Boca Raton, by Lauren Groff

f18's review

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


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akire07's review

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Challenge # 11 POPSUGAR 2020: An anthology:

Difficult to get into & follow. Kept waiting for a change and get ahold of me but never did.

jazdewills's review

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dark fast-paced


asphaltcowgrrl's review

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One of the weirder novellas in this series. Wasn't really sure what the point was most of the time. Not bad though, one of the three best in the series for sure.

shadowspeak17's review

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reflective sad medium-paced
  • Loveable characters? No


mrz_owenz's review

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So this is the second "Warmer" story I've listened to. The narrator of this one is quite good but the story is still depressing.

gerhard's review

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Another author whom I am embarrassed to admit I have not read yet. The second entry in Amazon’s Warmer collection is a completely different beast to The Way the World Ends by Jess Walter, but equally as good in its own right. I wonder if this particular short story forms part of Groff’s collection called Florida, which gets a plug at the end?

It is a darkly modulated tale about single mother Ange who finds herself haunted by a vision of a dead nest of chicks she stumbles across during a creek clean-up with her daughter and a bunch of volunteers. The chicks had been fed plastic by a parent in a desperate bid to keep them alive.

Ange finds herself haunted by this vision, which overlays her ordinary life like a shroud she peers through at an increasingly incomprehensible and bewildering world. This simple story builds quietly to a devastating but ambiguous climax that is all the more powerful for its lack of resolution.