Reviews tagging 'Death of parent'

Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind by Molly McGhee

6 reviews

lgiery's review

Go to review page

challenging dark sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

Disorienting. Dedicated to "the forgotten who have been worked to death," the book serves as a dark critique of late-stage capitalism, American work-culture, and perhaps American society and values in general. The book explores many uncomfortable truths about a nation that often puts value in the wrong place. 

Expand filter menu Content Warnings

slefebvre95's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous dark emotional funny mysterious reflective sad 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

4.75


Expand filter menu Content Warnings

savvylit's review

Go to review page

dark emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind is a truly terrific anti-work novel. In writing this, McGhee has created an uncomfortable sci-fi setting that feels nearly plausible and also perfectly illustrates the pitfalls of unethical employment. Abernathy as protagonist is a comically gullible and often unlikable young man. His naivete tiptoes the line between believability and satire in a way that kept me riveted throughout. Clearly, McGhee has a deep understanding of American work culture and the desperation that many feel when it comes to finding literally ANY job that may offer a sliver of stability. Though the job that Abernathy accepts is fantastical in nature, it serves as a perfect stand-in for any one of the myriad jobs in this country that ask employees to give up way too much of themselves.

Thank you @astrahousebooks for the advance reader copy of Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind in exchange for my honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Expand filter menu Content Warnings

awilderm23's review

Go to review page

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

3.5


Expand filter menu Content Warnings

litliz's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous challenging dark emotional funny 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? It's complicated

5.0

I loved this book so much. It is like a cross between the TV show Severance and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Expand filter menu Content Warnings

jazhandz's review

Go to review page

dark emotional 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

4.0

One of those books where I finished and immediately tried to get people to read it so we could discuss, because it does some things so well and others so poorly. I was really delighted by Jonathan Abernathy himself, a quintessential dude who sucks but doesn’t realize it. The writing style was fascinating; I don’t normally go in for narration that does the “little did he know things would get worse” thing but it’s used well here.

Expand filter menu Content Warnings
More...