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Berlin by Bea Setton

29 reviews

kyliebennett's review against another edition

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dark funny mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

one of my favorite newer books. daphne’s best and worst qualities remind me so much of myself. setton’s footnotes add so much personality to the story as well. she interconnects symbols beautifully throughout the novel. LOVE!!!

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juliemhowe's review against another edition

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3.0


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andthenweread's review against another edition

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3.0


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amelialupson's review against another edition

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emotional funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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bellbookcandle's review against another edition

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dark funny sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

Page-turner with a paranoid, unreliable narrator. A pitch-perfect snapshot of 20-something expat life in Berlin. 

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an_library_stan's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A modern bell jar (which gets referenced), and a good book to read in your 20s. 

I found the main character sympathetic but frustrating. She's generally pretty unable to take care of herself, pushes away communities that could help her, has very low self esteem, self sabotages and is very self centered. 

Very much does not romanticize Berlin. I think shows some of the ways it can be challenging to move there, but ultimately also shows the opportunities that abound that Daphne is unwilling or unable to accept and pursue. 

I relate to her perfectionism, to her reluctance to take accountability for her circumstances and to her head in the clouds fantasy to experience many lives, her grief at not being able to do so. 



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punkweed's review against another edition

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dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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quiettalker's review

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challenging dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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emilyisliterate's review against another edition

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  • Diverse cast of characters? No

2.5

for me, this is an underwhelming entry into the wonderful canon of weird girl fiction.

daphne does all the things that Weird Gross Girls do: she reads sylvia plath and donna tartt and feels like an alien in her own skin and is objectively unlikeable (all great things). however, despite the novel's focus on daphne's inner thoughts, her actual self-dissection is lackluster. she acknowledges her issues but never interrogates them. trust me, i LOVE unhinged women, but daphne was giving highkey pick-me republican girl vibes. unfortunately, i never felt she broke her internal monologue of misogynistic/classist/antisemitic/manipulative thinking, nor did her lack of character development feel like a good story in itself.

don't get me wrong, BERLIN is a page-turner, but i find myself frustrated with it after the fact. nonetheless, i'm interested in what bea setton does next.

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austinxbooks's review against another edition

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dark mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25


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