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Bad Ideas

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Wildly funny and wonderfully moving, Bad Ideas is about just that -- a string of bad ideas -- and the absurdity of love.

Trudy works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy's mother, Claire. Claire still pines for Trudy's father, a St. Lawrence Seaway construction worker who left her 20 years ago. Claire believe
Paperback, 224 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by ECW Press
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Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and amazing book!
This was fast paced, realistic and wonderfully written book.
I loved everything and hope I will be able to read other books by this author soon.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
Amina Ibrahim
"Bad Ideas" by Missy Marston is a well-written and has a unique sense of style. This book is not at all funny. It was a bit dark for me but the ending was perfect. The characters are very well drawn and readers can identify with them easily. No character was perfect. Everyone had flaws and those flaws were what made me connect with them. The book certainly lived up to my expectations.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Small town Canada isn't always picture perfect. This books is the most honest fictional book I have ever read about growing up in the small communities along the St Lawrence River. Fast paced, scathing at times, this is a book that needs to be read and discussed. My only disappointment is that it ended. 😊
Missy Marton’s latest novel, Bad Ideas, is a unique little book. Coming in at just over 200 pages, this short piece of Canadian fiction peeks into the life of one Ontario family as they grapple with the choices they have made that have gotten them to where they are now.

Trudy’s life has never been anything special. She spends her days looking after her 4-year-old niece, Mercy, who has lived with Trudy and her mother ever since Trudy’s sister Tammy jumped ship and left their small town of Preston
Liz Laurin
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So I've discovered a recent new 'genre'(not sure if thats the right word.. maybe sub-genre) of small town Canada books where nothing 'really' happens but they have extremely intimate, or detailed relationships, great character studies, and just really well written descriptions of life in a small town.

It started with Miriam Toew's A Boy of Good Breeding, and now with Bad Ideas.

Growing up in Morrisburg, you grow up hearing the story of Ken Carter as a sort of mythical character, something that y
Terri Suda
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
LOVED reading advance copy of Marston's latest! It's refreshing to read something so original. Life isn't so pretty in the worn out bum Canadian bum town of Preston Mills , particularly for Trudy, her mom Claire and her niece. Enter Jules Tremblay, aspiring daredevil, and Trudy's life takes a turn she didn't see coming. Sharp, edgy writing by Marston, resulting in a compelling story that draws the reader in from the get-go. Can't wait to begin recommending this to my library patrons! Thank you, ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I disagree that this book is “widely funny,” it’s much closer to self deprecating humor, and ultimately tragic. Not a lot happens, which is completely fine since the characters are so interesting on their own. It’s a slice of some misfortune, written very compellingly.
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