My Absolute Darling

My Absolute Darling

A Novel

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"This is one of the most important books you'll pick up this decade." —Harper's Bazaar"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." —Stephen King"A major American debut... intense, powerfully wrought and memorable, My Absolute Darling is an absolutely thrilling literary success and a novel that will stay with me for a very long time." —The Houston ChronicleA brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525497936
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (13 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Mckenna, Alex
OverDrive, Inc

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drinkycrow
May 17, 2018

This book is trashy, horrific, and full of awful characters who did unspeakable things.

Martin, the father of "Kibble" (what he calls her) rapes her over and over. Then he goes away for three months and comes back with a 10 year old girl. The first day she is there, he makes Kibble shoot a coin out of her hand. Of course she shoots off the first knuckle. The next morning they decide that more of the bone should be snipped off and sewn up.

Then he rapes the 10 year old...do I need to go on?

It is awful. I listened to it, would never ever have read it. I fast-forwarded through a ton of audio because the author droned on and on and on like he was getting paid by the word.

The only reason I finished it is because I was hoping that Kibble was not really Martin's daughter. No such happy-ending luck.

Please do not read this

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