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Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything

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Could not finish, inappropriate content and too much language within the first chapter.  Narrator was decent, but story was not what I expected and put it down 10 minutes in.
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I ended up enjoying this book in the end, but I struggled to get into it at first. It might have been the narration, which I perceived as a little whiny.  But, overall, good story/plot, even if it' is about upper middle class white suburbia.
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This was a sweet book that made me laugh out loud. Agatha Arch is trying to get through life after she finds her husband having sex with the dog walker in her shed. Agatha is the hilarious and cynical mom voice we all read (or are) on the mommy Facebook groups. Through friendship, yoga, goats and a romantic fling with a man with a cold, Agatha finds herself and finds peace. It's a cute book that's the perfect book to listen to as an audio book.

I just reviewed Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair. #DreamscapeMedia #NetGalley
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Agatha Arch is not the kind of person I'd want to be friends with. She's a social media personality who is condescending, intolerant, and over the top. She is a literature snob who acts like a spoiled child. The author did a great job of creating a really strong character, I just hated her so much I couldn't finish the audiobook. 
The audiobook narrator's voice is pleasant and easy to listen to. It was the character she was channeling that I couldn't take.
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I really enjoyed this book, It reminded me a bit of “Where’d you go Bernadette”.  It was a hard read for me.  My husband kept joking “man you really don’t want to read that book do you?”  My first marriage went much the same way and I found this all too relatable and reminiscent of my life years ago.  I really enjoyed the final interactions with the husband.  It isn’t often that happens and it’s so nice to see that peaceful closure so few of us get.  Even if it is just in a book. I would reread this book, along with fixer upper and other, take charge, slightly crazy, girls can do it all! Books I enjoy repeating.  Anything with Goat yoga is a win right?
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Agatha March  is quite the character. A writer who seems to be in everyone’s business, she finds her business the talk of the town.  After her husband leaves her, she loses her mind more than a little.  She becomes a regular subject on the local mom group.  She’s not likable at all at times, she assumes the worst in everyone. She’s a stalker and she doesn’t think twice about being a jerk to even kids.  By the end of the story she doesn’t fully redeem herself, but she is well on her toward being a better person,
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what a hoot! this made me LOL many times - so many relatable moments at the silliness of Facebook posts; i wish i had a friend like Agatha Arch!
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It was a pleasure seeing the inside of Agatha Arch’s head, knowing her most intimate thoughts and fears. Agatha finds her husband having an affair with non-other than…. the dog-walker (they don’t even own a dog). Agatha goes crazy, grabs the hacksaw and destroys the shed – which is where she found them having sex. Throughout the story Agatha interacts and criticizes with a Facebook mom’s group in her town. As Agatha’s life comes crashing down from all sides, especially when she is caught spying on her estranged husband and the dog walker, she forms new friendships from unlikely sources.  As crazy as Agatha Arch is, she is likeable, and most times you can understand where she is coming from and at least reason why she is doing something. Agatha is very sharp and has a witty sense of humor. I couldn’t stop listening as I wanted to know what crazy thing would happen next. There are plenty of chuckle and a few laugh-out-loud moments throughout the story. 
Thank you @netgalley for my audiobook copy! The narrator was amazing, and really did sound like Agatha Arch’s innermost thoughts.
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First off I can totally relate to Agatha all though I’ve never been married this book just feels like it would be my life. Agatha is not really afraid of everything most of the things she is afraid of there is a reason behind it so completely understandable Without giving spoilers I am kinda confused why she was so obsessed with a certain character in this book for that character to no longer be there and what happened to them was never mentioned other then that this would
Have to be one of my top 3 books I have read this year I laughed so much thank you for allowing me to read this it
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I love Agatha Arch. I wanted to slap her for a bit there but I love her. A delightful little book.

"Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be. All hail Joan Didion!"

Thanks NetGalley for this early read, rather, listen. I wouldn't have grabbed it if I'd realized it was an audiobook (I don't do those, I said to myself). Then I felt bad for not providing a review, so I listened to my first audiobook. And damn, that was enjoyable. Listened while I watered, a little bit at night. I may even listen to another!
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This book was the perfect escape. It was lovely and fun. It was my first book by this author and I will definitely be on the look out for more!!
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Agatha Arch is a fairly successful author who lives in a world of white privilege. She’s married to a man she loves and has two sons she adores. When she catches her husband having sex in the garden shed with the neighborhood dog walker, she loses it completely - totally destroying rage garden shed with a hatchet. Agatha believes she’s afraid of everything. She sees a therapist. She belongs to a Facebook mom’s group. Once I decided the book was supposed to be ironic and funny, I enjoyed it more. It just felt so white. One character of color is a house painter who Agatha sees a a possible sex partner. The process Agatha goes through to become a strong independent woman was mostly entertaining. Her most redeeming quality is her love for her sons. 

The narrator of the audiobook Soneela Nankani was fantastic. She captured the tone of the privileged white woman perfectly. I found myself laughing out loud. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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"A quirky, nervous wreck of a New England mom is forced to face her many fears in this touching, irresistible novel from author Kristin Bair. Arch's life shatters when she discovers her husband in their backyard shed, in flagrante delicto, giving the local dog walker some heavy petting. Defying her abundant assortment of anxieties, Agatha dons her "spy pants"--a pair of khakis whose many pockets she crams with binoculars, fishing line, scissors, flashlight, a Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD, candy, and other espionage essentials--and sets out to spy on her husband and the dog walker."

I couldn't offer a better description of this delightful book than the description from the publisher.  It is very remniscint of Where'd You Go, Bernadette.  Well written and just a fun read.
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Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Blair is a really light and fun book about some heavy topics.  The main character goes through a whole heck of a lot in this book and yet it remains funny and warm- I was rooting for her the whole time with admiration.

Agatha Arch is an overly anxious woman, yes, but she’s so multi-layered.  Agatha is anxious, strong, funny, smart, talented, witty, and a survivor.  I loved seeing a character with fears and anxieties and struggles who was still a funny and intelligent member of her society.  This book is so much fun and honestly, inspiring.  It inspired me to connect more with people to understand them better.  

Also, the audiobook narrator is phenomenal. The way that she delivered the sass and sadness and thoughtfulness of Agatha was absolute perfection and I’m so glad that I listened to this via audiobook.

I definitely recommend this book and this audiobook! I truly enjoyed it so much. 

A big thank you to Dreamscape Media and Netgalley for a free copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review!
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On an ordinary day, Agatha Arch goes out to her shed and finds her husband having sex with the neighborhood dog walker. This sets off a chain of humorous stalking incidents on Agatha's part. This book is very reminiscent of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, which is a book that I loved. Bernadette was plagued by the neighborhood "gnats" (parents group at her daughter's school) while Agatha is bothered by her neighborhood moms' Facebook group. This book was light and entertaining. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.
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My first audio book and I’m glad I stumbled upon this one. I loved the voice of the narrator I guess this is key. I loved the main character as she overcomes her own trepidation to evolve into a resolved and strong character. The audio system was soothing at the end of the say to immerse yourself into Agathas search into herself and her hubby. I found with narration a different visual than regular story reveal. It was a hoot as is Agatha .Happy listening
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Agatha Arch is an authentic character who I feel could be my neighbor next door! When her life is pushed down an uncertain path and her family readjust to a new norm, Agatha's anxiety is pushed to the next level. The humor throughout this book brings Agatha to life as she processes her thoughts and feelings of these changes, deals with nosey moms (and a dad) of the community, and works to find herself along the way.
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I really enjoyed this book - Agatha is a tough character to like, she's quirky in an off putting way for a lot of the book but the more you get to know her the more you understand who she is. It was a quick read & I recommend it.
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This is a book that perfectly suited me. There was much wit, humor, and sarcasm displayed by the central character, Agatha Arch. I am a New Yorker, so I can appreciate that if unbelievable situations occur, well usually the best way to survive is to act just like our wonderful Agatha. She has just found out that her husband was having an affair with their dog groomer. He decided to get together in the shed while Agatha and her children are inside the house. Now, I understand dear reader why this could result in outlandish behavior. Agatha is very pleased that she gets Spy Pants and gets caught up in a tree spying in on GDog’s house where her husband is staying. She orders dolls off ETSY that are made to look like her husband and his GDog (girlfriend’s name) and laughs when the note says to treasure these loved ones. She plans on sticking pins into the girlfriends butt. I mean, whatever gets you through the day. Her husband hasn’t even addressed this. 

She refers to her therapist as her Shrinky Dink. Agatha has lots of fears and anxiety, but her therapist starts to notice that this incident has made her act anyway. She forgets she’s afraid of heights, forgets her hypochondria, and moves forward. She uses a Mom’s Group to stay connected, but often makes snarky comments about what the Moms say. Well, she does have a point. Discussing the most drab topics about the manicurist or if they saw a fox or a coyote. One only has so much patience and her reserves are running low. 

Agatha is a smart and talented writer. She gets feed up easily when others don’t know about books. Finally, she loneliness forces her to start being much more Civil to her Mom friends. She asks, what makes them worry and is surprised with so many responses. She starts to realize, she just doesn’t know these women well. They to have their problems and anxieties. Life is just too hard to go it alone. So, Agatha starts helping out a woman in crisis, gets together with this group, and sees they really want to help. Agatha is as surprised as anyone, but she starts to move on. She becomes solid on her own and finally is starts hating her husband a little less. She sees she has a life without him, even though she really has had her life turned upside down. Her young sons are what force the humanity in her to come bursting out. 

So, think this was a really fun read. I could also relate to how hard life can be and Agatha is really a heroine for our times. She is fierce and doesn’t give up. That gives her a better life then she ever imagined. 

Thank you NetGalley for supplying me with a copy of this book. It was a pleasure to read and my ex didn’t call once to tell me all my faults today. So, many women will see themselves in Agatha, the same as I did.
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What do you need to know about Agatha Arch?
- She is a mom;
- She is an author;
- She has "spy pants;"
- She LOVES Bear Grylls;
- She caught her husband cheating on her;
- She has a blunt and honest sense of humor;
- She is in the most obnoxious moms' Facebook group;
- She doesn't really care that her personality isn't for everyone; and
- She is afraid of everything - especially beans, beans are the worst.

Agatha Arch was a refreshing and quirky read about an overly anxious main character who has just had her entire life flipped upside down. I personally listened the audio book and I'm so glad that I did! The audio gave excerpts where Agatha was reading from her moms' group or talking to her husband extra dimension and humor. I loved Agatha as a character. She was a flawed character who managed to come across as caring, witty, anxious, family oriented, and hilarious. I absolutely recommend this book, especially if you have your own issues with anxiety.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I am voluntarily providing an honest review.
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