When You Read This

When You Read This A comedy drama for the digital age an epistolary debut novel about the ties that bind and break our hearts for fans of Maria Semple and Rainbow Rowell Iris Massey is gone But she s left something beh

  • Title: When You Read This
  • Author: Mary Adkins
  • ISBN: When You Read This
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  • Page: 414
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  • A comedy drama for the digital age an epistolary debut novel about the ties that bind and break our hearts, for fans of Maria Semple and Rainbow Rowell Iris Massey is gone But she s left something behind For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at on A comedy drama for the digital age an epistolary debut novel about the ties that bind and break our hearts, for fans of Maria Semple and Rainbow Rowell Iris Massey is gone But she s left something behind For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty three Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled She also made one final request for Smith to get her posts published as a book With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris s last wish.Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who s been knocked sideways by her loss Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.Told in a series of e mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Harper More Details Original Title When You Read This ISBN 0062834673 ISBN13 9780062834676 Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about When You Read This, please sign up

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Iris is a thirty something year old woman and just found out she only has six months to live due to a deadly cancer diagnosis She works for Smith, who owns a PR firm Once Iris passes away 4 Heartfelt with a side of Comedic Stars The thing is, there isn t one meaning that you remember or you don t It was what it was and is what it is, both simultaneously, along with every version is evolved into along the way, and will, the million interactions all stacked up on top of each other like cans. Iris is a thirty something year old woman and just found out she only has six months to live due to a deadly cancer diagnosis She works for Smith, who owns a PR firm Once Iris passes away no this isn t a spoiler, it s in the blurb , Smith finds a blog that she kept for the last six months of her life His business is struggling and he thinks letting the story of his best friend s journey be published can help a lot of people However, Smith has to get the OK from Iris sister, Jade Jade and Smith become unlikely friends and develop a relationship through the love they had of Iris.Smith and Jade continue to communicate in hopes that they can comfort each other One day Jade finds out about Smith s pitch to a couple publishers in regards to Iris blog after she explicitly stated she did not want it published Smith challenges Jade to understand why she wouldn t want that for her sister and what Jade really wants out of life Ultimately the hurt that they feel and the parallels in their lives help them heal and move forward.This story is full of love, loss, grief and quite a bit of humor It really shows the different ways that people grieve as well as the way people come together when they re hurting over the same person I luckily have not known many people to go down the cancer journey but I think this book does a great job of documenting the bits and pieces of what goes on in a cancer patients head It wasn t sugar coated, it was real and I loved that This book is not written as a traditional novel It s all in blog, text and email form, which for me worked, and it made the book a very fast read It also allowed for Iris blog to have graphics which helped tell her story Although it was a story of loss and grief, it didn t make me cry There were times it was a little sad but I felt it was of an honor of Iris rather than a pity party I also loved that because I think everyone deserves to be celebrated There were also times when it was funny with a few laugh out loud moments or chuckles I loved the range of emotions.Also, I loved Carl Carl is Smith s Intern He is so over the top and the things he said in his emails made me laugh You love to hate him.Overall, this was a great read and I read it in less than a day I would definitely recommend if you are looking for something a little on the lighter side and a quick read These are easily characters to enjoy Thank you to Harper Books for my advanced copy of this book and for Jen tarheelreader for buddy reading with me flag 54 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Meredith B readingwithmere JanB wrote Interesting Meredith The fact that it wasn t too terribly sad makes me want to take a second look at this one Terrific review Thanks, JanB wrote Interesting Meredith The fact that it wasn t too terribly sad makes me want to take a second look at this one Terrific review Thanks, Jan I think you should consider it Feb 01, 2019 09 58PM Meredith B readingwithmere Jennifer TarHeelReader wrote Wonderful review, Mere A pleasure reading this heartfelt book with you Thanks, Jen I agree it was a great book t Jennifer TarHeelReader wrote Wonderful review, Mere A pleasure reading this heartfelt book with you Thanks, Jen I agree it was a great book to read with each other Feb 01, 2019 09 58PM Jan 27, 2019 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it really liked it Shelves arc What a delightful cast of characters Centered around Iris, the girl who died all too young from cancer, Adkins brings us a group of characters, mainly her sister, Jade and her boss, Simon, who are dealing with the aftermath of her death, the blog she left behind and unanswered questions that bring them together and also threatens to tear them apart.Along with these main characters, we get introduced to YOPLAY, who I found annoying and endearing BUT WHO TYPES WITH CAPITAL ALL THE TIME Carl, What a delightful cast of characters Centered around Iris, the girl who died all too young from cancer, Adkins brings us a group of characters, mainly her sister, Jade and her boss, Simon, who are dealing with the aftermath of her death, the blog she left behind and unanswered questions that bring them together and also threatens to tear them apart.Along with these main characters, we get introduced to YOPLAY, who I found annoying and endearing BUT WHO TYPES WITH CAPITAL ALL THE TIME Carl, the intern who comes to take Iris s place at Smith s agency who lives in his own little eccentric world While he repeatedly irritated me with his mercury in retrograde and inability to follow simple directions, his comic relief and brightened take on the world provided some much needed levity throughout the read Carl, I want to have coffee with you At the end of the day, it all comes down to Jade and Simon Each wanting to do what they think Iris would have wanted and having to come to terms that they both knew a different side to her The biggest stories here are theirs to tell The ups and downs of love, loss and grief Certainly some learning moments throughout.Written in various forms of blog posts, emails and texts, this book pulls at the heart strings, gives some hope to the world and takes a real look at how people deal with grief And I do believe I ll be trying to make those Orange Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies Thank you Harper Books for this copy flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 SueKich rated it really liked it review of another edition e pistolary.Using emails, texts and blog posts to convey a story is now a somewhat hackneyed device but it invariably makes for a fun, breezy read and this despite its dark side is no exception The characters fairly pop out at you from their missives Smith Simonyi the surprisingly tolerant owner of a struggling PR firm, Carl his annoyingly ambitious intern, Jade the star chef who s walked out of her job and her younger sister Iris who worked as Smith s assistant It is the blog about Iris e pistolary.Using emails, texts and blog posts to convey a story is now a somewhat hackneyed device but it invariably makes for a fun, breezy read and this despite its dark side is no exception The characters fairly pop out at you from their missives Smith Simonyi the surprisingly tolerant owner of a struggling PR firm, Carl his annoyingly ambitious intern, Jade the star chef who s walked out of her job and her younger sister Iris who worked as Smith s assistant It is the blog about Iris s imminent death from cancer that is the glue holding the plot together This is a promising debut by Mary Adkins smart writing, wry humour and a light touch with her serious central subject matter I found Smith Simonyi to be an immensely appealing protagonist I d rather like to hear from him.My thanks to Hodder Stoughton for the review copy courtesy of NetGalley flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Jennifer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss When You Read This is a story told thru emails, text messages and blog posts I am not sure what genre I would classify this book as It reads a bit like Women s Fiction mixed with some comedy and a bit of romance.This story is about Iris She dies and we get to see how she affected those around her We get to read her blog entries after her death We see how her boss Smith and her sister Jade are coping in the aftermath.It was an interesting way to tell a story But I found the book sort of s When You Read This is a story told thru emails, text messages and blog posts I am not sure what genre I would classify this book as It reads a bit like Women s Fiction mixed with some comedy and a bit of romance.This story is about Iris She dies and we get to see how she affected those around her We get to read her blog entries after her death We see how her boss Smith and her sister Jade are coping in the aftermath.It was an interesting way to tell a story But I found the book sort of sad and a bit morbid reading the blog of a dead woman.The book does have some funny parts Mainly to do with Smith and his intern Carl Carl is constantly doing things that completely mess up Smith But I just found most of these things to be super annoying.I liked Smith And I enjoyed Iris s sister Jade But unfortunately I just found this book to be somewhat depressing The book was just okay for me.Thanks to edelweiss and HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Taylor shihtzusdokviews rated it it was amazing IM NOT CRYING YOU ARE Full review to come flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 10, 2018 Kristen Beverly rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves received from publisher Loved it This book is hilarious, moving and tear jerking all at the same time At the end I cried big fat baby tears It s told through a series of emails and blogs, but still manages to capture the reader and endear you to each of the characters I received an early manuscript for review purposes Full review to come flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Georgette rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction OMG Bawling at the end What a great book about the end Sisters, coworkers, friends, lovers And what you leave behind Loved it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Suzze Tiernan rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss Written as emails, blog posts and texts After Iris dies, her sister, her boss and the intern who takes over her position discuss publishing her blog posts as she was dying Sometimes funny, sometimes sad flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Lori L She Treads Softly rated it it was amazing review of another edition When You Read This by Mary Adkins is a very highly recommended, heart breaking epistolary novel set in our current digital age.Iris Massey, 33, worked for four years helping clients perfect their brands alongside Smith Simonyi in his PR firm Once she found out she only had six months to live, she began blogging on Dying to Blog, a blogging platform for the terminally ill Now, after Iris has died, Smith is surprised to learn about her blog She also had one final request for Smith she wants hi When You Read This by Mary Adkins is a very highly recommended, heart breaking epistolary novel set in our current digital age.Iris Massey, 33, worked for four years helping clients perfect their brands alongside Smith Simonyi in his PR firm Once she found out she only had six months to live, she began blogging on Dying to Blog, a blogging platform for the terminally ill Now, after Iris has died, Smith is surprised to learn about her blog She also had one final request for Smith she wants him to get her blog posts published as a book Smith looks at fulfilling this request with the help of his new intern Carl, while trying to get approval from Iris s sister, Jade Jade, however, is adamantly opposed to this, but the two begin a correspondence and relationship while trying to deal with their grief.The chapters in this novel are all emails, blog posts, online therapy sessions, text messages, legal correspondence, charts and graphs, comments, instant messages, etc that work together to create a montage of interpersonal communication and relationships in the digital age I enjoy epistolary novels when they offer insight into characters and situations This one is an excellent example of the format The communications are charming, tragic, insightful, hilarious yes, there are some very funny moments , surprising, empathetic, belligerent, and self aware They provide the platform for present day actions and part of the backstory to the flawed characters.Adkins did a great job keeping all the various correspondence from the characters true to their personalities along with what they are experiencing, feeling, and thinking Carl is the impetus for much of the humor, along with Smith s patience with him There were also several heartbreaking things shared, helping to further the development of the characters through this modern format While the layout of this novel may not appeal to everyone, for those who can appreciate the format When You Read This is a real treat Oh, and expect to cry Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollinstp shetreadssoftly 2019 0 flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Angie rated it it was amazing review of another edition When You Read This will make you laugh and cry in equal measuresIris Massey wrote an online blog Her boss wants to publish it, her sister doesn t Iris can t make the decision because she is dead.The book is written in the style of emails and text messages, plus blog entries that tell the story of Iris, her death at the age of 33 from cancer, and the impact it has on her boss Smith and her sister Jade specifically.I enjoyed reading this book, the relationships between the main characters and al When You Read This will make you laugh and cry in equal measuresIris Massey wrote an online blog Her boss wants to publish it, her sister doesn t Iris can t make the decision because she is dead.The book is written in the style of emails and text messages, plus blog entries that tell the story of Iris, her death at the age of 33 from cancer, and the impact it has on her boss Smith and her sister Jade specifically.I enjoyed reading this book, the relationships between the main characters and all the people they come into contact with are heartfelt, even if they are just brief exchanges All entries are relevant to the story, even if you think it s not at the time.Although the subject of cancer and of death is not a cheerful one, the book doesn t drag you down whilst reading about it It is sad and moving of course, but the book interlaces the humourous sections just right so you never feel as though you can t go on In fact, I couldn t put it down except only once because I had to sleep Carl was a great side character, he provided such humour with his well meaning initiatives, trying to help Smith and often landing him in trouble If you can cope with the style in which it is written, then I recommend this book to anyone who can find hope in the darkest of situations flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Jasprit rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves out 2019, adult, read in 2019 I went into When You Read This not really sure what I was expecting, and to be honest this book did end up surprising me in a lot of ways Although the story was given to us from the main character Iris blog, I liked how despite Iris not being here any, the blog had an effect on all those left behind Those individuals who were an integral part of her of life were bought together in the most unexpected of ways I really liked the way the story was given to us in the form of emails and text I went into When You Read This not really sure what I was expecting, and to be honest this book did end up surprising me in a lot of ways Although the story was given to us from the main character Iris blog, I liked how despite Iris not being here any, the blog had an effect on all those left behind Those individuals who were an integral part of her of life were bought together in the most unexpected of ways I really liked the way the story was given to us in the form of emails and text messages, I ve read a handful of books where this format has worked before, and I m pleased to say that Adkins was also able to make it work with this book too It is typically an unusual format, but once you got to know the characters, the story really begins to flow easily amongst them Despite the story focusing on loss, I liked how Adkins was able to sprinkle some humour in the story too and gave us some lighter scenes to turn too when things became a little grim I wish I had of a connection with certain characters, that definitely would have made this story for me, but overall I did enjoy this book and how Adkins showed people dealing with a loss in their own different way flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Lovely Loveday rated it really liked it When You Read This by Mary Adkins is a heartbreaking and tear jerking read that is sure to tug at your heartstrings making you want to cry your minute and laughing out loud the next A story that is told through a series of emails, blog posts, text messages, and letters that is sure to capture your attention from the beginning The characters become real and relatable with each page you read as you feel each character deal with the passing of Iris the main character The comedic relief is When You Read This by Mary Adkins is a heartbreaking and tear jerking read that is sure to tug at your heartstrings making you want to cry your minute and laughing out loud the next A story that is told through a series of emails, blog posts, text messages, and letters that is sure to capture your attention from the beginning The characters become real and relatable with each page you read as you feel each character deal with the passing of Iris the main character The comedic relief is felt through Carl, the intern He is hilarious and offers a light hearted touch to a sad story of grief and healing I found this to be a quick read that will require a box of tissues flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Denysha rated it it was amazing review of another edition So although this book is naturally sad given the nature of the story there were some really laughable lol moments Carl was the character I enjoyed the most He helped to soften the tone of the book At first, I was skeptical about the path the story was taking as well as the writing style However, I quickly wrapped my head around the idea and what the author was trying to do This was a great read and I can definitely see people enjoying this a lot I look forward to reading from this a So although this book is naturally sad given the nature of the story there were some really laughable lol moments Carl was the character I enjoyed the most He helped to soften the tone of the book At first, I was skeptical about the path the story was taking as well as the writing style However, I quickly wrapped my head around the idea and what the author was trying to do This was a great read and I can definitely see people enjoying this a lot I look forward to reading from this author PS I received a free copy from the publishers for my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Cayla rated it really liked it When done well, epistolary novels are such a fun reading experience Exhibit A When You Read This I enjoyed getting to know the characters through their emails blogs texts made them real and relatable and I laughed out loud than once at Carl antics Due to the format, this is a fast read, but it was definitely hard to put down Thanks to Cheryl for graciously giving me her extra ARC flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 25, 2019 Alison rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult, fiction This was definitely a book written for me It s epistolary via emails, texts, and a blog it has absurdist but and charming characters it s depressing and delightful all at once If you have the headspace to read about flawed people dealing inexpertly with the death of a loved one but funny , I do highly recommend this book flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Jessica rated it really liked it review of another edition Thanks Harper Books for the free review copy Iris Massey dies from cancer at age 33 This book explores the aftermath of her death through email, texts, and blog posts The format is fun and keeps the pages turning quickly, but the subject matter of grief is serious and deep Bittersweet and funny is how I would best describe this book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Jenny knasentjej rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves feelgood, in swedish, l salotensam, read 2019, previously owned Jag hade tyv rr h gre f rv ntningar p den j mf rt med vad som infriades Det k ndes som att det hela tiden var en slags distans till karakt rerna som inte verbryggades trots d den som mne Jag borde ha blivit mer ber rd eller snarare jag ville bli mer ber rd n jag blev flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Malin Tuvesson rated it really liked it review of another edition Jag l ste den svenska vers ttningen av Anna Thuresson och jag gillade den skarpt Jag har inte l st s m nga brevromaner tidigare men jag gillar konceptet Det ppnar f r en fri tolkning av milj och karakt rer Humor och allvar blandades i denna p rla, klart v rd att l sa flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Claudia Silk rated it really liked it review of another edition I loved this very touching, laugh out loud, poignant and unique book Told through blog posts, emails and texts it tells the story of a young woman s death and the memories and people she left behind flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Jamie Jones Hullinger rated it really liked it review of another edition Review to come flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Natalie NatflixBooks rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss 4.5I reallllly liked this one A perfect epistolary novel that made me both laugh and cry Full review to come flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Talia rated it really liked it review of another edition I ve been really liking these books that are told purely through e mail lately, and this one was no exception Although you know throughout that you aren t getting the FULL picture, you get JUST enough to stay completely in the loop The author really was able to say a lot, without saying much of anything, through this writing method I mean, you COULD spend two pages talking about how depressed a character is OR, you could just show 4 confirmation e mails from Dominos from 4 subsequent days to I ve been really liking these books that are told purely through e mail lately, and this one was no exception Although you know throughout that you aren t getting the FULL picture, you get JUST enough to stay completely in the loop The author really was able to say a lot, without saying much of anything, through this writing method I mean, you COULD spend two pages talking about how depressed a character is OR, you could just show 4 confirmation e mails from Dominos from 4 subsequent days to show your character is doing nothing but staying in bed ordering pizza The same idea is achieved in a funny, and clever way.To start, Smith Simonyi has been out of sorts since his friend, and colleague, Iris passed away She was only in her early 30s, but cancer killed her before he was even able to come to terms with her death Smith works as the head of his own PR brand management company, and he s been too crushed by the death to even consider hiring a replacement for Iris Instead, he hires Carl as an intern, someone who is unlike him in many ways Carl is assertive, exuberant, and full of ideas Smith just wants to fly under the radar and make enough money to send to his mother s retirement home As Carl sets himself up to be the next big thing at Simonyi Brand Management, he comes across a manuscript of sorts in his desk It turns out Iris was keeping a blog, one she started after getting her cancer diagnosis She left the blog and it s contents to Smith, with the hopes that he would someday find a way to publish it Smith clings to this, and starts the search for a publisher, knowing it was Iris s last wish.On the flip side of the coin is Jade, Iris s older sister Smith gets in contact with her after Iris s manuscript and things are found in her old desk, and they start a terse e mail relationship In time, their pain over Iris s death brings them closer, but they still disagree on one fundamental thing, Iris s manuscript.Throughout the novel you see Smith and Jade s e mails, Smith s e mails to Iris s old account, Jade s e mails to her therapist, and Iris s blog posts They all tell the story of two people trying to find their way after death, and one person who s trying to find her way THROUGH death flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 07, 2018 Jen rated it really liked it review of another edition I m not generally a fan of the modern epistolary novel, or stories with a variety of narrators, but I received an ARC of this and thought I d give it a try I m pleased to say that I enjoyed this far than I thought The emails and texts were believable as was the character development It was a quick read and it probably won t stay with me as some books do, but it s worth your time flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Courtney rated it really liked it The author told this story through a series of blog posts, emails and text messages For me, this technique worked well It breaks up the morbidity of the subject the passing of Iris, the main character The comedic relief of Carl the intern was refreshing, although it did come off as patronizing to the millennial reader Still, he was hilarious and a great addition to the story Smith Iris boss and Jade Iris sister rounded out the story offering a new understanding of grief and heali The author told this story through a series of blog posts, emails and text messages For me, this technique worked well It breaks up the morbidity of the subject the passing of Iris, the main character The comedic relief of Carl the intern was refreshing, although it did come off as patronizing to the millennial reader Still, he was hilarious and a great addition to the story Smith Iris boss and Jade Iris sister rounded out the story offering a new understanding of grief and healing I really enjoyed this book Quick read, cool pictures and lots of insight The romance is sweet, and now allI can think about is pastries flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jul 29, 2018 Tracy rated it really liked it So sweet Full of the emails, blogs, and other documents that make up our lives, When You Read This tells the story of a young woman dying of lung cancer primarily through the people around her Don t get the idea this is a morose, depressing novel, though there may well be tears involved in reading it It starts off with some laughs that reappear all the way through those who were part of Ivy s life figure out how to go on without her Structured around Ivy s Dying to Blog , When You Read This So sweet Full of the emails, blogs, and other documents that make up our lives, When You Read This tells the story of a young woman dying of lung cancer primarily through the people around her Don t get the idea this is a morose, depressing novel, though there may well be tears involved in reading it It starts off with some laughs that reappear all the way through those who were part of Ivy s life figure out how to go on without her Structured around Ivy s Dying to Blog , When You Read This offers charm, comedy, and even some romance flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 05, 2018 Heather rated it really liked it Shelves reviewed Death is called the final act, but for our loved ones who survive us, the show inevitably goes on In her novel, When You Read This, Mary Adkins gives equal stage time to Iris Massey, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, who begins a blog about her experiences, and those she has left behind Grief is a unifying theme in this novel from Iris, who struggles to come to terms with her death, to her sister, Jade, who is left rudderless without her, and even Iris s boss, Smith, who is determined Death is called the final act, but for our loved ones who survive us, the show inevitably goes on In her novel, When You Read This, Mary Adkins gives equal stage time to Iris Massey, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, who begins a blog about her experiences, and those she has left behind Grief is a unifying theme in this novel from Iris, who struggles to come to terms with her death, to her sister, Jade, who is left rudderless without her, and even Iris s boss, Smith, who is determined to fulfill Iris s last request of having her blog published as a book Poignant, and bittersweet, When You Read This is a well rounded blend of romance, comedy, and of course, drama flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 24, 2018 An rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways, arc, collection The cover blurb compares the book to the works of Marie Semple and Rainbow Rowell, but this actually reminds me of one of my favorite blogs from a few years ago Hyberbole and A Half It s clever, humorous, and even poignant at times I tend to be a bit wary of the modern epistolary novel I spend enough time reading emails at work , but Mary Adkins skillfully utilizes a mix of emails, blog posts, text messages, and notes to narrate the story and bring her colorful cast of characters to life Wh The cover blurb compares the book to the works of Marie Semple and Rainbow Rowell, but this actually reminds me of one of my favorite blogs from a few years ago Hyberbole and A Half It s clever, humorous, and even poignant at times I tend to be a bit wary of the modern epistolary novel I spend enough time reading emails at work , but Mary Adkins skillfully utilizes a mix of emails, blog posts, text messages, and notes to narrate the story and bring her colorful cast of characters to life When You Read This was a delight to read, and I highly recommend it Many thanks to and Harper for gifting me with an ARC.Disclaimer I received an advanced reader s copy through the Goodread s Giveaways My review is based on an uncorrected proof When You Read This will be available in bookstores next year flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 12, 2018 Marion rated it really liked it review of another edition I got this as an ARC today and I finished it the same day.Oh boy I could not put it down It s written all in emails, texts, and blogs and so it is such a quick and breezy read Yet it is full of many interconnecting people It s a happy sad book that s just devastating and hilarious Fans of Where d You Go, Bernadette and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will absolutely LOVE this book flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Amy A rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5At thirty three years old Iris Massey is diagnosed with lung cancer Her doctor has given her six months to live In the interim, between chemo treatments and looking death square in the face, Iris starts blogging on a site where people go when they re in the midst of a terminal diagnosis just like Iris Flash forward to eight months later and Iris has passed Her older sister, Jade, is still grieving Her former boss friend, Simon, is suffering through a crisis of faith, of sorts, after lo 3.5At thirty three years old Iris Massey is diagnosed with lung cancer Her doctor has given her six months to live In the interim, between chemo treatments and looking death square in the face, Iris starts blogging on a site where people go when they re in the midst of a terminal diagnosis just like Iris Flash forward to eight months later and Iris has passed Her older sister, Jade, is still grieving Her former boss friend, Simon, is suffering through a crisis of faith, of sorts, after losing another person in his life When Simon s extremely enthusiastic new intern, Carl, finds a printed copy of Iris blog posts left by Iris herself asked Simon to try to get them published, Simon wants to honor his friend s last request To do so, he must go through her sister, however, and Jade, she s, understandably, still not dealing well with the loss and wants nothing to do with publishing a blog she thinks no one will be interested in Both Simon and Jade are trying to figure out how to honor Iris while still moving forward with their lives As they continually find themselves corresponding over the course of a few months, they ll discover that sometimes new opportunities pop up where you least expect them I loved the epistolary form that When You Read This takes Through blog posts, emails, texts, diagrams, therapy session notes, etc we learn about both Iris life leading up to her death and the aftermath that her loved ones are experiencing I loved getting glimpses of Iris Moving from both hopeful and heartbreaking as she comes to term with her diagnosis It seemed to be a very truthful expression You could feel who she was in life, and how she thought of her friends and family, and the unfairness of losing that life and those people too soon The ending was definitely a tearjerker Don t get me wrong, though, sometimes in sadness there are moments of levity and When You Read This definitely has the silly among the heartbreak Especially where Simon s new eager to please, yet still demanding the respect of long lunch taking boundaries, new intern Carl is concerned He s definitely begins as a representative of a stereotypical Millennial, but in Carl s sense of enthusiasm for his job, there s a lot to be said for some of his fresh outlooks and his disassociation from Iris he is not a character that knew her in life that Simon and Jade aren t able to look past until Carl s brings them to the foreground The story, however, mainly focuses on Simon and Jade They both come from opposite ends of the Iris spectrum, both knowing her at different points in her life Jade, obviously, from childhood with their widowed mother who used to move the girls around to live in various hotels while she worked for a cosmetics company And Simon who knew Iris in adulthood, hiring her as his assistant when she had made a life altering decision about her future They both kind of meet in the middle and fill in the blanks missing from their Iris narratives Thereby getting to know their sister friend a little better and able to come together in their shared grief When You Read This had many moments of poignancy, but I was a little disappointed that we didn t get from all the important people in Iris life such as her boyfriend and her mother We learn, through Simon and Jade respectively, that these two people are still struggling, but their struggles are not mentioned with the same depth and analysis as Simon and Jade s Simon was friends with Iris former boyfriend, Richie, before he and Iris began dating There s a wonderful moment that shows that Richie is still in just as much despair as Simon and Jade, yet I felt the moment was there and gone in an instant Then, there s Jade and Iris mother whom Jade claims has been acting bizarrely since Iris death enough that Jade visits her almost every week to check up, but by the end things have changed, and I loved the exchange between mother and daughter in this moment, but again, we don t see the lead up We don t get the growth out of either of these characters and in getting the glimpses I realized I so desperately wanted to see these two characters get their closure This is the reason why my rating is not 4 stars, to be honest Overall, despite some instances where I wanted character development, I thought When You Read This gave a very plausibly real look into what someone faces when their faced with the end of their life and what it means for those left behind Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book 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