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This Is How

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

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    captivating

    It only took a few pages for me to grow nervous. It quickly becomes clear that there's something off about Patrick. He tells little lies for unclear reasons. To create a better impression? To conform to expectations? He's a bit paranoid. His silent observations tend to be judgmental, and as they pile up they grow unsettling. I don't understand him. Yet I came to care for him. I still don't know if I actually grew to like him, but I desperately wanted things to turn out well for him. I wanted him to start making better decisions, and when he didn't I grew more and more frustrated, but I refused to give up on him. M.J. Hyland has a minimalist and deliberate style. She packs a lot of meaning and implication into few words. This is her third book. Somehow I missed it when it first came out. I wish I found it sooner. I look forward to her next novel because she keeps getting better and better.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Unusual and mesmerizing

    First you are introduced to this young man as he moves to a boarding house by the sea to start a new job and a new life away from his family and a broken engagement. As you grow to know him through his internal dialogue, you become caught up in his disassociation from normal relationships and inability to connect. As the tension escalates you know something bad will happen, but not sure whether by him or to him. As the story unfolds, the young man's situation becomes worse and worse, until he finally, in desperation, finds solace in the only human contact that he can. An unusual and disturbing book, but one I read quickly as I could not it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    here I go again

    After reading The time travelers wife and this book I might give up reading and go to the boob tube. Couldn't be worse.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Inspiring read!

    This captivating tale encourages one to take heed of life's riches, that there are worse circumstances one could encounter... With snippets of dark humor, we watch as our struggling protagonist, in a moment's indiscretion, becomes mired in a world equivalent to a living hell. This extraordinary story begs to ask, is life really that bad?, and what can we do to enjoy every precious moment? What a stunning read!!

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