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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  7 reviews
June Foster’s summer is limping along. Her life on a 1950′s farm in eastern Washington is boring–full of milking cows, picking apricots and tending to the chicken coops. Her only friends are her record player and her books. But when gorgeous, turquoise-eyed Frank falls into her world, her life becomes anything but ordinary.

June falls for Frank hard and fast–he’s beautiful,
Published March 25th 2013 (first published March 19th 2013)
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I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
What a great surprise! I've had Asylum on my Kindle for a while now and I'm so glad I finally read it. I loved this book---it was unique, had a fast-paced plot, and had tons of mystery and suspense that kept me guessing.

Asylum was a very intense read. The subject matter is heavy enough on its own: a young girl convicted of murder, sentenced to life imprisonment in an insane asylum. And all of this happens in the 1950's, when psychiatric care was much more rudimentary than it is now. I used to w
I was approached by the author to read and review this for her.

When I saw the synopsis for this book, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. I mean, 1950s and an asylum? That's just awesome. It's the hay-day of mental institutions that were truly awful. I wanted to see what this would do with that premise.

Every chapter in this story jumps between what happened at the beginning of the summer and what happens now in the fall. It takes a little while to get used to when you're reading, but it creat
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
I loved this book, at least I did after a while. It was well written and you never knew what happens next in this book and that will keep your interest in the story. It was fun to read a story who took place in the 1950's with both the paranormal aspect and insanity part it was a great mix that really made this story intriguing.

At first I had some problems with the main character, she felt so distant to everything that was happening to her. Like she had no feelings at all, but after a while when
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the 1950s, while Elvis and Buddy Holly are burning up the charts, June Foster finds herself in Washington Pines Sanitarium. She sentenced by the judge to spend the rest of her life there after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for committing a murder. She’s making some new friends, such as her roommate Clem, but Washington Pines isn’t all nice therapists and meds. Then we go back to the beginning of June’s troubles. As we travel with June toward the inevitable and beyond, things ar ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. I can't remember a sympathetic strong female protagonist like this one. I wasn't sure about the genre or the story or anything when I started this book. I have to admit I was predisposed to dislike it. I bought it simply to be nice to someone who knows the author and I didn't have any expectations that it would be any good. Luckily I was hooked from the first page. I kept thinking, one more chapter and I will put it down for the night. I ended up reading it in one sitti ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This book is a gripping read. I didn't want to but it down. The magical realism was surprising, but as a whole it works fairly well. i like the flipping back and forth from past to present... Quite a good showing for a first time author.

Editing notes: The kindle version, especially towards the end, needs editing - there were several sentences I had to re-read because off poor punctuation. Character names were mixed up, too. Those should be fixed in future versions.
Jerusha Beckstead
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was not what I was expecting at all but WOW it was worth the read. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come because so many things were left open. I started reading it thinking it was about a girl in a asylum not sure where it was going to go and I was really surprised as to where it went. ...more
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Jenny Miller grew up in Seattle, writing sappy (illustrated!) novels for her obliging parents. She studied creative writing at the University of Washington and holds a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. She still lives in the Emerald City with her husband, two kids, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat. ASYLUM is her first novel.

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