Man o' War by Cory McCarthy

Man o' War

Cory McCarthy

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

336 pages | first published 2022

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An achingly honest and frequently hilarious coming-of-age novel about an Arab American trans swimmer fighting to keep their head above water in a landlocked Midwestern town. River McIntyre has grown up down the street from Sea Planet, an infamous ...
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Summary of 55 reviews


emotional 95%
reflective 74%
hopeful 67%
inspiring 51%
challenging 46%
informative 44%
sad 30%
funny 27%
dark 23%
adventurous 6%
tense 4%
lighthearted 2%


medium 66%
slow 16%
fast 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 90% | A mix: 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 21%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 2%

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