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The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

21 reviews

maess's review against another edition

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

4.5


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addyruth17's review against another edition

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challenging informative inspiring reflective 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

4.25


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quinn12_'s review against another edition

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

4.75


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elodie_melodie's review against another edition

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

5.0

Ein tolles Buch, ich hab es in wenigen Tagen verschlungen! Ich mochte vor allem sehr, dass die Geschichte aus vielen verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt wurde. Auch die diversen Thematiken fand ich spannend und abwechslungsreich. Ganz große Empfehlung. 

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kathischm's review against another edition

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informative inspiring reflective 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? Yes

5.0


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this_is_lee's review against another edition

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challenging emotional informative inspiring mysterious 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? Yes

4.75

This was such A beautiful book. The story follows two intricate characters and the ways that their paths diverge, cross and meld. It is hard to read at times but it is incredibly worth it in the end. 
Very enlightening. 

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laurendenton's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional reflective tense fast-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? Yes

5.0


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erd's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful reflective sad tense fast-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

5.0

Love how the story is organized into chunks diving deeper on specific characters and their pain.

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marabdelmageed's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional informative mysterious reflective sad tense 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? Yes

5.0


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ggwillmott's review against another edition

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

4.0

I loved the characters in this book, and how their relationships with one and other was really what drove the story. The discussion of race and white-passing was so vivid, and the trans representation was great too. I loved how almost all the narrative perspectives were from women but none of the story was centered around the fact that they were women. The dialogue was natural and well written -- a real sense of the different settings throughout the novel. 
However, I didn't find the language particularly beautiful in its style, it was more just realism than anything particularly decadent. I'm sure this was a very intentional choice, as it would have quite changed the personalities of the characters should they have started speaking in beautiful, elegant speeches; however I do think its worth noting that the linguistic style of this book did not feel particularly interesting in itself. But this did suit the plot and the characters well so definitely did not detract from the book as a whole -- if anything it really added to the realistic and vivid sense of character and place. 

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