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Keek’s life was totally perfect….

Keek and her boyfriend just had their Worst Fight Ever; her best friend heinously betrayed her; her parents are divorcing; and her mom’s across the country caring for her newborn cousin, who may or may not make it home from the hospital. To top it all off, Keek’s got the plague. (Well, the chicken pox.) Now she’s holed up at her grandmother
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Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Alena
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can't really recommend this book because:
1) It's truly overwrought, melodramatic teen fiction.
2) The author is OBSESSED with The Bell Jar and the references are endless.
3) The protagonist (who's typing her diary entries) types "Sofa King" instead of "so fucking" about every 5 pages.
4) I was able to put this book down for a month and pick it up in the middle without missing anything.

BUT...I can't help but be impressed because this little novel was written by a few alumnae from my high school, a
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Noelle
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
First off, I need to express my undying love for the heroine of this book. Holy eff, Keek is just fantastic. I felt such a strong connection with her that several times it seemed like she was speaking directly to me, cracking me up with inside jokes and telling me stories I'd specifically appreciate. Keek's voice is so strong. She is real, funny and overall so damn INTERESTING. I loved her from her first feverish sentence. I'd even go as far as to call her one of my favorite heroines ever.

Somet
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lucy  black
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I like a good ramble and mumble grumble but this book has pretty much no plot. Her parents have broken up, shes an angsty virgin and that's about it for the whole book. I kept reading it and gave it 3 stars cos I quite liked the tone, shes witty and I liked the literary references.
Sadie
Jun 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
UGGGGhhhH
I did not like this book at all. I had a sticky note stuck to the front cover so I could write down big points that bothered me. HERE GOES-
-As mentioned in a previous update, THE “SOFA KING” BUSINESS. I kept a tally and from beginning to end the main character, Keek (ugh), used the phrase 25 TIMES. Is it supposed to be funny? Cute? Zany?!? I am left without answers
-Keek was so unbearable. Pretentious, slut-shaming, whiney.....just the kind of person that you know would drive you crazy f
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Kelly Hager
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Keek's life sucks. Her parents are splitting up (her dad cheated), she and her boyfriend had a huge fight and now she's quarantined at her grandmother's house with the chicken pox. (Which apparently is the worst thing ever when you're a teenager; she's sick for ages.) She's getting through it, though, thanks to a typewriter (did I mention that her grandma's house has no internet?) and a copy of The Bell Jar.

I need to re-read The Bell Jar, I think, because it is all over this novel and it's not a
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Jen Ryland
From "Best Kept YA Secrets 2011" www.jenryland.blogspot.com Dec 13, 2011

Sylvia Plath. Chicken Pox. An old-fashioned typewriter.

This sounds like a party game: pick three things out of a hat and make them into a story. But it works. Keek is quarantined at her grandmother's house with a case of the chicken pox and this mysterious device called a typewriter. She's pissed at her boyfriend. Her parents are splitting up. And she's obsessed with Sylvia Plath. This book is clever, poignant and funny. Ke
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Kai
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

I will be starting this review with the quote: "Sometimes things fall apart so they can fall into the right places." It might not be the exact quote, but it's the one I remember vividly while I was reading this book.

Keek's life went from perfect to worse. Just a week ago she was still happy with her boyfriend, Matt, until they had a fight over doing "it". Until she contracted chicken pox. Until her parents' marriage became a big disaster. And until her so calle
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David
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's always nice when one cursorily reads something nice about a book on a blog, then months later randomly sees it at the library and picks it up whilst somewhat remembering hearing about it and not only does it turn out to be quite good, but Really Quite Good Indeed.

In And Then Things Fall Apart, high school student Keek has a revelatory summer after developing a later-in-life case of the chicken pox. She's feuding with her best friend and boyfriend, her parents are separated after her father
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Kristen
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
This is going to be a pretty short review because i don't have a whole lot to say. I really wanted to like And Then Things Fall Apart but there was not much about this book that I actually enjoyed.

I think all of the Sylvia Plath was a little too much for me. I feel like since I have never read The Bell Jar, i missed out on half of this book just because I didn't get any of the references. I always felt like I was missing something.

I also really couldn't connect with Keek very well. I felt like
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Tracey
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
oh my goodness this book did nothing for me. the only thing i enjoyed was the scattered poetry inbetween chapters and (view spoiler) which was just the right tone of anger and longing for a lost friend. but i still wish i hadn't wasted time reading this book.
Amy
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't planning on 5 stars, but you know what? It is amazing and I loved it, even if some of it made me a little squeamish. It's not perfect it's true, but insightful and funny and very well done. I tore through it.
Jenny
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING. It was me, written through pages and pages.
Kelly
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: high-school
Sylvia Plath/Bell Jar references throughout
Sarah (YA Love)
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Actually 4.5 stars

And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky is a prime example of great contemporary Y.A. literature. Keek has a true, authentic voice, which I enjoyed immensely. I’m actually struggling right now trying to find the words to write this review because I loved this book that much.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if And Then Things Fall Apart was a book I wanted to read when I first heard about it. I hadn’t read that many reviews, and I’ve never finished reading The Bell Jar, so I d
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Rabiah
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc, blog-tour
Originally Posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2...

**This Review is based on an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy). The final text/cover may change.**

"You know the saying, "It's darkest before the dawn," right?
Well, for me it was as bright as the freaking sun before the meteor hit.
I was ablaze with happiness.
And then things fall apart."

And Then Things Fall Apart tells us Keek's story, how her normal, perfect life went down in a couple of days. Her account of her summer where everything fell
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Magan (Rather Be Reading)
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
[Review originally published on Rather Be Reading!]

I was so hopeful that And Then Things Fall Apart was going to be a sweet, fun read. It sounded like Keek was going through a lot and I was ready to go all Jersey Shore with a fist pump in celebration of another contemporary young adult book. I wish I could say that And Then Things Fell Apart lived up to my expectations.

Keek was a whiny fifteen-year-old character. She complained about absolutely everything. In the beginning, I gave her a lot of l
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Judy (Geeky Reading)
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
~4-4.5/5
[Taken from my blog: http://geekyreading.blogspot.com/2012... ]

I was expecting this to be good, and it was. I usually end up enjoying letter or journal style books, especially when it's about a person that might be rambling and thinking a lot throughout the book, and when I found out that's what this book is, I wasn't disappointed.
The book is about Keek, who has chicken pox and is staying with her Grandmother, while her parents are divorcing and she's trying to deal with her fight with h
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 4.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Gorgeous prose. Straightforward, engaging, lively-yet-deep lead that gets under your skin in the good way. "Bell Jar" references (if you love the book). Lots of bittersweet fun.
Cons (= WARNING!): Heavy petting and sexual desire are discussed at lenght by a 15 years old girl.
Will appeal to: Those who like journal entries, multifaceted musings and Sylvia Plath.

Can I go all fangirl over this book? Because seriously,
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Nancy
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5
My take: Keek is short for Karina and she's just a 15 year old book geek who is cut off from civilization and sanity ash she convelesces in her grandmother's attic. She has the chicken pox which is much worse when you are a teenager. Her only company is a copy of Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar and an old typewriter. She isn't speaking to her adulterating father, her mother is choosing to be in California helping her own sister with a premature baby instead of caring for Keek, she and her boyfriend h
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Janet Morris
It wasn't very far into this book when I realized that I didn't really like it. I kept trying to convince myself to just enjoy the story or, at least, not to get too down on it so quickly. I was hoping that it would redeem itself somehow, but I don't think that it ever really did.

The narrator, a fifteen year old girl nicknamed Keek, is stuck at her grandmother's house during the summer with a case of chicken pox because her parents didn't get her vaccinated for that or any other communicable dis
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jul11, 2011-ya-debut
And Then Things Fall Apart is so far from what I thought it was going to be, but fantastic all the same. As depressing as it may sound for Keek to be stranded at her Gram’s house, with chicken pox –

like the flu, but with infectious and hideous wounds that itch like fire-breathing ants all over your body and could scar you for life if treated improperly. ~ pg. 8

– alone with her thoughts, her Gram’s old typewriter, and her cheating father living in the basement, it’s not. Keek’s life is in the pr
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Elisquared
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: contemporary ya lovers, as well as literature lovers
This is a book I picked up last year at NCTE. I got to meet Arlaina Tibensky, and chat a little bit before getting my copy signed. She is hilarious, and based on her signature, has a love of Battlestar Galactica; it simply endeared me more to this awesome book! And Then Things Fall Apart is an introspective and intense look into a young woman’s life dealing with family, friend, and relationship issues.

Keek, the protagonist of the story, is stuck at her grandmother’s house with a gnarly case of t
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Lauren
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Keek's big plan for the summer definitely didn't involve catching a rare case of the chicken pox and being stuck at her grandmother's house with only an old typewriter and a copy of The Bell Jar to keep her company. However, nothing has really been going Keek's way lately. Her parents are splitting up - probably for good if the fact that her mom has run all the way off to the other side of the country is any inkling. Her reckless best friend Amanda has deceived her in one of the worst ways possi ...more
Clementine
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poems
For fifteen year old Keek, things have certainly been better. She’s in a huge fight with her boyfriend, her best friend betrayed her, her parents are splitting up, and Keek’s suffering from a wicked case of the chicken pox. Because her mom’s across the country visiting her sister and her dad is moping in the basement, Keek’s staying at her grandmother’s house, where technology doesn’t exist and all she has to distract her is her beloved copy of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath an ancient typewriter. ...more
Kelsey
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2011
And Then Things Fall Apart was a fantastic contemporary novel that reminded me why it was one of my favorite genres of YA. I went to Arlaina's signing a few months back and was very intrigued by the passages she read. It took me awhile to dive in myself but, once I did, it was hard to stop reading! There was something so original and unique about Arlaina's debut. The fact that Keek was writing her story from bed while suffering from chicken pox put an interesting spin on everything. I was worrie ...more
Angel
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I DON'T EVEN CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS, I LOVE THIS BOOK. (Proper review below.)

Discovery: I first mentioned this book in an Anticipation post . While I hadn’t heard of it earlier in the year, the unique writing style drew me in.

+ Writing style. As I mentioned earlier, And Then Things Fall Apart isn’t a flashy story, but it has a vibrant voice. This book is a diary-of-sorts for Keek and the voice Arlaina Tibensky uses is perfect. The structure lapses into stream-of-consciousness and can sometimes be
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Brittany
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Keek and her boyfriend had an epic fight, and soon there after Keek gets the chicken pox. Her parents are fighting too, since her dad got caught cheating and moved in with his mother. Keek's mother is cross country helping care for a preemie cousin. So now Keek is stuck at her grandmother's house, which has practically nothing made after 1960. So Keek's grandmother brings her an old typewriter so that in between fits of fever and readings of The Bell Jar, Keek might write down some of her though ...more
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r-a-k
And Then Things Fall Apart is a refreshing look into the mind of a teenage girl watching her world fall apart around her, unable to gain any control over any aspect of it. Keek uses a form of journaling on her grandmother's typewriter, unable to have any technology, and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar to explore her thoughts and feelings and what they really mean.

"Getting what I'm thinking onto paper is smudgy black letters feels good, like stretching or punching a wall. Or crying."

Keek's words flow
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Patricia Mckelvy
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, young-adult
And Then Things Fall Apart is a refreshing look into the mind of a teenage girl watching her world fall apart around her, unable to gain any control over any aspect of it. Keek uses a form of journaling on her grandmother's typewriter, unable to have any technology, and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar to explore her thoughts and feelings and what they really mean.

"Getting what I'm thinking onto paper is smudgy black letters feels good, like stretching or punching a wall. Or crying."

Keek's words flow
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Hannah
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Honestly, the description for And Then Things Fall Apart sounds pretty average - not terrible, but nothing that hasn't been done before. But after reading so many reviews talking about how much fun this book is, I had to give it a try, and they were right - And Then Things Fall Apart is hilarious!

The best thing about this book is Keek. She's such a realistic character, I could picture her easily - it felt like I was reading about my best friend, not some fictional character. She's unique, blunt
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