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Cleopatra and Frankenstein, by Coco Mellors

yveeruth's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful 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

4.0

bethsmout's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful reflective sad 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

4.75

bananattea's review against another edition

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

4.75

mary_beth's review against another edition

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challenging reflective 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

4.0

books_coffees_wines's review against another edition

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4.0

“Two parts contentment, one part desire. It seemed a good formula for living, though one she had not mastered yet”.

This book was such a pleasant surprise. It got me out of a reading slump and was an enjoyable read!

I have to admit I picked it up partially because I liked the cover and didn’t know much about the book. I’m so impressed that this is a debut, I look forward to reading what Mellors’ writes next!

Her writing is engaging, many of the characters are flawed, yet by the end, I felt they were becoming likeable as we start to understand them. I adored Eleanor and found myself laughing out loud at some of her dialogue with Frank. I loved the puns and the random facts.

Although the book centres around Cleo and Frank’s complicated marriage, we also get to see how other characters view their relationship from the outside.

Despite being humorous, it also covers some serious topics such as depression, suicide, loneliness, grief, trauma and addiction. It shows us how anyone can be lonely - even if they are surrounded by people. It also highlights that you never know what is going on in someone’s life or relationship, despite how it appears from the outside.

“We break. We put ourselves back together. The cracks are the best part. You don’t have to hide them.”

A brilliant book that I recommend. It is clever and funny, I also liked how it ended. This is a book that lived up to the hype for me.

4.5 ⭐️

ronjabri's review against another edition

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

5.0

verafey's review against another edition

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

4.5

laurensmith_23's review against another edition

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

5.0

_chloe_niamh_'s review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful reflective sad tense medium-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

christinachia's review against another edition

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challenging emotional slow-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? It's complicated

3.25

The only thing I like about this book is the first chapter and the last chapter. It’s a bit chaotic as the stories go by, introducing supporting characters and the damage of marriage by both the main characters, Cleo and Frank. Not really a fan of both main characters but their supporting characters’ stories are more intrigued than the mains. At least, in the end the finally found their solitude of being happy.