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All the Lost Things

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A simmering family drama about a father and daughter who embark on a road trip through the American South -- but what they're leaving behind is as important as what lies ahead.
When we first meet seven-year-old Dolly, she immediately grabs us with a voice that is both precocious and effervescent. It has been a while since her dad has spent time with her, just the two of the
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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Mar 16, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read

Many thanks to Little Brown for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This story is told completely through the narrator's voice, who is a seven year old girl. The first few pages I thought were fun, but quickly I wondered if I would be able to tolerate that childish voice for the long haul. Ultimately I did, and if I overlook the rather strange choice of narrators, this was a really beautiful, sad, emotional and jarring story. I wouldn't say it is a suspenseful read, but it does pull you along at a rapid speed because, while you think you know what is going on, y ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Goodreads giveaway winner. What a fantastic book. Seven-year-old Dolly is taken on a road trip by her dad to have an adventure. After a few days of driving all day, gas station junk food and questionable motels, Dolly isn’t sure this is a good adventure. She relies on Clemesta, her toy horse, for conversation and checking her thoughts. Dolly is sure they are going the wrong way after a day at Dollywood, where she mentions her name and the staff gets excited.

This is a must-read for this year. S
Stephanie (earlgreyreads)
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
All The Lost Things begins with “the best day ever” for Dolly when her dad takes her on a mystery road trip. Dolly has her best friend and twin soul sister along with her-a plastic horse named Clemesta. While Dolly and her father spend the days driving and nights at different hotels, Clemesta begins to get concerned and urges Dolly to remember something. It becomes harder for Dolly to believe they are a fun road trip when she is asked not to tell anyone her name, and the angry bear inside her fa ...more
When 7-year old Dolly’s father suggests very suddenly that she go on an adventure with him, she’s initially thrilled. It means that she will get to spend time alone with her dad and besides, who doesn’t love an adventure? But as the days pass and they go further down into the southern states, her father’s behaviour becomes more erratic and she begins to sense that something isn’t right. She and her imaginary friend, a plastic horse named Clemesta, try to puzzle out why the adventure has turned s ...more
I had the plot pegged after the first quarter, but my God did I bawl when the truth was finally set free.

When Hachette (HBG Canada) asked if I was interested in this book, I knew I couldn't pass it up. I loved a good domestic and psychological suspense story. And this gave me both.

Told from the POV of seven-year-old Dolly, we follow her through her first adventure alone with her Dad. He packed a bag, grabbed her hand and told her they were going on an adventure while Mom was away
Donna Hines
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Have you ever been that kid with the imaginary toy animal who simply wanted to be loved and cared for while spending quality time with your family and friends?
This is one such book that examines that parental relationship but with a twist as this family has a secret, one too deep to address as they are living in essence on the run.
What they leave behind is far more involved than where they are headed but the notion that a child is involved makes it crucially important that it ends quickly and sa
Elaine Young
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dolly Rust, an extremely bright seven year old, is the narrator in All the Lost Things by Michelle
Sacks. Dolly and her toy horse, Clemesta go on an adventure road trip with her Dad when he surprises her one morning. He tells her that they are going to the best place in the world and at first Dolly is
excited, especially since she spends so little time with her father. The first few days are fun filled but Dolly, who is a perceptive child, soon feels something isn't right and that her Dad is ac
Cherie Gilmore
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Deb Ristow
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. All the Lost Things is the story of Polly and her father and the 7 day journey they embark on along with Dolly's favorite toy, plastic horse Clemesta. Dolly is an extremely bright child and has the week unfolds we hear her voice as told from the voice of Clemesta about the reality of her situation.

This was an amazing read- one that I devoured in less than a day. Told from the voice of seven year old Dolly intermixed with the voice
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This story is told through the voice of a seven yr. old. It doesn't matter how many times the child is called remarkable or precocious, it is difficult to write a book this way. If I had not received the book through a goodreads contest, I would have stopped reading early on. Dolly has her toy horse with her, so the conversations are supposed to be imaginative, or bordering on brilliant with the horse. Unfortunately, it just falls flat and what is the random capitalization of words and phrases? ...more
Linda Munro
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this ook via a goodreads giveaway. It was one of those books that I probably would not have read if I had not received it this way; but it is a novel I am glad I did not miss reading!

This story is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Dolly and her magical toy horse/twin Clarissa. Dolly is a typical seven-year old, longing for time with her father, Clarissa ia the seven-year-old’s voice of reason.

Dolly and Clarissa are playing animal rescue on the front porch of their home. At this
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
First I would like to state that I have received this book through goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend this book to others. It is a very good read.
Meagan Hansen
Goodreads/first read win. I didn't love and I didn't hate this story. I found it difficult to want to continue reading with this story being a seven year old's narration. The random words being in all Caps got old fast and was actually quite distracting. I am glad I did finish this though. I predicted early on how it would end. That said, the ending was still a punch in the gut. Emotional rollercoaster.
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway; thank you for your generosity.

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't exactly "riveting", and I was a bit frustrated at times with it being written from a 7-year-old's perspective, but it all came together in the end and made it work.

Marsha Paul
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Through the eyes of a child. Filled with fear, love and sadness.
Suzan Turley
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
THe story was interesting, however I would have liked more character development and a little more mystery - I actually had the ending figured out by the end of 4th chapter.
Irene Marston
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dad daughter Clemensta horse....
Road trip "adventure"
Jane Meneely
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Desperation - what a father will do for his daughter; what a daughter will do for her father and herself.

I wasn't sure how the narrator voice would annoy me, but surprisingly, it faded away and wasn't distracting.

Good, quick read. Lots of quirky characters interspersed throughout.

I received this as an ARC from GoodReads.
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Michelle Sacks was born in Cape Town, South Africa.

She holds an MA in Literature and Film from the University of Cape Town, and was shortlisted twice for the HSBC/SA PEN Literary award. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014 for the story, All Them Savages, and in 2018 for Hitler Hates You.

She is the author of the short story collection, Stone Baby, and the novel You W