Man o' War by Cory McCarthy

Man o' War

Cory McCarthy

336 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

fiction lgbtqia+ romance young adult challenging emotional reflective medium-paced
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An achingly honest and frequently hilarious coming-of-age novel about an Arab American trans teen fighting to keep their head above water in a landlocked Midwestern town.Man o’ wars are not jellyfish, and River McIntyre is not happy. River doesn’t...

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Community Reviews Summary of 288 reviews


emotional 90%
reflective 71%
hopeful 68%
inspiring 49%
challenging 36%
informative 36%
sad 28%
funny 22%
dark 13%
tense 13%
adventurous 4%
lighthearted 2%
relaxing 1%


medium 69%
fast 17%
slow 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 87% | A mix: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 98%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 63% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 9% | N/A: 1%

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