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The Great Godden, by Meg Rosoff

rutrydqvist's review against another edition

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lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.0

dylangodfreyy's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious sad medium-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

i enjoyed how easy to read the book was, and was having an enjoyable time up until about half way through. i think the book should come with content warnings for manipulative relationships and seems to gloss over the seriousness of them, still painting Kit to be the heartthrob we thought he was. I thought the ending was unnecessary and only used for a shock factor. It made me dislike my favourite character and the
Spoiler adult/child relationship
was glossed over in seriousness. I thought the portrayal of the clearly autistic character could have been done much better and didn’t have to follow so many stereotypes. 

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chaimasg93's review against another edition

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dark mysterious 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

3.75

ohlaska's review against another edition

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reflective medium-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

2.5

veilchen's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5

Ein wunderbares Sommerbuch, dass sich auch noch im Herbst genießen lässt. Eine 6-köpfige Familie verbringt jeden Sommer gemeinsam mit Cousine und Freund in einem kleinen Strandort. Doch diesen Sommer kommt alles anders. Die Cousine Hope und Mal wagen den nächsten Schritt in ihrer Beziehung. Unddie beiden Söhne von Hopes Patentante kommen auf Besuch - der fehlerlose "golden boy" Kit, in den sich alle auf einen Schlag verlieben und sein Bruder, der ihm nicht weniger ähneln könnte, Hugo. Und im Zentrum der Erzählung steht ein erzählendes Familienmitglied, dessen Geschoecht, Alter und Name nie spezifisiert wird.

In einem wunderbar leichtem Erzählstil, der an alte Amerikanische Klassiker erinnert, leitet der/die Erzählende die Leser durch das sommerliche Leben der Großfamilie. Mit viel Charme lernt man die Geschwister kennen, die pferdeliebende Tam, den Bruder Alex, der nur Fledermäuse im Kopf hat, und die hübsche Schwester Mattie, die wiederrum nur an Jungs denkt. Doch die Anfangs idyllische Erzählung wird immer mehr durch die beiden neuen Jungs durcheinandergebracht, allen voran Kit, dessen einnehmende Aura sich immer mehr als Manipulation und Gaslighting entpuppt.

Die Anfangs frustrierende Ambiguität des/der Erzählenden war im Endeffekt einer der besten Teile des Buches. Ob beabsichtigt oder nicht, ich fand mich immer wieder versucht, die Person in eine klare Kategorie wie "weiblich" oder "männlich" zu stecken, basierend auf nichts als Vorurteilen und persönlichen Erfahrungen. Schon diese Erfahrung allein macht es Wert, dieses Buch zu lesen, vor allem für Eigenreflexion. Aber auch sonst ist dieser kurze Roman ein tolles Buch, dass man im Nichts fertig hat. Es geht mit wichtigen Themen um, ohne diese akkut zu benennen, so dass auch viel Platz für eigene Interpretationen und Denkanstöße bleibt.

chardonovan's review against another edition

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mysterious reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • 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

3.0

molly_ashton_'s review against another edition

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2.0

What I liked about the book was how easy it was to read, the writing style was easy to digest and the scene setting of the seaside town was relatable. I’m afraid that’s where the things I like end! The story moved so fast with such little description that I’m still not entirely sure what happened all the way through. There was very little description or development of characters and the whole thing felt very rushed. I think as a storyline it had potential but it wasn’t padded out enough and many of the sub storylines were so vague they may as well have not been included.

sjarrell140's review against another edition

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4.0

We Were Liars meets literary fiction. The writing style was short, simple and poetic and the character development was well done. The family dynamic was my favorite part and the main characters narration was spot on.

And that plot twist came out of nowhere.

emmaoliviaparrott's review against another edition

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

2.0

gemee99's review against another edition

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4.0

Such a beautifully written book, there weren't any major plotlines but it got away with it. I was entranced and enthralled and I didn't want to put it down. At one point I got so emersed that I forgot the concept of time.

The only flaw was that it bothered me not knowing the main characters name, and that there seemed to be loads of incomplete threads. However, I also loved it. I don't even know my emotions at this point