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Last Train to Babylon

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Fans of Alice Sebold and John Green will be transfixed by this sophisticated, edgy debut novel packing dark humor, biting wit, and a lot of Jack Daniels

Who put the word fun in funeral? I can’t think of anything fun about Rachel’s funeral, except for the fact that she won’t be there.

Aubrey Glass has a collection of potential suicide notes—just in case. And now, five years—
Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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My mouth is literally hanging open when I finished this novel and I don't even know what to feel. For real. I was angry, sad.. I wanna cry, and I want to hug someone too. I just don't know!! But one thing is for sure, I was surprised. This book snuck up on me and totally squeezed my heart. It gripped me from the very first chapter and I never thought I'd like Aubrey so much. If you read this, you'll be surprised.

You see, Aubrey is a b*tch.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I gave up about 1/5 of the way through this thing.

This book is trying REALLY hard, but is falling flat time and again. It's like the nerdy girl at school who desperately wanted to fit in, but her yearning made her that much more unbearable. The main character is supposed to be relatable-yet-damaged, but in overcompensating for her vulnerability, she's actually just an unlikable bitch. She's a sniveling, angsty teen in a grown woman's body without any explanation of when or why she became that
Julie Rose
Sep 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Last Train to Babylon was one of the worst books I've read in a while. I usually reserve one star reviews for books that I can't bear to finish, but this one I actually did make it through, and I regret it.

The main character is so appallingly unlikeable that it's hard to get through it. For the first half of the book I sincerely hoped that whatever it was that Rachel had done was traumatic enough to warrant this unabashed hatred. So much hatred that Aubrey can't even muster a shred of sadness
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

I received an ARC from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I don't even know how to begin describing this book. The first few pages gave me a fairly good idea that I was in for an extremely interesting and dark story. In fact, it was so powerful that it's what kept me glued to the pages because I wanted needed to know how Aubrey got to that point.

This is a story of
Sara Cutaia
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I've read this year. I would give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could. Do yourself a favor and pre-order this brilliant little novel before October 28, because it is worth it. Charlee Fam has created a tragic story of broken friendships and traumatic choices and misunderstandings that define a lifetime. I fell in love with Last Train during the prologue, not simply for Fam's very real and honest voice of a lost and anxiety-ridden 23 year old girl, but because the story was about ...more
Therin Knite
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Jack Steiner
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty dark, but in the best way possible. I initially picked it up because I'm from Long Island and was drawn to the title, but I'm so glad I did. The writing was excellent, and I'm impressed this was by a debut author. It was very Girl Interrupted meets Brett Easton Ellis.

The characters were unlikable, yes, but in my opinion that's a prerequisite for a truly compelling story. It definitely hit the nail on the head with Long Island culture. Even though some of the town names were
Betty-jo McKeon
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this book with an open mind knowing this was the authors debut novel....and I was pleasantly surprised!! I enjoyed the narrative style and thought this young author has what it takes to become a best selling novelist!! I can't wait to see what she publishes next... This book brought out such feelings in me regarding the characters I found myself connecting with some and hating others. I thought Miss Fam really captured today's youth, the problems they face and the main character's ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY
A whiny asshole complains about other whiny assholes. AWFUL.
Amy Geduldig
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh wow, I think I'm in the minority, which is good for Charlee Fam. Aubrey is at best a two-dimensional character. She has two speeds - indifference and rage. Sure, some may argue that her circumstances forced her to build a wall and so in reality we're only being shown these two emotions, but I call BS. I don't have to like Aubrey, I don't even have to agree with her, but I do have to at least have some comprehension of why she does what she does. And I don't. The root to her problems (and I ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Last Train to Babylon is a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist journeys from the post-trauma agony (and not just the physical kind) of a hospital bed to a woman more certain of herself and more in control than ever before, ready to take her own best shot in the ever-uncertain and uncontrollable world in which we live. While it lacked the artistic merits of what I think are truly great novels, Last Train to Babylon was a memorable read distinguished by unusual strengths -- most notably a ...more
Doreen Cooney
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is a dark tale of a friendship between two girls Aubrey & Rachel. The story alternates between past & present building suspense. While it seems like Aubrey is an unlikable character she is dealing with a very major problem. This book reads like an express train on it's way to a train wreck. I could not put this book down until I finished it!
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A riveting teen angst super drama that kept me up reading all night! It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion, unable to turn away, yet not wanting to see the end results. It's fast-paced and full of suspense. And, although I am sure I am much older than the targeted audience, I still enjoyed reading it. Not for under 18 years old; excessive drugs, sex and alcohol use.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome first novel from Charlee Fam! I'll have an official review coming soon to Stay tuned!
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Last Train to Babylon is written from the point of view of Aubrey Glass, a twenty-three year old journalist, whose seemingly carefully controlled life is revealed to be hanging by a thread when she learns of her former best friend's suicide. Charlee Fam takes her characters back and forth between the present and past as Aubrey relives what she has tried so hard to block out and pretend didn't impact her. Aubrey returns home with every intention of not attending the funeral. Running into old ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book months ago and have pretty much let it sit with me whilst I read my way through a huge TBR pile. I finally have a small amount of time between heavy reading, caring for my clan and college coursework to write this review. I received two ARC copies in the mail from Harper Collins and sat down and read it in one sitting before I even knew what I was getting into. At first glance, I thought Last Train to Babylon was going to be less dark than it actually was for some odd ...more
Gemma Weir
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author, I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes....

This book is not for the faint hearted!!

It’s a dark, uncomfortable, thought provoking tale that will mess with your head and your heart and will spit you out affected.

Aubrey is a walking advert for mental health issues, I don’t want that to sound horrible but the girl is
Heather Wood
What an impossible book to rate! There were certain aspects of the book that I loved and I couldn’t stop reading. But I didn’t like the narrator at all! I’ve read books before with unlikable main characters, but Aubrey took this to a whole different level.

The book had a solid premise. Aubrey returns home because of the suicide of her ex-best friend Rachel. The girls had a falling out five years earlier and during flashbacks readers get to see what caused their friendship to unravel.

The parts I
Kyle  Anne Uniss
Last Train to Babylon is an authentic, harsh, and biting look at a damaged young lady forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past. Charlee Fam's debut is fantastic, a page-turner to the very end.

When we meet Aubrey Glass, she's not too far out of college, working very hard to feel nothing in life; she doesn't care about work, doesn't care about her boyfriend (with whom she lives), and she doesn't care too much about herself. When she gets a call informing her that her childhood best
Jamie Sadler
This was a DNF for me. I read through the prologue and though to myself WTF is this some book book filled with angsty teenage poetry... The main character was a snarky witch. She comes across as a spoiled, ungrateful, hateful snot who doesn't appreciate anything and is all pity me. I tried to like some of the other characters but it bounces around so much I felt like I had whiplash. After about five chapters I tried to skim through to find a point where I could pick it back up but I never did. I ...more
Kaitlyn Glennon
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bravo, Charlee! This is by far the best book I have read all year and was shocked when I found out this is Fam's debut novel. Last Train to Babylon is for sure a page turner full of relatable situations, characters you will love to hate and tons of witty, dark humor. Switching from past to present throughout the novel, Fam brilliantly portrays the story of a young girls journey from childhood to young adult hood and all the traumatic situations and toxic relationships that put her where she is ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
It was ok. Along the same lines as Luckiest Girl Alive and Sharp Objects. Not as good but still interesting and a very fast read - you could easily devour this thing in an afternoon, especially if you're eager to know what happens.

"Fans of Alice Sebold and John Green will be transfixed by this sophisticated, edgy debut novel packing dark humor, biting wit, and a lot of Jack Daniels"
John Green??? WTF??? Because apparently every new book is either like Gone Girl or The Fault in Our Stars >_<
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In three words...READ THIS BOOK!!! You will absolutely NOT be disappointed.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Received from and reviewed for them as well.
Jovana Đermanović
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is difficult book to rate, as there is so much in this book that I really enjoyed, and so much more that I didn't like at all.

Let's begin with the things that drew me to continue reading this book, because at first, I was almost convinced I couldn't finish it. First and foremost, I loved the Prologue. It was beautifully written, poetic-like. I loved reading stories about young Aubrey and young Adam, as it actually showed a different part of Aubrey, which was almost likeable (but not
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I just finished this book, and I feel all kinds of contradictory emotions over it. On one hand, I deeply related to Aubrey and her experience with PTSD, and I really appreciated finding a book that spoke to me in such a personal way. But on the other hand, the whole thing was so over dramatic, and there wasn't a single character who was likable. As much as I related to Aubrey, I found myself getting fed up with her more often than not. (Maybe that says something about how I view myself?) Rachel ...more
Lexi- Readabookplz
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nikki Mccurdy
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
It took me a little bit to get into Aubrey as a character. But, about halfway through the book, I couldn't put it down. The story line progressed well, but sometimes the writing seemed off to me. Overall a decent book, though.
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