When You Read This

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Hodder & Stoughton, Feb 7, 2019 - Blogs - 416 pages
Iris Massey is gone. But she's left something behind. For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris's last wish. Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris' big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who's been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other. Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy--funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet--that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.

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User Review  - ParadisePorch - LibraryThing

Meh. This book is meant for twenty-somethings. I'm 40 years too old - and should have known better. The thing is that I can enjoy books meant for young adults but not when it's one that is so-not-subtle about hitting you over the head with a profound truth you've known for decades. Read full review

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User Review  - Cherylk - LibraryThing

I had no expectations going into this book. I will say that if I had, my expectations would have been shattered. This book blow me away (in a good way). Instantly, I just fell in love with Iris, Simon ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Mary Adkins is a former lawyer living in New York. She teaches storytelling for The Moth and is an award-winning playwright. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic and more

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