Losing Clementine: Book summary and reviews of Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream

Losing Clementine

A Novel

By Ashley Ream

Losing Clementine
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2012,
    320 pages.

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She's got the wit and sharp tongue of Dorothy Parker, the talent of Picasso, and an ex-husband who still wants her. But all that isn't enough to keep Clementine alive, and in thirty days she's going to turn out the lights of her life for good.

With the month she has left, renowned artist Clementine Pritchard will attempt to tie up loose ends - from coming to terms with the family tragedy that left her without a mother and sister to travelling south of the border to secure tranquilizers to finding the father that abandoned her. Settling accounts also means coming face to face with the reasons why she can't go on - and the truth hidden at its core. What she doesn't count on, though, is that in losing Clementine, she may actually find her.

A wonderfully entertaining and poignant novel, Losing Clementine is an addictive tale, by turns hilarious and tragic, involving a renowned artist's impending suicide. Ashley Ream takes a usually macabre subject and makes it accessible, relatable, and funny, and, in Clementine, has created one of the most endearing and unforgettable characters in recent fiction.

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"This novel, spiked with dark humor is an entertaining and moody whirlwind. Whether readers love or hate Clementine, they won't soon forget her." - Publishers Weekly

"[A] hip and hilarious portrait of a crazy person." - Kirkus Reviews

"An unexpectedly fresh and humorous voice. Fans of dark comedy should add Ream to their list of authors to watch." - Library Journal

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Wendy E. (Mechanicsville, VA)
Dark and light!
The premise is certainly dark. We know Clementine is counting down the days before she kills herself. Yet some of her antics in the days leading up to her "due date" are quite funny/light. We can certainly see the darkness that fills her life, but there are such wonderful elements to her days as well, elements we hope she will realize are really quite wonderful. You'll find yourself hoping Clementine will reevaluate her decisions. This was a great read!

Rated 1 of 5 of 5 by Mary M. (Lexington, KY)
Dreary Book
I really did not like this book. It was depressing and the main character was unlikable. I kept reading because I thought at some point Clementine would do something to help me understand or like her. Even after learning her history I could not understand why she behaved so badly to her family and friends. She was an unsympathetic character from beginning to end. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was just to dreary.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Gary R. (bolingbrook, IL)
Another good read!
Who would of thought that a book about someone who wants to end it all would be so much fun to read! Clementine wants to end it all in 30 days,but wants to tie up a few loose ends before she goes. Funny, witty, an all around enjoyable read! Highly recommended!

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Marta M. (Santa Ana, CA)
a good read
Everyone will not understand this book, Losing Clementine. It is a story for our time era. Mental illness has soared in the last few decades and we are all trying to find the silver bullet to help these people. At one time in this story, Clementine described her illness like a black monster, not allowing her to breathe. I have heard many times of the dark monster descending upon a person and sometimes never letting them go,encouraging them to want release. This book describes this very well and makes the character sympathetic. I kept rooting for Clementine all through out the story. I strongly recommend this book and hope to read more from Ashley Ream.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Carrie W. (Arcanum, OH)
Loosing Clementine
I enjoyed this book, very much. Clementine, has much to deal with, her life is much like many of us, confused, painful, often lonely. We find comfort in the most unlikely places as did Clementine. I'm looking froward to more books from this author.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Brenda S. (Grand Rapids, MN)
Prepare for Some Morbid Fun
Ashley Ream is now my new BFF. What a fantastic read she created with "Losing Clementine". This book is the most fun you can have while turning pages...a truly laugh-out-loud story of a macabre subject. Everyone has had challenges in life, this book may help you organize said life for the resolution you want...and have a good time doing it. Kudos to Ashley for the most entertaining book I've read in months.

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Ashley Ream got her first job at a newspaper when she was 16. After working in newsrooms across Missouri, Florida, and Texas, she gave up the deadlines to pursue fiction. She lives in Los Angeles where she works at a nonprofit and is finishing her next novel. Visit her website at www.ahream.com.

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