A review by shutupdivs
Cleopatra and Frankenstein, by Coco Mellors

adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative reflective sad tense 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? It's complicated


this book is very difficult to love. the writing is beautiful, pretentious in parts but pretty much the only thing i adore abt this book. i get that it's supposed to provide a nuanced take on modern relationships but i just couldn't stand all that self indulgent bullshit. okay, the author tries to humanise fucked up New Yorkers but atleast she could've tried to make them likeable. but then, maybe my problem is that i belong to the third world and things like sugar gliders or "climaxing to consciousness" don't make sense to me at all. if i must be honest, i think santiago was the BEST character in this book. 
moral of the story : do not, in any circumstances, settle for a quickie wedding.