The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons

The Regrets

Reality and dream collide in Amy Bonnaffons's dazzling, darkly playful debut novel about a love affair between the living and the dead.For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome, mysterious, clearly a kindred spi...

Details The Regrets

TitleThe Regrets
Release DateFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary, Audiobook

Reviews The Regrets

  • Melki
    "You're insufficiently dead," he said. "I'm what?" "Insufficiently dead. You lack rupture with your life. You have no exit narrative." Somebody made a mistake with Thomas Barrett, and, yeah, he's no longer really alive. In the traditional sense. So, he's sent back to earth for three more months, with a set of rules, something along the lines of this: Rules that, if followed properly, will keep Thomas from experiencing "the regrets." His interac...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: StarsWhat do I even say about The Regrets? Really the only way to even describe it for me is a “literary love story.” It’s certainly falls into the category of . . . . And it’s a little bizarre to me that the above blast from the past courtesy of Sade has her as a mermaid because even though it made me all . . . . The Pisces is another ill-fated little romance read that ...
  • Bandit
    This isn’t like any love story you’re likely to read. And not just because one of the lovers is dead. Technically ghost lovers have been done before (cue in The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody), but this is something radically new and strikingly good. The Romeo here is a recently dead man who due to a bureaucratic snafu in processing gets to have some more time on mortal coil, albeit circumscribed (no social interactions, daily reports...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Thank you for the ALC.I’m not exactly sure what just happened there? I’m going to take some time to process before I attempt a rating and a review .Law, ok. Here goes. This book. Ummmmm. I have never read anything quite like it. I can't exactly put my finger on it but I didn't hate it....I didn't love it either so there is that. As I said before the writing is very well done. The premise? Fascinating. It just did not deliver for me. ...
  • Jill
    After reading Amy Bonnaffons’ short story collection – The Wrong Heaven – last year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her first novel. This is an author whose imagination knows no barriers, sort of like Karen Russell or Yoko Ogawa, but in her own unique way. My only qualm is how she would handle the hackneyed subject of a woman in love with a ghost. I shouldn’t have wasted a minute in worrying. This book is highly original, inventive,...
  • Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
    Y’all had me at “ghost sex”. And there’s like...a LOT.This story just had me so entranced. It is entirely metaphorical and I think that’s why I couldn’t stop listening to the audio? It was odd, yes, but it was such a fucking interesting way of touching on toxic relationships and how they tend to displace you and are able to distance you from your loved ones. I mean, maybe that’s what it’s about. I’m sure everyone takes away some...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:“You’re insufficiently dead,” he said.“I’m what?”“Insufficiently dead. You lack rupture with your life. You have no exit narrative.”This is a playful story about being dead and being alive. It’s just a state, really. Thomas Barrett has been trapped in nothingness due to some… mistake. He is insufficiently dead according to his visit to ‘the office’ and for the time being wi...
  • Elaine
    Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Regrets. I was so excited when my request was approved.I love ghost stories, the darker, macabre, and scary, the better. The Regrets was more than that, though, not what I expected, but not in a bad way.When Thomas is prevented from achieving his proper death due to bureaucratic red tape, his respite on earth for a few more months is shaken by the appearance of a young, beautiful woman named Rachel...
  • Racheal
    I really love all those beautifullycrafted slice-of-life styleobservations that are prevalent in literary fiction, but I just can't seem to get excited aboutthem unless they're in the contextof someweirdo fantasy setup. In that regard thisbook was just *chef kiss*perfect.The story follows Thomas, a guy who had an encounter with an angel as a kid when the angel mistook him for a different boy she was there to collect. When he dies for real many ye...
  • Kristi
    I haven't done this in quite some time but after making it over halfway through this audiobook (88%) I had to give this up and just stop torturing myself. Sadly, the narrator is quite monotone, reminiscent of Ferris Bueller's Economics teacher and the story? I legit don't know what in the hell is going on here. Maybe I'll give it another chance at a later date but for now it's a hard pass from me.Thanks to and Hachette Audio for the ALC,...
  • Esmée
    The Regrets starts with laying out what happens after you die. I loved the strange angels that tell you that you don't want to incur regrets. It sounds scary and weird and like a challenge for our main character.But the book changes perspectives, going to the girl who falls in love with the not-yet-dead boy and then we learn about her ex-boyfriend and the atmosphere of the book changed here for me. I thought it was going to be more about the afte...
  • Storiesandcoffee
    "In my defense: is there a form of love that's not a welcome unraveling?"I can tell the extent to which I will love a novel by the amount of notes I jot down while reading. By page 90 of The Regrets, I had two full pages of notes, and I didn't plan on slowing down. With my trusty Sharpie pen in hand, I went on to write even more quotes, key words, and all the emotions this story evoked in me.This is a ghost story. It is also a romance---sensual a...
  • Evan
    The beginning of this gave me the wrong impression. I expected it to be a funny/sad book about life after death, but it's less fun than that. What could have been an interesting book turns into something about young, white, urban people and honestly that is a very uninteresting topic. The plot explanations are lazy, the characters are lazy, even the ghost is kind of lazy. I feel like this book had promise and somehow got steered into the complete...
  • Annie
    4.5. This was weird.... in the most delicious way.
  • Andrienne
    This is a very strange story that mixes in the supernatural, but that’s not the point. The point is to write a book about desires, about existing, about the bigger questions about life. Here is the kind of literary fiction that I crave-the words sing, the ideas sear and it leaves an impression that you weren’t expecting and didn’t think you’d appreciate so much. Thank you to the publisher for the advance reading copy.
  • Kelsey
    Well, that was interesting. I really liked this book, but it was completely different than I thought it was going to be. In a good way - but still very different. I think the book was really elevated by the introduction of a third character in the last third or so of the story. It was all very introspective and weird which is just right up my alley!
  • Asha
    Well this was a strange book! But I really enjoyed it. A seemingly “simple” love story between a woman and a dead man who hasn’t yet crossed over. It touched on loneliness, possession, obsession, and accepting your reality. It’s so weird that I don’t really know who I would recommend it too, but definitely give it a try!
  • Auderoy Lin
    QUOTES:That's the best part of being single. Farting with impunity.Most people don't notice most other people. Most people don't notice much of anything. Their lives fit them too snugly; noticing requires space.Life, no matter how raw and fragile and doomed, will do what life does: reach out toward other life.In my defense: is there a form of love that's not a welcome unraveling?How about that. We've got complementary weirdnesses.We generally exp...
  • Melissa
    I loved the first half of this quirky, sexually-charged book, but the last half wasn’t as interesting and the end fell flat for me.I received an advanced listening copy in exchange for my honest review.
  • Chelsea Bruning
    One of those dark, quirky novels that I eat right up. It’s so off-the-wall that I wouldn’t know who to recommend it to, but I enjoyed the writing style and the creativity behind it.
  • Taylor
    Absolutely loved this one! I listened to the audio but kinda want to read a physical copy too. Fresh & weird— just how I like my books. Absolutely loved this one! I listened to the audio but kinda want to read a physical copy too. Fresh & weird— just how I like my books. ☺️
  • Jordan
    I didn't expect to fall so wildly in love with this novel, which explores so many themes, from what it means to be whole, to how much we give and take in relationships, to what it means to be real. The language is lyrical but playful, the characters morose yet philosophical, and despite so much playing with death, there's a lightness to the story. My only frustration was that Thomas' story didn't conclude internally, where we could see it/experie...
  • Haru
    It started off really well - interesting, unique, and satirically funny! But somewhere around the 3rd character's introduction/story/plot/section (whatever), it started to slow down and the descriptions of certain activities (ie. sex and relationships) became a bit repetitive. At first the writing and story was humorous and even quite shocking but eventually it lost it's satirical charm and just felt tiresome. Being such a short read, I stuck wit...
  • Ross Cohen
    Interesting story, marred by tonal inconsistencies.
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to BiblioFinder and Little, Brown for the free copy. All opinions are my own.I'll be thinking of about this strange and compelling story for a long time to come. It's such an interesting take on relationships, on connection, on grief and death. It blurs the lines of reality in so many ways, and yet I found so much to be relatable in how these characters interacted and connected and came apart. Appropriately for the subjects of this book, i...
  • Laura Mills
    (Note: I wrote this review 30 minutes after finishing this book, so these are my unfiltered post-book thoughts) Wow. Just freaking WOW. This book is weird. Like possibly one of the weirdest books I've ever read. It's surreal and philosophical and very sexual. And I LOVED it.I read Amy Bonnaffons' short story collection, The Wrong Heaven, last year and loved it cautiously. It's not the kind of book you hand to people and say here, read this, becau...
  • Tess
    THE REGRETS was such a fantastic and unexpected little novel. I feel like I can sum this book up as the perfect explanation of why daydreams coming to life isn't always what you hope for. Thomas has died, but due to some clerical errors, he hasn't died completely and still has to roam the earth as a not quite fully formed human until he can get to heaven. Rachel, a librarian who lives a quiet life in Brooklyn and is known for daydreaming and fall...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: The Regrets Author: Amy BonnaffonsPublisher: Little Brown and CompanyPublication Date: February 4, 2020Review Date: February 27, 2020I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the blurb: “Reality and dream collide in Amy Bonnaffons's "dazzling," wildly inventive "miracle of a love story" about an affair between the living and the dead (NPR)For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same go...