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This Close to Okay

af Leesa Cross-Smith

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If a book can hold my attention and I can finish it in a day, it must be pretty good. I like reading about relationships and this was a woozy.

Tallie Clark, a licensed therapist, quickly stopped her car after spotting a man, Emmett Aaron Baker, on the edge of a tall bridge in Louisville getting ready to jump. Her instincts went in gear. She immediately stopped her car and got close enough to try to convince him otherwise. As a therapist, her goal was always "to help people be kinder to themselves and others; to make the world a safer, sweeter place" and she felt like she was doing her job.

She somehow managed to convince him to go to a coffee shop and talk. And yet she calculated her responses carefully not giving him a hint on what she did for a living. She was 40 years old, married once but now single. He, too, just happened to be single, a little younger and good looking. It wasn't easy for her to get him to open up but little by little, he told her things. And she shared bits and pieces about her life as well. Then the story got a little more interesting.

All along, I was hoping for Tallie and Emmett to fall in love and be happy together. That's what the all American love story is all about. But we also know that unexpected things can happen. Overall, I enjoyed this book. The author made the words flow like a fast moving river as the characters came alive.

I will look forward to reading other books by Leesa Cross-Smith in the future.

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  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
Tallie is driving home when she sees a man about to jump off a bridge into the Ohio River; she pulls over, talks him down, and takes him out for coffee. Emmett (not his real name) goes home with Tallie and stays the weekend, still planning to jump, even though he feels better. Tallie is a licensed therapist, but tells Emmett she's an English teacher; Emmett has a tragic back story, revealed later in the book. Tallie is also healing: after five rounds of infertility treatments, her husband left her for his mistress, and they now have a baby.

Tallie and Emmett talk, cook, open up to each other (some), and go to Tallie's brother's famous Halloween party, where an accident exposes parts of their true life stories to each other.

See also: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Quotes

It didn't matter. Nothing mattered. He wanted it to. He wanted everything to matter, but nothing did. Grief had swung open a door in his heart he hadn't known was there, and it'd slammed closed behind him. (28)

"It's baffling how you can think you know someone and not know them at all." (35)

He imagined Joel would've had to split himself in two to ever love them both. (42)

Grief was so tedious, and his own death was the only escape from it. (91)

He took on other people's emotions, absorbed them without wanting to, like an abandoned sponge. (128)

Humans could feel a million different ways at the same time. It wasn't like one emotion politely cleared out to make way for another. Most often they smudged together like daubs of paint, mixing and making new colors and feelings altogether. (276)

She felt as if she could reach out and touch the black velvet darkness. She wanted to snatch it back like a curtain and reveal another world where this wasn't happening. (278)

After love, forgiveness is the strongest glue holding every family together. (290)

"You have to do things when you have a chance to do them." (291)

The stabby math of grief would never add up. It would always be as if Christine and Brenna had gone on a long trip without him, never to return. (302) ( )
  JennyArch | Jul 24, 2021 |
This Close to Okay

I Picked Up This Book Because: Following the hype.

Media Type: Audiobook
Source: CCP Library
Dates Read: 5/18/21 - 5/24/21
Stars: 3 Stars

The Characters:

Tallie Clark:
Emmet:


The Story:

Different. Not highly dramatic. Just kind of a few days in the life of two people thrown together by chance. Some complicated thoughts on suicide, mental illness, family relationships.

The Random Thoughts: ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Jun 2, 2021 |
Rounding it up to 3.5 stars.

Quite a unusual book. I had no idea where this was going with Tallulah (Tallie) and Emmett when she meets him on a rainy day on a bridge.

Emmett is very secretive about his life and Tallie doesn't know if that's his real name since he keeps everything close to him about his life. She's not that much better (he thinks she's a teacher). Not that she was about to tell him the truth either. That's one thing that bugged me throughout -- not that she didn't tell him but she kept analyzing him in her mind and asked him questions like a therapist would. People start to recognize him and the truth finally comes out about who he really is.

The ending was sort of open ended and have no idea what became of Emmett but it seems like Tallie got what she wanted out of li ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Apr 30, 2021 |
I finished this against my better judgment, thinking if I could get past the privacy invasion, lying by omission, and boundary violations (all done by a mental health therapist, btw) I could find the ‘cathartic novel about the life-changing weekend shared between two strangers: a therapist and the man she prevents from ending his life’ promised in the book's blurb on Goodreads. And sorry for the spoiler, but that was literally taken from the blurb’s first sentence. I tried mentally switching the gender of the ‘two strangers’ to see if that would make a difference in how I felt, and it did: it made their interactions seem downright predatory. The only positive thing I can say about finishing this is that I know I have now put the worst book I’ll read this year behind me. ( )
  wandaly | Apr 26, 2021 |
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