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My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

89 reviews

eitakbackwards's review against another edition

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dark sad 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

3.75

I really don’t know whether to give this a 3 or 4???

I can’t decide if I liked it or thought it was dumb. The character herself was just a vibe. I get she’s super nasty, materialistic and self absorbed but her wanting to sleep all day - I get it. maybe not to the extent of drugging oneself for a year but we all have those get me out of here days.

I think she was interesting because she has trauma behind her but you still don’t like her whereas usually trauma backstories are there to make you sympathise with the characters and give them depth and this character just didn’t really have any. I think it would have ruined it to suddenly make her into a great person.

The ending miffed me a bit. It seemed like one whole joke which I think is the best way to view it tbh if it was genuinely intended to be a transformation then I think it’s a shit one. There’s no way she became a carefree, fun loving gal all of a sudden. My bet is on that wearing off in like 2 weeks and her wanting to sleeping beauty it all again.

The big event at the end was odd and like if only Reva and her shitty Bf and other friend had been in there so she could realise she was totally alone would have been more compelling for me. Idk.


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mihaela161's review against another edition

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

3.0


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grace_castle's review against another edition

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

2.75


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grichmond's review against another edition

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

5.0


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shreyshrey's review against another edition

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dark funny sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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nicoforov's review against another edition

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

3.5


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ozzyjames's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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quinnspired's review against another edition

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dark reflective sad slow-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


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savannahmonet's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional funny sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25


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hijaluna's review against another edition

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

3.75

I don't remember if we ever learned the protagonist's name....

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