Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream

Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream is set up by chapters which count down the last 30 days of Clementine’s life as she plans and prepares for her suicide. Each chapter chronicles her day as she goes about her business to prepare and plan for her impending departure – things as mundane as cleaning out her refrigerator to finding a new owner for her rambunctious cat and making contact with her estranged father. Along the way there is drama, unearthing of secrets and quite a few things that could derail her plan. Mostly it’s hilarious, despite you’d think the tone would be with a book about suicide, but it’s also a little heartbreaking when you learn more about Clementine’s life. You just want to save her.

It’s a strange experience reading this book. As you are reading you become, like her, more and more at peace with her decision so to speak. I wouldn’t say I was rooting her on in her suicide but you find yourself almost accepting of it in the strangest way and you keep reading on swiftly to see if she actually goes through with it. I have to applaud the author for writing in such a way that you take on that resignation and feeling of peace that Clementine has in her decision.

Clementine herself was such a strange and interesting character! She’s snarky, a free spirited artist, quite ballsy & altogether just memorable. I felt as though some of her reckless actions and interesting decision making really mirrored her commitment to going through with her suicide. Why care about what you eat when you aren’t going to be alive in a few weeks? One night stands…not a problem when you don’t have to worry about the repercussions.

There were a few things that prevented this book from being stellar or awesome. Sometimes some of the descriptions of the mundane things…were just TOO mundane and I’d find myself skipping over a half of page to get to a part where she’s being hilarious in her observations or something. My other problem came with the ending. I’m not going to say much but it was not really satisfying to me. I can’t explain it without giving things away…but I just felt very underwhelmed.

Final Thought: Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream was a good read! It wasn’t a favorite by any means but it was refreshing and I’m glad I received a copy of it from the publisher. It was such an interesting read being inside the head of a character who has made peace with herself and her decision to commit suicide. It’s comical read, despite the subject matter, and I found myself giggling quite a lot. I couldn’t put it down until I found out whether or not she went through with it! Recommended for lovers of contemporary women’s fiction who want something refreshing and unique!

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Catalog Creepin’ – HarperCollins Winter/Spring 2012 Catalog

Catalog Creepin’ is a feature here at The Perpetual Page-Turner that was inspired by the “Books to Pine For” feature over at Kristi’s blog and really fueled by my obsession with scouring catalogs from my favorite publishers to see what upcoming books I should be adding to my already-ready-to-topple-over To Be Read list. Each Catalog Creepin’ post will spotlight a different catalog from my favorite publishers and their imprints. I won’t be covering all publishers — just my personal favorites whether they be the big honchos or smaller publishing houses. There is always the potential for a new publisher to be added when I discover new ones that I am enjoying. 

I haven’t had time to do one of these with how hectic my life has been but I am ready and raring to go since I got a peek of some of these catalogs. SO MANY GOOD TITLES. When I go broke, I’m holding HarperCollins, especially Harper Teen, personally responsible. 😛
YA Fiction

Everneath by Brodi Ashton – January 3, 2012: This cover is so pretty! The premise of the story sounds so intriguing too and  Everneath world sounds so very interesting!

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers – December 27, 2011: When I first started reading over the summary for this book I was meh about it but THEN it started in with an offer from three sisters and breaking hearts..and WOW. Cannot waaaaaait.

 Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – February 7, 2012: Ohhh snap..I haven’t found a dystopia novel that I’m more excited for in 2012 than this one! And I reallyyyy like the cover. Sounds like an interesting world that Aria lives in and the chance for a good love story!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – January 31, 2012: I keep seeing people talk about this as a dystopian novel BUT it’s looking like more of a UTOPIA! Hooray!! Not going to lie…this is probably the one out of all of the catalog that I’m most excited for!!

 The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth – February 7, 2012: This sounds like a wonderful contemp for 2012! A girl, who is trying to figure out her sexuality, goes to live with her veryyy conservative aunt after her parents die. Her “secret” gets exposed at some point and I’m just really thinking this is going to be a powerful coming of age story that explores sexuality.

 Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig – March 13, 2012: Modern day Robin Hood…umm YA! Need I say more?

 Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith – December 27th, 2011: The cover is pretty saucyyy! I’m pretty excited about this one because it seems like a good contemporary YA romance! I’m hoping it really plays out that way!

 Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – March 6, 2012: OMGGGG!  Whyyyy do we have to wait so long for this one!! You all know how much I looooved Delirium (well, you should, if not…GO HERE!) and it ended SO CRAZY. Can’t wait.

Last Echo by Kimberly Derting – April 17, 2012: I am so excited to find out what happens next..and honestly I need more Jay!! I loved The Body Finder more than I did Desires of The Dead but it left off in a place that set up some pretty interesting things.


The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey – January 17, 2012: A modern telling of Jane Eyre, y’all! AND it is set in Scotland! I’ve heard good things about Livesey’s writing, too!

The Demi-Monde by Rod Rees: This one was already published it looks like after I did a little research but is being republished by William Morrow and I thought it was definitely noteworthy to add. It seems like a crazy apocolyptic/dystopian novel and I’m excited. Looks like a veryyy thick book but hopefully it is choked full of good world building!

 The Cannibal’s Children by Tamar Myers – January 31, 2012: This one looks really interesting and reminds me a bit of The Poisonwood Bible. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one for sure!

Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth – March 20, 2012: This is another one that, after a little research, I realize has already been published but is now being published by WM but it looked so interesting I had to share! This looks intriguing — 3 fourteen year old girls, murder and lies!

 Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream – March 6, 2012: This is the one that I’m probably looking most forward to because it just sounds so interesting. The book follows Clementine, a witty artist, who has things going  for her in life but she’s decided that there isn’t anything worth living for so she gives herself thirty days to tie up loose ends and then she will kill herself. The summary says that we find out the reason behind WHY she wants to kill herself and I’m just really intrigued.

Are you excited for any of these? Did I mention any that you hadn’t heard of but will now be on your radar?

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