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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

meganpudd's review against another edition

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3.0

Firstly I would like to say that this polarising read is not for the faint hearted as it touches sensitive issues and I would suggest reading the trigger warnings before delving into it. I hope that this will not prevent you from reading as it is a beautiful yet tragic story about Jude's life, success, love and trauma.

It follows Jude and his three friends from college, the main focus of the book is the character Jude and his early stages of life until his death. It showcases that through Jude's success he is still battling his trauma which has resulted in Mental health issues as well as discussing topics relating to his Physical health issues.

From a personal standpoint, Willem and Harold are the most touching characters in this book. Their constant need to care and Willem's adoration for Jude is astounding. To contrast this JB was my least favourite character and certain comments he made referring to Jude's physical appearance left a sour taste in my mouth.

The start of the book did not grip me as I expected but I struggle with books that are very descriptive rather then have a focus on plot so this is based on personal preference. Once I got past this I realised this is needed to learn about each character and their life.

I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone under the age of 16 maybe even 18 as it is graphic and as stated before touches on sensitive issues.

I rated this book three stars as I am the fence about the story itself, the writing is breath-taking but for me this book was slightly too depressing and different to anything I usually read. I believe that everyone should read this book at some point through their lives but in my opinion you should be in a decent mental state prior to reading this.

mars555's review against another edition

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3.0

prva stvar koju moram napomenuti jer o njoj ovisi vecina mog dojma je da knjiga ima 700 stranica i niti jedna nije kvalitetno iskoristena
pocetak knjige mi se svidio i imao je dosta potencijala, stil pisanja malo manje ali jako solidan pocetak
i onda je taj pocetak trajao dobrih 500 stranica gdje se nista nije dogadalo i sve je zapravo ovisilo o tome da smo razvili emotivnu povezanost s likovima (koju ja jednostavno nisam mogla jer je svaka scena i svaki osjecaj toliko izduzen samo da bi ti dao dojam neke dubine) i da nas je prestalo biti briga za radnju ili ikakvu logiku
kad sam shvatila koliko se knjiga ponavlja ,a mislim onako bas bolesno dosadno puno ponavlja, samo me prestalo biti briga za nju (mozda sam ja kriva jer sam si spoilala kraj) jer sam skuzila da pokusava emotivno izmanipulirati citatelja da bi kraj imao velik utjecaj i dao dojam da je knjiga zapravo dobro napisana
imala sam osjecaj da citam the secret history fanfiction koji je napisao stephen king. stil pisanja, a i likovi i radnja mi se cine jako neautenticni i kao da je mjesavina raznih drugih djela umjesto nesto originalno
jako sam razocarana ali bar sam uzivala u citanju jer se lako i brzo cita lmao

uakelavkar1's review against another edition

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I am speechless

martuszka's review against another edition

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2.0

trauma

writtenbymelinda's review

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

dodo_4's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense 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

madisonagoodwin's review

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

5.0

Unfortunately, a 6-star read for me. By far the most difficult book I have ever gotten through and oddly enough incredibly beautiful. Huge trigger warning as a lot of mental health issues are covered involving self-harm & suicide as well as physical and emotional abuse. This story is truly a masterpiece & will crush you in ample ways, I think of Jude on almost a daily basis & feel for him deeply in my heart and soul. 

shelvingelizasbooks's review

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dark emotional sad slow-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

repobi's review against another edition

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2.0

Dari bintang 4 turun ke bintang 2.

Semakin sering inget sama buku ini, semakin ga suka. Pas baca buku ini rasanya intens banget. Total angst. Tapi beberapa lama setelah beres, aftertastenya jadi buruk. Buku ini kaya kue yang dekorasinya banyak banget, terus dimakan pas pesta yang hype-nya gede. Tapi pas dipikir-pikir lagi seminggu sesudahnya, ternyata kuenya gak enak dan dekorasinya yang berlebihan itu ternyata ga perlu-perlu amat.

Ini mah prasangka buruk. Penulisnya ngerti apa itu penderitaan. Tapi ga begitu paham tentang queerness, disability, dan trauma. Mungkin ada riset, tapi yang dipake cuma yang bisa bikin karakternya sengsara. Ada kritik yang bilang penulisnya itu 'tourist' alias mba-mba straight yang fetishizing gayness dengan infantilizing mereka atau bikin mereka super abusive/abused, disabilitasnya kaya jadi penanda fisik 'ini orang sengsara, jadi harus dikasihani.", urusan trauma juga kurang lebih sama. Pokoknya ini karakter sengsara luar dalam.

Yang bisa redeem cerita cuma bapak angkatnya Jude. Prosanya juga bagus.

emzzzzz's review

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

5.0