Book Review: Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream & Giveaway (Open Int’l)

March 19th, 2012

 

In Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream, Clementine Pritchard has decided it’s time to take her leave of this world. Clementine has had enough of the black days as she calls them and she doesn’t see any way out anymore except to commit suicide and she’s going to make sure and take care of every little detail beforehand. One would think Losing Clementine would be a depressing tale but it’s quite the opposite – it’s the journey of self-discovery that one woman takes and all the surprising things she finds along the way.

Clementine is an easy character to like. Despite deciding to kill herself she is a strong and dependent woman; she isn’t weak by any means. Clementine has dealt with her inner demons most of her life and tried most medications known to man to control them – nothing has helped. Her childhood was less than desirable and she lives with memories of that time that aren’t so easy to deal with. Her mother also experienced the black days and Clementine knows how that turned out. All Clementine can see ahead of her is the never ending good periods that always spiral back to those black periods where she can’t even get herself out of bed and dressed.

Clementine will be busy for the thirty days she has left. She has to wrap up all the loose ends of her life. She isn’t planning on having anyone inconvenienced by her death. She has to find a home for Chuckles the cat, make nice with her ex-husband, sell off her furniture and other stuff, get her will in order, buy her cemetery plot, and even go as far as to test drive a coffin – just to see how it feels. For Clementine, dying is finally going to bring her the peace of mind that she craves and has needed most of her life.

Clementine is funny, sarcastic, and a very real to life person. She is also extremely witty and more than a few times had me laughing out loud with some of things she was saying and doing. As you journey with her on her final thirty days you ride with her on her ups and downs. You come to understand very intimately how she’s arrived at the decision she has. I found that this book really makes a person sit back and ask themselves some pretty serious questions – how bad does it have to get before you decide you’ve had enough? We can’t know unless we live in the mind of a person living like Clementine has. As the thirty days comes to an end will Clementine have found the will to go on? Is there anything left in her life that just might make her change her mind? As you turn the last page of this book you may have your answer and yet again, you may not.

This novel is very well written and with the way it’s portrayed with the countdown of thirty days I found that really kept me turning the pages. I just had to know what Clementine would do the next day and would that day bring a change of heart? I didn’t want to believe she would actually go through with it. Is the old saying that you sometimes have to lose yourself to find yourself again really true?  The author’s writing style is another thing to like; it is very blunt and raw and yet beautiful as well in the emotions it evokes. I very much enjoyed Losing Clementine and as this is the debut novel of Ashley Ream I’ll be anxiously awaiting her next venture!

I read Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to stop by the other tour stops to see what everyone else thinks of the book. As well Ashley can be found on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. Your own copy of Losing Clementine can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.  Oops, almost forgot to mention that Ashley will be on Blog Talk Radio with Book Club Girl on April 10 at 8 pm ET (click here for link to site).  I bet that will be a great interview and I’m going to try my hardest to be there!

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS (Open Int’l)

I was fortunate enough to be sent an extra copy of Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream and since I enjoyed the novel so much I’d like to give my readers a chance to win a copy and enjoy it too. To enter…

  • For 1 entry simply leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do, let me know so I can pass the extra entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries, blog, tweet, or post on Facebook about this giveaway and spread the word.
  • For 4 entries, follow my blog on Networked Blogs.  Click here to be taken directly there.  Log into your Facebook account and click follow.  Thanks!

As this is my own copy the giveaway will be open internationally to all of my readers. I will draw for the winner on Saturday, April 7/12.  Good luck everyone!

Source:  Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and William Morrow.  No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.

74 Comments to “Book Review: Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream & Giveaway (Open Int’l)”

  1. Krista says:

    We all seem to face demons some time or another in our life. I like how you said her Clementine was strong dispite thinking of suicide. I would love this read this her character is interesting.

    I follow your blog, tweeted and follow you on network blogs! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Krista
    bookreviewclub@yahoo.com

  2. On one hand Clementine seems so organized and in control and on the other hand she is planning to commit suicide. I can’t quite my head around it.

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    reflectionsofabookaholic[at]gmail[dot]com

  3. Not an entry – but I will add your giveaway to my sidebar.

    I read and reviewed this book and I loved it!
    I said I felt guilty thinking a book about a woman wanting to commit suicide was funny but she had a great writing style with that quirky sense of humor, And I loved the cat in the book!

  4. Mystica says:

    Thanks for the review. I’d like to be counted in for this giveaway. Thanks for making it open to all.

  5. Lisa Garrett says:

    1. This book is on my wishlist. I would like to know more about her self discovery.
    2. I follow via GFC and email.
    3. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/lag32583/status/181690866421862400
    4. I follow via networked blogs: Lisa Holmes Garrett

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  6. Harvee Lau says:

    Since it sounds as if Clementine has a change of heart re her plans, I’ll read it! Count me in.

    I’m a follower.

    harvee44 at yahoo.com

  7. dogwood says:

    This sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing your review and giveaway!

    I’m a gfc follower (dogwood).

    dogwoodlane (at) suddenlink (dot) net

  8. The author must be very talented to pull that off.

  9. Ellie says:

    thanks for this giveaway. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  10. Peggy Ann says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! the book sounds great!
    I am a follower on GFC
    I just followed via Networked blogs – Peggy
    I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/Peggyherself/status/181767120022024192

  11. Carol M says:

    I’d like to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!

    I follow by GFC and email.

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  12. Leslie says:

    I like the sound of this one.
    I’m a follower and I posted the giveaway in the sidebar of my blog.

  13. Margie says:

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.
    -follow by GFC and email
    -follow on Networked Blogs

  14. Mary Ward says:

    This sounds like such a good book.

    I follow on GFC and by email.

  15. sagustocox says:

    sounds like another good read…very entertaining. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I follow as you know.

  16. Amy says:

    Love your review, Dar! I’m happy you enjoyed this book so much. Clementine sounds like a character whose story is worth reading. I wanted to review this book but there were no spots available so thank you for hosting this giveaway!

    I’m a longtime follower of your blog!
    Aimala127(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. rhonda says:

    Follow by e mail twitter rhondareads networkblogs tl will tweet.

  18. Jennygirl says:

    Not a book I would normally read but your review has me thinking twice. Plus I love her shoes on the cover!
    No need to enter me, but thanks anyway :)

  19. Na S. says:

    What interests me about this story is how what could be such a depressing story is shown in a lighter way. Stories of self-discovery like this are fun to read but they can also teach me something.

  20. Na S. says:

    I am a GFC follower.

  21. bn100 says:

    The book sounds very interesting.

  22. bn100 says:

    I follow the blog.

  23. blodeuedd says:

    I just have to enter :)

    Follow you here and on networked blogs

  24. zibilee says:

    I just skimmed this review, as I am reading this one now, but am glad to hear that it continues to be addicting and that it’s really intriguing. I can’t wait to talk this one over with you!

  25. Tanya Quilts in CO says:

    I also folloe your blog!

  26. Beth says:

    This looks great! Please enter me!

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

  27. Beth says:

    I’m a follower.

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  28. Linda Kish says:

    This book sounds so good. I’d love to read it.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  29. Linda Kish says:

    I am a GFC follower

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  30. Ann* says:

    It will be interesting to find out what happens to Clementine in the end.
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  31. Ann* says:

    1. I am a email subscriber of yours
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  32. Ann* says:

    2. I am a email subscriber of yours
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  33. nfmgirl says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. Please count me in.

    +1 I follow: nfmgirl
    +1 I blogged:
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  34. Mary Preston says:

    I would love to read LOSING CLEMENTINE thank you.

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    Email subscriber

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  35. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    The author’s style sounds fresh and new…may have to give this one a chance!

  36. Margaret says:

    +1-Hearing the buzz about this one so it’s got me wanting to read it!

    +2-blog follower
    +3-tweeted about giveaway
    +4-network blog follower

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

  37. Karen W says:

    I’ve been hearing about this book, thanks for the giveaway ^_^
    I am a blog follower
    I am a network blog follower

    Karen Quezada
    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  38. Diane Bojda says:

    This book sounds like it’s going to be one of the most alked about books of the year. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway for it.
    I’m a follower
    A Networked Blog Follower(Diane Feryo Bojda)
    https://twitter.com/#!/Dyniy/status/182006622275633153

  39. Mary Ann Woods says:

    Thanks so much for thinking of your readers and offering this giveaway! I follow you via email and GFC.

  40. no need to entire my name in the giveaway, since I just realized I have a copy already. But I really must read it now!

  41. Georgette Coan says:

    This book looks really awesome

  42. Georgette Coan says:

    I follow via email and Twitter, under LadyGDuran

  43. Jenners says:

    Well now you have me wondering if she goes through with it or not!!!

  44. Thanks for offering this book – this is one I really want to read.

    I am a GFC follower and a new Networked blog follower.

    suzebomb(at)gmail.com

  45. carla says:

    It sounds like a very intriguing book, and written in a good style. I can see how the never ending pain would lead her to find some kind of help, anywhere.

    I follow you email.

    cjay (at) iavalley (dot) edu

  46. i’m already anticipating turning those 30 days myself… well reviewed TY!

  47. Colleen Turner says:

    This book sounds really interesting. I would love to get inside the hide of the character and find out just why she has decided to end it all. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Colleen Turner says:

    I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner) and email subscriber.

  49. Colleen Turner says:

    I am a Networked Blogs follower (Colleen Turner).

  50. Jane Squires says:

    Here I am again Ashley trying to win a copy of your book. Hope I can.

  51. Carol says:

    It sounds like the author does a marvelous job with what could really be a depressing subject.

  52. Anna says:

    I’m glad to hear it’s not a depressing book. It sounds really good.

    I’m a follow of your blog via Google Reader, and I follow through Networked Blogs.

  53. Anita Yancey says:

    Sounds like a very touching story, I would love to read it to see how it ends. Please enter me. Thanks!
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  54. Anita Yancey says:

    Follow on GFC as Anita Yancey.
    Email Subscriber
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  55. Kathy P says:

    Would love to read this book!

  56. Kathy P says:

    Follow on Networked Blogs

  57. ikkinlala says:

    I’d like to enter, please – this looks like it could be interesting.

  58. Helen says:

    1- I would love a chance to read this
    2- follow on gfc as Helen
    3- tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/helldog3/status/183356347193110529

  59. Debbie Kennedy says:

    Thanks for offering this giveaway. I’ve been away from reading for too long and I’m anxious to get back to it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  61. Glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being on the tour.

  62. Harvee Lau says:

    I’m a follower and some of the reviews made me want to read this book.

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  63. Maureen says:

    Please enter me.
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  64. kay swederski says:

    Thanks for the nice review – book sounds good, I would love to win!

  65. kay swederski says:

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  66. LuKa (Lubna) says:

    Hi
    My local newspapers seem to be carrying a few stories these days about people committing suicide and leaving behind a note: We were bored with life, or something to that effect.
    Yes, we all face challenges, at times we may feel that there is nothing worth living for, but before we take this drastic step of suicide, perhaps we need to realise that there is a purpose to life.
    I am sorry for a serious post, but I really really wish people who are in a “suicidal mood” – so to say — just reach out. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness, I’ve reached out.
    Further, if they can volunteer, in any way they can, it sure will brighten their day.
    In a lighter vein, if one tries to wind up all loose ends before committing suicide — it sure will take a long time.
    In India, if you fail in committing suicide you are thrown behind bars, I’ve never understood this provision of the Indian penal code. People need help, not prison bars!
    Thanks for throwing this giveaway open internationally, I would love to be included.
    I follow your blog via GFC as LuKa
    Best regards, Lubna
    Email: lukathewriter (at) gmail (dot) com

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