• A Novel Obsession

  • A Novel
  • By: Caitlin Barasch
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick, and A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by BuzzFeed, The Millions, Goodreads, Bustle, BookRiot, and The Nerd Daily

"If you’ve ever felt tempted to ‘keep tabs on’ a partner’s ex on Instagram and then found yourself down a rabbit hole of their vacation posts from three years ago, this debut novel—which follows a 24-year-old New Yorker named Naomi who becomes obsessed with her boyfriend’s former girlfriend—is for you."—Vogue, “Best New Beach Reads”

Twenty-four-year-old New York bookseller Naomi Ackerman is desperate to write a novel, but struggles to find a story to tell. When, after countless disastrous dates, she meets Caleb—a perfectly nice guy with a Welsh accent and a unique patience for all her quirks—she thinks she's finally stumbled onto a time-honored subject: love. Then Caleb's ex-girlfriend, Rosemary, enters the scene.  

Upon learning that Rosemary is not safely tucked away in Caleb’s homeland overseas, but in fact lives in New York and also works in the literary world, Naomi is threatened and intrigued in equal measure. If they both fell for the same man, what else might they have in common? The more Naomi learns about Rosemary, the more her curiosity consumes her. Before she knows it, her casual Instagram stalking morphs into a friendship under false pretenses—and becomes the subject of her nascent novel. 

As her lies and half-truths spiral out of control, and fact and fiction become increasingly difficult to untangle, Naomi must decide what—and who—she’s willing to sacrifice to write the perfect ending. 

©2022 Caitlin Barasch (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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The protagonist is narcissistic and obsessed with her boy friends ex. That’s all you need to know until the last chapter, where the conclusion is just “ok”

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I can’t believe I stuck with it

Wow. I cannot tell you how many times I thought about dropping out of this book. The protagonist is such a narcissist. There is so little about her that is likable or redeemable. The narration is great. The story is not.

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Amazing audio performance

….and great book. Really enjoyed this. So well done. Loved the characters and well-crafted suspense.

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I so wanted this to be over!

I hung in there until the end which is the best thing I can say about this book. The lead character was VERY narcissistically irritating. I wanted to shake her, slap her and generally just scream, "Shup up!." She sabotaged herself for no good reason and had NO redeeming qualities. The end was inevitable, depressing & useless.

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Wanted to love but hated it

This book was more character-themed which I love in some stories but there was absolutely no climax. It went on and on about the character, who was not very likable to begin with. And then... the characters develop me character that are reflections of themselves.. I just can't

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  • 04-06-22

Exhilarating and literary

This book is a perfect blend of romantic thriller and modern meta narrative fiction. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book.