If you are fan of Harry Potter and monstrous fairytales with secret languages, you are going to love this delightful tale with a crazy and funny as hell superhero granny who sends her beloved and brainy granddaughter Elsa on a treasure hunt to deliver sorry letters that uncover some pretty amazing stories.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Henning Koch Goodreads Author Translator. Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody Elsa is seven years old and different.
At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
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Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 16th by Atria Books first published September 4th More Details Original Title. Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Yes, I understand her special world follows the craziness of her real life - I just cant follow or sympathize. Maybe I'll pick it up later?? Karin Absolutely keep reading.
Never mind trying to keep all the places and people straight. It'll all fall into place, and you'll love it! Or try the audio …more Absolutely keep reading. Or try the audio book; it might be easier to follow. The reader, Joan Walker, really brings the characters to live and lets you savor the emotions! I love this book but want to know if it's age appropriate for my grandson who is 11 and quite an accomplished reader?
Nick Despite the fact that so many people say that this isn't appropriate for young children and that children would be bored, I am 11 years old. My …more Despite the fact that so many people say that this isn't appropriate for young children and that children would be bored, I am 11 years old. My grandmother and I saw this at Target and both of us immediately decided to read it. I've been enjoying it thoroughly. I don't think adults should give answers on what children want to read if they really have no idea. Lists with This Book.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 29, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley. Elsa is the greatest combinations of both her parents, and grandparents, but mostly she is unique and different. Precocious, and lovable! Grandmother is eccentric, a litt Brilliant Grandmother is eccentric, a little nutty, a superhero She is strong independent woman, who wants to say "I am sorry" to those she loves.
Trolls, dragons, kingdoms, magical treasures, Harry Potter, ice cream, cookies, beer, cinnamon buns, cloud animals, Star Wars, and more The fairytales add to the enjoyment and depths of issues of the heart! The issues at heart are family bonds, Family history, reflections of the past, life lessons, love, forgiveness, acceptance, laughter. I often reflected back on my grandma Cookie! After my dad died -when I was 4yrs old- her son, Max, was only 34 , She died when I was 7.
I may have only had those 3 special years with Granda Cookie.. After my first daughter was born Later-- she wrote a paper about her -great grandmother- from our family history. I was touched beyond words. I was so incredibly grateful to receive this book from the publisher, and Netgalley, because I was hoping I could save myself some money. However, the opposite has happened. I need to buy at least 3 copies, physical books , to give as gifts. The first person I can't wait to share this book with is my oldest daughter. She's going to go nuts over it.
I also suggest that if you are a grandparent Ask your grand child how much they know about you. Encourage them to ask questions about your personal life, so that they too can be future storytellers and keep memories alive. Fairytales are not just for children! View all 93 comments. Jun 25, Suzanne Ross rated it it was ok. This one didn't work for me. Too much story telling within the story. I found myself getting irritated with all of the names of the places in the Land of Almost Asleep.
I appreciated the viewpoint of our precocious little protagonist at times, but most often found it frustrating. She could be so insightful about certain things, yet so obtuse in that we seemed to miss big chunks of the greater picture or at least, I did. All of this sleeping in wardrobes and popping out to visit faraway lands l This one didn't work for me.
All of this sleeping in wardrobes and popping out to visit faraway lands left me thinking along the lines of 'The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. There's much more I could say here, but why go on? There are more books to read! View all 70 comments. Apr 13, Angela M rated it really liked it Shelves: edelweiss-reviews. I was taken by Elsa and her grandmother from the very beginning. It's the story of the beautiful legacy that a grandmother leaves her granddaughter. Granny may seem crazy but she is such a very loving grandmother to Elsa that the things she does while they seem crazy , can be so easily forgiven by the reader once her story unfolds and you see what a good person and really a humanitarian she is.
Granny does all she can to help Elsa through a hard time. Her parents are divorced and her mother and new partner are expecting a baby but worst of all Elsa is having a rough time at school. She has no friends and is constantly bullied. Granny gives this lonely little girl the gift of love and friendship and teaches her to cope by giving her a fairytale world in the Land-of-Almost -Awake. It captivated me at first but then I couldn't keep up with the details of the characters and the rules of this complex kingdom. But at some point I understood better who these characters were and just went with the flow because what is divulged about Granny's past will make you love her in spite of everything.
There is a cast of characters living in the same apartment house and at first you think you know who they are , but then their complex stories and connections are told as the story progresses. The author has cleverly , actually very creatively, woven their stories together and we learn that they have more in common than the same address. Their stories will break your heart. I have to admit at times , I was not into the fairytale but once I got what the stories were really about , I saw it in a different light.
The precocious Elsa is definitely beyond her years but it was hard at times to believe that a 7 year old would be as wise and knowing about people as she was. She's so smart and astute that you sometimes forget she's only seven until we see the insecurities and vulnerabilities of a seven year old dealing with her parents' divorce, confronting grief and death and her anxiety over having a half brother or sister and fear that she won't be loved as much.
This may not be for everyone but if you loved A Man Called Ove , although a different story , you will find the same humanity here with imperfections, vulnerabilities and triumphs of spirit. This is about a little girl and fairytale but this is definitely a book for grownup kids. View all 75 comments. I love this authors books! And there was some Britt-Marie!! I know I spelled that wrong. I listened to the audio from the library instead of reading my books as I'm trying to beat the clock. Hopefully I will come back around to all the books I'm reading at this time and do them justice!!
Absolutely loved it! Happy Reading!! View all 18 comments. I almost didn't give this book a star rating at all. As I listened to it I couldn't really figure out if I like it or not. It has shades of books I cannot stand and shades of books I love. In the end, I couldn't bring myself to leave the star rating blank, but I am not sure you can trust my experience to match the experience you might have.
Because of this I went into this with high expectations. While this has some I almost didn't give this book a star rating at all. While this has some similarities to A Man Called Ove, it is definitely a very different book. While Ove is a fairly straightforward story, this one ventured back and forth from reality to make believe that I found a little bit hard to stay interested in.
I mention make believe, and at times this book ventures into the realm of magical realism. Usually my experience with magical realism is a positive one, but I did not care for it much here. I think the reason might be that it frequently reminded me of Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane , which I didn't care for at all. So, if you are a fan of that book, you may enjoy this one, too. I did like all the different characters and exploring all of their personalities.
I think this is the biggest thing that carried over from Backman's other stories. Each person is a side story unto themselves and it is fun watching their tales all get woven together. In the end, I cannot say for sure if I recommend this one or not. If you liked other Backman books, don't go in expecting the same. If you are a fan of fairy tales, you might like it. If you don't like odd stories that stray a bit from reality, this is not the book for you.
View all 44 comments. May 16, Margitte rated it it was amazing. Seven-year-old Elsa was a good combination of the two. Wild, naive, and philosophical. Precocious, brattish and different. Elsa knew very well what grown-ups meant when they described her as 'very grown-up for her age'. What they actually meant was 'she is massively annoying for her age' , which they directed at her parents with strained smiles spread all over t Children's characters, such as Pippi Longstocking, and Sophie of Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder , comes to mind, reading this book.
What they actually meant was 'she is massively annoying for her age' , which they directed at her parents with strained smiles spread all over their faces. They treated her as though she was mentally impaired. All she did was correct their spelling, or something similar. What was so wrong with that, I beg you? She was not as thick as other seven-year-olds. Her extraordinary intelligence counted against her.
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Her parents were divorced. They were both living in new blended families. Her mother was pregnant again with Halfie half-sister or brother ; George, the step-dad, could prepare eggs and jog, and loved wearing his jogging shorts over his leggings; Her dad lost touch with reality along time ago when he fell in love with fonts.
The chances of him delivering any graphic designs on time is zero. The choice of fonts prevented him from finishing anything. Otherwise, he found happiness with Lizette and her two young children. Elsa felt threatened by the new baby, and lost in her dad's new life. Her grandmother was a dysfunctional superhero in Elsa's world. A retired, year-old doctor, who triggered the smoke-alarms at the airports with her smoking in the ladie's room with an open door; was asked to retire after refusing to stop smoking in the operating theater; spilled Fanta on Elsa's iPhone and tried to dry it out in the toaster; climb fences at the zoo in the middle of the night; threw policemen with turds; traveled all over the world to save lives when everyone else was rushing to get out and away from dire war situations.
Creating fairy tale-metaphors for little Elsa, was her grandmother's way of teaching the hard realities of life in story form to the little girl without friends. Nobody understood this bright child, not even the teachers and headmaster at school, where she was constantly bullied. Her busy parents did not know what was happening to her. Granny knew, and taught Elsa how to handle it through the fairy tales.
Elsa learnt to run. Run very fast. She learnt to observe everything. She learnt to read and write properly. Grandma expected of her to read books to her while grandma drove her ancient rusting Renault around town, without a driver's license. Grandma could not spell. Almost-eight-year-old Elsa constantly had to correct granny's writing for her! Elsa started correcting everyone's writing. Even the notices at restaurants. The words she did not understand, was added to her dad's word jar. Elsa was born on boxing day.
Her story was a Christmas Story. The currency there is imagination; instead of buying something with coins you buy it with a good story. Who was Elsa to disagree. And they have to have happy endings, which is something that Elsa has decided completely on her own. Wars and storms an pursuits and intrigues and stuff, because that was the sort of action stories that Granny liked.
Grandma created different kingdoms in the Land-of-Almost-Awake: Miploris. I dance. Grandma died of cancer. If we had problems at home with money and food, then Jason would pick me up from school to join his family for dinner before practice. And then you came and met Jason, too. I really thought about quitting that day.
It was summertime and I was sitting on your porch, and you came out to see me. Not what I wanted to hear, Granny. I wanted you to tell me to quit. To take my side. But I always think about what you told me next. Keep listening to Jason. And I think the big thing is that I listened to Jason. Usually, Jason would look over the newsletter that would list all the fights in the area.
But one day, he was looking over the newsletter, and at the bottom was a special announcement:. But there were only three weight classes: flyweight at pounds, lightweight at pounds and middleweight at pounds. I was pounds. And we gonna fight at pounds. Granny, I just laughed at him. How was I gonna gain 30 pounds to fight? You will be great.
And I qualified for the Olympics as a middleweight boxer, at pounds. Granny, I listened to Jason, just like you told me to. And we went to London. Your Cocoa, in London, can you believe that? And I wore Betty Boop socks, just for you because you loved that cartoon so much. And you know what else? I won a gold medal. The first U. And when I got out to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado, I kept a bowl of candy in my room for anybody coming by.
Just like you used to. So many thoughts were going through my head. But mostly, Granny, I was thinking about your strength. About your single-minded focus. So, what was I going to do? Walking into the arena, I had all this emotion.
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I wanted to cry even before we got there. And then I thought, No tears, no weakness. So just before I went out to the ring, I hit my knees and I prayed. And when I stood up, I felt your strength, Granny. I was made of steel. What you said goes through my head all the time. Before every fight. Before my first pro fight, before my fourth fight when I became a world champion — a world champion , Granny. W hatever you do, you just keep boxing and you just listen to Jason.
Seven years ago, when I got the call that you had passed away. I was devastated. What was I going to do without you? I was staying with Jason and his family at the time and I was heartbroken. It was a few days before Christmas, and all I wanted was to be with you again. I wanted us to die together. And at the wake, Granny, you just looked … the same to me. I think about the last time I saw you. Her busy parents did not know what was happening to her. Granny knew, and taught Elsa how to handle it through the fairy tales.
Elsa learnt to run. Run very fast. She learnt to observe everything. She learnt to read and write properly. Grandma expected of her to read books to her while grandma drove her ancient rusting Renault around town, without a driver's license. Grandma could not spell. Almost-eight-year-old Elsa constantly had to correct granny's writing for her! Elsa started correcting everyone's writing. Even the notices at restaurants.
The words she did not understand, was added to her dad's word jar. Elsa was born on boxing day. Her story was a Christmas Story. The currency there is imagination; instead of buying something with coins you buy it with a good story. Who was Elsa to disagree. And they have to have happy endings, which is something that Elsa has decided completely on her own. Wars and storms an pursuits and intrigues and stuff, because that was the sort of action stories that Granny liked.
Grandma created different kingdoms in the Land-of-Almost-Awake: Miploris. I dance. Grandma died of cancer. Elsa lost her only friend. What was it about death that was so devastating? She would be introduced to the real people who were characters in the fairy tales, and who would open up a big world of possibilities to the seven-year-old heartbroken little girl. All the people living in their big old building had a story to tell, relationships to explain, history to be completed, and a communal love for her grandma to be celebrated. The treasure hunt unleashed in the letters, would bring closure to everyone mentioned or addressed in the letters.
They were cranky, quirky, mysterious, dysfunctional or simply strange. As each letter is delivered, more color, as well as a mysterious danger, is added to this Christmas tale. Britt-Marie, one of the busybody neighbors who would have been a perfect murder victim in a Inspector Poirot murder mystery, had everyone up in arms with her nosy interference. But when she received her letter from grandma, she had an important lesson to teach to Elsa.
At all costs we want to stir up some sort of feeling in others. The soul abhors a vacuum. At all costs it longs for contact. I want someone to know I was here. Life was changed for all of them. I was bowled over when I discovered, after finishing the book, that it was written by the author of A Man Called Ove. Yes, I know I was a bit dimwitted. By saying this I admit being in total cohorts with Grandma in the story. I not only liked her; I recognized her as a soulmate!
Apart from that, the surprise was wonderful. A Man Called Ove was one of my all-time favorite books, still is. This book, with a quirky, lovable, eccentric, unique cast of characters; its cheeky sense of humor; social commentary and tongue in cheek approach to the absurdities of 'Society', combined with fairy tales in the Harry Potter zeitgeist, kept me cemented to the plot and pathos of an extraordinary as well as entertaining story, written by a highly talented author.
If you loved Ove, you might love shrewd, intelligent, wise, cranky, funny as hell Grandma too. You will recognize the humor and daring thoughts at play. View all 45 comments. Sep 02, Susan Crowe rated it it was amazing Shelves: very-favorite-books-ever , books , kindle-library-lend. Ok, after a good night sleep, I can tell how I feel about this book. Once, towards the end, I was sobbing so hard, I was afraid my husband would hear me in the next room.
View 2 comments. Mar 07, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-fiction , fantasy , , humor , e-book. It was suggested to me several times that I should go back and read this book because Brit-Marie is a secondary character here and this book is a segue into BMWH. After having read several books in a row with melancholy themes, this book brightened my mood significantly.
There are plenty poignant and emotional moments expertly woven into this humorous and whimsical story which features a precocious seven -year old girl named Elsa. Every seven -year old deserves a superhero. For Elsa that is her seventy-seven year old grandmother who regales her with stories that become like a secret communication between them. Her grandmother always comes to defense, is always in her corner, something Elsa desperately needs because she is a little different.
This, of course, sets her up for a great deal of bullying at school, and causes her mother a good deal of exasperation at times. Elsa is not only sad, but is also angry that her grandmother has abandoned her. But, via a series of apology letters her grandmother wrote to various people she felt she had wronged, Elsa is sent on an adventurous journey that will enlighten her, challenge her perception of her beloved grandmother, and change the dynamics of her relationship with her mother and other family members, opening a door towards forgiveness and acceptance.
Elsa stole my heart, as was intended. I enjoy seeing children portrayed as trailblazers in a way, because they refuse to give in to conformity. That she related to those characters, is a testament to how stories and books can offer relief and comfort, as well as influence and teach. But overall this is a story of family and its complexities and mysteries, the regrets and mistakes, and triumphs and sacrifices made over the course of a lifetime, atonement, understanding, forgiveness, and embracing individuality. I was thoroughly entertained by this novel, and enjoyed experiencing the wealth of and range of emotions and it evoked.
This is a delightful story, full of charm and hope!! View all 24 comments. Jul 22, Luffy rated it really liked it. This has been on my shelf since It's about time I read it. There is a strong vibe of C. Lewis and his Wardrobe. There are ideas copied from Roald Dahl likewise. I still think the book is very polished. Elsa is 7 years old and her only friend is her grandmother. What happens to them and why the title is so? Read the book and find out for yourselves. There have been moments when I didn't want to take the book and read. But then there have been instances where I couldn't put the book down.
Th This has been on my shelf since The non magical bits are stark, if not outright somber. In the end the author tries to distance himself from Dahl and Lewis, and succeeds in that too. View all 9 comments. What have I read here? A delightful take on life? A sensitive take on grief? A wise take on relationships?
Perhaps all of it. And more. At the centre of this book, is an almost -eight-years old, Elsa. When her best and quirky friend, her grandmother, leaves her a series of letters upon her death to be delivered to their intended receivers, she sets onto a thrilling journey of discoveries.
What was the primary purpose of the letters you ask? You guessed it. To say sorry. Among Elsa's neighbours are eccentric chatterboxes and drunken workaholics, weird hounds and mysterious lurkers. Her mother is her punch-bag over teen issues if Elsa can be called a teen that is and her Dad is her word collector who can stand everything except a grammatically incorrect sentence.
Well, mostly. Wading through this motley hoard of people, Elsa embarks on a voyage of her own, fumbling on realities at every step and growing wiser with every revelation. Reading quality literature like the Harry Potter series comes handy. And so does listening to and reminiscing Granny's fairy tales. After all, she is the Knight in the Land-of-Almost-Awake! He possesses a deceptively easy style of narration but one is taken aback by the substance he packs in his one-liners.
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Its strange how close love and fear live to each other. It appears as if Backman leaned on many a poles and watched people battle their demons in routine life - just how some transformed into the fiercest warriors under chaotic spells but were sorely defeated by the toothless, simple, predictable plateau of life.
And why everyone, irrespective of their positions on the axis of life, needed attention. We want to be loved; failing that, admired; failing that, feared; failing that, hated and despised. At all costs, we want to stir up some sort of feeling in others. Our soul abhors a vacuum. The strength of Backman's narrative rests on his seamless switching between hilarity and sombreness, keeping the sensibilities of his characters away from dilution. So when a child and a war soldier look at the same issue and engage in a long discussion, their respective identities and backgrounds stand beside them like faithful sentries.
That both can still reach a common ground is the beauty of this book. This work is a magnificent ode to humanity and the many virtues that guard it from losing its sheen. It's a subtle but strong call to dream, to imagine, to protect, to persevere, to sing, to dance, to fly, to fall yet to stand, to encourage, to fight for the right cause, to love, to forgive; in other words, to live.
Nothing is a shame, even believing in superheroes, if it eventually adds up to the good in this world. View all 41 comments. This was a tough one to bear after loving Ove sooooo much. Sure, I liked Elsa well enough, 7 going on 8, and Granny was pretty amazing, but the constant reverting to fairytale land made this such a disappointment for me, I was ready to ditch it several times. There was a story to be told but with too many distractions; too many things to NOT like along the way.
On the audio, read with a nice British accent, I couldn't be sure of any spellings or obviously of my hearing ; so please bear with me This was a tough one to bear after loving Ove sooooo much. On the audio, read with a nice British accent, I couldn't be sure of any spellings or obviously of my hearing ; so please bear with me here while I complain. And upfront I tell you who loved this book that I am sorry. Because I did not. The Kingdom of Miamas I swear sounded to me like Myalis, which sounds like a prescription drug for erectile dysfunction in my non-fantasy world.
The animal which I guess was just a big dog but never called a dog sounded like it was called a Worse or Worser reminding me of Wrong and Wronger ala Alec Baldwin. After digging around some, I find it was Wurse and Wurses, but I don't think that's an actual word. Very dangerous. Little Elsa, 7 going on 8, was more like 7 going on Much too smart and worldly for 7 going on 8, no matter how much she used Wikipedia.
There were many little similarities with Ove's story, but copying from a previous success does not another success make. I think this should have been marketed to kids around 7 going on 8, so it would never have crossed my path. But then looking at everyone else's ratings, there's something definitely wrong with me and most likely my hearing.
View all 28 comments. I seem to have ageist issues with this author's books. In A Man Called Ove the main character was in his fifties and acted like a man of In this book the main character is seven and acts as if she is However if I ignore that I did enjoy the story and found it to be a light, entertaining read, not quite as interesting as Ove, but still okay.
View all 21 comments. Jan 01, James rated it liked it Shelves: 9-readseptember , 1-fiction. I am usually good at knowing my ability to read a book in a genre other than ones I normally read. I'm not much of a fantasy or science-fiction guy. It could be an amazing book, but it just doesn't work for me as I question the boundaries and the influx of species I don't understand. I never expected to find that in a Fredrik Back I am usually good at knowing my ability to read a book in a genre other than ones I normally read.
I never expected to find that in a Fredrik Backman novel I read four of his others and just went on a splurge to order copies of everything he'd written. About ten percent in, I knew I was going to struggle. Elsa is the 7-turningyear-old main character who's been given a series of notes from her recently deceased and supposedly crazy grandmother. Through Elsa's eyes, and her grandmother's imagination, we learn some history and some current happenings that tie everything together.
Her grandmother created a fantasy world of people and places to help teach Elsa a different way of looking at the world both near and afar. In many aspects, the story is hilarious and adorable. When it sticks to real-life situations, I laugh and cry. When it tries to show the theory of how people relate to one another thru made-up places and monsters, I'm lost. It's a bit of an immediate thing In movies, I love it.
But in books, I usually do not. I also struggled at times because of the simplicity in some of the writing. While Elsa's vocabulary is quite skillful, and her ways of dealing with people are more mature than most adults I know, the short and terse structure at times overwhelmed the plot for me. While this hasn't caused me to drop my opinion of Backman, it made me realize a story needs to work on all levels and elements to truly move or impact me.
In this one, the fantasy took me out of the normal love I have for Backman's style and character development to the point I found myself skimming way too often. I'm still gonna read more of his work and recommend him to others.
Just not this book unless the reader is unlike me and loves the fantasy components. Given the good parts were a 5 for me, and the bad parts were a 1 for me, I settled on allotting 3 stars which in my world is still a good book. I recognize the skill and talent enough to say it's a solid read with a select audience. Kudos to anyone who loved it, I wish I could be more open-minded in some of the genres I don't often find interesting.
Maybe one day! View all 6 comments. I will read others I am sure. The novel suffers from a slow start. There is a fairy tale device that is interweaved into the narrative that never fully grabbed me, and it took me most of the book to buy into it. Other readers I know jumped right into that aspect of the text. To each his own, right? However, the last half of the book I thought was strong narratively, things started to fall into place for me with the fairy tale device, and from that point on I was fully in.
The author uses redundancies to excellent effect in this book. The redundancies alternate between being humorous and reinforcing thematic textual points, and sometimes they do both at the same time. They were well executed, and using redundancy without being annoying is a nice hat trick that Backman pulls off in fine manner. As mentioned previously, the child protagonist Elsa is also an engaging character to read, as Backman infuses her with observations well out of a 7 year old grasp while still writing her as a believable child.
This novel may be simple, but it is beautiful and profound more often than not, and for those reasons alone not to mention a story that is clever and engaging and writing that is good should make it worth your time to read. Oct 07, emma rated it it was ok Shelves: non-ya , eh , magical-realist-urban-whatever , owned , reviewed , 2-and-a-half-stars , unpopular-opinion , fairytale.
Remember how I read this book? What stands out in my mind is that I was able to finish this book when I was finishing literally zero books. But like