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