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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life will kill your heart. Once finished, you will need to binge watch Disney movies for days. But, this book. A life changer.

A Little Life is a mystery/romance/straight-up literary read about four boys right out of college who move to New York to start their careers. Willem, JB, Malcolm and Jude; actor, artist, architect and lawyer. Yanagihara throws you directly into the thick of things, so some readers may find it difficult to navigate the beginning, as you must sort out who is who. Do not give up. Understanding comes quickly after the first few chapters.

As in real life, all of the boys are somewhat broken, but the meat of the book centers around Jude. Jude is damaged, physically and mentally. He doesn’t talk about it, his friends don’t ask. Not surprisingly, Jude finds myriads of ways to hurt himself, and by extension, them. How does he deserve these friends?

In the most simple, beautiful language I have ever read, Yanagihara writes about self-harm, suicide, depression, abuse, victim-hood, orphan-hood, trauma, friendship, relationships, love and family. This 2015 Man Booker Prize finalist is a must-read and has become one of my top five reads of all time! for my other reviews

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Quotes Angel Liked

Hanya Yanagihara
“...when your child dies, you feel everything you'd expect to feel, feelings so well-documented by so many others that I won't even bother to list them here, except to say that everything that's written about mourning is all the same, and it's all the same for a reason - because there is no read deviation from the text. Sometimes you feel more of one thing and less of another, and sometimes you feel them out of order, and sometimes you feel them for a longer time or a shorter time. But the sensations are always the same.

But here's what no one says - when it's your child, a part of you, a very tiny but nonetheless unignorable part of you, also feels relief. Because finally, the moment you have been expecting, been dreading, been preparing yourself for since the day you became a parent, has come.

Ah, you tell yourself, it's arrived. Here it is.

And after that, you have nothing to fear again.”
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 11, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 11, 2016 – Shelved

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