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My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

calliiee_'s review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.5

elllure's review against another edition

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

4.75

comrade_ulysses's review against another edition

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dark hopeful reflective
  • 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

i love this book even though it is deeply flawed and has some problematic aspects, but i think it was exactly what i needed to read at this point in time.

whyjulain's review against another edition

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

3.0

leonor88's review

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medium-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

3.5

faunaofflora's review against another edition

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

4.5

nasiatyson's review against another edition

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5.0

I hated how much I understood the narrator, it makes you feel slightly uneasy, silently agreeing and bonding with her. It was a great read and I honestly couldn’t put it down.

idiotreads's review against another edition

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3.0

3 thought on my year of rest and relaxation:

- I guessed the ending of the 911 attack midway through the book and it is my proudest moment

- Rica is literally my favourite character I get she was meant to be like a satirical superficial female character but I just love her so much

- would have been rated higher if it wasn’t all over booktok - I feel like even though the book wasn’t plot central it didn’t actually make any points with its themes and characterisation especially with all the focus on a named narrator like I don’t really understand what she was contributing at then again maybe I’m just not at the right point in my life to be understanding this book yet

avasadored's review against another edition

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

2.0

what am i meant to gain from this? that it’s okay to be a terrible person just because you feel sad?? i didn’t see any development happen in this narrator but it suddenly occurs in the last fifteen pages because of her shitty coping mechanisms. that when she reveled in her own sadness she was able to rejuvenate like some sort of rest cure? everything ties up in a page and a bit, without any proper accountability or realization. 
another shocking revelation that BookTok struggles to expand its taste. 

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