dr_aimz's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced

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mel_s_bookshelf's review

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emotional reflective medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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liv2199's review

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

4.0


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eregriel's review

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dark emotional hopeful 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

4.75


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scorpstar77's review

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emotional reflective 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

4.5


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meemawreads's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted slow-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

3.0

Oh no I’m about to MEH a book a lot of people seem to like oh nooooo.
This is a story about two friends who met as kids in a hospital and formed a friendship over video games. They have a falling out, meet again as college students, and start designing video games together. The bulk of this book is what happens in between their major successes and failures, with large sections that describe gameplay. (I won’t lie, I skipped one of them.) There isn’t anything wrong with the story and it was written well enough that I kept reading despite having a good idea what was going to happen. It managed to avoid some of the most annoying nerd tropes (not all) and created characters that were more well developed and diverse than other gamer-fic I’ve read. All that said though… I walked away feeling almost everything about the story was a predictable-enough cliche. I saw everything coming from a mile off. I don’t need surprise and intrigue but having everything so clearly mapped for me gave me the false sense that the story was dragging. More than once I thought, “of course he thought ____, of course she did _____.” I don’t know how to describe my experience with this book other than “of course.” Right down the middle with 3 taters 🥔🥔🥔/🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

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lindsayerin's review

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challenging emotional reflective sad 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

5.0


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jennikreads's review against another edition

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emotional sad slow-paced

3.5


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xandraj's review

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dark emotional 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


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serena_hien's review

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challenging emotional hopeful inspiring sad medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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