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Alone With You in the Ether, by Olivie Blake

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jessicaludden's review

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challenging dark emotional funny hopeful mysterious 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

“Bees are for you.”

I don’t even know how to describe how much I love this book. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of all time. I usually do a favorite quotes section in my review, but I won’t be able to do that for this one because it would basically be the entire book. I loved everything about this. I loved all the theoretical thinking and existentialism. I loved Olivie Blake’s writing style. It’s very on brand for her with the pretentious writing. I loved the characters and all their flaws. There wasn’t much plot in this, but I barely even noticed because I was so focused on the characters. I loved hearing their thoughts and getting their different point of views. It was so interesting to see how Aldo and Reagan live their lives with their respective mental illnesses. I loved their love story and I loved how the author made a place for mental illness in their love story. 

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margozaldivar's review

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

3.0


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nightfell's review

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

3.0

This book was written for all the pretentious readers, and while I respect all the small and complex ideas discussed in this book, I just didn't care. I wanted to like this book, but I felt no emotional connection to the characters and their love story. I would equate this book to looking at a famous piece of art that is revered by everyone and knowing that it is beautiful but not feeling attached or connected to it in any way. 

The whole time I was reading this book, I couldn't understand why Regan was so infatuated with Aldo aside from her cycle of finding and dumping men. She seemed like the type of person her boyfriend, Marc, described her to be the entire book. I know he was supposed to be an antagonist, but I believed what he said about her, not in a spiteful or negative way, just as fact. I couldn't believe that she was give him the time of day, and I don't know why she was so deeply interested in him. Aldo was a cute character, but I'm not attached to him in any way, and I feel like his character was lacking in true depth. It was included towards the beginning, but neglected in favour of Regan's character arc, which was well done in an objective viewpoint but I didn't like her character as much, so I was frustrated reading. 

I much preferred the first half to the second half, as the first part had many different narrators which was interesting to read. Once Regan and Aldo became romantically involved, there were so many unn sex scenes (in my opinion). It became very repetitive to read them having sex at random times which would have been fine, if not for the weird way it was written. It followed the abstract writing style of the book which made reading the sex scenes just too much for me. 

Overall, it was good, I just didn't care.

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marcelas_'s review

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

4.25


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