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All That's Bright and Gone: A Novel

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Fans of Jodi Picoult and Fredrik Backman will fall for this tenderhearted debut mystery following a young girl on a quest to save her family.

I know my brother is dead. But sometimes Mama gets confused.

Six-year-old Aoife knows better than to talk to people no one else can see, like her best friend Teddy who her mother says is invisible. He's not, but Mama says it's rude
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Published December 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Paige
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
“My gramma’s dead,” I explain. “I don’t have a daddy.” That’s what my Mama always says. She says I’m like a Cabbage Patch doll, that she found me growing in a garden and took me home.

Six-year-old Aoife attempts to navigate life amidst a winding family dilemma. With her mother recently institutionalized and her brother Theo dead, Aoife seeks to unearth the truth of her brother’s death with the help of her imaginary friend.

The emphasis of this book is on family and mental illness. Does a mental
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Liz
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book tugged at my heartstrings from the initial pages. Aiofe is six and has an imaginary friend, a large bear named Teddy. Her mom is in the hospital because she was yelling at Aiofe’s dead brother, Theo, in the middle of an intersection.

As we learn more about what’s been happening in their house, what comes across is how whatever kids deal with is normal to them and they don’t want anything to change.

Nellums does a wonderful job of showing us the world through Aiofe’s eyes. She totally
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Cheri
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aoife (EE-fa) may only be six years old, but there are things she knows. She knows that her brother Theo is dead, and she knows that she can see Teddy, who her mother says is invisible, so she shouldn’t talk about him, or especially to him when other people are around. On the day that Aoife’s world begins to crumble, her mother appears upset while she’s driving, crying and talking to Theo, screaming, and stops in the middle of an intersection with traffic surrounding them,
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Phrynne
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
This was one of those books where I wanted to have a serious talk with all the adults about the need to explain things to children. No matter how small they are they deserve more than "soon" and "maybe" and "your mother will explain it to you when you are older." In All That's Bright and Gone: A Novel we meet a little girl called Aoife who suffers in the worst way from not understanding what is going on around her.

I enjoyed the story and I loved six year old Aoife and the understandings she
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Holly
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
It’s unusual for a protagonist and narrator to be 6 years old but that’s what makes All That’s Bright and Gone so special. It’s fascinating to see the world through the eyes of a young child and be privy to her thoughts. We get to see how a child interprets a sentence/thought literally, which is not always correct. For instance, Aoife’s Mama tells her that her Uncle Donny has a silver tongue but Aoife says she saw it and it’s pink. When her neighbor is able to watch Aoife while her Uncle Donny ...more
Selena
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-copy of All That's Bright and Gone by Eliza Nellums from NetGalley for my honest review.

A surprisingly good book told from the point-of-view of a six year old girl, Aoife.

Aoife is trying to understand what is happening with her mother. Her mom is in the hospital after an episode she had so she can get better. Aoife's Uncle decides that he will take care of her, since her mom can't, so she doesn't have to be put in the foster system.

When her uncle comes to her home to take
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Kylie H
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aoife (Eef-fe) is a 6 year old who is struggling to understand what has happened to her family. This story is a bit like 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' or 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. The child narrating the story is not really comprehending the magnitude of incidents and conversations as they occur, but you as an observer are able to read between the lines and piece together what is happening.
Aoife finds herself at home with her Uncle Donny and her imaginary friend
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Aga Durka
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Any author who is able to write a believable and thought-provoking story from the point-of-view of a child has a special place in my heart. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to create such a book. To stay true to what a child’s mind is really like at such a young age (6-years-old in this case), and yet create a story that will keep the reader captivated, emotional, and mesmerized by its well written prose. Well, Eliza Nellums did it in her debut novel! This book was a delight to read, ...more
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From the first few pages of this extraordinarily written novel, I was hooked. Eliza Nellums has written a book for an adult audience entirely from a child’s perspective, and it’s engaging and mature. My heart went out to Aoife. There were times whilst reading the story that I was afraid of something bad happening to her and times when I just wanted to reach out to her and explain what was happening. Times when I just wanted to give her a hug. I loved All That's Bright and Gone and Eliza Nellums ...more
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Hold the presses...I absolutely LOVED this book, cannot say enough about how amazing it was and can't believe this is a debut novel. Eliza Nellums, if this is your first shot out of the gate, I can't wait to see what your future holds.

In the vein of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend or Only Child, our narrator here in a child, more specifically, 6 year Aoife. Aoife is in the care of her uncle following her mother's hospitalization for some mental struggles related to the death of her older
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Athena (OneReadingNurse)
LiThank you so much to Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

I spent most of the book thinking 'oh my gosh, poor Aoife' (ee-fah). Then I realised that she was actually a very brave little girl, but I still felt bad for her situation. The book opens with an incident involving Aoife's mom, and slowly we find out the events and circumstances that led up to the event, which was some sort of psychological melt down

We meet Aoife's uncle Donny as he steps in to
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Donna Hines
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
It's a story told through the eyes of a child that captivates audiences from around the world.
In this case the young girl is questioning the whereabouts of her brother Theo after he mother (Siobhan) went into the hospital suffering from 'confusion' and her Uncle Donny has been raising her.
Aoife with the help of her neighbor Hannah search for clues as to whether or not her brother is truly gone as she constantly questions when she can see him again.
The adults in this story seem to be telling her
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Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I know my brother is dead. But sometimes Mama gets confused."
I have to admit to you, I went into All That's Bright and Gone with some trepidation, even though I was excited. A story narrated through a child's eyes can be done so well, if done properly. If not, it's... usually a case of a huge trainwreck. coughBoyinthestripedpajamascough

But I really felt for Aoife, this inquisitive and emotional girl, who I just saw so much of my introverted child-self in. I burned with injustice for her,
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Cynthia
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aoife Scott is a six year old girl whose story begins after her mother has a breakdown that results in putting Aoife in extreme danger. Her mother has been hospitalized and Aoife, trying to make sense of the situation, believes that she needs to solve her brother’s murder and then her mother will be well again. She relies on her imaginary friend, Teddy, to help her through this emotionally confusing ordeal.

All That’s Bright and Gone is told from the perspective of a six year old. With that, you
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Adele Shea
Aug 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
At the beginning of this book I thought I would enjoy it so much that I would read it quickly but I struggled.
It seemed to get more strange as time went on.
This is MY honest opinion on the book, please give it a go if you like the blurb.
Hallie
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I don't like it when grown-ups cry. Most of all, I don't like it when Mama cries."

Y'all need to read this book! Really! I'm not kidding. Why is its publication date so far away? It needs to be out so that I can annoy the heck out of people by telling them to read it. I'll admit that I was a little disappointed because I did have extremely high hopes, but the book did offer what it promised, so I can't complain much. My unreasonable standards did hope for a mind-blowing psychological thriller,
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Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
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Eliza Nellums delivers an emotional story about loss, pain, and mental illness. The book is written in the voice of six-year-old Aoife who is trying to make sense of her family. With the help of her imaginary friend Teddy, a bear, she will navigate the secrets and discover the truth about what happened to her brother Theo.

This book is pure raw emotions and will leave you stunned in the end. At first, I was not sure I would like it, but as the story developed, I could not put it down. A new side
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Miki Mackennedy
We are introduced to 6 year old Aoife (Ee-fah) on a very bad and confusing day. It appears that her mom has had a bit of a nervous breakdown on while driving Aoife to the mall.

Fortunately she has her imaginary friend Teddy to make her feel safe while her mother stays in the hospital. When the hospital calls her Uncle Donovan to stay with her, we get a look into the life of a child being raised by a mother with mental illness.

As any young child, Aoife sees her life as perfectly normal. She
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Cathy
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All That's Bright and Gone
by Eliza Nellums
What an interesting story unique in how it is told from 6 year old Aoifes view point. Aoife knows her brother The is dead, everybody knows this but she doesn't understand what happened to him and she wants that mystery solved. With the help of her invisible friend Teddy (who she knows she isn't supposed to be talking to) and her friend next door neighbor Hannah they begin to ask questions and find out what really happened to Theo all while trying to
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Barbro-Katrin
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

It reminds me a little of Fredrik Backman’s “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry”, but in a tamer version. Found it somewhat lacking and a little boring. On the plus side, it’s short and easy to read
Basic B's Guide
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
All That’s Bright and Gone

What a unique and heartwarming debut. This book should be on your radar if it isn’t already. December 10th isn’t too far off and you won’t want to miss out.

Told from the imaginative perspective of 6-year-old Aoife, after an incident lands her mother in the hospital, she sets out to find out the truth about her murdered brother, Theo. Aoife asks valid questions that require tough answers and some that require more than a little prodding. Life through the eyes of a young
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Mommy Reads And Reviews
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly thanks to the Author and Netgalley for this Advanced Copy! This is gorgeous, thrilling, heart breaking and lovely all wrapped up in a beautiful child-narrated domestic thriller. I absolutely adored six year old Aoife (eef-faa) and her determination I’m figuring out the mystery surrounding her brother’s murder. She has a little help from Hannah, her slightly older neighbour and Teddy, her furry friend no one else can see!
Lolly K Dandeneau
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/
'There is a woman who is crying in the corner, real quiet. I don’t like it when grown-ups cry. Most of all I don’t like it when Mama cries.'

Aoife (pronounced EE-fah, which the adults never seem to get right) is caught up in the confusion and chaos of all the grown-ups around her. She understands the meaning of gone. Gone is forever, gone is DEAD– just like her big brother Theo. She knows better than to talk about it or ask questions, he was
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Amber Garabrandt
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aiofe (Pronounced EE-fa, please) is a sweet six year old girl that has had to deal with a lot. Her brother, Theo, is dead... she knows this, but there are times when Mama gets confused. When one of those instances ends up seeing Siobhan in the hospital and Aiofe home with Uncle Donny. All she wants is her Mama back home, but that isn't going to happen until she isn't confused anymore. Gathering her courage, she decides the only thing to do is find out what really happened to Theo so Mama can ...more
Karen
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought the premise for this book was really great - it reminded me a lot of Emma Donoghue's Room. The story is narrated by six-year-old Aoife (that's EE-fah), who doesn't understand why her mother has to stay in a hospital while she goes to stay with Uncle Donovan.

We begin to understand that Aoife hasn't been living in the best conditions, as her mother has been struggling with mental illness
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Roma
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: All that’s Bright and Gone

Author: Eliza Nellums

Length: approx 250 pages

Publisher: Crooked Lane Publishers

Publication Date: December 2019

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

My rating: 4/5

Summary:

The story is about 6 years old girl named Aoifa pronounced as EE – Fa. The story narrated from her perspective, is her quest to solve the mystery behind her elder Brother’s murder.

My Take:

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC for reading and reviewing
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Roma
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: All that’s Bright and Gone

Author: Eliza Nellums

Length: approx 250 pages

Publisher: Crooked Lane Publishers

Publication Date: December 2019

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

My rating: 4/5

Summary:

The story is about 6 years old girl named Aoifa pronounced as EE – Fa. The story narrated from her perspective, is her quest to solve the mystery behind her elder Brother’s murder.

My Take:

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC for reading and reviewing
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Jane
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

You can read all of my reviews at https://www.NerdGirlLovesBooks.com.

The story is told by six-year-old Aoife. No one can see her best friend Teddy, and her mama says it's rude to talk to people that no one else can see. Teddy is always with her and helps her navigate life. One day on their way to the mall, her mama starts talking to her older brother Theo. Aoife is confused. No one ever talks about it, but her older brother Theo died a long time ago. Her neighbor friend says Theo was
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Kathy
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.All That's Bright and Gone by Eliza Nellums is a poignant mystery written from the perspective of six year old Aoife Scott.

When her mom, Siobhan, goes into a hospital mental ward, Aoife's Uncle Donny comes to stay with her. Although she adores him, Aoife is desperate for her beloved mother to come home. She is an imaginative, smart little girl who clings tightly to the family's faith and her imaginary friend Teddy. Aoife is also friends with next door neighbor, Hannah, who convinces
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Pam
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I can’t believe it is a debut novel. I look forward to anything and everything else this author writes.

It’s told from the point of view of a six year old girl named Aoife (pronounced ee-fah.) We meet Aoife when her Uncle Donny comes to pick her up at the hospital. Her mom had a breakdown in the middle of the street, running from her car and has been hospitalized.

Aoife lives with her mom. She doesn’t know her dad, her mom says she came from a cabbage patch. She
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