My Absolute Darling: A Novel by Gabriel TallentMy Absolute Darling: A Novel by Gabriel Tallent

My Absolute Darling: A Novel

byGabriel Tallent

Paperback | August 29, 2017

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"Impossible to put down." NPR

"A novel that readers will gulp down, gasping.” —The Washington Post

"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." —Stephen King

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.
Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received his B.A. from Willamette University in 2010, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. Tallent lives in Salt Lake City.
Title:My Absolute Darling: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.16 × 6.09 × 1.15 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:Diversified PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525498842

ISBN - 13:9780525498841


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a light and fluffy read but it will keep you engaged! I received this book for free through a contest. This is my honest opinion of the book. I finished the book in less than a week. If you are looking for something light and fluffy this is not the book for you. My Absolute Darling has some of the most strongly defined characters I have come across in a long time. I kept reading not only because I needed to know what happened in the end but the main character Turtle, she is described in such a way that as a reader I really cared what she was up to how she was doing. I apologize for my vagueness but I don't want to spoil anything. The book is really well written, the story is strong. An area I found a bit annoying was some of Martin's dialogue and banter but I assume that is the expected reaction. The timeline seemed a bit jostled. I swear there was mention of college applications when I know she is just entering high school. I kept reminding myself of Turtle's age. I would have liked to see Turtle elude to her age in some way more. I felt there needed to be a bit of lightheartedness dropped in a bit more somewhere and her age provided the opportunity. I was really ticked off about one moment in the book. I did not see it coming and I was thinking was that really necessary! This is an excellent book for book clubs because it can lead to quite a discussion. I wanted to talk about this book after I read it but it having such a dark subject matter. I didn't really know what to say unless the other person had read the book. I recommend this one but read it knowing it may stick with you for a few days. This book is now going to be passed on through a Little Free Library with a note written inside asking the next reader to post an honest review.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I have definitely not read a story quite like this one before. I will start this review by saying that I won an uncorrected copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I really did enjoy this book, the plot and the subjects that are discussed and talked about in this book are very different than others novels I've read. The characters have very deep characteristics which gives the reader a better understanding of why they act certain ways or think certain things that you may not necessarily agree with or do yourself. I would like to emphasize the fact that this is a really dark story that some may find disturbing. I found it very disturbing at times too because it was cruel, wrong, painful, and so much more. However, it gave the book a variety of content and made it that much more interesting. What I didn't really like about the way this story was written is that there are way too many run-on sentences throughout the novel. I understand that I did win an uncorrected proof, therefore, I did not take that into account when reviewing the novel, however, it did make reading it that much more draining and took away a bit from what was actually happening in the novel. I found it was very distracting. The other thing that was distracting was that the author goes in so much detail about settings and details about where the characters are. For example, there would be an extremely long paragraph explaining the color of the grass..I understand that going in detail about setting is extremely important to give the readers a good understanding of where the story is taking place and what the characters are seeing, however, I found that in this novel it was a bit too overdone. The other thing that I would like to point out is that is isn't a very relate-able book. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend it to people who are looking for stories to relate to. Yes, there are problems discussed in this story that people are no doubt going through or gone through, however, the way that the author writes and the things that happen in the novel just don't make it relate able at all in my opinion (I do not want to spoil anything that happens, therefore, I will not go more in detail about this point). All in all, it is a very interesting and different novel to read and you should definitely read it to get your own opinion about it. I would definitely recommend it to someone who likes stories about different, strange, disturbing events and for people who want to read an entirely new way of writing.
Date published: 2017-08-11