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Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, contemporary, read-2014, young-adult, mental-illness, ya-male-narrators, read-2018, reread
Read 2 times. Last read July 13, 2018.

REREAD: July 2018:
I've been reading all the Stephanie Kuehn books I could get my hands on this week and since I read this four years ago (and remembered nothing wow go me) I thought I'd reread! I actually don't think I understood half of the book the first time. 0_0 It's extremely unreliable and actually, rereading, I found it a bit disjointed. But it is absolutely about a kid who's struggling with severe mental health issues after a tragedy in his past. It's messed up, it's raw, and it's gut-wrenching.

Still definitely my favourite Kuehn book with When I Am Through with You and Complicit tying for second.

God, these books are messed up and devastating. 😭


READ #1: 2014:

It’s good, but it’s downright disturbing. Which is very difficult to even possibly try to summarize.

The book back-flashes from the past to the present about Andrew Winston Winters. It talks about the summer he was 10 and, alternately, the present, when he’s in boarding school and is 16 years old. This kid is angry. He’s messed up. He is a phenomenal protagonist. It’s interesting see, because he’s so unreliable.

It’s a story of torture, of mental health. Inner demons. Full moons. (view spoiler)

This story is bloody and unfair and defiant. It deals with darkness and mental illness and it's beautifully written.
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Reading Progress

March 19, 2013 – Shelved
Started Reading
November 23, 2014 – Finished Reading
November 29, 2014 – Shelved as: 5-star
November 29, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary
November 29, 2014 – Shelved as: read-2014
November 29, 2014 – Shelved as: young-adult
May 18, 2015 – Shelved as: mental-illness
November 17, 2016 – Shelved as: ya-male-narrators
July 13, 2018 – Started Reading
July 13, 2018 –
page 144
55.81% "I read this 4 years ago and am here to announce that this reread has showed me...
...
....that I remember exactly nothing. Hello whole new book. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯"
July 13, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018
July 13, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 7, 2018 – Shelved as: reread

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Read the bloody book I've had this on my shelf for forever and have just never picked it up. I think I might now.


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