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Meredith, Alone

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This was heartwrenching and I really felt for Meredith. However, I think this maybe would've been better as a novella? While I love a slow-moving, character driven story, I don't know that I needed it to be almost 400 pages.

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This was an ARC so I hope it doesn’t change as this was an enlightening story. Meredith is anything but alone. Her support system allows her to make friends and grow beyond all the traumatic events of her past. The basis of this story is how do you cope with something so tragic when those closest to you don’t believe you and the love of your best friend helps you through it. We all cope differently and I’d hope if faced with similar challenges I’d rise above and be like Meredith as she is strong and amazing and spectacular.

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Thank you NetGalley for giving me the opportunity of reading Meredith, Alone.

The book was incredible and I applaud Claire for creating a charater and story that is so relatable. I can't wait to see what Claire writes next!

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A satisfying, well-paced story about friendship, healing from trauma, forgiveness, and the ways connecting with others inspires us to grow and change.

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I absolutely loved this book. It hooked me and kept me turning pages until I was done. Finished it in two days! The character development was strong, and the premise was unique enough that it didn't feel like anything else I've read.

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An emotional, gripping story that covers so many topics and deep subjects but tells it in such a light, enjoyable way. You find yourself really feeling and rooting for the characters and this book definitely made me feel all the feels. Loved it.

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This is such a sweet, heartfelt, character-driven story that tackles some difficult topics in a sensitive and gentle way. I really rooted for Meredith, and for those around her, and I think this story has the potential to offer hope to people who might be struggling. I think that this book offers a great reminder that we are so much more than our circumstances, that our struggles don’t define us, even if it means we don’t leave our house for 1200+ days like Meredith. I recommend this book for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for this arc. This book is available now!

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🐈 Emotionally heavy topics
🐈 Focus on mental illness, anxiety, agoraphobia
🐈 Alternating timeline
🐈 Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I was a bit nervous going into this as I had heard from a lot of other readers that this story was emotionally heavy and while that is true, I am so glad I finally picked this up!

Meredith, who suffers from debilitating anxiety, has not left her home in 1,214 days. Alternating between present day and flashbacks leading up to the traumatic event that propelled her into this state, the story follows Meredith’s path to recovery and the people who help her along the way.

Alexander did a wonderful job exploring generational trauma, as well as the nuances of a relationship between sisters who both share complex but differing experiences with their abusive mother. I particularly enjoyed following Meredith’s developing friendships with Tom and Celeste, which at times provided levity to an otherwise dark story.

I think there was room for more focus on Fee and Meredith healing their relationship; what was portrayed in the book was a bit surface level for the shared trauma that they endured. I also felt as though the ending was quite abrupt and found myself thinking that the ARC I read had maybe been cut off, but upon reading the finished library copy, I confirmed that was the true ending—it just felt a bit rushed to me.

Thank you to @netgalley and @grandcentralpub for this gifted eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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I was really hoping to like this one more. It reminded me of "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" at first. But by the middle I was skimming scenes. Meredith doesn't seem like to even be the main character in her own story. I was intrigued by the premise, but then become bored. I think the book needed more/better/tighter editing. Prose itself was fine, but the characters and plot were lacking.

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Merdith, Alone by Claire Alexander
What a wonderful book! It was emotional and sad, yet uplifting. It was an easy book to read despite the heavy topics. You can’t help but root for Meredith who is absolutely lovable. I enjoyed the supporting characters, dual timeline, and watching Meredith go through her journey. This is such an important story on trauma and the effects it has on our lives. I recommend.

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What an emotional read for me. Some of the content is hard to hear but so raw and real. I was so invested in Meredith and finding out what and why she felt the need to seclude herself in her home. How she managed to stay locked up and still live. I was so excited for her in the end when she finally broke through the darkness and found the light that allowed her to “live” again.

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Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher/author for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review.

Highly recommend reading it.

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I was really looking forward to reading this, but something was just falling flat to me and i can't put my finger on it. I felt like it was more story driven than accurate to people who actually struggle with this problem.

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Sad, lovely, and ultimately hopeful, this story of a woman who hasn't left her home in over three years explores family trauma, friendship, and resilience. It's a slow build, but ultimately, I was very caught up in Meredith's story. A very touching read.

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Oh, this book. It will tug (or maybe something more dramatic — jerk?) your heartstrings. Meredith is a dear, dear character and narrator. You will love her to pieces before the book is done. Her story is not remarkable, except that it is. It is every story of trauma and anxiety, except that it is hers. The author does an excellent job of describing what trauma and anxiety do to a person, yet this story is Meredith’s alone. You may cry, and you will definitely cheer her on in her journey

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Meredith has not left her home in almost four years. She has an online job, gets everything she needs delivered, and a supportive friend who helps with the rest. She has no need to go outside, yet Meredith finds herself wanting to take back control of her life. Little by little, we see Meredith overcome her anxiety and childhood traumas, setting goals for herself to get out the door and down her street. Told in chapters alternating from her current reality and what got her to this point, Meredith’s journey is an emotional and powerful story that touches on mental health in a respectful and delicate way that had you rooting for her the entire time.

Thank you to Claire Alexander, NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for an advance copy of this book.

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Great therapy and wisdom softly served up through Meredith’s struggles for all of us that experience anxiety and trauma.

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There was so much to love about this book! Meredith has not left her home in almost 4 years. This story alternates between her current reality and her efforts to overcome her fears and the childhood traumas that caused them. Meredith is smart and brave. I was rooting for her all the way through. Then, the book stopped abruptly. I kept trying to turn to the next page but there wasn't one. I just wanted one more chapter, one more anecdote,

All in all a very enjoyable read. Thank you Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for the digital ARC in return for an honest review.

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An emotional read.
Meredith doesn't leave the house and as the book progresses we find out why, and what it will take for her to venture out again.

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Meredith has spent 3.5 years in her home, anticipating the grocery deliveryman, doing puzzles and spending time with her adoring cat Fred. But things are starting to change in her life, and Meredith might have to realize that the world will be knocking at her door sooner than she would like.

Meredith Maggs is a wonderfully written character, deepening with each chapter and flashback adding rich history and heartbreak to her story. The book is well-paced, the characters are well-developed, and the stakes are so high that your heart beats and breaks with hers. It's a beautiful road to recovery book, with true-to-life depictions of mental illness, trauma, recovery and familial struggles.

A complimentary copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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