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Twenty-year-old Leah’s been in a state of collapse since her boyfriend’s fatal accident. His aunt swoops in and saves her by providing a rent-free place to stay in. Read Come See About Me by C. K. Kelly Martin by C. K. Kelly Martin by C. K. Kelly Martin for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone . C.K. Kelly Martin, who’s written several marvelous young adult novels, couldn’t find a traditional publisher for her first book for adults, Come See.

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Come See About Me is Leah’s story, and it’s told from her first person point-of-view. Why do we find c.j.kelly at a loss as to what to say when someone we know loses someone? Rachel, just to clarify, Leah’s boyfriend is killed by a car while crossing the street.

He had been burned by his fiance and was not looking for a serious relationship. I’ve been reluctant about picking up aboug book, but now I see that i missed something really good.

The two went to high school in British Columbia together, though they weren’t even friends–acquaintances is a better description–and connected later, when they both went to college in Toronto. TerryLynnJohnson November 24, at There were times I was angry at them, but I think that’s a good thing. I can’t imagine the pain Leah would be going through with her boyfriend committing suicide!

But although the guy supports her idea of a ‘vacation from real life’, he claims that “Nothing can ever only be sex, can it? I miss Bastien as a person, all the amazing things he was, but now I realize that I miss the idea of being part of a couple too. Kelly Martin, who’s written several marvelous young adult novels, couldn’t find a traditional publisher for her first book for adults, Come See About Me. Her writing is very special, it’s real and raw and authentic, but her skill with telling a story that makes you feel all the things right along with the narrator is so, so, so much more pronounced with the freedom that comes along with writing for an adult audience.


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Sarah Johnson November 24, at Often, I’ll find these things are incorporated as a side thought, or just for inclusion’s sake. Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon. Thanks for telling us about the problem. From the blurb, you know it’s a grief book, coupled with sexy times.

Their loss was palpable on every page. He puts her back together?

Come See About Me by C K Kelly Martin

But, I also felt for Liam as well, and wanted him to be okay. Leah’s descent into despair is sublimely depicted. Maja The Nocturnal Library November 24, at 3: Not at all romantic.

Also thankfully for Leah, Abigail is rarely at the house, aout means she has room to breathe, to cope and grieve on her own terms. People with addictions, depression problems, bad relationships, anything shameful really will go at lengths to avoid those who love them to avoid having to change themselves. I highly recommend this. View all 23 comments. It rubs me in the wrong way.

Rather, Come See About Me is about Leah finding a new way to be, of finding hope and a new way forward, different from the future she’d imagined xee to her boyfriend’s death. Lest I’ve given the impression that Come See About Me is about moving on, finding a new love or anything like that, it’s absolutely not.

We get to see how she and Bastien were together, what their relationship was like, and as such, we connect with Leah’s loss, which is brilliant. Found about this story from a School Library Journal blog, which includes interesting commentary about the genesis of the book.

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No part of this story resonated with me. Martin paces Leah’s growth impeccably and, moreover, I particularly love the small decisions Leah begins to consciously make, whether it be reviving a friendship she has neglected xome just forcing herself to eat dinner with her neighbors.


While she’s conflicted about many of the decisions she makes, Leah shares the details with the reader without reservation. This is a testament to the realism and craft of Martin’s writing. She flakes on her job, fails out of school, hides from her friends and family–she can’t move forward because of the loss.

Especially one that could become romantic. The Reese Malcolm List drew tears from my eyes as big as marbles and it was the shallowest book in the entire world. I’d have cried over his death. What I gathered from her character was that she felt uncomfortable around people living their lives. Get to Know Us. I did not connect to this book at all. Although neither of them want another relationship – and reiterate that their interactions are strictly temporary – they nevertheless feel very real, especially as what was meant to be un-complicated becomes increasingly complex over time.

It was important when she went to the store to get food for her pet and when she went for a walk. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Without ceremony or evasion, Leah describes her grief, ambivalence to her family and friends in the wake of her boyfriend’s death and how she embarks on a casual relationship with a stranger following months of loneliness, numbness and boredom.