Wren's closest friend, her anchor since childhood, is dead. Stewart Beasley. Gone. She can't quite believe it and she definitely can't bring herself to google what causes an aneurysm. Instead of weeping or facing reality, Wren has been dreaming up the perfect funeral plans, memorial buffets, and processional songs for ...more
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I am a layperson in the realm of romance. Or, to rephrase that, a layperson in the realm of romance fiction (best to not indict my personal life in a book review). The first, true “romance genre” book I read was 50 Shades, which is a bit like preparing for a bakery tasting by getting smashed in the face with a pie.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect in this book—as far as tropes, pacing, or sent ...more
Wren is absolutely shocked when she learns that her best friend Stewart has died. They’d essentially known each other since birth (their mothers met during pregnancy) and even though their lives took very different paths (he became a TV star, she worked in grant writing), they were each other’s anchors.
Shaken to her core but unable to fully grieve, she is asked by Stewart’s mother to go through his apartment along with his friend and lawyer, George. She is quickly ...more
I don't want to give any spoilers, but I thought the arc of the story was so satisfying, and I loved that it took us through the whole process of grief, and all the many ways grief can manifest. It can make us all less flattering versions of ours ...more
I was not too fond of all of the characters ( even the MC Wren), even at the end when things became clearer. I truly found no humor in this novel -maybe it's my age or the fact that I've lived through things like this and never saw this kind of greed and one-upmanship.
This is a book I would recommend if you have a high tolerance to avarice ( even if i ...more
Wren's best friend since childhood, Stewart has died and she is in mourning. He was a TV star on a successful show, so many others around the country are devastated too, whether they were casual friends or complete strangers. Stewart's mother, who she's never been close with, has tasked Wren with going through his belongings. Wren understandably feels possessive ...more
This story was so relatable that I felt as though I had lost Stewart as well. The story unfolds over the course of a week, focusing on Wren, her complicated relationship with Stewart and his other friends who all seem to believe was the “closest” t ...more
I loved Competitive Grieving, an unexpectedly warm, funny, and heartfelt book.
I never would have thought I'd laugh out loud while reading a book that takes place during and immediately after Wren's best friend's funeral. But it happened. There were times when Wren grieved and remembered and tried to find the best way to move forward while honoring her friend's memory. Times when I could feel the tears coming. And there were quirky side characters, a sweet romance, and witty ...more
When Wren’s best friend dies unexpectedly, she is tasked with sorting his belongings. Stewart was a celebrity, so she now has to contend with the rest of the world who wants his memorabilia too. As she meets his Hollywood acquaintances, she wonders if she knew all of who Stewart was.
Wow, this book devastated me, but in a great way. Spoiler for my
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This book is mostly about grief (as I'm sure you can imagine from the title), and I really enjoyed the theme of it all. The way it tackles different ways to grieve, and feeling like you aren't feeling enough, or too much, or just grieving wrong in general was so important. There obviously is no wrong way to grieve, but it may always feel that way.
I really enjoyed Zelevansky's writing style. It was so funny and ...more
Wren’s closest friend Stewart Beasley is dead. As a rising TV star, plenty of people seem upset that Stewart is gone but it doesn’t seem genuine to Wren, who just misses her anchor since childhood. When Stewart’s icy mother assigns her the task of clearing out his flat, Wren finds herself surrounded by people each competing to own a piece of Stewart’s life and she begins to wonder if you can ever actually know anyone for certain.
The novel is from the per ...more
Wren's character bothered me a little bit at the beginning, but I warmed up to her as the book wore on and loved the story between her and ...more
Her childhood friend became an actor and was really loved by so many. But, after his death and upon sorting through his belongings, she finds herself havi ...more
I loved how the chapters alternated between the p ...more
The story was the first initial days after a semi-famous actor named Stewart died and told from the perspective of his lifelong best friend who had a hard time coming to terms with other people’s grief who she felt might be trying too hard but then also wondering if she knew him at all.
In general, I love the complexity ...more
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