• Competitive Grieving

  • A Novel
  • By: Nora Zelevansky
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (351 ratings)

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Competitive Grieving

By: Nora Zelevansky
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
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Publisher's Summary

Wren’s closest friend, her anchor since childhood, is dead. Stewart Beasley. Gone. She can’t quite believe it, and she definitely can’t bring herself to google what causes an aneurysm. Instead of weeping or facing reality, Wren has been dreaming up the perfect funeral plans, memorial buffets, and processional songs for everyone from the corner bodega owner to her parents (none of whom show signs of imminent demise).

Stewart was a rising TV star, who - for reasons Wren struggles to understand - often surrounded himself with sycophants, amusing in his life, but intolerable in his death. When his icy mother assigns Wren the task of disseminating his possessions alongside George (Stewart’s maddening, but oddly charming, lawyer), she finds herself at the epicenter of a world in which she wants no part, where everyone is competing to own a piece of Stewart’s memory (sometimes literally).

Remembering the boy Stewart was and investigating the man he became, Wren finds herself wondering, did she even know this person who she once considered an extension of herself? Can you ever actually know anyone? How well does she really know herself?

Through laughter and tears, Nora Zelevansky’s Competitive Grieving shines a light on the universal struggle to grieve amidst the noise, to love with a broken heart, and to truly know someone who is gone forever. 

An Entertainment Weekly Pick

©2021 Nora Zelevansky (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Dark humor in a sundress

This book was a delightful surprise. It quickly became a book I would recommend to all of my friends. The story of life-long friends that shows you never know everything about anybody. The narrator did an amazing job bringing Wren to life.

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I love fiction that teaches life lessons

Judging books by their cover for example or giving myself grace but no one else.

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Can grief ever be 5/5 stars?

Here it is, the story ends well. But holy smokes, the beginning and the whole grieving process described is awful. All of the characters are awful. I don’t understand any of them. But then the story starts to develop, and a bit of the truth starts to reveal itself … and now I am doing some heavy reflection of my own. Maybe this is a good book after all?

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Sooooo frustrating! Possible spoiler

There are 6+ hours left in this audiobook, but I’m done. I am so frustrated that I want to throw something. His “true” friends disrespected him as much as the vultures by allowing the vultures to behave as they were. Instead of addressing the crass behavior, they walk out; in spite of having “promised” to handle things.

Some may find the book a good read, but I’m not one of them.

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I give it more credit than I thought at first.

Cute story, had more depth than I thought it would, really enjoyed it. The characters were really fleshed out, but it wasn't terribly deep.

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Good

Well written, interesting plot and multifaceted characters. Not my usual type of book but I found myself drawn in and appreciated that it ended in a cathartic but not overly saccharine way.

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Loved it

I laughed multiple times and my heart ached a time or two. Lovely writing and creative description.

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I enjoyed this

It started a bit slow for me, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. The narrator was good as well, though I did listen on 1.5. Had it been real time I probably would have fallen asleep on occasion. I’d recommend this book.

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so many feels

this book hit me in the heart. a great storyline, a powerful message. thank you.

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Good thesis on relationsships while grieving.

More for young adult reader. Good eventual self realization, could have been accomplished much sooner.