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Fans of Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette and and Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You will delight in Annie Hartnett's debut, Rabbit Cake, a darkly comic novel about a young girl named Elvis trying to figure out her place in a world without her mother.

Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly 18 months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know - like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house.

Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.

©2017 Annie Hartnett (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wanted to love it...

The story was okay. Had it not been for the reader, I doubt I would have finished it. The older sister was annoying and I didn't have any sympathy for her. Not awful, but not great.

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I loved this book. it was touching and funny.

This book is able to tackle death in both a personal and universal way. The book is funny and thoughtful. i highly reccomend it if you like quirky characters. It is intelligent without being heavy handed or overbearing.

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Painful Read!

Somehow this book wS recommended based on past books read and it was absolute torture. I loved Elvis but every other character was unlikable to awful until the very end
The narrator was fantastic and made me hang in there to see if Elvis would be ok
But what a painful experience!!

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Quirky family

What a fun quirky family! A sad story told with dry humor. Heart warming in an odd way. Great ending!


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Very different

I was skeptical about Rabbit Cake, but as I got more and more into it I became more intrigued. I learned a lot of facts about animals that I clearly didn't know.

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Painfully boring

This book was so painfully boring. Slow storyline through the whole book. I kept waiting for something to happen...and nothing happened. Sounded like a little girl writing in her diary.

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