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The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor

blschuldt's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional 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

4.25

This reminded me a lot of Dirty Animals. Taylor writes the realest characters, I always appreciate a chance to look into a world I’ll never quite experience located in these Midwest cities that are so familiar. His writing is so good, the way intense and confrontational scenes unfold seemingly out of nowhere like when you stumble into them in real life (no pun intended). 

lilyreads01's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful mysterious 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

4.25

ruthcheng's review against another edition

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

4.0

etinney's review

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

3.0


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melfry01's review

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

2.0

jenlinhdu's review

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4.0

*4,5: what a brilliant piece of written art

clidd's review

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

3.0

This was fine. The characters were self-absorbed, intellectually pretentious, and often making bad decisions. To that end, it was appropriately reflective of grad school and worth the read. Otherwise, it was mostly a loosely interwoven collection of stories about men who were hard to differentiate between one another. 

endraia's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced

3.25

myaperry's review

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1.0

This was a DNF for me, which is rare. I struggled to get into the book from the start and kept thinking the plot would materialize, but it simply didn’t. So many words to say nothing at all. When i couldn’t force myself to keep picking up the book I started listening to the audio book and even that couldn’t hook me.

After looking at a few reviews, I can see that it wasn’t just me who struggled to differentiate between all of the characters. They were all sad, pretentious, unlikeable and forgettable men whose only redeeming quality was that they could suck a mean dick.

madisonhall's review

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emotional reflective
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75