How to Be Both by Ali Smith

How to Be Both

Ali Smith

371 pages first pub 2014 (editions)

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ literary challenging emotional reflective medium-paced
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How to be both is the dazzling new novel by Ali Smith.Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's...

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Community Reviews Summary of 4,125 reviews

Moods

reflective 77%
emotional 55%
challenging 52%
mysterious 30%
funny 26%
hopeful 20%
inspiring 20%
sad 18%
adventurous 10%
informative 8%
dark 4%
lighthearted 4%
relaxing 1%

Pace

medium 57%
slow 36%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 81% | A mix: 14% | N/A: 2% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 14% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 53% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 43% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 24% | N/A: 5%

Average rating

3.82

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