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Losing Clementine: A Novel Paperback – March 6, 2012
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“A breezy, self-deprecating voice that makes for good company...clever dialogue...It’s tempting to consider [LOSING CLEMENTINE] a Left Coast update of “Bright Lights, Big City” ...although Ream’s Clementine stares down a fate far more dire than that faced by Jay McInerney’s magazine fact-checker.” (Kansas City Star)
“This is a novel that allows us to experience how exciting life is, and how fast time can fly, once you truly free yourself to live it.” (Bust Magazine)
“An entertaining and moody whirlwind. Whether readers love or hate Clementine, they won’t soon forget her.” (Publishers Weekly)
“An unexpectedly fresh and humorous voice. Fans of dark comedy should add Ream to their list of authors to watch.” (Library Journal)
“With her razor wit and over-it-all candor, Clementine makes for a fascinating companion, and Ream manages to craft an engaging and impressive debut without soft-pedaling how very sick Clementine is . . . A hip and hilarious portrait of a crazy person.” (Kirkus)
“It’s hard not to fall in love with Clementine Pritchard--she’s talented, witty, inventive and suicidal. You won’t want this story to end as you root for the wonderfully lawless and impulsive Clementine.” (Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home)
From the Back Cover
In thirty days Clementine Pritchard will be finished with her last painting and her life.
World-renowned artist and sharp-tongued wit Clementine Pritchard has decided that she's done. After flushing away a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions, she gives herself thirty days to tie up loose ends—finish one last painting, make nice with her ex-husband, and find a home for her cat. Clementine plans to spend the month she has left in a swirl of art-world parties, manic work sessions, and outrageous acts—but what she doesn't expect is to uncover secrets surrounding the tragedy that befell her mother and sister. In an ending no one sees coming, will we lose Clementine or will we find her?
A bold debut from an exciting new voice, Losing Clementine is a wonderfully entertaining and poignant novel about unanticipated self-discovery that features one of the most irresistible, if deeply flawed, characters to grace contemporary fiction in years.
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This review is difficult to write for two reasons. The first being I still haven't mastered the art of reviewing without giving anything away. And the second is that I am not articulate enough to give Losing Clementine the review it deserves. Nothing I write can convey how powerful this novel is.
I treasured every single second I spent with Clementine. She was funny, raw and candid in a way only someone preparing for her suicide can be. I'm thankful the novel was written in first person. I enjoyed being inside her head, enduring what she did, feeling what she felt.
Ashley Ream's idea to countdown the days until Clementine ended her life was brilliant. I liked how Clementine worked to resolve unfinished business with father, she knew that in order to rest in peace she needed resolution. The more I discovered about her, the more I understood her. The more I learned, the more my heart broke.
Losing Clementine would not have worked as well as it did if not for Ms. Ream sensitivity and understanding of conveying and relating Clementine's battle with manic depression. She has a remarkable capacity to communicate Clementine's emotions that as the reader I felt them too. As a debut novel, this is nothing less than stellar. It was the perfect combination of heartbreaking, moving, humorous, shocking, raw and sincere. It reads like a memoir. Clementine jumped out of the page, became real and told me her story.
In Losing Clementine, I found a wonderful novel that was twisted, dark, sad but redeeming, powerful and honest.
Ashley Ream did a good job of taking me into the depths of depression where the body is in a stroke-like situation. I liked the uniqueness of this book, and the ending gave me hope for Clementine.
The key to this dark often graveyard amusing character study is the profound complex look at depression but does so without using the mental illness as an alibi to justify Clementine's erratic behavior. Ironically as she plans to kill herself, she does so in an orderly manner; mindful of a leaper taking off their watch so it does not break. Readers will wonder throughout whether Clementine will take the poison she bought in Tijuana or become saved like in It's A Wonderful Life. With a nod to Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why I Killed Myself, Ashley Ream provides a powerful tale as Chuckles becomes the barometer of Clementine's "To be or not to be" life altering decision.
Clementine has a history and challenges. But surprisingly LOSING CLEMENTINE doesn't become a big pity party or afterschool special. Ream's leading lady is snarky and funny and the book brings up some interesting questions in an unexpected way. It's hard not to love Clementine and Ashley Ream is definitely an author to watch!
While reading Losing Clementine, the odd thing is that it is not a sad story, and it is not a dark story, as one might expect. Clementine has spent years trying to outrun and trying to control her inner demons, and she has decided that her death will bring a certain peace that she has not been able to find anywhere else. She is funny, sarcastic, and real. The story gives a day-by-day countdown to her day thirty ending, and in that time takes us on an emotional rollercoaster. You will find yourself rooting for Clementine to get better and find the one thing that might make her change her mind. But, then again, you will find yourself supporting her decision and coming to terms with it just as she has.
Losing Clementine is a book that forces the reader to leave any judgment outside its covers. Clementine has made her decision, and it is an informed one at that. She is not a tortured artist, or a tormented soul. She has simply had a life that has led her to her final thirty days. What we find is that Clementine is not weak. Quite to the contrary, she is one of the strongest women in fiction so far this year. She has made her choice on her own, it is her choice, it is informed, and there is no melodrama here.
Ream has a writing style that flows from one page to the next, and makes it difficult to stop once you start.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. I have often wondered how it would feel to be the victim of depression and to feel that life was so incredibly unhappy that ending it would be a release and I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by momster12
A good read for a plane or vacation. Characters easy to identify with.Published 11 months ago by Loves to Read
One of the best books I've read lately. I could hardly put it down. It is funny, sad, clever and very insightful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by varda
This novel is delicious. I found myself pleading with Clementine to change her mind, hoping someone would find her out, wanting her attempt on her own life to fail. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by D. Horton
An excellent read. You can't choose a more challenging theme than planned suicide and mental illness. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Hal Zina Bennett
Yet another great recommendation for reading....writing style was great...really enjoyed the story. The author really draws you in from the beginning.Published on May 17, 2013 by Diane Dever Pucker
Ream has a very clever, campy, "now" way with words. Parts make you laugh out loud but it has s serious issue underlying its breezy style. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Ellen C. Jeffers
If I could give Losing Clementine more than 5 stars, I would! Author, Ashley Ream, brings you into the last 30 days of Clementine Pritchard's life. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Arlene Lugo
At the beginning of the novel I wasn't sure whether I liked Clementine or not - she was abrasive and kind of obnoxious. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Johanna C. Wood