My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

The Neapolitan Novels #1

Elena Ferrante with Ann Goldstein (Translator)

fiction literary challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

331 pages | first published 2011

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From one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, comes this ravishing and generous-hearted novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime. The story of Elena and Lila begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Gr...
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Summary of 13209 reviews

Moods

reflective 78%
emotional 74%
challenging 27%
tense 22%
sad 21%
dark 20%
adventurous 16%
inspiring 14%
hopeful 9%
lighthearted 6%
mysterious 6%
funny 5%
relaxing 5%
informative 3%

Pace

medium 49%
slow 40%
fast 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 77% | A mix: 20% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 44% | Yes: 43% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 58% | Yes: 22% | It's complicated: 13% | N/A: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

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4.03

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