookstores in business.

BB: I am so very flattered! Thank you so much on all accounts. Sometime while hammering out the above review, my little brother e-mailed me to say that he and his gf finally got their own place and then the words didn't stop coming. I'm really thrilled that it all made for a worthwhile read. Thank you again.


message 15: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Aw, thanks lots, Danielle. One day, I'll stop self-sabotaging and put my name on something more remarkable than a GR review so you all can say you knew me back when. ;)

Hope life's being grand to you! You certainly deserve good things by the dozen.


message 16: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M Most certainly deserving of BB's hall of fame. The confessional goodread's review is certainly a genre that I've dabbled in before, but this was quite beautiful. Fantastic stuff.


message 17: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Just saw this made BB's hall of fame, congrats! This is an ace review!


message 18: by Paul (new)

Paul hey, it will be in my hall of fame too..! everyone should have their own hall of fame...


message 19: by Ian (new)

Ian Paganus I would see a lawyer about your accident, just in case you have any latent injuries that manifest themselves later. We need to keep you glued to your keyboard.


message 20: by Christy (new)

Christy I love this dialogue! I'm a therapist if you'd like a consultation, anyone? It is insane how insanity affects our lives and no one talks about it. It is my life's work, my stories are numerous, and no one really wants to hear about it. Usually they just want to condemn, judge and punish. But the human spirit is far from judgment and Jeannette Walls painted a beautiful picture of just how far we can go. Oh and Madeleine, another memoir that might help with your quest for self therapy is House Rules. Look it up on good reads. It is fabulous. The heroine of the story at one point works on just what you're talking about, her fear of punishment from others for doing something her father over punished her for beyond what was rational. Keep up the dialogue. It is one of the most healing things you can do besides learning to laugh and find joy in your life. It is truly possible. I see it daily!


message 21: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine I can't believe this is still getting likes and comments! Thank you all so, so much.

And Christy, I'm definitely hunting down "House Rules." I read a few synopses for it and a friend's review and I'm so ready to embrace what I'm sure will be a physical reaction to a story I know too well.


message 22: by Kris (new)

Kris One reason for new likes today could be that Paul Bryant gave your review a well-deserved shoutout at KS this morning. :)

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 23: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Oh, thanks for letting me know, Kris! I've been so bogged down with work that I haven't been keeping up with GR much these past few weeks.

Now to thank a kindred spirit for the very kind and unexpected props. :)


message 24: by Kris (new)

Kris Munson Geez, girl -- write your OWN story! This review was as good as reading one of the better novels in my life! Seriously, you HAVE to have something waiting to be published...


message 25: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Kris wrote: "Geez, girl -- write your OWN story! This review was as good as reading one of the better novels in my life! Seriously, you HAVE to have something waiting to be published..."

Holy crow, what a compliment! Thank you so much for this -- and, aack, sorry for my delayed response but I'm only seeing your day-brightening comment now.

Seriously, though: You have made my day. Thank you so, so much for this. You rock!


message 26: by R (new)

R Mccaffrey Keep swimming, keep swimming!


message 27: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I'm not even sure how I got to this review, but it's good, like super good. I'm not so eloquent, so I'll just say "my parents suck" too. You hit on so many things here. Woot woot!


message 28: by Brian (new)

Brian This is so fanfuckingtastic, M.


message 29: by Madeleine (last edited Jan 27, 2014 07:35AM) (new)

Madeleine Brian wrote: "This is so fanfuckingtastic, M."

Thanks, Brian! Coming from a fanfuckingtastic person and writer, that means quite a lot. :)


message 30: by Lee (new)

Lee Veling You should write!!


message 31: by M2squared (new)

M2squared You should write your story.


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