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Community Board

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(ARC from NetGalley) Ok if you are a fan of Zooey Deschanel or have ever been described as "quirky" this is for you. Darcy is absolutely going through it-- her husband left her for another woman, her friends ditched, and she lost her job, so she goes back to her hometown. Not to be insensitive offense but get a therapist and get a grip. I'm happy in the end it's a story about the joy of human connection but we took way too long to get there. It's be a bangin' Netflix original.

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I loved the idea of this book but it just didn't come together for me. I think it was because Darcy wasn't my favorite. I did enjoy Conklin's quirky sense of humor and her unique take on a woman going through divorce, and I look forward to what she writes next.

Thanks to Mariner Books for the copy to review.

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I'm bummed out by this one. I'm a fan of characters most people dislike, but I really, really disliked the main character, to a point I was actively rooting against her.

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This book was ok. As many reviewers said the main character wasn’t particularly likeable and the book is a bit all over the place. In all just not exactly for mr.

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I just couldn’t get into this story. The main character is a 29-year-old, newly single woman who goes back to her parents to help cope. Her parents are away so she’ll be on her own and will have to rely on neighbors to help get through the difficult time. I like quirky characters but this was just not for me. Darcy is just not a likable character and she comes across like a whining brat. So I DNFd this one about 40 percent in.

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This book was just okay (which was a bummer because I loved The Last Romantics). The main character was nearly insufferable. She became much more likable in the second half, but by then it was hard to care what happened. I did find the community board postings funny…that was the best part.

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The Community Board was a little different that I expected but I enjoyed this book. I loved the focus on community and finding yourself and your people after everything falls apart. I found Darcy to be endearing and relatable. And the community of Mubridge to be interesting and quirky.

Darcy Clipper, prodigal daughter, nearly thirty, has returned home to Murbridge, Massachusetts, after her life takes an unwelcome left turn. Murbridge, Darcy is convinced, will welcome her home and provide a safe space in which she can nurse her wounds and harbor grudges, both real and imagined.

But Murbridge, like so much else Darcy thought to be fixed and immutable, has changed. And while Darcy’s first instinct might be to hole herself up in her childhood bedroom, subsisting on Chef Boy-R-Dee and canned chickpeas, it is human nature to do two things: seek out meaningful human connection and respond to anonymous internet postings. As Murbridge begins to take shape around Darcy, both online and in person, Darcy will consid

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Tara Conklin’s writing style takes time to develop the characters in a way that made me feel like part of this newly forged community. Each person had their own vibe and narrative but the way the plot drove the understanding of each person drew me in. I loved seeing the way the community was forged and came together. Tough to follow the gem of the Last Romantics, but Conklin did it!

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I received this ARC from NetGalley.

This is a sweet story, and a charming story. But you have to be able to get past the lack of quotation marks. It was a struggle for me, and it took away from the story.

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This book was a bit of a letdown for me. The main charecters split after the husband fell for another woman and left. The female was having a time of it. She goes back to her childhood home after being told to take a 6 month sabbatical to get her self back. Fast forward to her arriving to find her parents have moved to another state and will not be returning. We are then subjected to her days and how she spends them.oh, let us not forget the many emails she types then deletes to her other half. The best part of the book? The messages placed on the community board. That is what honestly kept me reading. They were hilarious!! If the book had more of those it would have been much better. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on my review.

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Community Board is a humorous and heart warming story about Darcy who finds her world turned upside down. Her husband leaves her for another woman, her parents moved to Arizona without telling her and she loses her job. Darcy is left feeling abandoned and lost. Queue the soul searching and funny situations she find herself in. This is a funny and enjoyable read. The inserted posts from Darcy’s community board will make readers laugh out loud.

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2.5 Stars Rounded Up.

I received a reviewer copy of Community Board by Tara Conklin from the publisher Mariner Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

What It’s About: Darcy Clipper has just been left by her husband and nearly thirty years old returns to her hometown of Murbridge, Massachusetts to get support from her parents. But Murbridge, the comforting small town she grew up in has changed and starting with her parents no longer being at home but rather in Arizona. She seeks comfort in the community board reading the ridiculous posts from the comfort of her bed, but can she find a home in her new quirky home?

Usually, I break this down in things I love and things I didn’t love. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, her last book ‘The Last Romantics’ is one of my favorite books of all time. I had high hopes. And this book just didn’t work for me, sadly. One problem for me was that I read a book that covered community board concept better (Small Worlds by Laura Zigman) and so it would be really hard to top. There are a lot of bold characters here and potential and perhaps if some things had been different this could have read kind of like a quirky small-town drama.

Here's why it didn’t work: Darcy is unlikable and whiny and that is probably like 45% of the book and she is acting very entitled and just not sympathetically, this made me dislike her and be agitated by the book, and perhaps I should have stopped reading, but I was really wanting to believe in this book. And it did get better, but it was ultimately too little.

Here’s some things I did enjoy, once Darcy stepped out of her shell and started connecting with her neighbor and helping him build his playground. I liked this part as well as her interaction with the local police officer. She also faces off against a villain who is just really horrendous. And reading about his schemes angered me. If this had been more like 80% of the book it would have definitely been more enjoyable. However, my mental exhaustion with Darcy made me care less than I would have perhaps otherwise. Also, I would say Darcy does have a pretty big character change which is good but I was just struggling.

Who Should Read It: People who love quirky stories and don’t mind a comically whiny character. People who are obsessed with their neighborhood application.

Summary: A woman moves home to lick her wounds.

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A delightful story that illuminates communities and human interaction.
Many thanks to Mariner Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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This book is hard to pin point, and because of that it is hard to recommend. Sometimes it's a train of thought style, sometimes it is emails, sometimes it's conversation and sometimes it's clips from the community Facebook page. The problem is that there is no way to know what style you are reading on each section until you are already reading it. There is no clear transition from one style to the next, so it just feels choppy and takes away from the story.

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Community Board by Tara Conklin is a lightly humorous story. Darcy is our main character and is going through a lot. While she is whiny and dwells way to long on everything going on her life, I love the use of a community board within the town to bring Darcy out of her heartbreak. The story was predictable but sometimes that is needed when reading.

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Poor Darcy's husband wants a divorce, so she flees to her parents' house in Connecticut, only to find they've moved to Arizona. Stuck in their house and running out of food and money she turns to the online community board and finds the oddest jobs. She meets many people in the community including Fanny who is in a nursing home, Marcus who is building a playground in his backyard, and Omar the local police officer. A book about divorce, parents and children, and finding yourself as an adult.

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This book covers so many different topics - family dynamics, different relationships with some mystery mixed in. I enjoyed this book, even though there were some slow parts. I enjoyed the banter between characters and there were some laugh out loud moments. The chapters were very long, which would be my biggest complaint.

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A fun, thoughtful, and compelling novel about finding out how to stand up for yourself. Absolutely loved it.

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I requested this book because I read The Last Romantics and really liked it so I was expecting this to be similar. But it was nothing like my first read by Conklin. At first I was surprised how different this book seemed because I remembered The Last Romantics being very thoughtful and sophisticated while this book was the complete opposite.

At first I found it hilarious and was loving it. A woman is dumped by her husband and flees to her parents’ house after taking sabbatical from her job only to find out her parents have left to try out a retirement community. It was super light, fun, and quirky.

But then about halfway through I started to grow bored with the story and wasn’t interested in the new plot developments. And by the end I flat out hated it. I felt like the book all of the sudden shifted into something very different. It basically became a book about how everyone is racist, homophobic, transphobic, and anything else that could make you a rotten person. And it was super cheesy and unrealistic. Whereas in the beginning it was quirky, things quickly became absurd and I just couldn’t stand reading this but forced myself to finish.

It just didn’t make any sense in the end and I didn’t like any of the characters. This was a bad book for me, made worse by the fact that I enjoyed it so much in the beginning. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this book but would still recommend The Last Romantics if someone wanted to read this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Mariner books for an ARC of this book.

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This might be a case of the right book at the right time, but this was quirky and weird. And it worked for me. How could this be so weird and so deep and heartfelt at the same time? It gave me big Gilmore Girls on mushrooms vibes. I don’t think this will be the right book for everyone but I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. And that doesn’t happen often.

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