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Berlin by Bea Setton

14 reviews

naddl0r's review against another edition

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dark funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

This is so difficult to review. Obviously plus points for it's setting in Berlin and me living here, too.
Besides that it's a great example of how running, especially long distance running, can be a form of self-harm. Plenty of ED behavior in this book.
But it has some really funny and relatable parts and even though the main protagonist is quite unlikeable and I don’t necessarily agree with her actions, I GET her in more aspects than I like to admit.

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jennyg73's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad slow-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

4.0


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htaub23's review against another edition

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dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

A dark portrayal of a young woman's short stint in Berlin. The city is described in rich detail, such that it feels like a character in the novel rather than just the setting. 

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sea_burglar's review against another edition

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

3.0

I liked the writing, but I felt relieved when I finished the book. I kept reading only because of the descriptions of the Berlin atmosphere and the occasional German words. 

I pulled out my keys and let myself into the courtyard of 105 HuberStraße, feeling as exhausted as Bilbo on his safe return to Bag End.
 
And thanks to Bea Setton, I decided to reread The Hobbit. 

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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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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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mmegantylerr's review against another edition

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dark emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • 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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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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