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Gloomy teenager Manee Srikwan wears long sleeves and keeps her hands to herself for a good reason–whenever she touches a person for the first time, she sees a vision of how they will die. Manee’s weird powers cause those around her nothing but misery and she’s long resigned herself to a life of loneliness. But her vivacious classmate, Stephanie Pierce, changes all that. Sh ...more
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Published September 1st 2019 by Regal Crest Enterprises
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What a fun premise for a book! Having a MC who can't touch anyone without seeing their death is just a fun new idea!

Unfortunately for me though, I didn't really realize that this was more of a YA read than anything. I want to mention up front that I'm not a huge YA fan, mainly because I can't stand the teenage angst that always seems to be involved, so this one probably fell a little short for me for that simple reason alone. I really do love the idea behind this story, but some of the execution
In just two words: teenage drama!
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trigger warnings: suicide, alcoholism, mental health, and child abuse
Also, mild spoilers?

Let me begin this review by saying I have been a big fan of Caitlin Alise Donovan (known as ladyloveandjustice on Tumblr) for a long time. I saw her post updates about her writing this book when she was in grad school. I watched her search for an agent, a publisher, and go through the long and challenging process of publishing her first book.

I am so extremely happy for her achievement. She published her fi
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for the Sapphic Book Club's March 2020 read.

For anyone who wants to read the book: TW for: suicide, child abuse, physical violence, emotional trauma, emotional manipulation (and tonnes of toxicity)

I won't rehash the blurb here, but let me just say that this book was really easy to get into. It's really quite well written, and I appreciated how gripping it was. But it's also very much like jumping right into the deep end - there's very little build up, the book just begins, a
Elaine Ciarnau
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was always something different about to happen but keeping with the same story line. It was loving, spooky. intense and drew emotion while reading it.
The visions Stephanie and Manee had felt so real. It was exciting to hear about what it felt like while having them. The entire story made me feel like I was there watching it being played out.
I can see these issues being real things happening to teens. You expressed them beautifully.
Janene Caldwell
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I I really enjoyed reading this book, it kept you in suspense and wanting more. I was very invested in the characters and
could really feel Manee's intense emotions. Would definitely recommend.
Arkham Reviews
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
Trigger warnings: Suicide, mental illness, violence against women, child abuse

Please note that this review, as always, is purely based on the opinion of this solitary reviewer. As always, if you are curious about this book, I do advise you to seek it out yourself and make your own judgements.

I was recommended this book by a friend who follows the author on Tumblr and thought that I would be my kind of thing and, I must admit, I was drawn in by its premise. I like the idea of a protagonist who is
Carol Hutchinson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something different!

Manee and her friend Stephanie aren’t your average teenage girls. They have abilities that are of the supernatural spectrum that causes a lot of complication in their already busy, complicated teenage lives. They grow closer, a stronger more intimate relationship slowly building between them as they realise they have more in common than they realise, and that their support for one another will be important both present and future. Nothing is ever as it seems, something Manee
Danielle Painter
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: up-next
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Kelly Picone
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recently had the pleasure of reading In the Way of All Flesh by Caitlin Alise Donovan. As a middle grades ELA and Reading teacher, I have read my fair share of young adult fantasy novels and have developed a keen understanding of what 7th and 8th grade students will read with gusto. In the Way of All Flesh checks off all boxes for me, and I cannot wait to share it with my students and staff. Donovan has created a character full of rightful angst and a story line that propelled me through the p ...more
Joanna Caldwell
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Peggy Oehm
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book by a new local author. I tried to read it through the eyes of a younger person. She had good character development and I did get caught up in the suspense of the story. Good beginning novel for Caitlin Donovan.
Kathleen Bretl Burns
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A page- turner.. I am looking for more from this author. It was full of reality with a little fantasy. I really felt like I was getting to know the characters! Great book!
Kathleen Bretl Burns
Cindy Stein
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, lesfic-ya
When high school student Manee touches people she receives a vision of their death. After a traumatic vision of her grandmother's death, she covers her body so that she won't touch anyone. A loner with a reputation as a weirdo, she is befriended by Stephanie, an attractive girl in her class. Stephanie believes that Manee has this power and is determined to stop a death of another classmate whose demise Manee has seen. As Manee and Stephanie get closer and feelings develop, Manee suddenly ends th ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful debut to this author's writing career! I was on the edge of my seat for every page. I've found one of my new favorite books! Keep up the good work!! :)
Irene Anderson
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the Way Of All Flesh is a lovely YA coming out allegory, well written and a compelling read. The author Caitlin Donovan has a good YA voicing and makes this LGBT allegory accessible and relatable beyond the LGBTQIA community. Simply put it is an allegory of coming out into your own without destroying all you know and all you love. In some ways isn’t this the trIal and task of YA differentiation and identity development?

What I especially love is how Donovan makes this fantasy/paranormal book
Lex Allen
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reader's Favorite Int'l Book Awards - 5 Star Review by Lex Allen

Manee Srikwan has a secret that has made her life a living nightmare. Her secret is a supernatural power that she ill-prepared to handle. To protect her secret she has kept her single parent father and older sister at arm's length for years. She has no friends because she's afraid to get close to them. And then, she meets Stephanie, a vivacious classmate that smashes through every wall Manee has erected. To Manee's surprise, Stephan
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

May have some vague spoilerish comments below, but attempting to keep this review spoiler-free:

It is refreshing to read a book about characters with flaws and mental turmoil that is not glossed over by the narrative. Manee is imperfect, Stephanie is imperfect, but they are still valued, important, they still deserve to find love, and family. I also enjoyed the focus being on the journey of the two main characters healing and finding a support system than the focus being solely on romance without
Leslie Caldwell
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
October is the perfect month for this book -- it fits right in with the Halloween motif.  But know that it is not the corn-stalk and colorful pumpkin display version of Halloween. If you are only a fan of the Treat side of Halloween and abhor the Trick flavor of the season, then be careful, very careful, with this book.  But for those who like an arms-length entanglement with the darker side of autumn, you'll get a good immersion with "Flesh."  The story is inventive and involved and truthfully, ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fully enjoyed reading In the Way of All Flesh and recommend it. The story is engaging. The talented young author has created characters that I quickly became invested in, and our lives merged. Ms. Donovan created a world that I was able to enter and share in the lives of the characters, not just read about them.
I have also read Caitlin Donovan's "Generations, Poetry Passed Down" that she wrote with her Grandfather. I thoroughly enjoyed her poetry along with her grandfather's poetry. It is a sm
Mace Francis
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I thought I was going to thoroughly enjoy this, but it kinda fell short for me.
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Caitlin Donovan is a journalist, teacher, blogger, poet and, above all, a huge geek for all kinds of fiction. Her passion led her to earn a MFA in writing from Queens University in Charlotte and she has been published in several literary journals, including The Great Smokies Review. In 2012, she won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Creative Nonfiction for her autobiographical short story, “The Misadven ...more

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