Last Train to Babylon

Last Train to Babylon

Charlee Fam / Sep 29, 2020
Last Train to Babylon Fans of Alice Sebold and John Green will be transfixed by this sophisticated edgy debut novel packing dark humor biting wit and a lot of Jack DanielsWho put the word fun in funeral I can t think of
  • Title: Last Train to Babylon
  • Author: Charlee Fam
  • ISBN: 9780062328076
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fans of Alice Sebold and John Green will be transfixed by this sophisticated, edgy debut novel packing dark humor, biting wit, and a lot of Jack DanielsWho put the word fun in funeral I can t think of anything fun about Rachel s funeral, except for the fact that she won t be there.Aubrey Glass has a collection of potential suicide notes just in case And now, five years aFans of Alice Sebold and John Green will be transfixed by this sophisticated, edgy debut novel packing dark humor, biting wit, and a lot of Jack DanielsWho put the word fun in funeral I can t think of anything fun about Rachel s funeral, except for the fact that she won t be there.Aubrey Glass has a collection of potential suicide notes just in case And now, five years and five notes after leaving her hometown, Rachel s the one who goes and kills herself Aubrey can t believe her luck But Rachel s death doesn t leave Aubrey in peace There s a voicemail from her former friend, left only days before her death that Aubrey can t bring herself to listen to and worse, a macabre memorial turned high school reunion that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between she and Rachel In the days leading up to the funeral and infamous after party, Aubrey slips seamlessly between her past and present Memories of friendship tangle with painful new encounters while underneath it all Aubrey feels the rush of something closing in, something she can no longer run from And when the past and present collide in one devastating night, nothing will be the same again But facing the future means confronting herself and a shattering truth Now, Aubrey must decide what will define her what lies behind or what waits ahead.
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    1. You can also read my review and ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE.My mouth is literally hanging open when I finished this novel and I don t even know what to feel For real I was angry, sad I wanna cry, and I want to hug someone too I just don t know But one thing is for sure, I was surprised This book snuck up on me and totally squeezed my heart It gripped me from the very first chapter and I never thought I d like Aubrey so much If you read this, you ll be surprised You see, Aubrey is a b tch I m sorry, [...]

    2. I gave up about 1 5 of the way through this thing This book is trying REALLY hard, but is falling flat time and again It s like the nerdy girl at school who desperately wanted to fit in, but her yearning made her that much unbearable The main character is supposed to be relatable yet damaged, but in overcompensating for her vulnerability, she s actually just an unlikable bitch She s a sniveling, angsty teen in a grown woman s body without any explanation of when or why she became that way the a [...]

    3. Original review can be found at kristineandterri 24.5 starsI received an ARC from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Thank you I don t even know how to begin describing this book The first few pages gave me a fairly good idea that I was in for an extremely interesting and dark story In fact, it was so powerful that it s what kept me glued to the pages because I wanted needed to know how Aubrey got to that point.This is a story of relationships both past and [...]

    4. Last Train to Babylon was one of the worst books I ve read in a while I usually reserve one star reviews for books that I can t bear to finish, but this one I actually did make it through, and I regret it.The main character is so appallingly unlikeable that it s hard to get through it For the first half of the book I sincerely hoped that whatever it was that Rachel had done was traumatic enough to warrant this unabashed hatred So much hatred that Aubrey can t even muster a shred of sadness when [...]

    5. This is the best book I ve read this year I would give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could Do yourself a favor and pre order this brilliant little novel before October 28, because it is worth it Charlee Fam has created a tragic story of broken friendships and traumatic choices and misunderstandings that define a lifetime I fell in love with Last Train during the prologue, not simply for Fam s very real and honest voice of a lost and anxiety ridden 23 year old girl, but because the story was about a f [...]

    6. view spoiler PlotA young woman named Aubrey returns to her hometown for the funeral of her former best friend, Rachel, who committed suicide and with whom she had a falling out in her final years of high school Aubrey, a burgeoning alcoholic, who is obviously depressed, given the fact that she regularly writes potential suicide notes, is reluctant to attend Rachel s funeral and the odd remembrance party being put on by some of her former schoolmates In flashbacks, the reason for her personal iss [...]

    7. This book was pretty dark, but in the best way possible I initially picked it up because I m from Long Island and was drawn to the title, but I m so glad I did The writing was excellent, and I m impressed this was by a debut author It was very Girl Interrupted meets Brett Easton Ellis.The characters were unlikable, yes, but in my opinion that s a prerequisite for a truly compelling story It definitely hit the nail on the head with Long Island culture Even though some of the town names were chang [...]

    8. I read this book with an open mind knowing this was the authors debut noveld I was pleasantly surprised I enjoyed the narrative style and thought this young author has what it takes to become a best selling novelist I can t wait to see what she publishes next This book brought out such feelings in me regarding the characters I found myself connecting with some and hating others I thought Miss Fam really captured today s youth, the problems they face and the main character s Aubrey s inner strugg [...]

    9. Oh wow, I think I m in the minority, which is good for Charlee Fam Aubrey is at best a two dimensional character She has two speeds indifference and rage Sure, some may argue that her circumstances forced her to build a wall and so in reality we re only being shown these two emotions, but I call BS I don t have to like Aubrey, I don t even have to agree with her, but I do have to at least have some comprehension of why she does what she does And I don t The root to her problems and I won t add a [...]

    10. Last Train to Babylon is a coming of age story in which the protagonist journeys from the post trauma agony and not just the physical kind of a hospital bed to a woman certain of herself and in control than ever before, ready to take her own best shot in the ever uncertain and uncontrollable world in which we live While it lacked the artistic merits of what I think are truly great novels, Last Train to Babylon was a memorable read distinguished by unusual strengths most notably a sharply insig [...]

    11. I loved this book This is a dark tale of a friendship between two girls Aubrey Rachel The story alternates between past present building suspense While it seems like Aubrey is an unlikable character she is dealing with a very major problem This book reads like an express train on it s way to a train wreck I could not put this book down until I finished it

    12. A riveting teen angst super drama that kept me up reading all night It s like watching a train wreck in slow motion, unable to turn away, yet not wanting to see the end results It s fast paced and full of suspense And, although I am sure I am much older than the targeted audience, I still enjoyed reading it Not for under 18 years old excessive drugs, sex and alcohol use.

    13. Awesome first novel from Charlee Fam I ll have an official review coming soon to forevertwentysomethings Stay tuned

    14. Last Train to Babylon is written from the point of view of Aubrey Glass, a twenty three year old journalist, whose seemingly carefully controlled life is revealed to be hanging by a thread when she learns of her former best friend s suicide Charlee Fam takes her characters back and forth between the present and past as Aubrey relives what she has tried so hard to block out and pretend didn t impact her Aubrey returns home with every intention of not attending the funeral Running into old friends [...]

    15. I finished this book months ago and have pretty much let it sit with me whilst I read my way through a huge TBR pile I finally have a small amount of time between heavy reading, caring for my clan and college coursework to write this review I received two ARC copies in the mail from Harper Collins and sat down and read it in one sitting before I even knew what I was getting into At first glance, I thought Last Train to Babylon was going to be less dark than it actually was for some odd reason I [...]

    16. Check out of my reviews on my blog gemmareadstoomuchforittomenorm3.5 stars This is the first book I have read by this author, I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes.This book is not for the faint hearted It s a dark, uncomfortable, thought provoking tale that will mess with your head and your heart and will spit you out affected.Aubrey is a walking advert for mental health issues, I don t want that to sound horrible but the girl is messed up I m honestly [...]

    17. What an impossible book to rate There were certain aspects of the book that I loved and I couldn t stop reading But I didn t like the narrator at all I ve read books before with unlikable main characters, but Aubrey took this to a whole different level.The book had a solid premise Aubrey returns home because of the suicide of her ex best friend Rachel The girls had a falling out five years earlier and during flashbacks readers get to see what caused their friendship to unravel.The parts I enjoye [...]

    18. Last Train to Babylon is an authentic, harsh, and biting look at a damaged young lady forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past Charlee Fam s debut is fantastic, a page turner to the very end.When we meet Aubrey Glass, she s not too far out of college, working very hard to feel nothing in life she doesn t care about work, doesn t care about her boyfriend with whom she lives , and she doesn t care too much about herself When she gets a call informing her that her childhood best frie [...]

    19. This was a DNF for me I read through the prologue and though to myself WTF is this some book book filled with angsty teenage poetry The main character was a snarky witch She comes across as a spoiled, ungrateful, hateful snot who doesn t appreciate anything and is all pity me I tried to like some of the other characters but it bounces around so much I felt like I had whiplash After about five chapters I tried to skim through to find a point where I could pick it back up but I never did I was som [...]

    20. Bravo, Charlee This is by far the best book I have read all year and was shocked when I found out this is Fam s debut novel Last Train to Babylon is for sure a page turner full of relatable situations, characters you will love to hate and tons of witty, dark humor Switching from past to present throughout the novel, Fam brilliantly portrays the story of a young girls journey from childhood to young adult hood and all the traumatic situations and toxic relationships that put her where she is toda [...]

    21. 3.5 Fans of Alice Sebold and John Green will be transfixed by this sophisticated, edgy debut novel packing dark humor, biting wit, and a lot of Jack Daniels John Green WTF Because apparently every new book is either like Gone Girl or The Fault in Our Stars _

    22. It was ok Along the same lines as Luckiest Girl Alive and Sharp Objects Not as good but still interesting and a very fast read you could easily devour this thing in an afternoon, especially if you re eager to know what happens.

    23. I feel like you meet books along the way that you either, 1 read and feel moved, or 2 literally experience Last Train To Babylon is one of those books you experience You read it and feel like you come out on the other side a different person.

    24. This is difficult book to rate, as there is so much in this book that I really enjoyed, and so much that I didn t like at all Let s begin with the things that drew me to continue reading this book, because at first, I was almost convinced I couldn t finish it First and foremost, I loved the Prologue It was beautifully written, poetic like I loved reading stories about young Aubrey and young Adam, as it actually showed a different part of Aubrey, which was almost likeable but not quite I didn t [...]

    25. Honestly, this book is just not great I gave it a 1 star because I am marking it a DNF I got about half way through, and I just couldn t There was no way to really find myself engaging with the book in a way that made me want to keep reading I found it to be just not very good I had found it on sale, and I had read the description, and I thought, oh this sounds really interesting However, upon reading it, I just cannot finish it I will give it some merit in that the writing style itself is reall [...]

    26. I absolutely loved Last Train to Babylon I related to Aubrey far than I realized I would when I initially picked up this book Charlee Fam s writing is impeccable, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for of her books I just have one thing to say, and it may be a bit of a spoiler, so, SPOILER ALERT Ok, I hope that deters anyone from seeing any premature revelations But, what I wanted to say was, I really wish we got to hear what was in Rachel s voicemail As a writer, I understand why Fam [...]

    27. It took me a little bit to get into Aubrey as a character But, about halfway through the book, I couldn t put it down The story line progressed well, but sometimes the writing seemed off to me Overall a decent book, though.

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