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Bloom by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amos (Narrator)
Bran New Death by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (Narrator)
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
Cleopatra in Space: Queen of the Nile by Mike Maihack
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates and Elise Arsenault (Narrator)
Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
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The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alka
The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (narrator)
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak
Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1 by Naru Narumi
The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves and Gordon Griffin (narrator)
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Restaurant to Another World Volume 2 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations)
The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman
The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert
The Sea Fairies by L. Frank Baum
Shadowspell by Jenna Black
Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

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Solutions and Other Problems: 12/17/20

Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh is the follow up to Hyperbole and a Half, a book that came out of a webcomic of the same name. Originally this second book was expected the next year or so but health problems and other random life events prevented that from happening. If you're curious, the author has been sharing a digital collage of what happened in those seven years on Facebook.

Like the previous book, Solutions and Other Problems is an exploration of life events and her ongoing struggle to figure out social interactions and other things. It also goes into some of the awful stuff she experienced between books, some which started just as the previous book was launching.

There's a heart wrenching chapter on her sister's death and her parent's separation. While they weren't close, she comes to realize how similar they were. She wonders about the reasons they never quite meshed.

The final chapter, though, is my favorite. It's a how to learn to love yourself. She draws herself twice, one being helpful (or attempting to be) and one being confused and in poses she also uses for drawing her dogs. The written text, though, contains a lot of gentle advice.

Five stars

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