Book Review: When You Read This by Mary Adkins


5 disco balls

Publish date: February 5, 2019 by Harper
Category: Contemporary Fiction

Has a book ever made you laugh and cry at the same time? Well this book will make you “craugh” and craugh hard.

The story unfolded over a series of emails, texts and blog posts. I had never read a book entirely in that format and it totally worked here. It was expertly done! I read a majority of this book in one sitting because I needed to keep turning the page.

Thirty-three year old Iris Massey has died of a terminal illness. She left behind a blog and instructions to her former boss, Smith, to share her words with the world. Smith along with those close to Iris are experiencing and dealing with grief in different ways, which makes Smith’s task of publishing Iris’ work a bit of a challenge.

Author Mary Adkins wrote of different grief journeys in a beautiful way. It felt as if all the blog posts, texts and emails I read were from real people. It was authentic and raw, and communicated with a side of humor: with such a delicate subject, the author inserted humor at all the right places. There are even budding romances in the book – but do not feel forced- it all felt very real. So you can see why one would “craugh” throughout the book. 😉

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! I definitely recommend the read.

Have you read Where You Read This? Or, another book that is formatted in an unique way? Do tell!

Thank you to the kind folks at Harper who sent me an advanced reader’s copy of this book! 


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16 thoughts on “Book Review: When You Read This by Mary Adkins

  1. Amazing review my friend this is actually the first time I have heard or seen this book and author and it most difintely looks and sounds like a really amazing and emotional book. I am really glad you really enjoyed reading this book Nikki. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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