☆ Almost Crimson ✓ Dasha Kelly ☆ Almost Crimson ✓ Dasha Kelly - Almost Crimson, Almost Crimson From a young age CeCe copes with her mother s crippling depression their severe poverty an absentee father and her own insecurities With gorgeous language a vivid cast of characters and an eye fo

  • Title: Almost Crimson
  • Author: Dasha Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781940430485
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback

☆ Almost Crimson ✓ Dasha Kelly, Almost Crimson, Dasha Kelly, Almost Crimson From a young age CeCe copes with her mother s crippling depression their severe poverty an absentee father and her own insecurities With gorgeous language a vivid cast of characters and an eye for poignant detail Dasha Kelly tells the story of CeCe s struggle to break free from the grips of codependency and poverty to find confidence and success in her career and heFrom a youn

Almost Crimson

☆ Almost Crimson ✓ Dasha Kelly ☆ Almost Crimson ✓ Dasha Kelly - Almost Crimson, Almost Crimson From a young age CeCe copes with her mother s crippling depression their severe poverty an absentee father and her own insecurities With gorgeous language a vivid cast of characters and an eye fo Almost Crimson

  • ☆ Almost Crimson ✓ Dasha Kelly
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  1. Sort of a bildungsroman, this novel follows CeCe Weathers from early childhood to her late twenties, told in a series of what could be stand alone vignettes We transition backwards and forwards fluidly through CeCe s life, deftly relevant and never confusing CeCe s depressed mother has never been than a burden to her, demanding CeCe to be the adult caretaker when she is incredibly young, and resulting in stunting CeCe s social development at times When CeCe is five, she pays the bills, but when [...]


  2. You are worth everything you ve decided you re worth Not many lines in books make me stop and reread them several times, but this did I think everyone needs to hear this, realize this, and accept this I got this book as a free giveaway.


  3. This is a really beautiful novel about Crimson CeCe and her relationship with her mother, incapacitated by severe depression since her childhood Some of the brief chapters could stand alone as short stories, and those moments left me breathless Other times, the now plot felt like it dragged a bit compared to the past Over all, definitely worth a look.


  4. A New View of DepressionAs a lover of book covers, I would have walked right by this book If I had ignored this book based on the cover, I would have missed out on an interesting read about severe depression Author Dasha Kelly allows Crimson CeCe Celeste Weathers to tell the story of having to take care of her mother Carla, who is suffering from dysthymia depression, and their household all while having her own typical childhood issues to deal with school, bullying, friends, rumors, etc The chap [...]


  5. A NEW VIEW OF DEPRESSIONAs a lover of book covers I would have walked right by this book, but if I had ignored this book based on the cover I would have missed out on an interesting read about severe depression The author Dasha Kelly allows Crimson CeCe Celeste Weathers to tell the story of having to take care of her mother Carla who is suffering from dysthemia depression and their household all while having her own typical childhood issues to deal with school, bullying, friends, rumors, etc.The [...]


  6. The cover alone wasn t enough to grab my attention I asked one of the Curbside Splendor folks at Pitchfork this year what it was about, and of course the guy hadn t read it but gave me the basic plot a girl s coming of age tale while dealing with her depressed mother I have a strong interest in mental health and portrayals of mental illness in literature, so this was the winning factor It was not exactly what I expected in many good ways, but it did have some predictable moments as well Overall, [...]


  7. Almost Crimson is a story about the life of CeCe It starts off with CeCe being a little girl and having to be the adult in her relationship with her mother Her mother suffers from depression and CeCe must learn how to pay the bills, take care of her mother, etc We watch CeCe as she grows up and learns to navigate her world with her mother always on the periphery.I enjoyed this book I really liked the way the author would alternate chapters between the life of CeCe and the life of her mother to h [...]


  8. This is an arc received in exchange for honest review Almost Crimson is a coming of age story about a girl who grew up with a mother who struggled with depression From a young age she took care of her single mother, making sure that they both survived The story is written in present and past of CeCe and her mother While this story was realistic fiction and wasn t the most cheerful of stories, it left me satisfied The writing was good and an interesting portrayal of depression and the people who [...]


  9. I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, but I felt as it progressed, it was disjointed between the present CeCe and past CeCe narratives, and because of the two storylines, I felt like we didn t get enough time in either There were moments that felt rushed and lacked a resolution of real resonance for CeCe s character, which I wanted since it was so skillfully set up in the beginning.



  10. This is about a woman who had to grow up putting her mentally ill mother first, and how she s developed this codependent relationship with her I thought it picked up at the end, but I honestly had kind of a hard time getting into it at first Not sure if it was the mental state I was in when I was reading it, or the book The book is by a Black woman and about Black women, for those looking to diversify their reading.


  11. This is a lovely book Kelly proves that it s possible to write gently, but still pack a wallop It s impossible not to love the main character, CeCe, and not to cheer her on as she faces her life s difficulties And quietly, it s impossible not to cheer for her mother, Carla, who fights a lifetime of incurable depression.It s a challenge to write a book that swings back and forth over time periods Past, present, past, present There are risks involved the transitions between times need to be smoot [...]


  12. Thanks to Giveaways Curbside Splendor Publishing for this complimentary copy This book follows the life of Crimson CeCe Weathers from childhood to her current age of about 28 To me this book read like short stories here is CeCe at 6, here is CeCe at 9, here is how she makes a friend, here is how she meets her dad, etc The story jumps back and forth between CeCe s past and present events while she continually cares for her mentally ill mother I could relate to a good part of her experiences.The [...]


  13. Interesting book about a subject that s still somewhat of a taboo in the Black community mental illness.This is the story of Crimson Celeste CeCe , a young Black girl who grows up in the 70s and 80s with the burden of living with her severely depressed single mother, Carla At a very young age she learns how to manage the house, pay bills, as well as seek out sources teachers, friends of info on the things we take advantage of learning from our mothers i.e periods, sex, and boys It s a heartbreak [...]


  14. A welcome contribution to the cannon of mother daughter stories In this one the coming of age narrative is found in the context of a mother who suffers from severe depression and an intelligent young daughter who struggles for independence and seeks a love returned Sprinkled with bits of wisdom, there s as much substance as there is drama Quentin looked to the sky, as if noticing it for the first time, and let out a deep breath Your teacher is right When you lie, you compromise your integrity Wh [...]


  15. This story follows CeCe as she grows up with the challenge of living with her severely depressed single mother From learning how to pay bills at age 5 to finding other sources of information for things like starting her period and going on dates, CeCe is forced to be resourceful far beyond what is normal for her age The book is uniquely structured and switches between different periods of CeCe s life, so her adult life unfolds in parallel with her childhood I enjoyed this one As a bonus, I saw t [...]


  16. I truly enjoyed Dasha Kelly s Almost Crimson It is beautifully written and conveys a glimpse into a life filled with hardship of a very fractured mother daughter relationship It takes,a soulful look at what one person is willing to endure to ensure the safe keeping of another Anyone who enjoys tragic coming of age stories laced with teasers of hope, will truly enjoy this book Thanks to the First Reads giveaway for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.


  17. Read for the Lawrence Library Personalized Recommendations ChallengeSome really lovely turns of phrase and gorgeous moments throughout it s unsurprising to me that the author is a spoken word artist I wish there had been a stronger central plot line, though, and that it had done less telling and showing Still, a lovely novel and a quick read 3 5 stars.


  18. LIKED IT BLURBED IT Dasha Kelly writes with equal parts sweetness and sadness about being a human She writes about girls and women, family, friendship and aching love Almost Crimson offers a full teacup of emotions, past and present, delicately balanced on a wildly beating heart This author, this novel blessings to readers and storytellers alike.


  19. It is not often that I read a book that touches me so deeply I got lost in the characters Every single one of them Almost Crimson taught me to look beyond the illness and see all the survivors This book has made an indelible mark like Of Mice and Men or Serif on the Suwanee.






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