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How to Be Both by Ali Smith

elliehamilton38's review against another edition

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emotional informative mysterious relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

giralka's review against another edition

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emotional 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? It's complicated

3.0

the second half of this book lost me a little

aisha_reads's review against another edition

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

4.25

The lack of chapters makes it hard to dip in and out of- leave time to devour it in a weekend!

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jrmarr's review against another edition

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3.0

I'm not sure what I expected with this book, but I'm pretty sure this was not it. A strange book, and one that I found difficult to access at times only to then be blindsided by a line written so beautifully it hooked me right back in. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not sure how much I'll remember it.

sreyasreya's review against another edition

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4.0

3.75
Very interesting and weird (in the best way possible).

jessicarosee's review against another edition

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dnf @ 25% — tried so hard to like this because i loved “autumn” by ali smith, but this just isn’t for me. the writing kept tiring me, i felt like i had to work to piece any sort of plot/context together, and not in a good way.

glfowler's review against another edition

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

3.25

pipit's review against another edition

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

3.5

Deeply endeared by the notion that life in it's multiplicity is always built on and in conversation with the ripples of history even if we have no way of knowing, or even if we are no longer around to see and hear it. A challenging read in its experimentation even as the sparks it occasionally set off delighted me. 

xoopa's review against another edition

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

4.25

djkwm's review

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challenging emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted mysterious reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0