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The Museum of Us

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.

Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.

When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Random House/Wendy Lamb Books
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May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
We all daydream. We all get caught up in an imaginary “us,” the one who has wonderful adventures, is the side of us no one knows and we aren’t always alone. We may have a partner in our daydreams, someone who makes us brave, sees the best in us and pushes us to new heights. What happens when the lines between fantasy and reality get blurred just a little too much? What happens when we would rather go to our “happy place” rather than face reality?

THE MUSEUM OF US by Tara Wilson Redd is the story
Fidan Lurin
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as Random House/Wendy Lamb Books for this advanced copy which is expected to be released on June 26, 2018.

Sometimes, well, often I find myself sitting at my kitchen table, walking down the street, laying in bed, riding in an airplane without really being “there.” I slip away from reality for moments on end, dreaming about far off places, worlds, and possibilities. I
“I never could resist an unread book.
You know when you read the back cover of a book and get so into it, because the idea of the story is so awesome? And even before you’ve read it, you’re super-excited just to get to spend time in that world with those people?”

This book had a very misleading synopsis but was such a beautifully written book.

Sadie has a supportive family, a best friend, and a loving boyfriend. She also has a secret life, one of magic and mystery and adventure, and George.

Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018, 2018-debuts
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Sadie and George have been on amazing adventures, and he was always there for her when she needed him. However, George was not real. He only existed in her imagination, and Sadie was struggling more and more with being present in the real world and escaping it with George.

After a car accident landed her in the hospital, Sadie was forced to confront her issues, and had to choose between George and living in the real world.

This was a really interesting exploration of mental heal
This book struck a chord with me and I soon realized that its premise was similar to Made you up, but in a higher level. After a long time finding a book that tugged at my heartstrings like All the bright places, I had an instinct that it was up my alley. The Museum of us is so raw, appealing and emotionally touching. I love everything about it: the cover, the simple-but-poignant premise.

This story is about Sadie - who is caught up between 2 worlds. In this daydreaming world , she has lived thro
catherine ♡
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
*Thanks to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review!*

Actual Rating: 1.5

Trigger Warning: Mental Illness, Cutting

This was definitely not what I expected from the blurb. The synopsis for the The Museum of Us follows Sadie, who is living the good life with her boyfriend Henry and her best friend Lucie. When Sadie gets into a car crash, she is sent to the hospital as she cries out for George. George, her hero, her prince, her secret. One other thing - George isn't real.

I had no id
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This book is something else and I think it’s one that might stick with readers for a long time after they’ve reached the last page because throughout my entire read I couldn’t stop seeing bits of myself in our main character Sadie.

It’s so hard to even write this review because there were many moments when I was smiling at something thinking, yeah I’ve been there or I’ve totally done that, and as it progressed into more of the reality aspect and what that meant for her state of mind is where I s
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
*I received this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I wanted to like this but something about it wasn’t clicking for me. It was a story about mental illness and meant to be heartbreaking and powerful, but for that to happen I would need to have formed an attachment to the characters, which I didn’t. I can’t even think of characteristics of each character because they all didn’t seem real or formed at all. And the ending confused me. I think it was trying to have this de
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
Read my full review here!

2 stars
I feel like this author was trying so hard to make this book emotional and in the process of that, it shows that she tried too hard. I feel like everything that happened in this book was foreshadowed and didn't really make me feel anything.

Henry and Lucie were bland characters and were included in the story, but we didn't know anything about them, the flashbacks were supposed to make us get to know them better but it ended up just being confusing.

The time jumps be
Alejandra Rodriguez
**an ARC was provided to me by Net Galley for review purposes**

I found this book to be a little confusing. Mostly, because the synopsis paints a completely different picture then what the book is actually about. Maybe that's what the publisher was going for, but I was expecting a completely different book. I thought that the writing was beautiful and that the plot was quite unique. It was interesting to go into this book not knowing exactly what is going on, which I think is the ideal way to app
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE MUSEUM OF US by debut author Tara Wilson Redd is a thought-provoking and beautifully written ode to the secret worlds of imagination that occupy the minds of authors, readers and dreamers alike, as well as an acknowledgement of the dangers of such worlds.

Sadie Black occupies two worlds. The first is her real life, with her parents, her boyfriend Henry and her best friend Lucie. She’s an average high school student who loves Harry Potter and old movies and runs cross country. The second is th
Sometimes the world really is too much to face, and many of us resort to daydreams or escapist behavior. For many of my friends and me, escape may come in the form of reading books and watching movies, harmless enough pursuits, I suppose, when one considers all the other options that are available. But for Sadie, her dreams and imagination are so vivid that often, reality pales next to them. In her fantasy life, she and her romantic partner, George, have many wild adventures, visiting several ex ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This one surprised me. It was a lot more intense than I thought it would be, and it kept being more intense than I thought it would be.

I wasn't sure how this was going to go in the beginning. I think I was just reading too fast, because I had no idea what was going on. I couldn't figure out whether her parents were alive or not, or how old she was
Up All Night With Books
3.5 Imaginative Stars
Review by Amy
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Up All Night w/ Books Blog

Tara Wilson Redd’s The Museum of Us was a world of imagination, adventure and discovery. A young adult story that melds fantasy, reality, mental health, and teenage angst into a creative, imaginative, and emotional world.

Sadie has been hiding a secret for years and when she gets into an accident, she is afraid it is going to be discovered. As she recovers physically in the hospital, she also begins to question her men
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
Okay so I really wanted to give this story a chance because it deals with the issue of mental health, which is something very near and dear to my heart because I have seen both my father and younger sister dealing with their demons over the years. Mental health is real, it's dark and it's something that is ofter brushed under the rug because it doesn't fit into a neat little box filled with sunshine and rainbows.

Since not many authors are willing
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
*I received this as an ARC from NetGalley*

I was very intrigued to read this because it sounded really interesting and different. The writing is excellent and I really enjoyed the way the author describes things. But I felt that it didn't go deep enough into the mental health realm. I know that everyone deals with mental health differently but most people have a harder time walking away from something, be it real or not, than just deciding to give it up. I had a hard time with Sadie not really re
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book because the plot was so intriguing (and the beautiful cover omg)! 💔 The first two chapters were super mesmerising, but then everything went downhill soon after. The relationship between the main protagonist Sadie and her boyfriend Henry confused me so much, like I didn't sense that they genuinely love each other at all. It felt more like a fluctuation (aka a total mistake) than anything else. I just don't understand how they're together lol. I was really hoping ...more
Colleen's Conclusions
I received The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It doesn't impact my review in anyway.

When I first received The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson I thought it was going to be completely different. The writing style wasn't bad, but the plot ended up not being for me at this time. I ended up not finishing it at 22 percent because I couldn't get more into it, but maybe it'll be my cup of tea another time. (I should really say my cup of Dr. Pepper because
Monique Maggiore
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was not sure if I was going to like it, but the synopsis paints a totally different story. The beginning of the book at first completely confused me. The story unfurls into mental health exposure. The main character, Sadie, is living in two worlds - the real world with her parents, friend Lucie, and boyfriend Henry - and then her secret world with George who no one knows about. This is a powerful, emotional, and intense journey of a story. Redd has ...more
Tiffany Marin
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, netgalley-books

Sadie is living within two worlds. There’s the real world where she has supportive parents who encourage her to pursue her dreams and interests, and from whom she’s been given a love of traveling, vintage cars, and old vinyl records. This is also the world where Henry, her rocker boyfriend, lives. He treat
Paul Randall Adams
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.

This book was not what I was expecting when I first downloaded it. The blurb that accompanied it was vague and mysterious and something about that intrigued me.

Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.

When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for Georg
Anne McLeod
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Imaginary friends are normal, right? Lots of kids enjoy having a special and secret friend who accepts them unquestioningly and indulges their fantasies in ways that affirm their unique identity.

For Sadie, dreamy and socially awkward, George is that special someone, a hot, swashbuckling, funny, complicated guy, a sort of dream date who allows her to live out the adventures in the movies and books she loves. Together, they are pirates, spies, soldiers, wizards. But Sadie is in high school, with
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided an arc by NetGalley in exchange for a review*

Sometimes you start reading a book and think you have a clue what you're in for and then it completely surprises you. That's how this book was for me. After the first few pages I thought I had it figured out. Thought I knew where this story was going. I had no clue.

This book hits very close to home. I really connected with the main character Sadie, as I think most readers will. The love for books mixed in with the escape of reality th
Michelle Kidwell
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Museum of Us
by Tara Wilson Redd
Random House Children's

Wendy Lamb Books
Teens & YA
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Museum of Us through Random House Children's and Netgalley:

Let me start of by saying The Museum of Us impressive debut novel.

We have a way of letting secrets, even our own out.

Sadie loves her boyfriend whose a rocker named Henry, her best friend and and running partner Lucie but it is George she is passionate about, George who is her secret.

The only problem is Geo
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this book, but its sort of hard for me to figure out how to describe it or what to say here. What I will say is that the blurb is not really a good indicator of what the plot of this book actually is about. The whole book unfolds while Sadie is being held in a psychiatric ward after wrapping her car around a tree whilst driving alone. Sadie was lost in a "daydream," and didn't see the tree in front of her. Her daydreams are not really daydreams, though, and are really hallucinati ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
*3.5 Rating
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/31/18:

Sadie lives two lives. In reality, she is a high school student with a boyfriend and awesome best friend, but she prefers to live within her imagination whenever possible. George, the one she loves more than anyone, exists solely within her imagination, but Sadie is convinced that he is real. The novel opens when Sadie and George are off on one of their adventures, but the night ends abruptly when Sadie cra
Thank you very much to Netgalley, Random House Children's and Wendy Lamb Books for allowing me to read a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 🙏🏻❤️This book was released today and I do hope that readers of all ages will pick up a copy of it.

I do believe that this book ( my 42nd I've read this year) has been my biggest surprise yet, in a very good way! I have to admit that throughout the entire first half of the book I truly struggled to identify with the main character, Sadie B
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list

This book was pretty amazing.

I loved Sadie and related to her quite a bit. I too was an imaginative kid who created elaborate fantasies in her head. Sometimes based on books or movies or a montage of both. Sometimes I just free-style created. Sometimes I acted them out with friends, other times my toys. Sometimes I'd sit and draw. Other times I'd just let my mind wander. I was a creative kid (The Neverending Story was my favorite movie), but I always knew the difference between fantasy and
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Tara Wilson Redd, a graduate of Reed College, grew up all over the United States, including in St. Louis, Seattle, and Central Oregon. An impenitent dilettante, she is interested in everything, but especially language, travel, and animals. When she is home from her adventures, she lives in Washington, DC where she works in libraries.

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