The New Me

The New Me

Halle Butler / Dec 13, 2019

The New Me A biting satire of the false promise of reinvention by a National Book Foundation Under honoree and Granta Best Young American Novelist I m still trying to make the dream possible still might

  • Title: The New Me
  • Author: Halle Butler
  • ISBN: 0143133608
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • A biting satire of the false promise of reinvention, by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and Granta Best Young American Novelist I m still trying to make the dream possible still might finish my cleaning project, still might sign up for that yoga class, still might, still might I step into the shower and almost faint, an image of taking the day by the throat A biting satire of the false promise of reinvention, by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and Granta Best Young American Novelist I m still trying to make the dream possible still might finish my cleaning project, still might sign up for that yoga class, still might, still might I step into the shower and almost faint, an image of taking the day by the throat and bashing its head against the wall floating in my mind.Thirty year old Millie just can t pull it together Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life Then she watches TV until she drops off to sleep, and the cycle begins again.When the possibility of a full time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she s envisioning one that involves nicer clothes, fresh produce, maybe even financial independence within reach But with it also comes the paralyzing realization, lurking just beneath the surface, of just how hollow that vision has become Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 208 pages Expected publication March 5th 2019 by Penguin Books More Details ISBN 0143133608 ISBN13 9780143133605 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The New Me by Halle Butler Author Release date Mar 05, 2019 Enter for a chance to win 1 of 50 finished copies of THE NEW ME by Halle Butler A dark comedy of female rage Catherine Lacey and a biting satire o Enter for a chance to win 1 of 50 finished copies of THE NEW ME by Halle Butler A dark comedy of female rage Catherine Lacey and a biting satire of the false promise of reinvention, by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and Granta Best Young American NovelistI m still trying to make the dream possible still might finish my cleaning project, still might sign up for that yoga class, still might, still might I step into the shower and almost faint, an image of taking the day by the throat and bashing its head against the wall floating in my mind.Thirty year old Millie just can t pull it together Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life Then she watches TV until she drops off to sleep, and the cycle begins again.When the possibility of a full time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she s envisioning one that involves nicer clothes, fresh produce, maybe even financial independence within reach But with it also comes the paralyzing realization, lurking just beneath the surface, of just how hollow that vision has become Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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Mille is 30 years old and lives alone in NYC She separated with her boyfriend of 4 years over a year ago and has yet to be touched since She works at a temp job she hates with people she Misanthropic Millie is the main character in Halle Butlers debut novel, The New Me If you are a fan of Ottessa Moshfeghs work then you ll likely enjoy this one I m sure there will be some readers that wonder what the point of this book is I, personally, love snarky humor so it was bound to be a win for me Mille is 30 years old and lives alone in NYC She separated with her boyfriend of 4 years over a year ago and has yet to be touched since She works at a temp job she hates with people she loathes She is a bit socially awkward, slovenly by nature, full of internal rage, and desperate for a change in life That pretty much sums up the story I highlighted so many passages in this book Passages that delighted my cold black heart Millie at work She seems to be showing me how to use a paper clip She holds it in her hand demonstrating both the right and wrong way Holy absurdity, little side on top, big side on bottom I guess I did it wrong I say Oh okay, that makes sense It s a matter of style, she explains I totally get it, I say in low tones, soothing and reassuring, nodding, and to keep the indignant scream from leaving my lips, I imagine that she needs to poop all the time Millie at a party Sarah list facts about their mutual friend who now lives in LA He s bored She s boring And I feel bored, and then feel annoyed, and I wonder why no one ever wants to talk to me I m a great conversationalist, it just takes me a minute to get into it But once I get into it I really roll I remember a lot of times I ve been downright charming I also remember a few times I ve been abruptly aggressive, sure, but it s unhealthy to dwell on the past Millie on the family dog, her replacement The dog, my replacement, a taut, bitchy terrier named Cindy, approaches me barking nervously, tail between her legs I ignore her This is the only instance in my entire life where someone s shitty behavior toward me is actually rooted in jealousy I feel almost complimented I really enjoyed this book It s a quick read that made me smile often and downright laugh the next Oh, I may have cringed a time or two or a dozen as well Thank you to Edelweiss Penguin Publishing Group for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. flag 27 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Felicia Those quotes are every fucking thing Nice review, Michelle 10 hours, 6 min ago Jayme Glad you enjoyed this after having a string of misses 1 hour, 3 min ago Oct 03, 2018 Blair rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 release, contemporary, read on kindle, edelweiss 4.5 When I first heard about The New Me the plot the life and times of a misanthropic young woman who oscillates wildly between self recrimination and mild delusion , the blurb from Catherine Lacey proclaiming it a dark comedy of female rage I instantly thought this sounds like an Ottessa Moshfegh novel And I wasn t wrong after all, the protagonist says things like I get into bed longing for someone to talk to, or longing for no one to ever look at me or talk to me ever again 4.5 When I first heard about The New Me the plot the life and times of a misanthropic young woman who oscillates wildly between self recrimination and mild delusion , the blurb from Catherine Lacey proclaiming it a dark comedy of female rage I instantly thought this sounds like an Ottessa Moshfegh novel And I wasn t wrong after all, the protagonist says things like I get into bed longing for someone to talk to, or longing for no one to ever look at me or talk to me ever again Either one I don t care Like the narrator of My Year of Rest and Relaxation, she s miserable and inert and hates her best only friend, and like Eileen s titular antiheroine, she has poor personal hygiene and an overactive imagination Away from the Moshfegh verse, her series of thankless temp jobs also put me in mind of an American Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere I wake up ill I feel trapped in a loop I stare at the big pile of clothing on the floor I eat some dry cereal I wash my armpits I go to work I think things on the train I ride the elevator I walk to Karen s desk I am either calm or hollow, hard to say Millennial burnout has been on everyone s lips lately, and I couldn t help but think about the concept while reading The New Me 30 year old Millie even her name sounds millennial epitomises the stereotypes about this generation, both negative and positive She s unable to get out of a pattern of unfulfilling, barely skilled temp roles despite a middle class background and good education She s only able to afford her apartment with her parents help She s depressed, finds it difficult to perform basic acts of self care like cooking and cleaning, and repeatedly returns to self destructive behaviours She s psychologically astute and understands a lot about where she s going wrong but that doesn t necessarily help her very much No one is talking to me or looking at me, as usual I say almost nothing, almost all the time Obviously, I recognize, in a grander sense, that I have a tendency to alienate myself and blow things out of proportion, and that these women are basically guiltless from a certain perspective I fully recognize the concept of perspective It sometimes feels like these moments of lucidity are the author s commentary on the narrator s self indulgence Additional interjections come from other characters Millie s colleagues and neighbours who re occasionally dropped into the narrative so we can get an understanding of them without Millie s horribly distorted filter This is an unusual and welcome approach for this type of narrative, typically so tightly focused on one person s inner voice Around the halfway point, the other points of view also become crucial to the plot they make it clear to the reader that what Millie thinks is a life altering breakthrough is actually a misunderstanding After that, we read with a mixture of dread, pity and schadenfreude as Millie hurtles blithely towards a reckoning of sorts.Butler s skill is obviously most evident in how she writes Millie, a character who ranges from sympathetic to infuriating to hateful and right back to sympathetic again Yet her minor characters portraits that capture worlds in miniature are just as good Each person is likeable in some ways, awful in others, a bit cringe inducing, caught up in their own personal dramas in other words, they re human.One sequence that particularly sticks in my mind begins when Millie resentfully listens to her colleague Elodie discuss the trials of finding a good dog walker I feel very far from this woman and her problems I feel it as a kind of unfairness In Millie s fantasy, Elodie is so paralysed by indecision that she ultimately gives the dog away When we switch to Elodie s perspective, we are party to her own fantasy of introducing the dog walker question to her friends with a hilarious joke in her mind her friends all buckled over with laughter, saying things like Fuck you or Oh my god, shut up because that was really just her kind of sense of humor In the event, they don t laugh, and the conversation moves on before she can ask her planned questions Moments like this are so painfully true We don t return to Elodie but this single scene is so acute that we don t need to I get socked in the chest, thinking about how things never change How they re on a slow rolling slope downward, and you can think up a long list of things you d rather do, but because of some kind of inertia, or hard facts about who you are and what life is, you always end up back where you started, sitting drunk on a hard, sticky chair with someone you hate It s mildly irritating that Millie has the get out clause of well off parents who send her money all the time And that her parents are also largely non judgemental, supportive, and don t appear to be in any way dysfunctional themselves Similarly convenient sources of cash pop up in Moshfegh s My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Juliet Lapidos recently published Talent what would a novel of the burned out over educated fucked up millennial woman look like if it was about someone without family money to fall back on But I AM indescribably glad and grateful that The New Me doesn t focus on romantic relationships or sex or Millie s attractiveness to men At all What a breath of fresh air More of this please.And I fucking loved the ending Bottom line if you re bored to death of books about young women with messy lives trying to figure themselves out, The New Me will probably not be your jam If you do like this sort of thing, it s essential terrifyingly precise, darkly humorous and masterfully written.I received an advance review copy of The New Me from the publisher through Edelweiss.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr flag 17 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Jaclyn Crupi rated it really liked it Give me a disaffected, apathetic, embittered female protagonist in a dead end job having an existential crisis about the meaning of life and I m yours Butler, I salute you This has a strong My Year of Rest and Relaxation vibe which is a very good thing I try to assess the things that bring me pleasure, and how those things might bring me a fulfilling career I think about how I spend my time Where my interests lie The questions come naturally, as if supplied by the ether, and the answer sit Give me a disaffected, apathetic, embittered female protagonist in a dead end job having an existential crisis about the meaning of life and I m yours Butler, I salute you This has a strong My Year of Rest and Relaxation vibe which is a very good thing I try to assess the things that bring me pleasure, and how those things might bring me a fulfilling career I think about how I spend my time Where my interests lie The questions come naturally, as if supplied by the ether, and the answer sits in my empty skull nothing Nothing, nothing, nothing flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 16, 2019 Dan rated it liked it review of another edition There s this whole microgenre now, the lazy millennial , of millenials mostly women who live in big cities, hate their jobs, and are lonely and unsatisfied It seems to be like extensions of the TV series Girls, except generally they have actually managed to alienate their friends which seemed like it should have happened in Girls too, but I digress.I generally don t enjoy these types of novels, since they don t usually end up in a different place than they started, the protagonists tend to There s this whole microgenre now, the lazy millennial , of millenials mostly women who live in big cities, hate their jobs, and are lonely and unsatisfied It seems to be like extensions of the TV series Girls, except generally they have actually managed to alienate their friends which seemed like it should have happened in Girls too, but I digress.I generally don t enjoy these types of novels, since they don t usually end up in a different place than they started, the protagonists tend to be not great people, and it s so much stuck in one person s mind that there are few interesting settings or events It s not to say I can t find parallels to my own life, as I, too, am a lazy millennial, but those aspects of my life are not ones I like to read about If anything, it makes me want to try harder to build communities and support networks so people aren t stuck in these types of scenarios There were parts of the story I appreciated the writing was good and the satire was biting and realistic I also appreciated the way the ending was handled Unfortunately, the story as a whole felt a little unfinished there were lots of subplots and other characters that entered for one or two scenes and then disappeared again, and I couldn t tell why It averaged out to a meh Ultimately, I felt like I had already read or watched something similar enough, and this didn t bring anything new to the table flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Jac rated it it was amazing review of another edition I wish I could read a new Halle Butler book every day flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 28, 2019 Jessica Sullivan rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 read, literary fiction I get socked in the chest, thinking about how things never change How they re on a slow rolling slope downward, and you can think up a long list of things you d rather do, but because of some kind of inertia, or hard facts about who you are and what life is, you always end up back where you started, sitting drunk on a hard, sticky chair with someone you hate I could read endless books about disaffected young women navigating the absurdities of modern life, so maybe a little biased, but I love I get socked in the chest, thinking about how things never change How they re on a slow rolling slope downward, and you can think up a long list of things you d rather do, but because of some kind of inertia, or hard facts about who you are and what life is, you always end up back where you started, sitting drunk on a hard, sticky chair with someone you hate I could read endless books about disaffected young women navigating the absurdities of modern life, so maybe a little biased, but I loved this biting satire.Millie reminds me of an Ottessa Moshfegh protagonist cynical, depressed, misanthropicand overall pretty gross and pathetic She s a temp worker currently placed as a receptionist with very few responsibilities Each day she goes to work and puts on a performance acting excited and motivated to take on dull work so that she can prove herself It s a role that s familiar to many millennials in modern capitalist America struggling to make ends meet in rote jobs, trapped in the endless cycle of the gig economy Butler captures the ridiculous monotony of it perfectly Back at my desk I sit and slowly collect money that I can use to pay the rent on my apartment and on food so that I can continue to live and continue to come to this room and sit at this desk and slowly collect money The irony of the whole thing is that while Millie is trying in spite of herself to get hired full time, the woman supervising her, Karen, is pushing to get Millie fired It s all part of Karen s scheme for getting ahead in her own career path, of course.Like a good satire, The New Me depressed me and cracked me up I think it ll hit close to home for many readers flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction, late capitalism This was.cious flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 30, 2018 Kristen Beverly rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves received from publisher Halle Butler so perfectly depicts a young woman who is aimless and has no direction in life She s just going to work in order to get a paycheck to pay her rent and buy groceries, just to work It really epitomizes young single millennials and gets inside their minds I really enjoyed this book, but did think it ends rather abruptly flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Casey rated it it was ok review of another edition Millie is lost Having broken up with her boyfriend, she lives alone in her apartment and watches episode after episode of the Forensic Files to pass the time She seems to not care about much she is financially dependent on her parents, she has friends who she doesn t really like, and let s face it, she s kind of a filthy slob She s been working a temp job that she thinks is a joke, but once the idea of full time employment enters the picture, Millie s actions begin to shift.I m not gonna lie Millie is lost Having broken up with her boyfriend, she lives alone in her apartment and watches episode after episode of the Forensic Files to pass the time She seems to not care about much she is financially dependent on her parents, she has friends who she doesn t really like, and let s face it, she s kind of a filthy slob She s been working a temp job that she thinks is a joke, but once the idea of full time employment enters the picture, Millie s actions begin to shift.I m not gonna lie I love a good book about a millennial being lost just take a look at my 2018 reads, they pretty much plague that list However, this particular book fell flat for me It was almost as though it was trying to be Otessa Moshfegh s My Year of Rest and Relaxation only it was not nearly as interesting or well written I know this book was satirical, but come on, even a satire requires a bit of a plot than depressed millennial is depressed Anyway, there is one thing that really saved this book from being a one star read the Millie Karen dynamic feels so real How many times have you met a Karen in your life That one person who is so off putting and so observant that you can feel their eyes judging you when you turn your back The Worst A special thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Cayla rated it liked it Pretty depressing The writing is good meaning the author gives the main character a strong voice , and it definitely sadly has some moments of relatability, but overall the book ends in the exact same place it started and there is not much character growth It reads like the author just really needed to work though some stuff had an existential crisis, and this book was the result Still, 3 stars because it had its moments, the writing was compelling, and it probably reflects a lot of people Pretty depressing The writing is good meaning the author gives the main character a strong voice , and it definitely sadly has some moments of relatability, but overall the book ends in the exact same place it started and there is not much character growth It reads like the author just really needed to work though some stuff had an existential crisis, and this book was the result Still, 3 stars because it had its moments, the writing was compelling, and it probably reflects a lot of peoples realities Also, the shortness of the book helps another 100 pages would be tough to read I won this in a Giveaway flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Alaina Maxam rated it liked it review of another edition THIS WAS A CONFUSING READ FOR THE FIRST HALF THEN IT KINDA MADE SENSE flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Tory rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 Phew BLEAK Think middle class My Year of Rest and Relaxation where she can t afford to simply sleep her misery away Bleak, bleak, dreary and bleak flag 1 likeLike see review May 04, 2018 Jillian Doherty rated it it was amazing This is a genuinely interesting story filled with characters who are callous, lofty, superficial, self important, and controlling they re as honestly drawn as some of the people we live and work with every day Journeying through their chronic yet self fulfilling experiences is a wonderful voyeur ride.Millie, the protagonist, is self delusioned, yet self empowered at the same time Her day to day holds true to many women s realities trying to find their place in a catty office and under stimu This is a genuinely interesting story filled with characters who are callous, lofty, superficial, self important, and controlling they re as honestly drawn as some of the people we live and work with every day Journeying through their chronic yet self fulfilling experiences is a wonderful voyeur ride.Millie, the protagonist, is self delusioned, yet self empowered at the same time Her day to day holds true to many women s realities trying to find their place in a catty office and under stimulating lifestyle The people who fill Millie s life are as chronically eccentric as she is I say this in the most entertained and fascinating way In the end really adore how true to life it is we are submerged into a kaleidoscope of mediocre choices on a daily basis, and can look fondly or foully at what that life truly looks like depending on the day year or moment flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Ashley Taglieri rated it liked it Actually a 3.5 rating but doesn t allow half stars There were parts of this novel that I really enjoyed but the rest of it was just okay and nothing noteworthy My thoughts on this book are still conflicted, and even though I can see this being a critical darling, I think the response from general readers will be much divisive It is of a character study than a narrative driven novel and centers around 30 year old Millie who is alone, depressed, without a purpose or dire Actually a 3.5 rating but doesn t allow half stars There were parts of this novel that I really enjoyed but the rest of it was just okay and nothing noteworthy My thoughts on this book are still conflicted, and even though I can see this being a critical darling, I think the response from general readers will be much divisive It is of a character study than a narrative driven novel and centers around 30 year old Millie who is alone, depressed, without a purpose or direction in life, and alienated with only one friend whom she hates On the pro side, it invites discussion about the meaning of the book and the messages it has for a modern reader It is also a quick read and if you really want you could skip all the way to the last two or three chapters without missing much On the negative side well it is decently written but it feels like the book version of movies like Ladybird but without the teenage angst I think it would be best to read this and Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar to compare and contrast the two, and would probably make a decent book club choice that combines old and new Overall, if you enjoyed Ladybird or The Bell Jar then this may be the book for you If you are a narrative driven reader then this one you may want to skip flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Lorri Steinbacher rated it liked it review of another edition Great writing Ultimately, I think what Butler accomplished in this book is showing that even though Millie is disaffected, depressed, and lost, because she doesn t see that anything she does makes any sense or any difference, neither do any of the other characters That s life We are always looking for , trying to identify that one part of their life that they can change and be better, be happier, and give their lives meaning It feels kind of bleak, but perhaps that is the new realit Great writing Ultimately, I think what Butler accomplished in this book is showing that even though Millie is disaffected, depressed, and lost, because she doesn t see that anything she does makes any sense or any difference, neither do any of the other characters That s life We are always looking for , trying to identify that one part of their life that they can change and be better, be happier, and give their lives meaning It feels kind of bleak, but perhaps that is the new reality for this generation flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Tina rated it liked it An interest read indeed I don t think I ve ever read a angsty book, but also so brutally honest about the human condition, especially for the millennial generation It does a good job of putting you in the main character s and a few others shoes, makes you feel what they feel I found myself angsty after reading it too You can feel the weight of the character s emotions, you the soul crushing feeling of alienation It s brutal to read, but you also can t stop reading it flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Jenn rated it liked it Shelves books won I won a copy of this book.I m torn on this book Millie, the main character, is an interesting study She can t hold down a job, she doesn t have friends, she has issues reading people s moods She does the same thing every day, jumping on every little thing she can find to try to find what she s looking for flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 Lauren rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction Not really my thing I neither liked it nor disliked it I can definitely see and appreciate what Butler is trying to say about modern American life and female friendship and jobs It s definitely satire Just not what I would call enjoyable flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Lydia rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this book It puts into words what I imagine most young women who have moved out and are trying to make their way in the big city feel A fun, contemporary read flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Maire rated it it was ok review of another edition this is a quick read and a good depiction of millennial depression The ending is a bit abrupt and unfulfilling flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 PfromJ rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, recommendably good Insightful, compelling, bleak Halle Butler truly captures the anguish of learning to adult flag Like see review Nov 24, 2018 Zish rated it really liked it review of another edition Hard and honest and feisty and real flag Like see review Dec 06, 2018 Beth rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018, arc I know this is satire, but it just didn t do anything for me Butler is a talented writer, but I didn t connect with anything in this story flag Like see review Jan 12, 2019 Natasha rated it liked it Well written I understand the protagonists woes but man it is so bleak flag Like see review Bernadette rated it liked it Oct 25, 2018 Shevek rated it liked it Oct 30, 2018 Michelle rated it really liked it Jan 24, 2019 Juliet Escoria rated it it was amazing Dec 15, 2018 Matt rated it really liked it Jan 13, 2019 Kitty Pickles rated it liked it Jan 24, 2019 previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Misanthropic Millie is the main character in Halle Butlers debut novel, The New Me If you are a fan of Ottessa Moshfeghs work then you ll likely enjoy this one I m sure there will be some readers that wonder what the point of this book is I, personally, love snarky humor so it was bound to be a win for me Mille is 30 years old and lives alone in NYC She separated with her boyfriend of 4 years over a year ago and has yet to be touched since She works at a temp job she hates with people she Misant [...]


    2. 4.5 When I first heard about The New Me the plot the life and times of a misanthropic young woman who oscillates wildly between self recrimination and mild delusion , the blurb from Catherine Lacey proclaiming it a dark comedy of female rage I instantly thought this sounds like an Ottessa Moshfegh novel And I wasn t wrong after all, the protagonist says things like I get into bed longing for someone to talk to, or longing for no one to ever look at me or talk to me ever again 4.5 When I first he [...]


    3. Give me a disaffected, apathetic, embittered female protagonist in a dead end job having an existential crisis about the meaning of life and I m yours Butler, I salute you This has a strong My Year of Rest and Relaxation vibe which is a very good thing I try to assess the things that bring me pleasure, and how those things might bring me a fulfilling career I think about how I spend my time Where my interests lie The questions come naturally, as if supplied by the ether, and the answer sit Give [...]


    4. There s this whole microgenre now, the lazy millennial , of millenials mostly women who live in big cities, hate their jobs, and are lonely and unsatisfied It seems to be like extensions of the TV series Girls, except generally they have actually managed to alienate their friends which seemed like it should have happened in Girls too, but I digress.I generally don t enjoy these types of novels, since they don t usually end up in a different place than they started, the protagonists [...]



    5. I get socked in the chest, thinking about how things never change How they re on a slow rolling slope downward, and you can think up a long list of things you d rather do, but because of some kind of inertia, or hard facts about who you are and what life is, you always end up back where you started, sitting drunk on a hard, sticky chair with someone you hate I could read endless books about disaffected young women navigating the absurdities of modern life, so maybe a little biased, but I love I [...]



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