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To Laugh Well: A Novel

By: JC Alaimo
Narrated by: Josh Horowitz
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

"Sometimes a person needs to be lost."

Alexander Biden dreamed of new beginnings that only leaving for college could deliver. But when an unexpected visitor shows up the weekend he moves to Augustine University, he becomes uncontrollably anchored to a haunting past. 

While new friendships, one-night stands, and pharmaceuticals help him regain fleeting moments of normalcy, it's in a dangerous love affair that his fate lies.

©2018 JC Alaimo (P)2018 JC Alaimo

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To Laugh Well

This was a sweet and thought-provoking novel which I know many people, especially college/university students, will be able to relate to. A brilliant reminder to check on those you love and not disregard worrying mental health signs. I thought the narration for this book was outstanding and really fit the style of the story.

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

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  • Valerie
  • 25-02-19

deeply moving tale about youth and depression

It is so easy to stand back and give advice to someone who is experiencing depression, especially if we have never experienced it ourselves, or at least very minor bouts of it. This is one boys tale of having everything to look forward to a bright future, he seems to be heading in the right direction. He is loved and knows it so what is going on inside? I would recommend this book as a worthy read for parents of teens and of young people who may also feel depressed.

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 13-06-19

Saw that coming

I saw that needing coming from a mile away and I couldn’t do anything to stop it. This book will have you laugh, cringe, and cry. Just be for warned. Everything is a party until someone gets hurt.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 21-05-19

Fun little read

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

Even though I knew it was coming, there was still a part of me left confused simply by what the author chose to let me see while in Alex’s head. It’s like with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, if the husband was innocent and we were in his head the entire first half of the book, wouldn’t we have known that without a doubt? It makes no sense that the MC would hide these truths…from himself.

Regardless of this, the moment was strong and I admire the author for the way it occurred and how it was written. I would have liked a little afterward to see how his friends handled everything since they were a key factor in a lot of things, but an argument could be had as to why the author chose not to include that.

If you or someone you know is suffering please help them seek help.

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  • Zoe
  • 01-05-19

To Laugh Well

Alex had been in a download spiral that began to slowly scrape away at his very psyche. In spite of a room full of people, he was miserably alone. In his own way, he was trying to reach out for help but didn't know where to begin No one was listening. His silent cries for help went unheeded.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 07-12-18

sometimes a person needs to be lost

wow what can I say about this incredible book I think it's just a wow book one of those that you want to cherish and cuddle and love this one was an incredible experience I just adored this book so very much
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • KD
  • 06-02-19

Good Young Adult

I always hesitate when it comes to young adult novels, you never whether you're going to get something closer to hunger games or something closer to well one of the numerous other bad young adult novels. With the terrible forced romance

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