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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Katharina’s husband isn’t coming home for the weekend—again—so she’s on her own. When their chaotic daughter Helli has a nosebleed, Kat has to dash off to school to pick her up.

Then their son, Alex, announces he’s bringing his new girlfriend home for the first time. Kat’s best friend from college is coming around tonight too, and she’s wondering if she should try to seduc
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 26th 2018 by Text Publishing (first published August 1st 2017)
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Sherri Thacker
Look At Me was not a book I enjoyed. I could not connect with the characters as much I tried to. Maybe because it was translated into English from German, it lost some words? I just don’t know. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review.
Anni K. Mars
3,5 Sterne.
Das Ende war crazy. Das Buch umfasst tatsächlich nur einen Tag, also eine sehr dichte, aber trotzdem interessante Erzählung eines Tages. Ich wüsste gern, wie es weitergeht.

Ich fand das Buch gut, wobei es mich nicht total umgehauen hat. Es geht hier um Katharina, eine Mutter von zwei Kindern mit einem Halbtagsjob und einem Ehemann, der sich hinter seiner Arbeit versteckt. Der Roman umfasst nur einen ‚normalen‘ Tag in Katharinas Leben; sie muss ihre Tochter aus dem Büro de
Karen ⊰✿
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
There was possibly something lost in translation as I really didn't engage with this novel.
The premise is simple enough - mother of 2 with a husband who works away and only comes home every weekend - is busy and stressed and then finds a lump in her breast.
The book doesn't dwell on her health and isn't morbid or sad. It just really didn't excite much emotion at all. I found the main character to not be very likeable, and most of her family and friends were all a bit strange too. The writing styl
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Look At Me is the fourth novel by award-winning German author Marieke Krugel and the first to be translated into English. It’s Friday, and Katharina Theodoroulakis is really not having a good day. Her husband Costas won’t be home from Berlin for their usual weekend of arguments and making up because of a work do he must attend. Kat could go, but her former flatmate from Uni happens to have a music gig in town, so he'll visit. That means making up the spare room and collecting him from the statio ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
via my blog:
'She got concussions and cuts and extensive grazing, was bitten by dogs and swans, and managed, with the assurance of a sleepwalker, to find the rotten branch in every tree she climbed.'

Katharina has discovered a lump in her breast, but she doesn’t have time nor the desire to ponder what it means, particularly the haunting possibility of her death. What would her husband Costas, son Alex and daughter Helli do without her? The novel begins with K
Text Publishing
'With a heroine so well-realised she feels like a friend, and piercingly true ruminations on the strange courses that life can take, Look At Me is a wildly impressive English-language debut.’

‘An enjoyable and thought provoking read.’

‘Kat and her family are deeply flawed but likeable characters; you want to cheer them on...A good read, suitable for long, dark evenings.’
Otago Daily Times

‘Definitely one of those “read in one sitting”, “hard to put down” books.’
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Jaclyn Crupi
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Look at Me wasn’t entirely for me. I enjoyed its feminism but was always aware that I was reading a book in translation. The language is pretty laboured and I found myself begging for a beautiful sentence.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Every once in a while I come across a book like this one which actually has respect for my poor heart. A book which I can just lie back in bed coffee cup on the other hand and just relax. Unlike the books I read which are so fast paced my heart races in tune with my vivid imagination this book had me relaxed.

I could actually focus on every word I was reading. The whole book is centered around Katharina our main character. She is a wife to Costas, who is only home during the weekends an
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ich persönlich habe bereits nach den ersten Zeilen des Verlagstextes beschlossen, dass ich das Buch lesen muss. Nein, muss möchte. Es verspricht ein ernstes, sensibles und heikles Thema in authentischen Humor zu verpacken, der ja gerade bei solchen Dingen unfassbar wichtig ist.
Kathi ist Mama zweier Kinder, einem halberwachsenen und recht ruhigen Jungen (Alex) und einer hibbeligen, lauten, anstrengenden, aber doch äußerst sympathischen Tochter (Helli). Costas, Kathis Mann, ist aufgrund seine
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem ich bereits viele positive Bewertungen zu "Sieh mich an" gelesen habe, war ich direkt neugierig und wollte dem Buch unbedingt eine Chance haben. Hier habe ich mir eine interessante, spannende und emotionale Geschichte erhofft und diese auch zum Teil bekommen - auch wenn ich zugeben muss, dass mich die Geschichte nicht gänzlich überzeugen konnte.

Dies fängt bereits leider mit dem Schreibstil an. An sich mag ich es, wenn Autoren einen mit ihrer Schreibe herausfordern, allerdings gab es für
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
„Sieh mich an“ ist die Momentaufnahme eines Lebens. Hauptprotagonistin Katharina steckt in einem typischen Leben fest, 2 langsam erwachsen werdende Kinder, ein Mann, der viel arbeitet und die ganze Woche in Berlin verbringt, während sie zwischen Teilzeitjob, Haushalt und den Kids hin und her springt und ihre Doktorarbeit seit Jahren im Arbeitszimmer vor sich hin ruht. Ich glaube wir alle kennen das, wir denken wir haben Zeit, wir schieben Dinge auf, wir schätzen nicht was wir haben, denn wir hab ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an ARC copy from Net Galley. I appreciate Net Galley for being able to do this sort of thing. But I was not able to find a copy of the book on Goodreads.

This was a very different story than I usually read.

First of all I spend all my time on Mysteries and Cozy Mysteries. This story was so far removed from my norm that I really do not know how to evaluate the book. I do not think that I would buy the book for myself or someone else.

It told the story of a family in Germany with an austis
I wanted to theme all of my reading to books set in Germany whilst in Munich and Salzburg, and selected Mareike Krugel's Look at Me as the first of my choices. It sounded really intriguing, particularly as I so enjoy sagas about dysfunctional families. I found that there were some really interesting elements to the novel, but it did not come together as well as it could have; everything seemed quite rushed toward the end. I did like the diurnal structure here, and would be interested in reading ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark humor. I loved it. Really German all the way!

Nothing really happens, but at the same time everything is going on with Katharina.

We go through her life with humor and sometimes sad moments but at the end it is just life.

I definitely see myself reading something by Mareike Krügel again. Translated of course but still.
Tee Wai
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Andres Borbon
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katharina, de mediana edad, ama de casa y profesora de música a tiempo parcial, se descubre un bulto en un pecho. Un "Algo", como ella lo llama. Su vida, calculada al minuto y gobernada por las exigencias familiares, sufre una sacudida para la que no estaba preparada. Amante de las listas, recopila en su inseparable cuaderno deseos, sueños, instantes luminosos y agravios. Tiene dos hijos y un esposo a quien solo ve los fines de semana, pues trabaja en otra ciudad.

En menos de veinticuatro horas t
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, romane
Katharina schreibt gerne Listen. Was muss heute noch erledigt werden? Welche Musikstücke lösen eine Gänsehaut aus? Welche Fragen kann ich nicht mehr hören? Welcher Spruch wäre passend für den eigenen Grabstein?

Letzteres ist nicht Katharinas makaberen Humor geschuldet, sondern dem Knoten in ihrer Brust. Dieser ist das unausweichliche Thema von Mareike Krügels „Sieh mich an“. Doch hier geht es nicht um den Kampf gegen die Krankheit, die Tage nach der Diagnose oder dem Neuanfang nach dem Sieg gege
Tina (KillMonotony)
„Sieh mich an“ von Mareike Krügel ist ein seltsames Buch. Es geht um den Krebs, den Protagonistin Katharina hat oder auch nicht, es geht um Familie, Nachbarschaft, Freundschaft und Wertvorstellungen. Zu Beginn des Buches tauchen wir ein in den Alltag von Katharina, die neben ihren zwei Kindern, die eigentlich drei hätten sein sollen, nebenher noch versucht, ihr Leben, ihren Job und ihre Ehe zu handeln – bis sie eines Tages in der Dusche ein Etwas in ihrer Brust ertastet. Montag wird sie zum Arzt ...more
Prachi Pati
I was lucky to get a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange of an honest review. And I just loved this book! I can't even begin to describe this book and the story, but what I liked so much about the book, were the thoughts the main protagonist and narrator- Katharine, during the course of the events of a single day! I would call it a tragic comedy. As you read about all the mishaps in the narrator's life- from her past, to the events of this day and what is coming for her in her future, ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
One of my reading goals this year was to pick up more works in translation, so when I won a copy of Look at Me, translated from German by Imogen Taylor, from Text Publishing, I moved it to the top of the pile. The story follows the life of mother Katharina across the course of a very challenging day, questioning her sense of self, the role of women and the ridiculousness of life. There’s a great balance between serious issues and humour, but the writing did feel stilted and a bit awkward. There ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado muchísimo. Habla sobre la aceptación de las enfermedades y la manera en que nos damos cuenta que ya nada volverá a ser igual, y como a través de esa cercanía a la muerte la protagonista reflexiona sobre su vida, el mundo y las viejas y nuevas generaciones.
No es un libro que termine con un mensaje de positivismo, pero tampoco sentí la amargura que me dejan los libros de John Green. En un día tratamos de comprender a la protagonista y la vemos madurar hasta que toma la decisión, don
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I went through a roller coaster of emotions reading this book. There are moments of such wonderful dark humour that I was chuckling to myself. Katharina's descriptions of her daughter's ADHD were heartbreakingly accurate. Her relationship with Costas, her husband was puzzling while the effects of her mother's death were clearly felt. I wasn't that keen on the ridiculous scene as an ending. Katharina and her 'thing' on her breast deserved more than that. I liked the pace of the book. It was a goo ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book, because for the first few pages I enjoyed the style of writing, but it just didn't work for me. As the book went on the writing (or maybe the translation) became clunky - again, I wanted to get behind a book that claimed to be putting forward a feminist argument, but the character came out with vast sections on why women's rights are important, but nothing she said or did around it seemed in keeping with this which made it feel tokenistic and tagged on. Examples inclu ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - 4,5 Sterne für dieses tolle Buch. Katharina hatte als Heldin dieser Geschichte absolut meine Kragenweite - ich fand sie sooooo toll!!! Es war ein Einblick in einen einzigen Tag mit einigen Rückblenden - so normal und gleichzeitig so verrückt, wie er nur sein kann. Das muss ich in ein paar Jahren unbedingt nochmal lesen!!!
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Look at Me, a novel by Mareika Krugel explores the life of Katharine Theodoroulakis in a single Christmastide day.
The day begins with a trip to once again pick up her daughter, Helli, from school. The day ends with Katharina’s meltdown and rescue at her husband’s Christmas office party. During this 18 hour or so period there are sad, funny, strange and ju
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Den Roman habe ich sehr gerne gelesen. Er hat mir viele erfüllte Lesestunden gebracht. Habe den extra langsam angegangen, um länger davon zu haben. Ein schönes Stück Literatur mit Tiefgang, das ich gerne weiterempfehle.
Der Titel hat mich angesprochen. „Sieh mich an“ in Kombination mit dem Fuchs auf dem Cover haben das Buch zu must-read gemacht.
Vordergründig ist es eine bewegende, humorvolle Geschichte der Mutter zweier Kinder, die vor Kurzem einen Knoten in ihrer Brust entdeckt hat und nun über
Feb 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Look At Me is an appropriate title here because this book is all about the selfish me me me lead character. Her inner dialogue was appalling and I found nothing remotely likeable or relatable about this character at all. Even her children were terrible.

The most infuriating thing was that the lead character tried to convince the reader that she was doing everything for others, but really inside she was just oh so very selfish.

The writing was messy and the layout was confusing. The reader does n
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017

Katharina hat vor Kurzem ein "Etwas" in ihrer Brust entdeckt. Bisher weiß niemand davon. Bevor Katharina sich dem Etwas und seinen Folgen stellt, möchte sie noch ein letztes "normales" Wochenende erleben. Doch auch wenn der Alltag sie voll in Anspruch nimmt, beginnt ihr Vorsatz zu bröckeln und sie blickt immer mehr auf ihr bisheriges Leben. Ist alles so geworden wie sie wollte? Am Ende entscheidet sie sich doch dazu, ihr Geheimnis mit demjenigen zu teilen, den sie liebt.

Meine Meinung:

Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Vorab: Ein Rezensionsexemplar war mir unentgeltlich zur Verfügung gestellt worden.]

An diesem Roman scheiden sich ja durchaus die Geister: ich zähle zu den Fans dieser Ich-Erzählung, an der ich teils ganz besonders jene Aspekte schätzte, die mitunter bemängelt werden, wie z.B. das offene Ende. Persönlich empfinde ich jenes aber gar nicht als besonders offen; die Kurzbeschreibung verrät ja bereits, dass „Sieh mich an“ im Grunde genommen nur einen einzigen Tag behandelt und dass dieser zu einem Ze
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„All das hier wird weiter existieren, mal wird das Meer einen Eisrand haben, mal wird es glatt und gleißend im Sonnenlicht liegen, mal werden Herbststürme seine Oberfläche aufpeitschen, und ich werde nicht dabei sein.“ (Zitat Seite 183)

Die komplexe Geschichte spielt an einem einzigen Wochenende, in Ich-Form aus Sicht der Hauptprotagonistin Katharina. Ihr bisheriges Leben wird durch ihre Erinnerungen, Rückblenden, erklärt. So erscheint der Zeitraum für den Leser weitaus länger, auch auf Grund der
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