“If the Bell Jar was retooled as a sitcom, it would be something like Losing Clementine. LA based artist Clementine Pritchard has given up her lifelong battle with depression. She gives herself thirty days to complete one last great painting, find a home for her temperamental cat and sell her...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Artist Clementine, is going to kill herself in 30 days. She brings her life work and relationship to an end.”see full review » see other reviews »
“If the Bell Jar was retooled as a sitcom, it would be something like Losing Clementine. LA based artist Clementine Pritchard has given up her lifelong battle with depression. She gives herself thirty days to complete one last great painting, find a home for her temperamental cat and sell her stuff. Ream has created a delightfully complex character in Clementine. She's witty, relatable and endearingly infuriating. Her story was full of laughs, tears and heart. Loved it! -Victoria, Reference”Boulder Public Library wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Emotional and heartbreaking.”1stStreet wrote this review Friday, September 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An artist who suffers from maniac depression gives herself 30 days to tie up loose ends and plan her suicide. The story explores her relationships with her ex husband, her cat, her assistant and her estranged father. Although the premise of the book sounds depressing, it is actually quite funny and moves at a great pace with each chapter being one of the 30 days. ”Melissa R wrote this review Monday, September 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Artist Clementine, is going to kill herself in 30 days. She brings her life work and relationship to an end.”ML wrote this review Sunday, April 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“" I threw the teapot out the window.
It plummeted three floors and shattered into a hundred white porcelain pieces right behind Mrs. Epstein, who I had never much liked anyway.
"Hey!" she yelled up at me.
"Sorry," I said, hanging half my upper body over the sill. Then I turned back inside, grabbed half a dozen teacups, and dumped those out too.
I wasn't that sorry.
Crash. Crash-crash. Crash-crash-crash.
It was very satisfying.
"Have you lost your mind?" Mrs. Epstein screamed, dancing around in her sensible shoes to avoid flying debris.
"Yes," I said and used half my body weight to shove the sash back down.
It would've been more satisfying to slam it, but fifty years of paint made that impossible. Unfortunate. I was really into doing things that were satisfying at the moment. I had, just that afternoon fired my shrink. When you've really and truly decided to kill yourself, what's the point of a shrink?" (pg 1-2)
In the novel, Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream, the main character Clementine has decided that she is done with life. As the book chapters are divided into the days remaining like a countdown til her demise, she attempts to put her affairs in order and of course, research the best possible way for her suicide. She is an artist that truly is living on impulse, doing whatever strikes her fancy at that possible moment from order every conceivable entree at her local Indian restaurant, to flushing her prescription drugs, to finding a home for her cat Chuckles, by placing an advertisement in the local paper much like a single's ad. There are some quirky things she does that engages the reader but all in all I think too much gets lost in the storytelling.
There are descriptive sex scenes that carry the reader too far graphically into the act itself, lots of profanity, and just the notion itself that suicide is the answer for any of life's problems doesn't ring clear to me. I fear that this would encourage people in a way that I don't feel most of my readers would appreciate the content. It's disappointing because I really thought this would be a great story but other's may enjoy it nonetheless. I received this book compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and can honestly only rate it a 3 out of 5 stars.”
“What would you do if you had just thirty days to live? Clementine Pritchard is faced with just that question. In one month, Clementine will kill herself. She's got it all planned out, down to the nitty gritty details. She wants to wrap things up and she doesn't want it to be a burden on anyone.
Clementine has a history and challenges. But surprisingly LOSING CLEMENTINE doesn't become a big pity party or afterschool special. Ream's leading lady is snarky and funny and the book brings up some interesting questions in an unexpected way. It's hard not to love Clementine and Ashley Ream is definitely an author to watch!”
“Is it worth dying? Did Clementine really want to kill herself? Should she end her life?
Clementine thought she should, but she had a few things to complete first...things like find a home for her cat and find her long-lost father who left the family when she was a child. Her first step was traveling to Mexico to acquire drugs that would do the job. Upon her return from Mexico, she continues with the remainder of her plan that definitely includes some bizarre occurrences.
Clementine was determined to get things in order so no one would have to deal with the mess she left. There are a lot of surprises during these 30 days of counting down and many confusing sections.
Clementine is an unusual character with several levels of personality. She is quite likable, and her character will also make you reflect about what makes people tick.
You will follow her plan as she goes about her last days of final preparation. There are actually some funny parts that will make you laugh out loud along with a few good recipes.
It is a little difficult to write a review for this book. The plot consisted mainly of the day-by-day routine of Clementine as she counted down the time until her demise....each chapter was labeled with the day count.
The chapters are very descriptive in terms of scenes and character description. The vivid detail allows you to feel as though you are present and sharing her feelings and emotions that are boiling up inside her. The ending is somewhat redeeming and gives you faith in mankind. What I mean by that is we humans do care about each other and do help each other in a crisis.
But…..despite all the detailed description and the amazing writing, the book became tedious and confusing for me in terms of following the plot. Therefore, my rating will be a 3.5/5