I’ve never understood Western society’s warped perception of grief as something quantifiable and finite, a problem to be fixed. Eight months after grandpa died, my doctor suggested I see a psychiatrist because I was still having trouble accepting he was gone. After only one session, the psychiatrist promptly diagnosed me with ‘persistent complex bereavement disorder’, aka chronic grief, and suggested I take antidepressants. Turns out, in the opinion of most medical experts, your grieving process shouldn’t last longer than six months. And if you aren’t over it by then, there’s something clinically wrong with you. What the hell?

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In a nutshell


Clover is anti-social, reclusive and averse to deviating from her routines and confines. She is also set on not allowing anyone to get close to her. She is also a death doula who spends her time caring for people in their final days. In the wake of each loss she chooses to document each client’s regrets, all the while ignoring her own. When she meets feisty Claudia she begins an adventure that has her questioning the lack of life she has been living and what kind of life she wants to live.

Book Club Notes


This book is very charming, filled with lovable characters and a protagonist you will fiercely root for. It’s not your typical easy reading romance novel but at the same it is an easy reading romance novel. The story line is incredibly interesting, with Clover’s unusual profession acting as a silent main character that offers a depth to the story that you don’t always find in a novel.

Read If


You like a thought provoking novel that showcases a character’s evolution beautifully.

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Storyline – 10 /10
Writing – 9/10
Character Development – 10/10
Plot Twist – 7/10
Shareability – 10/10
9.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty

The Collected Regrets of Clover

Published by: Penguin Random House

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Philosophical

ISBN: 978-0-241-99858-8

Pages: 310

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A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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