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Meredith, Alone

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For all those readers who have ever struggled with depression, family problems, or anxiety, this book is a must read.
Meredith has suffered trauma and hasn’t left her house in over three years.
She holds a job and interacts with friends who come to her house.
But things have to change and with small steps and lots of encouragement she is ready to embrace a new world.
The story was touching. I did feel cabin fever at the thought of not leaving the house for three years. I empathized with Meredith but also cheered her on as she tackled her fears.

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4.5 stars rounded up
This is a fantastic book. After reading the synopsis and content warnings, I was worried it was going to be sad or give me anxiety. But the author does a wonderful job bringing you into the life of Meredith Mags. Meredith hasn't left her house in 1,215 days. A traumatic event and an unstable childhood has sent her to stay at home. A remote job, grocery delivery, online support group, and a best friend have kept her safe. I loved the advice that Meredith's therapist gives her. I'm also impressed by the health care system and the group Helping hands sending volunteers out to people who may need friendship. As an American that baffles my mind and makes me jealous.

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“For better or for worse, life can change in a matter of seconds. People take their first and last breaths. Cars crash, planes plunge into oceans. The healing process after decades of hurt can begin with simple gesture”

Meredith has not left her home in 1214 days and counting and while she does have contact with the outside world, she is completely content never stepping foot into the outside world again. She has her puzzles, her cat Fred, and her best friend Sadie and that’s all she needs. From the moment I met Meredith I was rooting for her. She is kind and thoughtful and has been through a lot but that doesn’t impact the way she treats people. As the story unfolds, transitioning between past and present, we find out more about Meredith and her need to stay home.

I loved how the book explored family dynamics, mental health, and the power of healing in a relatable way. Meredith represents resiliencey, courage, and hope and I think you need to meet her too!

This is my first read by Claire Alexander and I look forward to reading more of her books

Thank you @netgalley and @grandcentralpub for the early copy

4.5 Stars

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I absolutely loved this book! It is a feel good story, with well developed characters and a wonderful plot.

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Meredith has suffered child abuse and neglect, but it's what happens to her as an adult that leads her to never leave the sanctuary of her own home. Even though she's alone, Meredith never stops trying to become healthy, and it's easy to applaud each of her tiny victories.

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What a deeply beautiful and moving story. I was heartbroken by what Meredith experienced. She was a woman getting through traumatic events the best way she could. I loved watching her grow and slowly open up her restricted world as time went on. It was nice to read a story about a woman healing by gaining healthy friendships and family bonds. She was comfortable on her own but still encouraged others who wanted to find love and have families. It was truly a touching story that I loved reading. I definitely recommend others check this book out.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the ARC.

CW: death of parents, domestic violence, parental abuse, rape

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🏠I stumbled upon this book somewhere (I do that a lot). I loved the premise. I was thrilled I was given the opportunity to read the arc.

🏠Present day, Meredith hasn’t left her house in 1000+ days. She’s established a routine, she has visits with a friend, and a loved cat 🐈. We flashback to several times in Meredith’s life and you begin to understand why she’s not left her house.

🏠The story doesn’t focus on Meredith and her solitude. We learn about her relationship (past and present) with her sister and mother. She also befriends Tom, a carer assigned to check in with Meredith.

🏠Overall I really enjoyed this book. She has lived a tough life and is focused on making a better future for herself.

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Book was well written and a fast, easy read. I enjoyed the character of Meredith and was invested in knowing what happened to her. There is family drama but also friendships. There are many triggers in this book so be sure to look at them.

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When I read the synopsis to this book I immediately thought about Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I loved that book and thought I would love this one as well; however it fell a little short for me. I couldn’t connect to Meredith. I did however love the flashbacks because they gave as insight on her difficult childhood.

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𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗛, 𝗔𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗘 by Claire Alexander was my audiobook travel buddy earlier this month. That was nice for me, but maybe didn’t work quite as well for the book. Traveling to a time zone eight hours ahead messes with your sleep and listening to 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘩 while trying to get to sleep was my solution. It worked well because I kept dozing off. 😴 Then, I’d wake up and need to rewind to the place I last remembered. This happened over and over and over on my trip. For that, I’m sorry because I didn’t give the book all the attention it deserved. Still, I’m thankful for that middle of the night company and I did enjoy 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘩, 𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦.⁣⁣
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This is the story of Meredith, a shy, quirky woman nearing 40, who hasn’t left her home for over three years. A troubled childhood and a traumatic event drove her to the safety of her own home. Meredith works remotely, gets everything she needs delivered, has online support, a sweet rescue cat, and a best friend who visits regularly. She has a daily schedule and many activities she enjoys. Still, Meredith’s world is small and she knows it. She longs to leave the confines of her home, but what will it take to give her the courage to do so?⁣⁣
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That is the journey experienced with Meredith as she narrates her story. It was alternately funny, sad, traumatic, and hopeful. Also, maybe a tad neat and tidy. It reminded me a lot of 𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘖𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘐𝘴 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘍𝘪𝘯𝘦, so I think fans of it will also enjoy this one. I dozed 😴 and rewound far too often to fairly rate this book, but I did like Meredith very much and appreciate her companionship on my own journey! ⁣⁣3.75 stars
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Thanks to @grandcentralpub for an ARC of #MeredithAlone.

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Based on the cover, I was expecting a lighthearted look at a woman who can’t/won’t leave her house. This book was not that and honestly, I am so glad. This book broke my heart SEVERAL times, but it was absolutely worth it. Meredith Maggs has definitely become a favorite character. There was not one second where I wasn’t rooting for her. This was an amazing story of trauma and toxic families and friendship and human connection. I absolutely loved it. Also Tom, Celeste and Sadie were absolute gems. I adored them. Honestly, read this book. You’ll smile, you’ll cry and you’ll be happy about it.
TW: sexual assault, self harm, death, emotional abuse, physical abuse

Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for an advanced digital reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Meredith hasn't left her home in over 1200 days. She works from home, has groceries delivered, and has a best friend and her children that visit. The story is told in past and present so the reader gets the whole story behind Meredith. Meredith is a character that you hurt for and cheer for. She has a lot of trauma in her past that she must overcome in order to be able to live her life. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more books by this author. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.

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I wasn’t ready for this book and, at the same time, I’m glad I read it. It’s raw, it’s vulnerable, and it’s full of hope.

Meredith hasn’t left her Glasgow house in 1214 days and counting. She still has contact with the outside world, and with a select number of people, but she is content never stepping outside.

The question we answer in this book isn’t how Meredith has stayed home for so long but why. What happened to Meredith that causes her anxiety to spike at the thought of leaving the safety of her home? Why hasn’t she seen her family in years? We discover these reasons as the book alternates between events from the past and present.

Meredith is an endearing character who is brilliantly written. She has created a good life for herself despite very difficult past events. It’s really easy for readers to want to know more about her, to cheer for her, and to sympathize with her. While reading, I wanted to hug her and be friends with her.

The side characters—even the unlikable ones—are well developed and play important roles. I really appreciated that the likable characters—the select people—in her life were supportive, compassionate, and created a safe space for her to open up. The only reason I took off 1 star is because of the way Meredith pushed a certain friend (a wonderful supporting character imo) away about half way through the book. I understand the need for self-preservation especially after traumatic events, but she put this friend in a very difficult position. It did get resolved, but this part and a couple of others were a bit frustrating to read.

I think the author dealt with serious and sensitive topics quite well. I do recommend reading this book, but I also encourage you to read the content warnings beforehand.

Meredith, Alone is a book about courage, hope, friendship, and healing. Meredith’s recovery isn’t easy, yet I felt invested in her story and in every step she took to heal. The pacing of the book is a bit slow but that makes sense for this vulnerable story, and I think it leads to an ending that’s both realistic and positive.

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This was just a breath of fresh air.

This was a sweet story, with true grit and "real life trauma" that was not only handled with care, but compeltely believable and real!!

I look forward to more from Claire Alexander!

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Emotional story.

This was a very emotional story about trauma and the ensuing PTSD and the way it changes lives. In this case, Meredith went through a terrible childhood, followed by an awful traumatizing event which besides causing her to want to escape the outside world destroyed the relationship with her sister Fiona. Meredith is well and truly stuck, rendered unable to leave her house, even thinking of leaving causes panic attacks.

What I liked: Tom and Sadie, Meredith's friends and the only people besides random delivery workers that she meets with in person. Her online friendship with Celeste, who experienced a trauma of her own. Her cat, Fred. The way Meredith structured her life so that she had a daily routine and was rarely bored, despite being home 24/7. The writing style and research that went into the novel.

I just found it to be very emotional and deep. Definitely not a light read. I don't do spoilers so I can't tell you how it works out, but just be prepared to experience all the feels while reading.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.

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Meredith, a woman in her late 30's in Glasgow, has stayed inside her house for over three years. As the book unfolds, we find out why and we watch her start to explore the possibility of one day leaving her house again. Meredith isn't as quirky and endearing as some of the lighter books that have been written recently about single women finding their place in the world because the reason she hasn't left her house is painful. Still an interesting book that develops nicely and had me rooting for Meredith every step of the way.

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"Meredith, Alone" by Claire Alexander is a top-notch blend of Friendship & Family Fiction!

Meredith Maggs is a one-of-a-kind character whose current world encompasses the inside walls of her home. She hasn't left her nest in 1,215 days and she's perfectly happy right where she is, doing all the things she normally does every day. There are reasons why Meredith hasn't gone through her front door to the outside world in over three years. Let's call them: 'Meredith Reasons'.

I love the fact that the synopsis of this book on Goodreads is short and sweet. It tells you as much as you need to know and that's the best way to begin reading this story.

It's told in a dual timeline of Meredith's present life and her past. The present is periodic daily-life snapshots covering her relationships with her friends, her family, and her cat, Fred. The past slowly revisits her family life and the occurrences that brought Meredith to her current status.

Meredith's story is heartbreaking. It will make your heart hurt and you'll want to reach out and give her a big hug! As you read, you're sure you've discovered everything there is to know about her, and then the author creates another layer of 'Meredith Reasons". Oh, my heart!

Through all the darkness of Meredith's story, you learn that it is also an inspiring one. She has supportive friends who keep in contact with her, visit her, encourage her, and care about her struggle. Then you learn the most remarkable thing of all about Meredith, that she's also helpful and supportive to each of her friends. She's hopeful, compassionate, welcoming, and steadfast. Yes, Meredith is incredible!

A satisfying read with well-developed characters to either 'love' or 'love to hate', scads of socially relevant topics, and an ending that gives promise to new beginnings and hope for the future, offers forgiveness, understanding, and a deeper meaning of friends and family!

I highly recommend this book to those who love character driven stories like I do! 4.25 stars!

Thank you to NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing, and Claire Alexander for an ARC of this book. It has been an honor to give my honest and voluntary review.

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Meredith Maggs has spent 1,214 days without leaving her house when "Meredith Alone" begins. She is able to work from home as a writer, has the companionship of her beloved cat Fred, a seemingly endless supply of jigsaw puzzles to entertain her, and sees an online therapist. She also gets regular visits from her good friend Sadie and her young kids. With groceries and everything else delivered, she sees no reason to go outside. Of course, there's also the fact that she faces debilitating panic attacks at the thought of venturing past her front door.

When Sadie tells her about a charity called Helping Hands that sends out volunteers to chat with housebound people, Meredith is skeptical, but eventually gives them a call. A man, Tom, comes to visit and Meredith soon finds herself relaxing and making a new friend. She still doesn't want to go into what might lie behind her reluctance to venture out into the world.

The story jumps back and forth in time between the present and Meredith's chaotic upbringing with her abusive mother and older sister Fiona. Although her family still lives in Glasgow (as does Meredith), she hasn't had any contact with them for several years. Meredith must come to terms with her troubled past if she is ever to get beyond her front door again.

I enjoyed reading about Meredith and finding out what was keeping her trapped inside her house. She is able to keep herself busy and has plans for every day (which I guess you need to do if you don't have any outside appointments or responsibilities). While she does participate in online therapy and support groups, and has Tom and Sadie as visitors, she what she really misses is the contact with her sister. Meredith's journey toward finally coming to terms with her past trauma and rejoining society was slow but believable.

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OUTSTANDING!!! I absolutely loved my time with this book. The premise is unique and really made me think about a lot. I loved the supporting characters! Always look for the helpers. ♥️ This was a slow unravel of a heartbreaking story. Gosh, I loved Meredith and wanted to reach through the pages to squeeze her. I loved this one!

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This is a deeply meaningful book with a great deal to say about living life and overcoming trauma.

Meredith has not been outside her home in 1214 days. She is content with her choices and enjoys her life for the most part. She has a remote job, a solid friend named Sadie, and a lovely cat Fred. As the story progresses, we learn more about Meredith's past and why she is at home.

This is a book filled with a wide variety of characters who in turn you will learn to adore, admire, dislike, root for, and root against. The trauma in this book is not handled lightly, but it also isn't something the characters remain stuck in--their forward (and backward) journeys and the way each of them come alongside the others are what make the reading of this book so compelling.

There are triggers here--this novel deals with heavy subjects such as sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. But it is so hopeful overall and the ending is perfect. Everything is not tied up into a sappy neat bow, there is such a feeling of joy, bravery, and strength in the progress made by the very realistic characters.

This is such a raw, honest look at the effects trauma can have on people and how they can learn, grow, and heal through even the most difficult things. Highly recommended!

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