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Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart

tinyviolet's review

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

4.25

lozwesty's review against another edition

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

5.0

mickie's review

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

5.0

SHUGGIE BAIN has been in my to-read pile for months, and I’m kicking myself for just now getting to this stunning book. The titular character, Shuggie, is a young gay man from Glasgow, struggling to reconcile with who he is & how he fits in with the world. But it's his mother's story that really takes center stage for much of the novel, & you realize this is not just a story about growing up queer, but one of mother-son bonds. Agnes, Shuggie's mother, is both a beauty & an alcoholic, & your heart will ache as you read how he tries to tend to her & keep her affections and spirits high. The Glasgow of this novel is a rough, poor place where men are always out of work & women are always just scraping by, but the book doesn't feel like it's shaming; if anything, it's giving space for this part of the world, these people's stories, in the larger literary world. It's gorgeous, incredibly moving, & the painful parts delivered with such grace. Its Booker Prize win was wholly deserved; fans of A LITTLE LIFE will love it.

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princessfabulous's review against another edition

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challenging sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

This was well-written but I disliked the visceral rape scenes. It was a very slow read for me and I struggled with it as I rarely do being a voracious reader.

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nathwani's review

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dark emotional 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? Yes

4.0


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shoutaboutbooks's review against another edition

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5.0

Will be intermittently weeping about this wrenching debut for a good while

sara_b's review against another edition

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4.0

It hurt so much!
Shuggie is the youngest child of a family left to take care of an alcoholic mother. While he tried his best to be and do as she wants, her careless choices in life affected him the most.
He was always so adorable, kind and caring, It just breaks my heart.

mhnr's review against another edition

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

5.0

madelinewatt29's review

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

4.25

lifeonmybookcase's review against another edition

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5.0

Beautiful and heartbreaking