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Review: Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance
By Alison Espach
Henry Holt and Co., 9781250823144, May 2022, 352pp.

The Short of It:

This book met all my expectations and then some.

The Rest of It:

Sally adores her older sister Kathy. They are about as different as two sisters can be, and yet they managed to do quite well in their shared bedroom. Sure, they squabble but Sally looks up to Kathy because Kathy always knows the right thing to say or do. She is sophisticated without trying and yet when they are alone together, she shares all her insecurities with Sally, which makes Kathy flawed just like the rest of them.

One summer, as they while away their hours by the community pool, Kathy catches the eye of Billy. A good looking boy, working at the snack stand. After some missteps, the two fall hard for one another, which leaves Sally to observe her sister’s new found infatuation from afar. She can’t help but feel a little jealous because one, she wanted to spend the summer with Kathy and two, what would it be like to have a boyfriend like Billy? She wonders if she will ever have someone like him.

As the summer unfolds, Sally finds herself attached to Billy in a way that no one wants. Linked by tragedy, the two struggle to find a way to move on and let me tell you, it’s heartbreaking and poignant but in such a good way. Memory and what could have been, had me re-reading passages as I slowly turned the pages. These characters leap off the page and you feel for them.

I loved this book. I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked it up but it’s good and I didn’t want it to end. It will be on my fave list at the end of the year.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Sunday Matters: Decisions

Sunday Matters

It occurs to me that this title might lead you to think that a college decision is enclosed. It is not. Soon, though. My “decision” reference has to do with my reading choices. I gotta keep this reading train going by picking just the right read or it will all come to a screeching halt. It’s a fine balance between review copies, what I already own and what I have on my Kindle. Oh, and I cannot forget mood. That seems to change hourly.

The reason for all my decision talk is that I picked up The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and could.not.get.through.it. I gave up. I read all the wonderful reviews and I respect all of your opinions but what the heck? It dragged so. I read enough of it to consider it read but I won’t do a formal review of it here because it’s not fair to review a book that you haven’t finished. However, I could not go on and pulled the trigger. That left me in a ditch with my reading for a day because it’s a longish read and I didn’t have the next one lined up so I stared at walls and got all worked up.

Right Now:

I have since found something else to read. Noted, below.

This morning I have big church and then little church, youth group. After that we will take the pup for a long walk. She is not a fan of afternoon walks because it cuts into her nap time but when the morning activities interfere it’s better than nothing and I still like to get a walk in.

This Week:

Fun stuff this week! I have an online book club meeting. I think everyone in my club is now vaccinated except for me (counting the days until 4/6) so maybe we can meet in-person soon.

I am also having lunch with a friend this week!

We see my son this weekend in Solvang. That will be fun. The pup has never been. We will try to grab that photo of her in a wooden shoe.


I picked up The New Neighbors when my other booked didn’t work out.

The New Neighbors


My son kept trying to get me to watch WandaVision and by episode four, it clicked. I have to say, it’s a very clever show but you have to give it some time.

We finished Schitt’s Creek and the documentary of their final table read. What a great show. I will miss it a lot but I have to agree with Dan Levy, I am glad it closed on a high note. It easily could have gone on for another season but it was perfect where it ended.

The Walking Dead. I wish the showrunners would turn the show over to the fans. I have all sorts of plot lines that would bring the viewers back. It’s falling apart.

As for movies, we watched Knives Out. Really enjoyed that one. We will watch Midway soon and the new Godzilla vs. Kong movie when it comes out on HBO Max.

Grateful for:

  • Daylight Savings didn’t do a number on me like it normally does. Maybe because I am not commuting for work. The transition was just fine.
  • The time we will spend with our son this week. My son and daughter will have lots to discuss because she has made her decision but I am not allowed to say until she announces it herself. My son’s grad school decision is close too.
  • New couches. We got our new couches delivered for our family room. We love them. The pup approves.

Movie theatres have opened in LA County at 25% capacity but ours have not and I fear they may never. I don’t think they took the hit all that well. What is one movie you are looking forward to seeing in the theatre soon? All I can think about is the new Bond movie. I love those movies.