The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki

548 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction contemporary literary magical realism emotional reflective sad medium-paced

Description

After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house—a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn’t underst...

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Moods

emotional 85%
reflective 73%
sad 56%
hopeful 41%
challenging 39%
dark 34%
inspiring 21%
mysterious 19%
funny 13%
tense 13%
adventurous 12%
informative 7%
lighthearted 1%
relaxing 1%

Pace

medium 52%
slow 43%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 73% | A mix: 25%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 3% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 1%

Average rating

4.1

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