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Night Film
3.79
it was ok
A failure on nearly every level. The characters are paper-flat, they all speak in exactly the same (preposterous) voice, and none of them develop an i ...more
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Jun 29, 2013
 
City on Fire
3.41
Couldn't make it past the prologue. Two characters took about 50 pages to move a Christmas tree across the crosswalk. I don't care how big the buzz is ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2015
 
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
3.83
liked it
This collection reads like what it is: the work of the most talented person in an undergrad writing class.
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Apr 28, 2014
 
The Help
4.46
it was amazing
An engrossing, vivid, funny, and important book about three women living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Stockett writes in three first-person v ...more
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Sep 15, 2008
 
The Goldfinch
3.89
really liked it
What I like most about Tartt is her love of detail. Clothes, furniture, light, cheekbones—she describes her fictional world more clearly than I see my ...more
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Aug 19, 2013
 
Single, Carefree, Mellow
3.51
it was amazing
One of the most delightful and real and well-written story collections I've read in years. I can already imagine the complaints about this book—actual ...more
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Sep 22, 2014
 
Longbourn
3.62
it was amazing
I adore Jane Austen, and I was dreading reading this take on Pride & Prejudice from the servants' point of view. I thought it was a crass cash-gra ...more
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Jun 13, 2013
 
The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)
3.68
it was amazing
Imagine being one of the first people to read Harry Potter, way back when it was just a Word doc your friend JK Rowling had emailed you. That's how it ...more
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Dec 05, 2016
 
This One is Mine
3.01
did not like it
Repellent. Ludicrous plot twists, dreadful writing, and despicable characters--each and every one of whom is so poisonously racist that I can't help b ...more
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Sep 24, 2008
 
California
3.22
it was ok
Not satisfying to me either as literary fiction or as genre. The sentences aren't beautiful, and the plot is thin—not much happens in the present tens ...more
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Jun 16, 2014
 
How to Build a Girl
3.69
it was ok
The bits about masturbation and sex are funny, and there are some true, helpful, and new insights into what it's like to be a teenage girl, but this b ...more
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Sep 08, 2014
 
Barbara the Slut and Other People
3.55
it was amazing
These short stories are fresh and conversational, funny and modern. I'm sure they were horribly hard to write, as all the best stuff is, but you can't ...more
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Mar 22, 2015
 
Les yeux jaunes des crocodiles (Joséphine, #1)
3.53
it was ok
A beach read for dummies. Moderately more entertaining than reading the contents list on the back of a shampoo bottle.
not set
Jun 20, 2013
 
This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
3.43
did not like it
A drunken gerbil could write a better and more closely-reasoned memoir than this.

Hardly any of the sentences or paragraphs make sense.

"It feels like
...more
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Jan 11, 2010
 
The Great Man
3.49
it was ok
I can't believe this won the PEN/Faulkner.

Yes, it's great to read a novel about smart, interesting women. Yes, it does my heart good to see those old
...more
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Jun 01, 2009
 
Home Land
3.64
did not like it
The waste of talent on display here makes me angry. Lipsyte has chops for weeks, but he uses them not to tell a story, or create actual characters, bu ...more
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May 06, 2009
 
Happens Every Day: An All Too True Story
3.47
did not like it
Gillies seems like a sweetheart. She can't write worth a damn, and this book reads like a series of hastily tossed off emails, but that's part of its ...more
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Dec 19, 2008
 
Yes Please
3.81
really liked it
A charming melange of advice, memoir, and comedy. I especially loved the parts about Poehler's sons, Archie and Abel. She admits that yes, she would m ...more
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Sep 29, 2014
 
Nora Webster
3.58
it was amazing
Read a plot overview of Nora Webster, and it might not sound that exciting—a 40-something mother struggles along following the death of her husband—bu ...more
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Jul 18, 2014
 
Harry, Revised
3.33
did not like it
Why in God's name are Joshua Ferris and John Banville blurbing this ludicrously bad novel? I'm not even going to get into the fake characters or the d ...more
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Mar 31, 2008
 
Cartwheel
3.23
it was amazing
About halfway through the first chapter of CARTWHEEL, I said, "Oh my God," out loud. It's just so good, so exciting, so literary, so incredibly fun to ...more
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Jun 13, 2013
 
90-Day Geisha: My Time as a Tokyo Hostess
2.92
did not like it
What a shame Haywood can't write! Her experience working as a hostess in Tokyo must have been fascinating, but she has a pretentious 13-year-old's ide ...more
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Aug 25, 2009
 
The Believers
3.36
really liked it
Brilliant, mean, funny--but will I sound prissy if I complain that each and every American character speaks like a Brit? I don't get it. Where's the e ...more
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Aug 17, 2009
 
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
3.92
really liked it
Short stories about old people. Comforting, because they assure you that you'll still be jealous and vengeful and in love when you're ancient—still YO ...more
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Feb 02, 2015
 
You or Someone Like You
3.17
did not like it
The narrator is detestable. Does Burr realize that? I hope to God he's in on the joke:

"[A:]ll of us who reflexively cringe (and just as reflexively hi
...more
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Oct 19, 2009
 
The Other Side: A Memoir
3.85
it was amazing
"Wow" is the word. This novel reminds me of ballet: so grindingly painful to perform, such a pleasure to watch. Johhnson is a poet, and her memoir is ...more
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Apr 18, 2014
 
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate
4.11
it was amazing
How is it possible that I didn't hear of Nancy Mitford before the age of 29? I read these novels like I ate candies when I was little: with intense pl ...more
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Jan 28, 2009
 
The Girl on the Train
3.89
it was ok
A dumb thriller/murder mystery. Yes, the ending is surprising, but only because the characters behave in wildly implausible ways, and because the plot ...more
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Sep 29, 2014
 
Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult
3.34
it was ok
A fascinating account of growing up, from birth, in a cult. The cult leader, Sri Chinmoy, is one manipulative son of a bitch, and it's fun reading abo ...more
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Nov 17, 2008
 
The Dolphin People
3.74
it was amazing
I wish this book were a guy so I could marry it and have a million babies with it. Read The Dolphin People if you like rollicking adventure stories to ...more
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Aug 27, 2009
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