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My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

13 reviews

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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ornebbn's review against another edition

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dark reflective tense fast-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

5.0

women hate on men for relating to the joker and then say their favourite book is my year of rest and relaxation. its me im women

i initially gave this four stars but ive been thinking about it for like two months now so…

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readersreadingnook's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad tense slow-paced
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  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0


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katehazel49's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny sad 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

5.0


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shacharalb's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious reflective relaxing tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

I…..don’t know how to feel about this book. It was a quick read for me, but I almost DNFed it at the beginning. I’m glad I stuck with it, but I spent the whole time trying to figure out if I actually liked it or not. It reminds me of Lovers and Writers in the sense of being a person trying to figure themselves out, but the main character in this book just reeks of privilege that makes it hard to read. I get that that’s the point, but like…..you don’t really need to do drugs to figure yourself out. 

It was fine, but I don’t think I’d recommend this one unless someone has the time and energy to sift through for the deeper meaning. 

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rashi's review against another edition

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dark reflective 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

3.75

Although the ending felt like an emotional cop-out… I am constantly remembering this piece of writing, and for better or for worse, that means it stands out, and you know I respect that 

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lovealwaysgracieliann's review against another edition

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

3.75


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sarahshaiman's review against another edition

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dark

2.5

I kept reading this book in the context of its setting and praying
Spoiler I hope there isn't a 9/11 twist. But of course, there was.
However, that isn't even the least disappointing aspect of the book. While the prose is beautiful Moshfegh constantly seems on the surface of making commentary about class, mental health, and race that simply fall flat. It seems like she wanted to write the most vile female anti-here for the sake of writing a vile person. Though, I credit her in her ability to portray the narrator as a vile person completely in spite of her mental illness. Moshfegh creates a character almost nobody could relate to -- fully insulated by class from the consequences of her vile actions and aloof attitude toward the world. Not only this, but the story is aimless. The narrator seems to allude to her own redemption in the last chapter as she
Spoiler obsessively fixates on her best friend, perhaps the only redeemable character in the book, suicide jumping out of one of the Twin Towers as it burns on 9/11. Perhaps this is an homage to The Falling Man but it seems perverse and clunky written into the last lines of the book.
Ultimately, Moshfegh portrays a psych so dark and for seemingly no reason that I found myself having to put the book down because I couldn't deal with the narrators downright nasty thoughts. 

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amelreads's review against another edition

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dark funny inspiring reflective relaxing tense
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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bibilde's review against another edition

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challenging dark sad tense 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

2.0


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