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My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

8 reviews

bookwhore07's review against another edition

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

4.0

i thought i wasnt gonna like this, but the more i read it the more i liked it, and the more i think about it then more i like it. i’m not the hugest fan of the ending. and it gets some points knocked off for weird racial comments. 

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carbonarapasta's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective tense slow-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

4.25

Encapsulates the ugly parts of depression and mental health perfectly.

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lestatsoul's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional inspiring reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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cameronrae's review against another edition

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dark 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

3.5

Catcher in the rye if Holden was a privileged, lazy, adult, millennial.

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nionyn'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? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

I loved the prose of this book even though everyone sucks in it it made me attached to the characters. 

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camillesim's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful reflective 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

3.75


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dingmc's review against another edition

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

4.75

Reading this was like going through a six season show you finish in one day. I absolutely adored it. The ending was like poetry, a classic wrap up. Kinda like the phone calls I have with my grandma; short and sweet but always a tinge of grudges or gossip and ends with a kiss goodbye. 


Some notes I took while reading:
Spoiler 

P33
Trevor does the same thing!

She was with her mother 24/7 so she probably only saw her. They both slept at long. Both of them probably didn’t have much to live for. Since she only saw her mother this is the reason why she takes after her. Also going after older men  P51

Also have men really not changed that much??? Chloe’s siignvy and rolled cigs really? Do y’all evolve?

P106
When she imagines this new life she can’t think of what it would look like. She looks at other people’s life’s (Rite Aid etc) but hers is blank. Maybe why she has no respect for anything?

P151 maybe her goal????



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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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