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A heartening and uproariously funny novel of high hopes, bad choices, book love, and one woman’s best - and worst - intentions.

Without question, Fawn Birchill knows that her used bookstore is the heart of West Philadelphia, a cornerstone of culture for a community that, for the past twenty years, has found the quirkiness absolutely charming. When an amicable young indie bookseller invades her block, Fawn is convinced that his cushy couches, impressive selection, coffee bar, and knowledgeable staff are a neighborhood blight. Misguided yet blindly resilient, Fawn readies for battle.

But as she wages her war, Fawn is forced to reflect on a few unavoidable truths: the tribulations of online dating, a strained relationship with her family, and a devoted if not always law-abiding intern - not to mention what to do about a pen pal with whom she hasn’t been entirely honest and the litany of repairs her aging store requires.

Through emails, journal entries, combative online reviews, texts, and tweets, Fawn plans her next move. Now it’s time for her to dig deep and use every trick at her disposal if she’s to reclaim her beloved business - and her life.

©2020 Elizabeth Green (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Immature, Spoiled, Ungrateful Librarian

I just couldn't finish this book. I found myself really disliking the main character. I felt like she often thought of herself as mature and successful, but she acted like an ignorant child.

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Unlikable MC, not real plot

This book was... eh. The main character was unlikable and a chronic lier. The entire book was her finding herself while lying to everyone, ignoring or acting snobbish to her family and refusing to speak to her dying father. Meanwhile she is running a failing business... I was so board. If there was a big plot I missed it. This book just felt like a bunch if tiny annoying sub-plots.

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Tried to list to this as an audio book. impossible to follow the sequence since it's mostly strings of email communications read aloud.

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A book of emails?

So disappointed with the format of this promised to be a great, fun to read book. Especially with the social isolation and having such sterile communications these days, I just couldn’t stand to read another email! There’s no emotional connection with the characters just as there none in an email. Maybe without this time of isolation, this might be a fun read, but for now it just felt like work. I think the story would have been great in a more traditional format.

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Absolutely Fantastic.

I was laughing out loud for the first 1/3 of the book. granted then it got a little more serious and more depth to it. It was good deserves more five star ratings than it is receiving. it may be easier to read than listening to it because of the email format, however I love how the narrator put in the moods and sarcasm and Desperation that you may miss from reading it.

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Not a book for audio

99% of the book is written/read in email format so for instance read this outloud...To: Staff Sent: December 12,2018 From: Fawn Birchill Re: Decorations?... Now read that outloud roughly 39 times and that is only one snippet of one day.
The book was okay, I laughed out loud at several parts but if you removed the repetitive headers of each email exchange I feel this book would've been about 3 hours long. Definitely a book to read instead of listen to.

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Excellent read

Truthfully Fawn is a person whom after meeting you’d avoid in your life. She imagines the worst intention in even the most beguine interaction.
However her quirky emails, blog entries & diary entries are pure entertainment as she works hard to maintain her delusions that the world (including her family and Mark Nielsen) is determined to ruin her life & bookstore.
Listening to Susan Dalian’s reading of this audiobook was spot on. My highest praise is that she has the reading versatiliy of a younger Barbara Rosenblat.

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Loved it. First time listening to an epistolary audiobook

Wow. This book is so different. I laughed out loud. The humor is nuanced and imbued with pathos, plus some delightful cringe. I’ll probably give it another listen. Great performance from Susan Dalian too.

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Slow moving

I listened to the book for about 45 minutes. Because the narrative progresses through emails , the narrative moves more slowly.I found it very annoying to constantly have the t0:and from:, before each communication. The characters didn’t seem very interesting. I’ve decided not to finish the book.

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The most horrendous character ever

I can't for the life of me figure out why I even bothered to finish this book. I think maybe I was hoping so badly that someone would tear into this lady and finally tell her what an awful horrible disgusting person she was. But I got no satisfaction. This character was the most unlikable, despicable, mentally ill, sociopathic, narcissistic, pathological liar ever created. And the last 30 minutes of this book was the weakest of all attempts to redeem her in any way. Awful.

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  • Kate Ní Bhriain
  • 01-10-21

Awful

In 20 years I haven’t left a book unfinished or reviewed a book but this is horrendous. 3.5 hrs in on the audiobook and I want to break my phone. I won’t be finishing.

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  • Judith Staples
  • 03-10-21

Don't bother.

I was looking forward to this book but the way it is written is terrible. It is all in email format.