Reviews

Open Water, by Caleb Azumah Nelson

unhinjd's review

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challenging emotional reflective fast-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

4.75

well that was a /good/ read! i liked the story-telling, it was structured very well. the whole story really gives you perspective and THE experience (pov) of living under a black skin. i also like how masculinity was explored, he was able to show and accept emotions which i think is important but quite rare for men. there’s romance, uhuh. but there’s also a lot of racial problems touched on. oh man that was a lot for short book.


fave quotes:

“They pat you down and riffle through pockets and ask what it is you’re hiding. You want to say the ache, but you don’t think they’d understand.”

“Under what conditions does unconditional love break?”

“A pair of soloists in conversations so harmonious, one struggles to separate. You are not the musicians but the music.”

“You while away the evening together, doing nothing really, which is something, is an intimacy in itself. To not fill your time with someone is to trust, and to trust is to love. And so you should say you spent the evening loving each other, on her sofa, eating, drinking, listening to music.”

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kkrista's review against another edition

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3.0

I have mixed feelings about the writing style - don’t know if I loved it or hated it.

oliviaeld's review

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challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective sad fast-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? It's complicated

4.75

clemmiem's review

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

5.0

libby02's review

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challenging emotional 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? No

3.5

leasturm's review

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emotional tense fast-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

jesspeagram's review against another edition

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emotional informative reflective sad fast-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

liap91's review

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emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes

5.0

csteidl93's review

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5.0

By far the best book I’ve ever read. 

ayeshanoergaard's review

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emotional reflective fast-paced

5.0