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You Take It From Here by Pamela Ribon
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Jul 03, 2012

liked it

I liked this book OK. (Clearly by my opening statement you can tell I am a professional critic who takes reviews very seriously.) Ribon's voice is irrepressibly engaging/relatable/distinct. She's also utterly fantastic at capturing real dynamics: not just the bestfriendship at the core of this novel but everything offshooting from it as well.

I struggled somewhat with the book (though not too much because I seriously stayed up past my "bedtime" (I'm an adult so a "bedtime" is more of a hypothetical "I should attempt being a responsible human being" theory than a set rule) reading this, and then got up the next morning to finish it while I ate breakfast) because I kind of hated Smidge. Smidge reminded me of girls who made my life hell, who unhealthily influenced my life.

I like that Ribon acknowledged this? But it still made it tough to get as emotionally invested as I wanted to be. The end was sad but also...a relief??

Props to Ribon for never taking the salacious way out even though she had plenty of opportunities. I love restraint in a writer!

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