This Close to Okay
On a rainy October night in Kentucky, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home from work when she spots a man precariously s ...more
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December BOTM selection.
Tallie Clark, a therapist who is recently divorced, is driving home from work one cold and rainy fall evening when she sees a man standing on the wrong side of a bridge railing. After some persuading, she convinces him to leave the bridge and chat with her over a cup of coffee. His name is Emmett, and while he is a man of little words, she quickly learns he doesn’t feel like he has anywhere to go. Tallie brings him to her home. (I know, I know...bu ...more
Well, this book was exactly what I needed to close out my January. I was on the struggle bus with pretty much everything I read. I can't even remember the last time I was in a reading slump, but this broke through that. I'm new to Leesa Cross-Smith, but something told me to check this story out. I had no idea what I was in for. Her writing is fantastic. It was so soothing and contemplative and therapeutic. There were very big themes discussed (suicide, grief, etc.), but it was neve ...more
One rainy October night therapist Tallie Clark is driving home from work when she sees a man standing on a bridge, looking ready to jump. She gets out of her car and runs to the man, begging him not to jump. Miraculously, she is able to get him to come down and he agrees to go with her to get some coffee and perhaps talk about his feelings.
After coffee, the man agrees to come back to Tallie’s h ...more
Roxane Gay has described Cross-Smith as a consummate storyteller, and that is precisely who she is. This Close to Okay is powerful and bold, with rich storytelling, and characters to champion.
Also, big kudos to the author for how she addresses mental health.
I received a gifted copy.
Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com ...more
The character development seemed to fall apart throughout the book — the decisions the characters made were sometimes bizarre and unexplainable. The last quarter of the book really felt apart for me from a storytelling perspective, as well.
It also felt like it was trying to do too much, touch on too many issues, and the ball was dropped several times. I was especially irked with how the book dealt with mental health / suicid ...more
Shortest Summary Ever: Psychologist Tallie is driving across the bridge and suddenly stops when she sees a man about to jump. Talking him down, she offers him a ride... the story evolves from there as Tallie befriends Emmett...
Thoughts: Man did this author crack open MY bag of feels. And I’m not a “feely” girl - I’m bad ass! I’m not crying... YOU’RE crying! That’s my face to the world. My TRUE face is one of struggle, years long with severa ...more
I seriously regret wasting my BOTM on this book. Immediately, the characterization of Tallie is TERRIBLE. She’s incredibly judgmental towards a man who was just about to commit suicide, goes through his personal things, and invites him into her home a couple hours after just meeting him.
At age 40, I’d expect Tallie to be more respectful, mature, and professional... she’s literally the opposite. Her thoughts read like a teenagers’, they’re very dramatic and immature. Can’t stand it. C ...more
First off, it's bleak, but that's not why I didn't like it. On a cold, rainy night, therapist Tallulah "Tallie" stops mysterious Emmett from jumping off a bridge. She coaxes him into her car, drives him home and allows him to stay with her until he feels stable. He doesn't offer much information up about h ...more
First, this story takes place in October in Kentucky, so the Autumnal vibes and Halloween themes were all over this one. If you're lining up Autumn reads and want some that aren't scary, add this to your tbr!
This story is intimat ...more
I tried to choke that down and get into the story, but the characterization is unbelievably bad. What is it with BOTM and shitty "therapist" characters? Don't even get me started on "lesbian half the time."
This is a crappy book, even if you're into the religious garbage. ...more
On many occasions, I thought to myself, “This would never happen.” I also wa ...more
I will say this though - people are upset with how Tallie, a therapist, behaved. While i ...more
Wait, scratch that, this is not an old-school Muppets sketch, just the continuation of my Book of the Month (BotM) adventure.
This was my second selection for December 2020.
Full disclosure, I am a mental health provider who specializes in suicide prevention, so I should have known better than to read this.
Therapy is rarely presented accurately in works of fiction (with some notable exceptions, like Sopranos, Te ...more