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My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

137 reviews

imogenwilliams's review against another edition

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dark funny reflective sad 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

5.0


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bloohoney's review against another edition

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

4.5

She is an asshole that you feel relatable to, well...for me she is, let's be honest, the idea of sleeping for a year on not worrying sounds amazing
Then we have Reva, that you also can feel relatable to, once again, for me, and you get hurt by her story and hate how badly the main character speaks of her
Over all, i loved the book, even tho I despise her. I gave it a .5 because the ending wasn't what I was hoping for or expecting,
Spoilerlike the whole book deals with heavy subjects in a detached way but in the end it's like "wow, life is amazing, yeah, after a whole year drugged up i didn't develops an addiction even tho I threatened my best friend tho kill her bc she cares about me and took my pills away once....at least I think she did, i don't know, maybe i willingly gave them to her while I was out of it, hehe. So yeah, oh look the people in the park are so happy, I'm also happy, i magically have my shit together".......like wtf
Spoiler so yeah, that's it, highly recommend.

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wannabeninazenik's review against another edition

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

4.75


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beowulfs's review against another edition

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

3.0

ugh.

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geisterkoenigin's review against another edition

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tense medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

1.0

 This book was all over the place but my main issues with it were very personal so take my review with more than a grain of salt. (Even if I ignore the problems I had with it, I still would not praise it highly tho) If you should read it, be prepared for obscurity, feelings of disgust and a whole lot of hearing the same sentences over and over, is all I have to say at this point. 

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tayahmarie's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad medium-paced
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  • 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

What an odd, interesting, and dark comical fever dream that is this book! I like how Moshfegh explored the complexities of depression and how sleep is truly a coping mechanism and a sort of medication for some. I think this ongoing theme really resonated with me seeing as though most of us, myself included, have been experiencing ebbs and flows when it comes to mental health in light of the pandemic. I personally think the MC wanting to simply sleep her problems away and not wanting to do anything that required even an ounce of energy felt real. Like I get it, girl. 

That aside, I obviously didn’t agree with 90% of her other coping mechanisms, lol. But everyone deals with situations differently, so who am I to judge at the end of the day? Our MC’s therapist, however, I am judging because ma’am… 😐

Overall, I strangely enjoyed this. It wasn’t perfect, but I like to think that I understood what Moshfegh was trying to do. It was interesting to read about someone who, on the outside, may have it all, only to be disturbingly mistaken. I also have to say #Justice4Reena! I’ve been thinking about the ending ever since I finished this. Ugh. 

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bedsidecompanion's review against another edition

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

4.75

It's so...odd.

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bleeding_gold's review against another edition

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

3.5


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abhess's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad tense 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

3.75


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rebeccahensley's review against another edition

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challenging dark funny reflective sad slow-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

5.0


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