A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+
reflective slow-paced

832 pages | first published 2015

A Little Life follows four college classmates--broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition--as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara's stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.

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Moods

sad 94%
emotional 89%
dark 86%
challenging 58%
reflective 46%
tense 35%
hopeful 6%
inspiring 5%
mysterious 4%
adventurous 1%
funny 1%
informative 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

slow 64%
medium 33%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 89% | A mix: 9% | Plot: 0%

Strong character development?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 65% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 6% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 1% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

4.34