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Thanks to Louisville Magazine for this month's interview, and thanks to @adammescanphoto for the awesome accompanying shot. On newsstands now, link in profile. #kaylaraewhitaker #theanimators #louisvillemagazine #louisvilleky

We're so excited for Kayla Rae Whitaker's Australian tour, kicking off next week! The author of the THE ANIMATORS will be appearing at @byronwritersfestival, Sydney's @betterreadbookshop, Brisbane's @avidreader, @bgowritersfest and Melbourne's @allstarcomicshop Head to the events page on our website for all of the details on the tour. #theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #fiction #authortour #authortalks

Kayla Rae Whitaker is coming to Aus, and best of all, she'll be joining us at @rising_sun_workshop cafe on August 8! RSVP on our events website (link in bio). #theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #betterreadevents #risingsun @scribe_publicatios

“A compulsively readable portrait of women as incandescent artists and intimate collaborators.” — @elleusa. Add THE ANIMATORS by debut author @kaylaraewhitaker to your TBR pile!

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Henrietta is super stoked about aunt @kaylaraewhitaker 's debut novel, The Animators. Everyone should check out this amazing lady's book! 🎉😱💁🏼📚 #theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #randomhouse #kentuckyauthors #henriettavalentine

The writer is necessary to society. #kaylaraewhitaker
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Day 10 of #grimdragon July is tweet a book review.
So:
Female friendship, art making, making it big, facing your past, facing yourself. Amazing voice and sense of place. Highly recommended.
And that comes in under 140 characters!!!
#theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #bookworm #bookstagram

Congratulations to @kaylaraewhitaker on the launch of The Animators! Amazing talent and the kindest soul. #theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker

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Only one week to go until @byronwritersfestival! If you're heading to beautiful Byron Bay for the festival weekend, we highly recommend you head along to some of the fascinating sessions featuring Scribe authors @kaylaraewhitaker, @kim.mahood and Scribe's founder and publisher, Henry Rosenbloom. #kaylaraewhitaker #theanimators #kimmahood #positiondoubtful #miraclesdohappen #fiction #nonfiction #memoir #bookstagram #igreads #shelfie

Just like @scribe_publications we're super excited to have Kayla Rae Whitaker visiting Australia and more specifically #bwf2017 She'll be appearing at the New Buddies session on Sat 12 Aug and Post-millennial session Sunday 13 Aug. #bwf2017 #bendigo #explorebendigo #theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #fiction #authortour #authortalks #newbuddies #postmillennial

We're so excited for Kayla Rae Whitaker's Australian tour, kicking off next week! The author of the THE ANIMATORS will be appearing at @byronwritersfestival, Sydney's @betterreadbookshop, Brisbane's @avidreader, @bgowritersfest and Melbourne's @allstarcomicshop Head to the events page on our website for all of the details on the tour. #theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #fiction #authortour #authortalks

Hey Australia! I'm coming to see you, and I'm doing a bunch of events, including this one 8/8 at the Better Read Than Dead series at @rising_sun_workshop in Sydney. Link to events list in profile. #repost @betterreadbookshop @scribe_publications #kaylaraewhitaker #theanimators #betterreadevents #scribepublications

4.5/5 Stars.
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Every now and then I read a book that really hits me deep in my gut, so hard that I can feel a physical ache. I never would have guessed that this would be one of those books. I had approximately 0 interest in reading about animators.
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The thing you need to understand about this book is that it's so much different, so much better, so much darker, so much heavier than the description makes it sound.
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Whitaker's character development is exquisite. In Sharon and Mel she has created such raw and vivid fictional women that I miss them already: Mel, who uses the work they create together to confront her rough upbringing; Sharon, who uses this same work as a means of escape from her own painful past until that's no longer an option.
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This is a book about passion and ambition and the drive to create, yes, but most importantly it's a platonic love story about two female friends. I hesitate to give away too much of the plot, but I will say that the depths Whitaker charts with these characters are increasingly rewarding and pleasantly suspiring, eschewing some of the more obvious feel-good cliches.
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I'm stunned that this is a debut novel. It's not often that I feel this affected by a book. I have little in common with either of these characters on the surface, yet there was so much about them that felt familiar and comforting to me: the loneliness and yearning, the sarcasm and dark humor, the love and heartache—that constant ache to fill a void.
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I have a serious book hangover right now. I miss Sharon and Mel.

I'm finally getting around to doing the #daysoftheweekinbooks tag after being tagged ages ago. •••
• Monday (book you are too lazy to read) - The Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace • Tuesday (book that was hard to finish) - White Fur by Jardine Libaire
• Wednesday (book you haven't finished) - Time Travelers Almanac Anthology
• Thursday (book you don't recommend) - The Idiot by Elif Batuman
• Friday (book you can't wait to be released) - See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
• Saturday (book you want to read) - Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy
• Sunday (book you didn't want to end) - The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

It's Friday #BookRecommendation time!!!

The Animators is my favorite book of the year thus far and I have a feeling this book will be at the top of my best of 2017 list. I am stunned that this is Kayla Rae Whitaker’s debut novel. This book pulled me in and would not let go. I was so wrapped up in this story. ⠀

The Animators is about the creation of an unlikely partnership of two girls both from the South and both damaged in their own way from their childhoods. There’s Mel Vaught, the blonde, foul mouthed party animal with unspeakably brilliant talent. And there’s Sharon Kisses, the brunette quieter counterbalance to Vaught that also possesses amazing talent but not as much confidence. The dynamics between these two is fascinating all the way through. Mel is bold and seeks the spotlight, while Sharon is always trying to be invisible. They bring out the best in each other when they are working on their animated films. ⠀

After rising to relative fame for their first full-length film, which delves into Mel’s tumultuous childhood, the are faced with a personal tragedy. Mel responds by drinking heavily and doing way too many drugs, while Sharon tries to calm her and bring her back down to earth. It causes a rift in their relationship, but while on the press tour they are Sharon is faced with her own personal tragedy. Mel immediately steps up and gets clean, at least in the short-term. The way they buoy each other in these rough patches is so touching. ⠀

After being faced with so much pain they decide to make their second film about Sharon and her darkest secret which has shaped her love life or lack thereof. They decide to return to Sharon’s family home in Kentucky for research and more drama ensues. ⠀

This book may seem too wrought with disaster or dramatic for some people, but it rings so true to me. Life can be a shitshow sometimes and the people you love are the ones that help you see it through. This story is about so much more than these two animators making films. It’s about love in it’s many forms and how loss can rip you apart and forever change you. ⠀

#book27 was the proverbial breeze! On #vancouver beachy days at that! #theanimators by #kaylaraewhitaker struck a chord and all the more because of my job at the art school and animation happens to be one of the programs of my specialty pitch! This one's a powerhouse of bad familial relationships, ambition, passion to the point of exhaustion but most of all how allegorical it is that art is the imitation of life! I was easily swept away in the world of these two animators - Sharon and Mel - who are more than a team! They are yin and yang! It's their rise and fall and rise until you fall and there's no coming back! A must read for all artists who faced the struggle of acceptance, understanding and also, unrequited love! #vancdiaries #booklist2017 #50booksin2017
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I'm obsessed with my Book of the Month picks this month, and I can't wait to read them all! #goodbyevitamin #rachelkhong #thechild #fionabarton #theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker

Day 10 of #grimdragon July is tweet a book review.
So:
Female friendship, art making, making it big, facing your past, facing yourself. Amazing voice and sense of place. Highly recommended.
And that comes in under 140 characters!!!
#theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #bookworm #bookstagram

Up for review: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
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genre: #fiction / #literature / #friendship
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I'm not too sure how I came across The Animators...it's not the type of book I'd usually read. A story about two women, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses (my god that name is TOO good), and their lives together. The book is a deep dive into their partnership, which has all the complexity of a lifelong friendship and high-stakes business relationship at once. As the two attempt to find their own personal closure by animating their deepest and darkest secrets (into films their fans, and the critics, adore), they're thrown both fortune and suffering by life, and in how they deal (or fail to deal) with each other we're given a real, honest, at times heartbreaking look at a bond that's hard to understand. A very impressive first novel by author Kayla Rae Whitaker.
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verdict:
Read if you like falling in love with the characters in a story.
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Thanks for reading folks, and happy fourth!! Follow for more reviews of great books. Check out my site at link in bio if you want to check out my stuff. @turnertomlinson
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Nobody gave me this book for free, nobody asked me to mention it. These are totally independent reviews.
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Being that we're halfway into 2017, I thought I ought to compile my favorite reads of the year. These are all quite different but all brought me intense joy while reading and each and every one for many, many reasons. On my blog, literarylifestyle.org, post detailing why (including the one other book I loved but couldn't include as I don't actually own a copy) can be found!
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Day 3 for #grimdragon July is three positive qualities you like about yourself. I hate tooting my own horn, so this has been hard, but I'm going to go with... 1. My fringe (bangs) makes me feel more like myself than I knew was possible

2. I've been working on my patience, especially at work, and I feel like I'm improving

3. I'm a pretty happy person
And I am absolutely loving this book! It's great!
#theanimators #kaylaraewhitaker #bookworm #bookstagram

Named one of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of the Year so Far, author Kayla Rae Whitaker will be in our store for a discussion and signing of this fantastic book Saturday, July 8 at 3pm. We are beyond excited!

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