The Collapsible Mannequin by Charlotte Matthews

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This book is not about anything in particular. It is a stream of consciousness of a mother and son as they write in a diary. The single mother is working hard to make ends meet while ensuring her son’s emotional requirements are fulfilled. The son is unsure of the secrets his mother keeps from him, and his analysis of the world (as the blurb proclaims) was interesting. For the most part, the (almost) alternating chapters of the duo are distinct. There are some instances where the distinction blurred, and I needed to verify the page’s title to orient myself.
It is a slice of their life, and I could not read it in single sittings. I need to pace myself in order to keep going. The writing is well done, and you can feel the emotions of the characters. I even chuckled at a few instances. There is no exact point to the ending since this is just an exploration of the duo’s relationship with each other and the world they interact with. For the most part, they are characters that people will recognize or identify with, making it an entertaining book to read.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

P.S: WordPress seems to have made me unfollow a bunch of people, it will take me some time to figure out how many and which sites but this is the first time this has happened!! I figured it out two of them only because I realised I hadn’t seen a couple of people’s posts in a while on the reader..So if I have recently followed you back and you knew I once used to, the story behind that will be clear as well.

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