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Women is a novella exploring sexual confusion, female friendship, being a woman, and being a daughter. The book is an urgent recall of heartbreak, a stark portrait of an identity in crisis.


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Women is a novella exploring sexual confusion, female friendship, being a woman, and being a daughter. The book is an urgent recall of heartbreak, a stark portrait of an identity in crisis.

30 review for Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    How can you not love a book where, when the characters get mad at each other, they show it by blocking each other on Goodreads?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Almost every single review on here gives a rapturous five stars, so I don't feel too bad about saying this just wasn't for me. I was excited to read it, but now considering the title I wonder if it's for people who are aging out of Girls. Being in my stodgy mid-thirties I may just be the wrong demographic? Not liking this book made me feel old and cranky and judgy and mean. It was extremely readable and reminded me in some way of social media, like I was looking at a person's Instagram account of Almost every single review on here gives a rapturous five stars, so I don't feel too bad about saying this just wasn't for me. I was excited to read it, but now considering the title I wonder if it's for people who are aging out of Girls. Being in my stodgy mid-thirties I may just be the wrong demographic? Not liking this book made me feel old and cranky and judgy and mean. It was extremely readable and reminded me in some way of social media, like I was looking at a person's Instagram account of intimate, artfully-filtered selfies. This writer is clearly talented and the book feels very "true" and extremely self-revealing, even though it's fiction. The thing was, I did not appreciate the self that was revealed, to the point that it made me uncomfortable and angry. My strong response probably means the book is good but I didn't finish it, even though it's super short and easy to get through. I kind of wanted to throw the main character against the wall, resented the diaristic quality, and really disliked the premise even though (or possibly because) it was an experience I could personally relate to. But my negative reaction obviously says nothing about the book's faults and everything about my own. YOU will no doubt love Women, as everyone in the universe does, except me!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    This novella explores sexual confusion, female friendship, being a woman and a daughter. This is a tale about a love affair and intimacy between women. It's written in the first person point of view. An account of a woman's first same sex relationship. I would like to thank NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, 4th Estate and the author Chloe Caldwell for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. This novella explores sexual confusion, female friendship, being a woman and a daughter. This is a tale about a love affair and intimacy between women. It's written in the first person point of view. An account of a woman's first same sex relationship. I would like to thank NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, 4th Estate and the author Chloe Caldwell for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    M.

    A straight woman finds herself attracted to a confident, supportive, older soft butch. They are both very bad at keeping and respecting boundaries. Their relationship becomes all consuming, to the detriment of them both. This book is a chronicle of the experience. I bought it, finding the size and feel of the book attractive enough to take a chance on the prose inside. It was a quick read, and nicely paced, and quite a thorough summary of such an intensive period of time, and for that I apprecia A straight woman finds herself attracted to a confident, supportive, older soft butch. They are both very bad at keeping and respecting boundaries. Their relationship becomes all consuming, to the detriment of them both. This book is a chronicle of the experience. I bought it, finding the size and feel of the book attractive enough to take a chance on the prose inside. It was a quick read, and nicely paced, and quite a thorough summary of such an intensive period of time, and for that I appreciated it. As someone who didn't quite realize and have the space to unfurl aspects of their sexuality until later in adulthood, it was nice at times to read through passages of familiar feelings. But ultimately, I felt more distraught as I read, till I sat under an aura of disconcerted fatigue at the finish. There is an uncanny lack of analysis(?) by the author on her own behavior, even though she is able to articulate what it is she does and feels and says to this her first lesbian relationship. Finn is a mysterious butch who fucks with clothes on, and the author seems to never want to know why, preferring just to be the object of attention, preferring to get fucked, and later talking about how she just wants to be the object of her mother's attention for hours on their weekend trips. All novella long we hear from the author about her predilection towards addictions (drugs, pills, people, vitamins, sleep), and so it remarkably paints the entire relationship with Finn as just another addiction she wore herself out on. Finn herself is allowed to sum it up well, saying, "Writers. They think everything is about them." And, real talk, I just can never get down with a sexually driven relationship that is cloaked in unchecked ownership love myths. Sigh. P.S. I feel some type of way that the author is a white woman from a nice enough (read: affluent) upbringing to love both her parents and Finn is a woman of color. Real tired of reading about rich people's flights of personal discovery through their interactions with those of different, less upwardly mobile backgrounds, no matter how much agency they are given by their white observers. But maybe that's none of my business...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    A naive, self-indulgent visit to queerness that won't be particularly revelatory to anyone who has lived as anything other than straight and cisgender for more than 5 minutes. Smells like tourism. A naive, self-indulgent visit to queerness that won't be particularly revelatory to anyone who has lived as anything other than straight and cisgender for more than 5 minutes. Smells like tourism.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Em*bedded-in-books*

    I am not sure whether this is fiction or memoir, but am sure that this was one harrowing read. I can't say I liked it, but it was disturbing to the core. I was exasperated with the main character at times, and felt sympathetic at times. But there was no empathy because I think she doesn't have much external adversities in life .. whatever problem she faces is only of her own making. But then who am I to judge? It is said they we should live in the shoes of others to really judge.. and am not abl I am not sure whether this is fiction or memoir, but am sure that this was one harrowing read. I can't say I liked it, but it was disturbing to the core. I was exasperated with the main character at times, and felt sympathetic at times. But there was no empathy because I think she doesn't have much external adversities in life .. whatever problem she faces is only of her own making. But then who am I to judge? It is said they we should live in the shoes of others to really judge.. and am not able to . This is the story of a young female writer who finds she is bisexual after sexually experimenting with an older female and falling for her. The book follows their off -on relationship and the extreme mental angst of the narrator who calls herself bipolar and maniac. I could never think like her or put myself in her shoes , but then I had a scary thought what if the whole humanity is actually bisexual if given a chance .. There I stopped myself , without probing deep. A very intense book, meant for s mature audience, and there is explicit mentioning of sexual behaviour . Still, a book well worth reading .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roberto

    A totally compulsive account of falling in love (the beyonce/crazy variety) and heartbreak, and how it plays out in the 21st century. You know it better be pretty great with a bold title like that. Open-hearted and real to the point where it feels weird calling it a novel, therefore also cringeworthy and funny. The personal here, all those tiny little moments and gestures that happen at the start of a relationship, and the specifics of women together and these two particular women, becomes total A totally compulsive account of falling in love (the beyonce/crazy variety) and heartbreak, and how it plays out in the 21st century. You know it better be pretty great with a bold title like that. Open-hearted and real to the point where it feels weird calling it a novel, therefore also cringeworthy and funny. The personal here, all those tiny little moments and gestures that happen at the start of a relationship, and the specifics of women together and these two particular women, becomes totally relatable, like how all relationships are universal but are defined by what makes them unique. Somehow Caldwell takes all the chaos and drama and creates a kind of stillness and simplicity out of it (also, the book itself is beautiful). She also perfectly captures how insane women in their twenties are and why no one should have to deal with that shit. I'm sad to admit I was let down a tiny bit just right at the end, felt a little too easy, rushed, and i'm not sure if such an honest book needs to rely on so much symbolism. Still though, this was aces and absolutely essential.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ярослава

    The book was on everybody's most impressive novel of the year lists, so I gave it a try. Sadly, it did not work for me: both protagonists felt cardboard-flat (one stitched together out of a stereotypes about lesbians 101 list, the other a stereotypical young writer with 0 preoccupation about the writerly craft or community to show for that characterization). All in all, I'm pretty sure I've seen breakups documented with more insight, humour or style on twitter than in the novel. The book was on everybody's most impressive novel of the year lists, so I gave it a try. Sadly, it did not work for me: both protagonists felt cardboard-flat (one stitched together out of a stereotypes about lesbians 101 list, the other a stereotypical young writer with 0 preoccupation about the writerly craft or community to show for that characterization). All in all, I'm pretty sure I've seen breakups documented with more insight, humour or style on twitter than in the novel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tan Markovic

    This novella is a young woman’s account of her first same sex relationship. The protagonist falls deeply for a woman 19 years her senior called Finn. Finn at the time of their relationship was in a long term relationship of her own. Yeah. You all know how this ends up. After reading the synopsis and the vast amount of positives reviews, I was excited to begin this short story. Unfortunately, it completely fell flat for me. The general tone of the book was monotonous and tedious, I didn’t end up c This novella is a young woman’s account of her first same sex relationship. The protagonist falls deeply for a woman 19 years her senior called Finn. Finn at the time of their relationship was in a long term relationship of her own. Yeah. You all know how this ends up. After reading the synopsis and the vast amount of positives reviews, I was excited to begin this short story. Unfortunately, it completely fell flat for me. The general tone of the book was monotonous and tedious, I didn’t end up caring about any of the characters or how their personal life or relationships turned out and the affair between the two women was unhealthy, controlling and ended up being damaging to the both of them. The writing style didn’t sit well with me; it was like reading a series of bullet points and even at a quarter of the way through it became annoying and I got bored of reading it. The atmosphere of the book in general was very dreary and depressing, although there would be some parts where the young woman was reflecting on her relationship that it was a more enjoyable read. Maybe that’s because she was talking sense, I don’t know. Overall, this book just didn’t agree with me for whatever reason and I personally could not recommend it to anyone I know. I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank them, the publisher HarperCollins UK, 4th Estate and the author Chloe Caldwell for this opportunity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Yesterday when I came home from work there was a book waiting for me in the table in the front hall. I recognized the return address; Chloe, in handwriting, accents the "e" at the end of her name. I am grateful for this book. I am grateful for Chloe's writing in general, from her first essay collection to her sundry essays anthologized and published all over the internet. I am grateful for the two friends who introduced me to her book. "Women" is a great book. It is slim, I finished it in less t Yesterday when I came home from work there was a book waiting for me in the table in the front hall. I recognized the return address; Chloe, in handwriting, accents the "e" at the end of her name. I am grateful for this book. I am grateful for Chloe's writing in general, from her first essay collection to her sundry essays anthologized and published all over the internet. I am grateful for the two friends who introduced me to her book. "Women" is a great book. It is slim, I finished it in less than 24 hours, but I could not put it down, except to sleep (I took Benadryl). Her writing is clear yet emotional. The transitions are startling, but not jarring. I like this book a lot; I see parts of myself in this story, if things had taken a different turn. I think many people will be able to relate to this book. Though relating to a book is not necessarily a measure of its worth, it is still important, and Chloe has written an important story, shared something very personal. There are no cliches, which is really the highest praise I ever give anything, for what it's worth.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Did I read the same book as everyone else on Goodreads? I expected more for a book so highly rated. The characters lacked development, seemed superficial and pulled from stereotypes the author knew about lesbians; the "meta-narrative" (if one could call it that) was off-putting; the narrator's reflection seemed practically nonexistent. The best part of the book was that it was short. Did I read the same book as everyone else on Goodreads? I expected more for a book so highly rated. The characters lacked development, seemed superficial and pulled from stereotypes the author knew about lesbians; the "meta-narrative" (if one could call it that) was off-putting; the narrator's reflection seemed practically nonexistent. The best part of the book was that it was short.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    would have liked this like 1000x more if it had actually been called dyke aching (will someone plz write that one?)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Wallace

    these days I am hesitant to get too enthusiastic about a contemporary writer my age or younger because, inevitably, someone I know ends up knowing them or having gone to school with them and lots of times they end up saying the person is an asshole. maybe someone around here thinks Chloe Caldwell is an asshole. that seems possible. but I am enthusiastic about this book nonetheless! it's one of those love affair memoirs. I guess it's presented as a novel(la), but obviously it's also true. it is a these days I am hesitant to get too enthusiastic about a contemporary writer my age or younger because, inevitably, someone I know ends up knowing them or having gone to school with them and lots of times they end up saying the person is an asshole. maybe someone around here thinks Chloe Caldwell is an asshole. that seems possible. but I am enthusiastic about this book nonetheless! it's one of those love affair memoirs. I guess it's presented as a novel(la), but obviously it's also true. it is about a young, up-to-this-point-considering-herself-straight woman who moves to a new town and has a sizzling affair with a partnered woman 20 years her senior. they fight & fuck & social media a lot and the narrator processes a lot of feelings. so it is a lot like one of my favorite books, The Buddhist, which the narrator of WOMEN even reads in WOMEN. I read WOMEN in less than a day. it is quick & sexy to read. when I say quick, I don't mean easy. I wanted to say quick & sexy & fun, but that's if you consider it fun to scrape razorblades over your heart, which I guess I do. I appreciate how Caldwell refuses to fit this story into any kind of coherent identity / coming out narrative; instead, she depicts sexuality as this sort of complicated morass that shifts based on weird chance encounters & context & emotional attachments and if you know me, you probably know that this latter sort of narrative is my JAM. there is this part I keep thinking about where the narrator says, "I figured if I was going to be with a woman, I would have been with one by now. I would know if I was bisexual or gay. Being a writer, I assumed I was at least mildly self-aware." which reminds me of this Margaret Atwood quote I read somewhere recently: "Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that is wrong. They know less, that's why they write. Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted." and this book fits into that I think. it's on a quest.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Chloe's foray into the novella genre feels just as candid and personal as her essays. Women is a topsy turvy beauty of a read, from the opening (What I know for certain about this time: My pupils were expanding.) to the coming-home resolution of the end. The way Chloe writes about the various female relationships through books, movies, flashbacks, confusion, and comedy makes the book feel like its own fully-realized and passionate world. It's so good. Chloe's foray into the novella genre feels just as candid and personal as her essays. Women is a topsy turvy beauty of a read, from the opening (What I know for certain about this time: My pupils were expanding.) to the coming-home resolution of the end. The way Chloe writes about the various female relationships through books, movies, flashbacks, confusion, and comedy makes the book feel like its own fully-realized and passionate world. It's so good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sian Lile-Pastore

    A near-perfect little book about falling in love which also referenced all my favourite things - er, such as Rebecca Solnit and The L Word.

  16. 4 out of 5

    tee

    2.5/5 (read for prompt 4 of the storygraph's onboarding rc) reading this felt like going through the private twitter account of a friend in their early 20s who is questioning just about everything, so if that's the specific vibe you're going for then there could not be a better book for you; nothing is fully explored and you simultaneously get very particular details against the constant backdrop of experimentation with food, sex, drugs and bad relationships. the writing, especially in the first 2.5/5 (read for prompt 4 of the storygraph's onboarding rc) reading this felt like going through the private twitter account of a friend in their early 20s who is questioning just about everything, so if that's the specific vibe you're going for then there could not be a better book for you; nothing is fully explored and you simultaneously get very particular details against the constant backdrop of experimentation with food, sex, drugs and bad relationships. the writing, especially in the first 20-30 pages is very weak but it either got better as it moved along, or i got used to it because it didn't bother me past that mark. i did love little parts of this book every now and then though, like picking up habits from people you are no longer in contact with, blocking them on goodreads (!), coming to terms with how you may not be the heterosexual person you always believed yourself to be, and the overall theme of how carried away one can get in self destruction— “i’m sort of taken aback to see that i look healthy and young, nothing like the wretchedness i feel on the inside.” side note, i'm not sure what the stress on this phrasing is meant to convey? “i never figured out if this was a symptom of falling in love or a side effect of the chinese herbs my transgender friend nathan was hooking me up with.” pg 9 “when i was sixteen, a lesbian couple in their forties built a house across the woods from us.” pg 10 “i excitedly tell one of my bisexual friends about my weekend.” pg 21

  17. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    Women by Cloe Caldwell was the perfect short two hour audio book experience for me this morning. I still have to get the hang of audio books, how to insert them into my day. If I listen to them in bed I always fall asleep. If I listen to them during the day I feel distracted from the story as soon as I do anything on the side. I think if I had a car and/or commuted by train it would be the ideal setting but I don’t. I still prefer to read instead of listen to words but I want to get better at it Women by Cloe Caldwell was the perfect short two hour audio book experience for me this morning. I still have to get the hang of audio books, how to insert them into my day. If I listen to them in bed I always fall asleep. If I listen to them during the day I feel distracted from the story as soon as I do anything on the side. I think if I had a car and/or commuted by train it would be the ideal setting but I don’t. I still prefer to read instead of listen to words but I want to get better at it because I do like to listen to a good narrator. Kelly Burke was awesome with the voices for the different characters (especially Finn’s voice). This was my first Cloe Caldwell and I have to say I liked her writing. A young woman moves from the countryside to the city. Inexplicably, inexorably and immediately, she falls in love with another woman for the first time in her life. Finn is nineteen years older than her, wears men’s clothes, has a cocky smirk of a smile – and a long-term girlfriend. With precision, wit and tenderness, Women charts the frenzy and the fall out of love. I didn’t really like the main character much but we are in her head so we’ll have to deal with it. She chronicles her year in the city and her falling in and out of love with Finn. I think she is very high maintenance and looking for drama where there was none. Sometimes I wanted to slap her but there were also moments I really felt for her. The author made me private to a lot of interesting thoughts and scenes that will keep mulling around for a while. f/f Themes: falling in love, the obsession, falling out of love, manic depression, library, substance abuse, therapy, having a massive amount of sex with a female and yet never identifying as a lesbian or bi-sexual. 3.8 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I really wanted to like this book more - it was recommended by a friend with good taste in books, and we usually agree quite a bit. I couldn't get into the story though, because it really wasn't like reading a story. It was about reading a number of interesting quotes about the nature of relationships. It felt contrived instead of heart-rending and real. If you're a lover of poetry (which I am not), then I think you willhave a much better experience with this book than I did. As it is, my reacti I really wanted to like this book more - it was recommended by a friend with good taste in books, and we usually agree quite a bit. I couldn't get into the story though, because it really wasn't like reading a story. It was about reading a number of interesting quotes about the nature of relationships. It felt contrived instead of heart-rending and real. If you're a lover of poetry (which I am not), then I think you willhave a much better experience with this book than I did. As it is, my reaction was pretty much "meh".

  19. 4 out of 5

    yenni m

    Leading review from Lena Dunham says it all I reckon. Lesbian 101, stereotypes and nostalgia to the max, 20-something star of the show, everything I write is genius, blah. Audio influence, maybe so.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    SF/LD Books sent this to me ages ago in a care package with another title I had been excited about reviewing. Yes, it took me until this christmas, while rearranging my shelves and rediscovering that I had it, to get me to pick it up out of the pile. The book is fucking adorable, no wider than the palm of my hand, and it holds our narrator's heart hostage from the get go. She finds herself totally falling for a woman for the first time, one much older, more experienced, and who's already in a co SF/LD Books sent this to me ages ago in a care package with another title I had been excited about reviewing. Yes, it took me until this christmas, while rearranging my shelves and rediscovering that I had it, to get me to pick it up out of the pile. The book is fucking adorable, no wider than the palm of my hand, and it holds our narrator's heart hostage from the get go. She finds herself totally falling for a woman for the first time, one much older, more experienced, and who's already in a committed relationship. It's about discovery and identity, and as you'd probably expect, it's a wonderful hot mess. We know it's not going to end well and we don't care. Chloe is like the female equivalent of Sam Pink. In their stories, they are tortured souls in shitty relationships that they obsess and die over. They are manic. They are depressive. They see the glass is slowing draining of alcohol and order another. And then another. And then they are home, hung over, in bed, alone sometimes and sometimes with someone else, and they are wondering how in the fuck they got there, in their life, in this particular fucked up version of their life. They write their fiction autobiographically, pulling the reader right up to the table, conversing with us as though we are part of their story and it works so hard, like you wouldn't fucking believe.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved this short little gem. It reads like a memoir and deals with love, loss, relationships and identity.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Davidson

    Should have known from the Lena Dunham quote that I would hate this / like hanging out with someone I don’t like who’s saying quite stupid things for an hour and a half

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Swanwick

    “I am alone in the hot tub with two obese lesbians.” this book is not at all good

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samira

    Let me tell you a thing: this book surprised me. At first I thought I was reading notes for a finished story, half formed diary entries leading nowhere in a seductive little package. Then, appropriately, I was addicted. On its facade Women is about one woman's first lesbian encounter but that's wholly underselling it. Women is an intimate portrait of an unhealthy relationship and obsessive temperament; how they play off each other, how a woman isolated can pour everything into a relationship she Let me tell you a thing: this book surprised me. At first I thought I was reading notes for a finished story, half formed diary entries leading nowhere in a seductive little package. Then, appropriately, I was addicted. On its facade Women is about one woman's first lesbian encounter but that's wholly underselling it. Women is an intimate portrait of an unhealthy relationship and obsessive temperament; how they play off each other, how a woman isolated can pour everything into a relationship she thinks will sustain her, and how destructive it can be to hold on when you really should let go. By the last few pages I was stricken (or shook, as you'd have it). Not even trivializing it slightly when I say: read this after a breakup.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Kosik

    Holy hell.

  26. 5 out of 5

    romina

    extremely boring

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    2.75 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susanna

    I'm going to start by saying that this is a difficult book to rate. I feel like I can't just say I LOVED THIS or I HATED THIS. Maybe it's a little bit of both. Women feels very different to many other books about similar topics or characters that I've read. It's written in short paragraphs that feel like snapshots of the main character's life, which I liked a lot. And it was nice to read about the main character's different relationships with the women in her life, who were all interesting charac I'm going to start by saying that this is a difficult book to rate. I feel like I can't just say I LOVED THIS or I HATED THIS. Maybe it's a little bit of both. Women feels very different to many other books about similar topics or characters that I've read. It's written in short paragraphs that feel like snapshots of the main character's life, which I liked a lot. And it was nice to read about the main character's different relationships with the women in her life, who were all interesting characters. There were some references to other writers and things that were familiar to me, which was nice. This felt raw and honest, which I appreciated even when I found the main character and her thoughts difficult to relate to. Maybe it's because it felt so autobiographical, maybe it's because the main character is a woman around my age, but I couldn't help comparing this book to my own experiences. And I found them so vastly different, even when some emotions felt a little familiar, that there was a distance for me when reading this book and it was often difficult to relate to the main character. Which isn't always a problem when I read a book, but this felt so raw and personal, so much about this one character's inner life, that I feel like I was supposed to relate to her more than I did. And based on how other people have been raving about this book in their reviews, a lot of people find this story, and the main character, really relatable. I didn't. That doesn't mean it's a bad book, or badly written. It just didn't affect me like I thought it would, like it has other people, and I was maybe a little bit disappointed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    SissiReads

    Wow, just wow! I think this book is going to be on my top read list of 2018. Such a short book which is only around 100 pages, but oh my goodness, what an amazing 100 pages it is. I am quite surprised myself with this too to be very honest. I started this book not having many expectations as I haven’t read a lot of LGBT related fiction (which is one of the new year resolutions for 2018 that I need to read more LGBT-themed books). Only 10 pages in I was spellbound and obsessed. In one single sitt Wow, just wow! I think this book is going to be on my top read list of 2018. Such a short book which is only around 100 pages, but oh my goodness, what an amazing 100 pages it is. I am quite surprised myself with this too to be very honest. I started this book not having many expectations as I haven’t read a lot of LGBT related fiction (which is one of the new year resolutions for 2018 that I need to read more LGBT-themed books). Only 10 pages in I was spellbound and obsessed. In one single sitting in 2 hours, I was completely and utterly in love with this book. This book sometimes read like diary entries, or notes, I am not sure, but it is so unique. I haven’t read anything like it. It tells a story about a straight woman falling in love with a lesbian. This love starts from passionate and loving to obsessive and destructive. The storylines feel so intimate. It is so direct, it tells it straight from the character’s heart. It is sexual, it is relatable, it is honest, it is sad. Wow, I think that’s all I am going to say, it is simply quite amazing. And I know some people complain about the ending that it ends too abrupt. To me, it is genius! That’s why I love it so much because this is life. It’s not like every story in fiction we read that there will always be a satisfactory ending. Life is like this, sometimes the pain goes on for a long long time, you don’t necessary get an ending. It may take time, and it may take a long time for a broken heart to heal. Definitely recommended. It should be on top of your list to read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    alx

    flat, unreflective and dependent on trite clichés to move the (lack-of-)story forward, as well as being an incredibly voyeuristic and touristy sojourn in the oh-so-mystical (the book actually uses this word to describe That One Woman that makes the str8 narrator question her sexuality) realm of queerness. i fully agree with this goodreads reviewer who writes that it "won't be particularly revelatory to anyone who has lived as anything other than straight and cisgender for more than 5 minutes". a flat, unreflective and dependent on trite clichés to move the (lack-of-)story forward, as well as being an incredibly voyeuristic and touristy sojourn in the oh-so-mystical (the book actually uses this word to describe That One Woman that makes the str8 narrator question her sexuality) realm of queerness. i fully agree with this goodreads reviewer who writes that it "won't be particularly revelatory to anyone who has lived as anything other than straight and cisgender for more than 5 minutes". add to that anyone who has ever thought critically about gender and sexuality for more than 5 minutes. she literally moves into a new city to have this adulterous affair, which is unironically compared to a "new drug" (wow, so original, Illicit Queer Love Is Intoxicating!!), and departs when it ends on a sour note, telling us about "The second to last time I see Finn" and then "The last place I see Finn" as if anything that has come before makes us care.

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