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The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

veeofwilds's review

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DNF @ 38% 

I think it is very likely that this is just a case of right book, wrong time for me but I'm quite a ways through this and haven't been hooked by either character or story. I might return to it when I'm feeling more in the mood. However, I'll be moving on to something else for now. 

malavikagk's review against another edition

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4.0

Vanishing half is a story of identical twin sisters and their daughters. Stella and Desiree run away from home together only to end up going their separate ways soon after. The twins though identical in their appearance are stark opposite in every other way especially in the choices they make and the lives they end up living. While one sister returns home, the other puts as many miles as she can from it and pretends to be white. While one never stops searching for her sister, the other wants nothing to do with her past. The story then progresses to their daughters - Jude and Kennedy. Their paths intersect and so the story unfurls...

The narrative is very intricate and quite beautifully written. It skips between two generations, the spotlight focusing on one character and then the next, often moving back and forth with ease. For me the most memorable characters were Jude and her boyfriend Reese.

Overall 3.75 stars

thegirlwithbooksuk's review

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

mallareeniner's review against another edition

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4.0

I absolutely loved the writing and although I did not like all the characters I think that made me like the book even more.

rwolff's review

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adventurous hopeful 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? It's complicated

4.5

booksbykb's review

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5.0

just as good as everyone says it is + then some

ciebrie's review

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

4.5

alexg52's review

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challenging emotional reflective 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


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ellierose23's review

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

3.0

jessmorris31's review

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emotional inspiring reflective sad 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