A review by an_library_stan
Berlin by Bea Setton

challenging emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


A modern bell jar (which gets referenced), and a good book to read in your 20s. 

I found the main character sympathetic but frustrating. She's generally pretty unable to take care of herself, pushes away communities that could help her, has very low self esteem, self sabotages and is very self centered. 

Very much does not romanticize Berlin. I think shows some of the ways it can be challenging to move there, but ultimately also shows the opportunities that abound that Daphne is unwilling or unable to accept and pursue. 

I relate to her perfectionism, to her reluctance to take accountability for her circumstances and to her head in the clouds fantasy to experience many lives, her grief at not being able to do so. 

Expand filter menu Content Warnings