A review by paperbackinmybackpack
My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

dark emotional reflective tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


The writing style was there for me, and I'm not adverse to an unlikeable main character but there were slurs about neurodiverse people, people with varying body types, mental illness etc and I simply could not get on board with that, be they the words of a fictional character or not. It irks me how many of the books I've read featuring mental illness have awful, hateful main characters, because it is not representative. 

 Furthermore, that ending was not the one. It was obvious and not in a "life is predictable" kind of way. 

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