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Katy Johnson

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first registered 03.07.10

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about me

I am not on as much as I used to be, but I will still return genuine reads (when I see them).


It's rough, but it's all here. Finally.


My day job is in a biochemistry lab.
My real job is at home with my 3yr. old and 26yr. old.

DISCLAIMER: I only back books that I actually love, and there is a pretty specific type of book that appeals to me. I like to read tragedies; lives that crumble into beautiful, shattered, little pieces. I know it's weird, but at least I'm honest about it.

Also, I ALWAYS return (genuine) reads, so if you think I've forgotten you please, please, remind me!

ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER: I'm the worst at YA, HF, & SF. If you write in these genres and happen to review The Promenade, I'll try to return your read in a helpful way, but trust me, we're probably both better off if I don't.

Speaking of reviewing The Promenade; please feel free to (constructively) tear it to shreds. How else will I learn?

If I've written you a review and you'd like to chat some more, feel free to e-mail me (cleymak@comcast.net). Don't worry; I'm a pretty nice gal.

favourite books

*House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Wells Tower)
Requiem for a Dream (Hubert Selby Jr.)
The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingslover)
The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)

*(greatest novel ever written)

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The Promenade

Katy Johnson

Viola never felt anywhere she ever lived was home until she met her family in the back alleys of Atlantic City.

Set in the early 90's, The Promenade is a nostalgic look at our obsession with drugs and crime. Pulling from historic and cultural events of this iconic decade, a story of greed, lust, friendship, love, and all the other means we use to get high, unfolds.

After being traded through several foster homes, Viola decides to run away with her best friend Avery to the bright lights and promise of Atlantic City. After a few years they realize that the only way to continue to make ends meet is to help run drugs for their friend Camden.

Viola's plight seems to improve for the first few years of their illegal endeavor, but eventually it tears their lives and friendships into pieces. As profits and greed rise disproportionatily, the friends begin to question everything, including eachother; and some of them may be right.

(*The absolutely amazing cover art is a Bradley Wind copyright*)


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my comments


I wrote 647 days ago

Slow Poison Congratulations to you on effectively tackling the issues of multiple characters POVs and head-hopping all within the first chapter. You introduce SO much characterization, scene, backstory, and information in this first chapter, I felt like I had already read an entire novel. Alt... view book

I wrote 703 days ago

Practical Mechanics of Reverberation I am feeling very ambivalent about this book. I read all of the 12 chapters uploaded and to be honest, this may be the most hooked I have ever been by an authonomy book. The writing was so insightful that I didn't even take the time to jot down my favorite lin... view book

I wrote 713 days ago

PLC Review: Beyond the Honeysuckle Trail I read the entire 26 chapters posted here, and I have to say I was absolutely craving more when it was over. So that's always a good sign. The prose is excellent throughout. Great turns of phrase, a subtle and quiet lyrical nature. I love the details, l... view book

I wrote 726 days ago

Paradox Your first chapter achieves the all-important goal: I am interested and want to read more. I think you've built a story around something that is universally intriguing, and yet you've managed to stay away from cliches, so well done on that. The piece is obviously lit fic, but holds a soli... view book

I wrote 726 days ago

He Was a Most Peculiar Man This is my extremely late return read, and I apologize for how long it took to get this to you. The first thing that caught my attention was the (as promised) lyrical prose. It's well-written but stops short of being over-written. My favorite line was the sentence th... view book

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