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Kathleen Hale Is a Crazy Stalker

1.96  ·  Rating details ·  615 ratings  ·  268 reviews
In six essays united by a common theme, Kathleen Hale traces some of the most treacherous fault lines in modern America—from sexual assault to Internet trolling, from environmental illness to our own animal nature. In these wide-ranging pieces, Hale proves herself to be an exhilarating new voice whose writing is both fearless and profound.

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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Grove Press
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Katie Goodreads has always allowed people to review before the publish date (at least as long as I've used).

Almost every time, pre-release ratings are from…more
Goodreads has always allowed people to review before the publish date (at least as long as I've used).

Almost every time, pre-release ratings are from people who have already read the book posting reviews. Occasionally, people use one- or five-starring a book pre-release as protest, but that's very uncommon (and controversial).

Lots of reviewers who wouldn't normally rate a book they haven't read are making an exception to this book. I believe this comes down to two reasons:

1- They aren't complaining about personal author behavior that has nothing to do with the book. The book itself is an attempt to capitalize on that very behavior. The essay and the title are an effort to repackage Hale's predatory behavior as cute and wacky, then literally profit off it. These reviewers aren't just downvoting the author; they're responding to the very concept of the book.

2- Most people rating are book bloggers or other reading influencers. Behavior like Hale's isn't just distasteful or unpopular--it makes it dangerous to do their work. With her actions, Hale has disqualified herself from traditional reviewing. She's shown that she isn't interested in a respectful, productive relationship with reviewers. It isn't safe to give her books traditional reviews, and she isn't entitled to them.

So, while of course people are responding to Hale's actions, they aren't just "unloading feelings" that have nothing to do with the book. Hale's behavior has everything to do with the book. They *are* looking on the book on it's "own merits." You can't tell before reading if a book is well-written or interesting, but you CAN tell if it is intended to profit off of the unacceptable treatment of the book community. And that alone should be met with a loud, clear NO.

(That said, I personally have shelved the book but not rated it. As a rule, I don't rate books I haven't read.) (less)

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✨    jamieson   ✨
Who the fuck in publishing decided the woman who stalked a reviewer, paid for a background check on them, took their address from a publishing database & turned up at their house over a one star review should write a book about it??

And meanwhile good people with great books can’t even get agents/get published?? This is a mess
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
nope nope nope nope nope nope aaaand nope.

Profiting off of the trama you put a goodreads reviewer through because she rated your terrible book low? nope. nope. how is this getting published? FUCK NO.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
Remember #HALENO:

She stalked a blogger here on GRs for a 1 star review of her book, and showed up at the blogger/reviewer's house to confront her, and bragged about the stalking.


UPDATE: Kathleen Hale hasn't learned anything. This interview with enrage readers and authors alike. She ignores that fact she stalked a reviewer an
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well I finally found the book that earns the second spot on my “Not if you fucking paid me” shelf. Seriously this woman stalks a reviewer all the way to her house and now she’s trying to make money out of it?

Fuck this book and fuck the publisher who is putting it out in the world!
Hell. No.

I rarely blog anymore, but Kathleen Hale's decision to stalk a reviewer is forever burned into my brain. It happened just as I started blogging - and I don't think I'll ever forget how her actions silenced a funny, beloved, snarky blogger.

Criminal behavior shouldn't be rewarded with a book deal.
Jan 04, 2019 marked it as thank-u-next  ·  review of another edition
Well, If I were the author I would be so happy for the following reasons:

This book made history as GR's lowest rated book

Too many profiles who gave this 1 star and that means many people to stalk and thus many future book to write!!

People are making shelves exclusively for this book. Take mine for example: I called it Thank U, Next and it is an exclusive shelf.

I guess we can all say congratulations?? 🎉🎉
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as not-gonna-happen-because-reasons  ·  review of another edition

From the synopsis:

In these six extraordinary essays, Hale proves herself to be an exhilarating new voice whose commentaries on womanhood, obsession, and the Internet are both hilarious and profound.

There is absolutely NOTHING hilarious nor profound about this author trying to monetize the very real and VERY SCARY fact that she stalked a reviewer online and then SHOWED UP AT THE REVIEWER'S HOME simply because they gave her book a one star review!!!

Shame on the author. And SHAME ON THE PU
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Words cannot describe my utter fury.

Blythe deserves better.

Also, I thought it was illegal in America to profit off a crime? Hale was never taken to court, but stalking is still a crime.
Amy (libraryofamy)
UPDATE 6/7/19:

Someone was kind enough to make a Twitter thread of photos capturing many pages of this book, which I read from there. I ain’t spending money on this. I’m not sure if I read the entire thing, but I did read a complete story of the situation involved Kathleen literally stalking a reviewer who gave her book one star. And..... it’s a fuckin trip. I do, however, want to mention that Kathleen cites that she experienced a mental breakdown from this whole ordeal, which I am genuinely sorr
Jaime Arkin
Are you fucking kidding me... others have linked and documented all the shit this author did and the fact that this is being published is a joke.
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as ceci-n-est-ce-pas-un-compte-rendu  ·  review of another edition
NOW AVAILABLE!! for what it's worth...

the BALLS on this one!

although, given the contemporary trend of people being rewarded/promoted/being given keys to a country after proving themselves to be made up of snips n' snails n' antisocial behavior n' terrible decision-making, i suppose this book was inevitable.

i do not think its ratings will be high here on goodreads.
Elle (ellexamines)
Jan 04, 2019 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc  ·  review of another edition
tfw the title is a little too accurate

Okay like. It's been months but honest to god I have a thing to say about this. I'm upset this author still views herself as the victim of this scenario. She was not. A Goodreads reviewer wrote an honest review of her book - a mean one, perhaps, but who gives a shit? She responded by stalking this reviewer and publicly calling her a troll for years because she had. a fake name. A fake name. On her Goodreads profile. Somehow, this justifies stalking her to th
Ben Ace
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as will-not-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm standing with the people who refuse to read or support this book.

Kathleen Hale is one of the most extreme cases of why reviewers are sometimes scared to post their reviews. Usually posting a negative is fine, because most authors have the good sense not to read reviews at all or at least to shake the negative ones off the best they can.

On the other hand, there are authors like Hale who see a negative review, ask for the reviewer's address claiming that the reviewer has won a giveaway, and st
That's... I'm just speechless. This is the feeling you have when you think you saw everything and then somebody just has to prove you wrong.


Let me tell you.


Is this the author's thinking?


So, let me tell you.


✨ A ✨
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-n-f
Wow Kathleen is officially the first person to make me feel unsafe on Goodreads : / Who the fuck decided it was a good idea to publish this shit??


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Kelly Hager
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago, Kathleen Hale catfished a blogger and then drove to her home. I would hope she'd learned from it, but since this experience is used for an essay in here and, based on the title, I would imagine not.

This is horrifying behavior, not a charming anecdote.
Ashley Marie
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-thanks
I'm generally not one for 1-starring a book I haven't read, let alone a book that hasn't even been published, but... to stalk a blogger/reviewer and then profit off that horrendous behavior? I don't think so. Gtfo. ...more
Peter Derk
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

In case you’re curious to read a review by someone who actually read it and knows what is contained within (and what the quality of those contents is), I’m your guy. Most other reviews here seem based on “Hell No!” rather than looking at the material.

Deciding to pass on a book is totally valid, but I’m not sure I feel the same way about one-starring a book that you’ve never read.

People, we don’t need to all notify each other that we’re NOT doing something that we find
Dita is taking a break from GR.
I wanted to read her side. I did. (I skipped the other five essays.)

I borrowed it from the library so as not to have an effect on sales.

Not rating, not reacting, not happy I read it and not sorry.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am strongly against rating books that I haven't read, but I will make an exception for someone trying to make a profit and joke about harmful things they have done to others. Do publishers even pay attention to what they are putting out there anymore? Or do ethics not matter when a paycheck is possible? ...more
Ryan Bada
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as hell-to-the-no  ·  review of another edition
i remember when the book community has erupted over the stalking situation and just seeing how this author is profiting over her story is both disgusting and just wrong. why did the publisher even agree to let her have this book published? that's the bigger question. ...more
laura (bookies & cookies)
Yeah, no, I'm good. Profiting off stalking reviewers is a bad look, not just for 2019, but in all of mankind. ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
but... am i the only one who's kinda... interested in this? no? just me...

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Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't funny.

Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one with any modicum of sense
Never ever. You shouldn't get to commit a crime (stalking) and then profit from it, especially so callously and gleefully.

A reviewer not liking your book comes with the territory and does not excuse the actions of K.H. Her reactions (see: what happens when K.H. over-freaking-reacts to a bad review) were tasteless then and a publisher picking this book up now is even more so.
Liz* Fashionably Late
"...introduces an arresting and madcap new voice for this strange American century." ...more
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as nopey-mcnopeface  ·  review of another edition
'Hilarious and profound'... Most people wouldn't use these words to describe someone who committed a crime and seeks to profit off it. Shame on everyone involved in this ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)

I ain’t skeered.

But seriously, I did read her first two books despite the fact that there was a chance she would show up at my door, so c'mon NetGalley do me a solid or I'll hit you over the head with a wine bottle. j/k - I'm not an author *wink*
Alexis U
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as no-buy  ·  review of another edition
Is this... a joke?

I would hope our collective memory is not so short-term that we can't remember Kathleen Hale once stalked a reviewer, who gave a one-star review to Hale's book, and Hale showed up at her doorstep with the intent to confront her.

I copied these links from Katie(bab)'s review:

Anyway it's been a while since I dusted off this
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Kathleen Hale was born in Wisconsin and graduated from Harvard in 2010. She is the author of two novels, NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE YOU and NOTHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN (the latter is forthcoming from HarperTeen in 2015). She also writes pieces for places like One of her personal essays, "Quit Everything," will appear in the collection NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE, forthcoming from Simon and Schust ...more

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