Review: I Don’t Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom

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ARC for review. PurchaseĀ I Don’t Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom on [Amazon] and [B&N]

ARC from NetGalley:

“I Don’t Have a Happy Place” is one of those books you get, not really knowing what you’re in for. The book’s content is directly in its title: “Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom,” and yet that doesn’t really prepare you for what you get: darkly funny, sometimes morbid, sometimes sad, tales of life. Kim Korson’s voice is dry and matter-of-fact, and that alone makes some of the more out-there lines hilarious (one of my favorites comes from ‘Be Careful Out There’ – “If a bad guy were to come all the way up 128 stairs to disembowel me, it would be because he was looking for me specifically”).

Perhaps I enjoyed “I Don’t Have a Happy Place” so much because I do have a dark sense of humor, in addition to suffering from depression, so there were many events and lines of the book which had me chuckling or outright laughing.

I admit I knew nothing of Kim Korson when I first requested the book- it was in fact the title which caught my eye. However, after readingĀ  “I Don’t Have a Happy Place…” I will definitely be looking out for more of Korson’s work in the future. Her voice is a refreshing dip into murky waters, and I mean that in the best possible way!

Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review.

Originally posted on GoodReads.

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Brief Review for Veronica Mars, Book Two: Mr. Kiss and Tell

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Veronica Mars is back for another case and it’s a doozy. Mr. Kiss and Tell was a highly enjoyable and quick read. The subject matter is extremely dark and authors Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham handle the case with an appropriate sensitivity.

As in the first book, there’s strength in her interactions with her father and friends. Her interactions with both Logan and Weevil are given time to shine and shine they do. Specifically, Veronica’s relationship with Logan is one of maturity, love, and yes, a lingering sadness but it definitely works in all its (in their way) traditionally heartbreaking glory. Weevil’s entire plot is both heartbreaking and complicated and one I hope to see continue or at least spotlighted in future books.

Veronica herself is wonderful in MKAT. She maintains her signature fire and wit with an adult edge. She is still the moody, driven, complicated character we all grew to love in the show and film and she’s just a glorious heroine. Thomas and Graham do an excellent job of keeping her human and real.

The book definitely sets up future installments and I genuinely can’t wait for more if they choose to continue the series. I’ve already pre-ordered MKAT and this will very likely be one book I come back to.

Thank you to Doubleday for giving me the opportunity to review.

Originally posted on GoodReads.