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A Tiny Upward Shove, by Melissa Chadburn

inlowing's review against another edition

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challenging dark sad

3.75

egcoast2coast's review

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

ba1l3y's review

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dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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jenabest's review

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dark slow-paced

3.0

 Damn. This is dark and heavy.
The first while, I was really wondering if I wanted to continue. Then the writing became very engaging.... Until the subject turned into everything dark and horrid about humans. Rape, murder, child abuse, addiction. All-in-all, very heavy. 

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verlo's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious tense slow-paced

4.0

hannahouston's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

rebeccaisacrab's review against another edition

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challenging dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character

3.25

penny_dlc's review

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challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

difficult and heart wrenching. this book doesn’t hold back any punches. it’s brutal and it’s real and that’s what makes it all the more impactful. 

but please be cautious. it’s rough. 

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portcitykt's review

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4.0

A moving tragic story which combines Chadburn’s knowledge of the failed child welfare system in this country with the basic true account of a serial killer in Canada. Marina, of mixed Filipino and Black heritage wants a regular life, family and love. We sense the love from her Lola and Mutya ( grandmother and mother) and the sharing of folklore and spirits but no one can break through their own wants. Marina ends up in a group home (aka grope home) and from my work with group homes in my career the characters portrayed are so realistic. Marina tries to conform but tries to maintain her sanity and dreams of reunification. “Want is for the living “ and Marina isn’t getting any of her wants met so she turns to touch as a way to feel wanted.

The pain of seeing what all of these characters endure just pulled at my heartstrings. Chadburn kept her grip on me until the end even though I knew she was pulling me down a deep dark hole. So well done and a must read. This book is, in the words of Lola, “ a killa, thrilla and a chilla.”

Thank you to #NetGalley and @fsgbooks for the advanced copy of a #ATinyUpwardShove.

kim_lockhart's review against another edition

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5.0

Extreme Content Warning: this was one of the hardest books I've ever read. It is the unsanitized truth of the fate of the missing and murdered, the forgotten, the unprotected. You might feel your soul float away from your body. It's an important story, well-told, but almost too brutal to bear.