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Ratings and Book Reviews (9 40 star ratings
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    I really enjoyed this book, however, I expected to like it more. I heard great things about the book and was excited to read it. I wouldn't say I loved it. I enjoyed it but wouldn't read it again. I ldid enjoy that the author describes all of these family interactions and historical events from the perspective of child. It makes it really interesting. I recently read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and I enjoyed this more than Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
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    Stick to her other books

    This story is a multi-generational, time-hopping, zig zag of a mishmashed plot. In the end, I really didn't care anymore, I just wanted it to be done and apparently the author felt the same way as she swept everything into a dustpan and wrapped it up very rash finish. The only thing I can say is that I did continue to read the book so I have to give the author credit for keeping me plodding along. Although in hindsight, that may just be because I'm stubborn and typically must finish a book once I start it. The author also had no qualms about killing her characters off. The only frustrating thing is that as the characters died off it didn't clean up the cast to make it easier to follow. More people and characters just kept filling back in. Save yourselves and pick up another book. I was sorely disappointed as I had read a book by this author before and quite liked it. The only thing I can say is that this was the first book she published so skip this one and pick a newer one to read.
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    Kate's debut

    Whenever anyone asks me for a book list or recommendations, this is always on it. It's Kate Atkinson's first novel and an incredible debut -- it's a great book for any girl who has a fraught relationship with her mother (that would be all girls, at some point), a really inventive and yet totally readable book.
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    Depressing...

    This was well-written, otherwise it would have been impossible to finish. I like her Jackson Brodie mysteries, but this one was a downer thru and thru!
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    Truly a "good read"

    I love the voice of Ruby in this book and her views of the people around her. There is always the sense of something hidden that makes you keep turning the page.
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