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A Little Life
A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTSHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZEBrace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. Truly an amazementand a great gift for its readers. When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride.Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that hell not only be unable to overcomebut that will define his life forever. In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.From the Hardcover edition.
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cheesemoi
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400pp in and I think I‘m gonna take a break. It‘s so masterfully crafted— the construction of themes is top-tier— but the themes are constructed in a way to either fill you with dread or completely gut you. It‘s less “setup-and-payoff” and more “setup-and-floor you.” My sister has read the book before so it‘s fun to commiserate with her about it. Definitely gonna put something lighter info the mix!

rwmg There were definitely times I was thinking "Give the poor guy a break, can't you?" 5d
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Kappadeemom
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1. Tagged book ~ I don‘t read a lot of literary fiction, especially if it‘s real heavy or sad, but this book is my favorite of all time.
2.🔪😱☠️🕵️‍♂️👮‍♀️🍿
3. I love puzzles and figuring things out
4. The cover! @MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday

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Lesliereadsalot
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Pickpick

Her two books have taken my breath away. This one is another masterpiece. It follows four young men, roommates, as they age. 700 pages but I couldn‘t put it down. I laughed, I cried, I sat here stunned when I finished it. This book, along with To Paradise, is truly unforgettable.

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anushareflects
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Pickpick

Finally picked up this intimidating read! As everyone said, it certainly is tragic. I felt helpless reading this. Wonderful characters, beautifully written. Full review www.anushareflects.com

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Probably the biggest chunkster I own! I‘m not into books with that many pages!

#600pages
#BookMoods

Eggs 🤎💛🤎 3w
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peacegypsy
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Finally getting around to this chunkster. 😊

CBee Be prepared, it‘s a tough one but worth the read ♥️💔 1mo
KristiAhlers As ridiculous as it sounds I‘ve been afraid to read this one. 🤷‍♀️ but it gets such good reviews 1mo
emmaturi I read it earlier this year, it was really hard and there are loads of trigger warnings. 4w
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squirrelbrain
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 😘

1. If we could call Jude the main character in A Little Life, then Willem, JB and Malcolm are *the* best supporting characters.

2. I prefer a strong supporting character.

If you want to play… you‘re tagged! 😁

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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Yossarian
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Anyone think@these two know each other?

Caroline2 I hate that little life cover so much. It really makes me cringe. 3mo
Alfoster My Dark Vanessa was heartbreaking to read! Is Little Life the same? Not sure I could deal with so much pain right now! 3mo
Suzze @Alfoster A Little Life is heart wrenching. 3mo
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squirrelbrain @Alfoster - IMO A Little Life is far worse than My Dark Vanessa. 😭 3mo
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 - it looks like they‘ve changed the UK cover to this version…I saw it in Waterstones the other day and heard a staff member saying it had been changed recently. I hate it too. 3mo
BarbaraBB I hate that A Little Life cover too. And yes, they seem to know eachother but it‘s no fun relationship 😉 3mo
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michelle.basile
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My SIL warned me that I‘d be crying by the end of this book, she‘s probably right 🤷🏻‍♀️

Got my favourite girl with me to help me read the first few chapters.
#alittlelife #hanyayanagihara #puppy

DogMomIrene I cried at the end, but I remember at least a few spots in the middle that had me in tears too. Have tissue throughout would be my advice🤧 3mo
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miabaker
A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara

When your child dies, you feel what you‘d expect. All that's written about mourning is the same. It's all the same for a reason. The sensations are always the same. But this is what noone says- when it's your child, a part of you, a very tiny part of you, feels relief. At last, the moment you have been expecting, dreading, preparing for since the day you became a parent, has come.
It's arrived. Here it is.
And after that, you have nothing to fear.

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miabaker
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“Life is so sad. It's so sad, and yet we all do it.”

Dana.o Woah. 3mo
miabaker @Dana.o right?! 3mo
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miabaker
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These are two quotes I really liked.

“Fairness is for happy people, for people who have been lucky enough to have lived a life defined more by certainties than by ambiguities.
Right and wrong, however, are for—well, not unhappy people, maybe, but scarred people; scared people.”

“But what was happiness but an extravagance, an impossible state to maintain, partly because it was so difficult to articulate?”

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miabaker
A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara

“Wasn‘t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?”

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miabaker
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“Things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”

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AmyG
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#tarottakeover Oh, this isn‘t a happy card. Heartbreak and betrayal. I‘ve been reading my tarot books. Sorrow.

This book was all about sorrow and heartbreak.
@ErinSueMreads

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AlisBookNookCorner
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Pickpick

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Maybe the saddest book I have ever read.
My full review can be found on my blog: https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2022/03/05/a-little-life-by-hanya-yanagiha...

Kappadeemom But so good 💔 4mo
AmyG ❤️‍🩹❤️🙌🏻 4mo
Coleen_Nieto Yes! I'm so glad I read it but never want to experience that again. 4mo
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mcctrish
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I‘m self medicating now that I‘m finished this book. I‘m not sure I will ever recover 😭😭😭😭

Becker I‘ll never forget my experience of reading this book. It‘s a very difficult read but it‘s worth it. 4mo
readordierachel I still haven't recovered 💔 4mo
mcctrish @Becker yesterday when I was finishing it I was SOBBING and I had to keep stopping. I thought I am never going to get through this. What an absolute insane level of writing power 🤯 4mo
mcctrish @readordierachel my brain keeps cycling back over parts I read ages ago so I expect I will be the same 😢 4mo
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JELEIGH
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Pickpick

Hands down the most impactful book that I have read in a very long time, if not ever. Trust me and don‘t let tragedy scare you away from reading this one, there is a lot of beauty, love, and hope in “a Little Life”, too.

“And so I try to be kind to everything I see, and in everything I see, I see him”

TrishB Great review, it had a big impact on me too! 4mo
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mcctrish
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Still plugging along with this, reading in the sun makes it easier

nikirtehsuxlol It was a slog for me but I finally finished it. She‘s a talented writer (edited) 4mo
Trashcanman I hear it's depressing,is that true? 4mo
mcctrish @nikirtehsuxlol there have been moments I haven‘t wanted to pick it up and I always read before bed and I can‘t read this then otherwise it haunts my dreams and wakes me up. It is so well written and a powerful story 4mo
mcctrish @Trashcanman it is but it‘s beautiful too. It‘s absolutely exhausting to process. There are times when I‘m “I have to get back to it and see what is happening” & then it‘s “I can‘t bear this now, no more !” For me, I have to commit for a stretch of reading. It flips voices and perspectives, seemingly without notice, it drops crumbs of story, stringing you along ( you think you know how it‘s going to go) & then will drop a bomb of greater truth 🤯 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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My favourite passage from A Little Life

Branwen YES. ❤❤❤ 4mo
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mcctrish
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I can‘t read this before bed anymore, I wake up in the night trying to process it. I‘m reading a bit on my planning time at the end of the day. Also a mistake because I am almost in tears

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can never find the right time to read this… 4mo
mcctrish @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m thinking being at a beach resort would be a good choice 4mo
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Noveldrama
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🖤got myself a copy of a little life.
To reread

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squirrelbrain
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Fascinating article in the Guardian / Observer newspaper(in the UK) today.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/feb/27/the-best-tv-series-never-made-scri...

I‘d love to see the stage play….

MicheleinPhilly I‘m glad that she is sticking to her guns as far as not agreeing to anything she doesn‘t have full approval on. 4mo
sprainedbrain Good for her! If they can‘t do the book justice, they shouldn‘t adapt it. 4mo
TrishB Thanks Helen 👍🏻 good to hear. 4mo
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AmyG Thanks for tagging me. It would break my heart to see it be made i to something she didn‘t approve of. 4mo
emmaturi If they ever made a tv show of this book, I would find it difficult to watch. It was hard enough to read it. 4mo
Suet624 @emmaturi same here. 4mo
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mcctrish
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I‘m listening to Brave New World and reading A Little Life and watching news reports on Ukraine 🇺🇦 it‘s all pretty bleak 😢 not my best reading plan

GondorGirl Yeah... that's not a very uplifting combination. 😳 4mo
TrishB I think you may require a bit of light relief! 4mo
mcctrish @GondorGirl I might need to binge Pitch Perfect 4mo
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Oryx
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Very happy to have a signed copy of this now.

LeahBergen Nice! 4mo
squirrelbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
LeeRHarry Very nice - did you see her talk with Simon Savidge by any chance? 😊 4mo
Oryx @LeeRHarry yes that's right 4mo
LeeRHarry @Oryx yay I‘m a big fan of Simon‘s, watch his videos on YouTube 😊 4mo
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mcctrish
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Starting this today ( I hate the cover and I have put off reading this forever) it‘s either a love it or hate tome, I wonder which side I will land on?

Tamra I hope it‘s good - I‘ve avoided it too! 4mo
TrishB I loved it. But understand all the different opinions! 4mo
CuriousG I grew so incredibly attached to the characters in this book. And it also absolutely tore my heart into shreds, yet somehow I still loved it. Prepare for a very emotional (and potentially very triggering) read! 4mo
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Soubhiville Exactly what @CuriousG said. I loved it, but it‘s a tough read. 4mo
kathedron This book has been on my TBR for ages: I want to read it but it's never felt like the right time to begin. 4mo
mcctrish @Tamra @kathedron people have been telling me for years to read this and I have just put it off and off and off, it was on sale for $14 so I finally bought it and since people in a Facebook group I run started talking about it again, it‘s time 4mo
mcctrish @TrishB @CuriousG @Soubhiville I‘m about 100 pages in now, at the very beginning I was a bit concerned my brain wasn‘t keeping track of the boys ( thankfully ? we had a semi big driving day to pick up second son from uni for reading week break so I‘m totally tracking everyone now - I think that might be the ticket - a big chunk of time to start this tome so you can figure everyone out ) 4mo
TrishB It took me about the same to get the characters fixed in my brain, I nearly gave up! But it was worth it. 4mo
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Cazxxx
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I tried, I really did but got to 20% and it‘s a DNF for me. I hated everything about this book (unpopular I know) and didn‘t care to waste any more time on it
It‘s one of the most dull and pretentious books I‘ve ever read. The characters are awful and to me don‘t feel realistic so I just couldn‘t care less what happened to them. I did read quite a bit and the whole thing just felt repetitive and boring. Not for me!

mcctrish I hate the cover but I think it‘s next on my pile to read 4mo
Uralkodo When I looked at the cover I thought it‘s James Franco at first! 🤣 4mo
Cazxxx @Uralkodo it looks like it 😅 4mo
Cazxxx @mcctrish I don‘t like the cover either. Hope you get on better with the book 4mo
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mackelie
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Mehso-so

I feel so accomplished right now as it was a hard read! It seemed that the last few hundreds pages were just dragging on…

The book came across as a story of friendship that followed 4 friends but it really focused mostly on Jude who had been abused by multiple people. So, there is a lot of self-harming, sexual and physical violence descriptions.

The writing is impressive and descriptive but I was underwhelmed by how the story ended.

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Amor4Libros
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One of the most beautifully written and toughest books I‘ve ever read. It took me about 1.5 months to finish it because I had to take breaks (almost DNF‘d twice!). This is definitely not for everyone, but I‘m so glad I read it.

**Everyone considering this book should research all the trigger warnings!**

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LapReader I took breaks too. It took me a year to read it but I also loved it. 5mo
AmyG Agree! 5mo
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Cailey_Mac
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Starting this while I wait for House of Sky and Breath because why not add to the trauma 🥲 #alittlelife #tbrcrushing

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RaeLovesToRead
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I went into Waterstones the other day and noticed that this book was being sold with a new cover - the iconic but (in my opinion) unappealing US cover reconfigured. So I bought a copy of it online with the cover I ❤ before it goes extinct!

I love the gritty urban imagery contrasting with the sharp block letters and block white background.

Am I going to read it again? Not for some time, I reckon!

Ruthiella Good choice! I‘ve not read it but I agree, the US cover is not good. 👎 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella It's a memorable and iconic cover, but not attractive to look at imo... I much prefer this one! 😁 5mo
Branwen This cover is soooooo much better than the US one! 🤣😂👏 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen It's one of my faves. When I saw it was being replaced I had to snap one up 🥰 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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In fact, have a few more of my cover crushes while I'm at it!

Haven't read Last night at the telegraph club or A shock yet but I was drawn to their "light through the darkness".

The UK cover for A Little Life is incredible and I love the amazing photograph (and simple design) for Strange Weather in Tokyo too.

BarbaraBB All are great indeed 🥰 5mo
Branwen I can't stop staring at A Shock! I don't know what it is, but I'm mesmerized! 😍 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen His first book was everything I should have hated, but I remember really liking it... I'll let you know what I think of this one! The cover is amazing. 5mo
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emmaturi
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I read this in January and I knew it would be a harrowing read. And it was very much indeed. It's hard to think about all the horror that happened to Jude. I loved the friendship between the four of them. Also the other people who really wanted to help Jude. Just an amazing novel, glad to have finally read it.

BarbaraBB So now you‘re all set for 😉 5mo
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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs 💗📚👏🏻 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one and keep putting it off! 5mo
Ast_Arslan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I read it pretty fast... I liked it but not the masterpiece I thought it would have been 😅 5mo
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AnneCecilie
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The first book I thought of for “Welcome to New York” was this one.

Set mostly in New York about friends Jude, Willem, Malcom and JB.

I love Taylor Swift so I hope to get to as many as these as possible #fearlessfebruary

@jenniferw88

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Amiable
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Great job plugging through to the end, Meg! Even though you didn't care for the book. It's done and finished and you never have to read it again. :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@megabooks

Megabooks Lolol!! 🙌🏻 Thanks Amy! 5mo
Karisa What an ironically apt title. 😂 I think reading chunksters digitally is recommended. Just imagining falling asleep while reading and having that one smack me in the face. 🤦🏻‍♀️Or maybe getting the arm workout is a good thing? 💪 5mo
Amiable @Megabooks Sometimes it‘s just the satisfaction of a job well done that gets us to the finish line. 😀 5mo
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Nessavamusic Great job! 5mo
Amiable @Karisa I‘m currently reading my 1,144-page chunkster on my tablet—and I‘ve fallen asleep and had THAT smack me in the face! 😀 5mo
Karisa @Amiable Happens at least twice a month to me! I‘m surprised at how many times I wake up still clutching my Kindle that‘s already gone dark. 😂😴 5mo
Bookwormjillk Nicely done 👏👏👏 5mo
slategreyskies Congrats, Meg!! 🙌✨ 5mo
squirrelbrain Congrats @Megabooks, even though you didn‘t enjoy the book. 👏 5mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @Megabooks ! 5mo
Patchshank Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @megabooks🎉🙂 5mo
Megabooks @Karisa right! Nothing little about the book! 😂😂 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great work @Megabooks !!! Living up to your username this time around 😂 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations!! 5mo
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Megabooks
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#UnpopularOpinion

Whereas I found hope in her latest book, To Paradise, there is no hope for Jude in this book. Her unrelenting flogging of him got tiresome and unrealistic. Even the beauty of her prose (and it is glorious) could not pull me out of my negative feelings towards this book. Maybe my heart is as icy as this deck, but the lack of any lasting redemption made the last 200 pages of this book a chore. Not for me, but not sorry I read it.

sherrisilvera I'm at page 350...oh boy 5mo
Vansa Oh, I hated this book. I didn't even bother finishing it. It's pretentious, the characters speak the way they would if a teenager were writing the book,and the relentless misery she piles onto Jude seems to stem from the motive of manipulating the reader into thinking they're reading something profound,when it's actually drivel 5mo
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Amiable Is this the one you want me to use to create your official “I completed Chunkster Challenge 2022” meme, or do you have another even chunkier one queued up? I want to celebrate the weightiest ones that everyone is tackling this year. So I won‘t jump the gun if you have another one coming! 5mo
Amor4Libros I‘m 53% in and almost gave up on it 2 days ago. At this point I‘m just reading it to see what more can she pile up on this guy… 5mo
Simona When it was published I didn‘t read it ( first because of the ugliest cover, and then because it was too much hyped for me), and now I feel like I‘m the last person in the world who still didn‘t read it. I loved To Paradise, but I still don‘t feel that ALL is for me … 5mo
Cinfhen This was PURE TORTURE for no reason other than the author wanted to keep pushing . I also rated it so-so back in the day. But you can see some similarities To Paradise. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Simona the UK cover is what drew me to it in the first place, I'd probably have been put off by the US cover too. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead It took me ages to read this book and it was - for the mostpart - a miserable slog. HOWEVER, I have never forgotten it... it left such an impression on me and the writing was gorgeous. It's a book I respect and love, even though it's primarily a story of suffering. 5mo
batsy @Simona Not the last person in the world! I haven't read it, either 😆 5mo
Simona So glad that I‘m in such a good company @batsy 😘 5mo
Simona @RaeLovesToRead The UK cover is definitely more my kind of cover and absolutely more appealing than US. 5mo
BarbaraBB Kudos for finishing it Meg (and so fast!). I loved this book when I read it but that is some years ago. A lot of repeating misery indeed - that can be annoying. 5mo
Cortg I loved this book! One of my faves but I love long books about characters with little plot 😂 5mo
BookBelle84 I gave this one a pan. The only book I can ever remember reading where I considered throwing it against a wall multiple times. Maybe I lacked sympathy for the main character but after 800 pages it just felt like whining. Even all the great reviews of her new one cannot convince me to read this author again. 5mo
Megabooks @Amiable go ahead and make it because I don‘t plan at all what I read, so I have no idea whether I‘ll read something longer!! 😂😂 5mo
Megabooks @sherrisilvera poor Jude. I wonder how you‘ll feel because I was still enjoying it attractive 350. 5mo
Megabooks @Vansa I felt it was very emotionally manipulative. If I had more characters from litsy, I definitely would‘ve mentioned it. By the end, there was no nuance to her treatment of Jude. 5mo
Megabooks @Amor4Libros a lot. She can pile a lot on him. Interested to see what you end up thinking. 5mo
Megabooks @Simona I enjoyed to paradise A LOT more. And the cover is fugly for sure. I had the fomo too which is why I‘m not sorry I read it, but it was just okay. 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes. She just kept piling and piling it on. By the time she killed off Malcolm AND Willem, the only person who brought him joy, I thought this is it. She‘s gone too far. No one can be this unlucky. Plus, my mom‘s disability when she was younger wasn‘t that different from his and just parts of the disability arc didn‘t ring true for me for that reason. Kept on taking my head out of the book. 5mo
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead I‘ve got to Google the uk cover because anything would be better! 5mo
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead I think there are parts I will always remember as well for no other reason than how extreme this book was. Plus she has a beautiful writing style. 5mo
Megabooks @batsy you can really just skip it 🤫😉 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @batsy Nooooo read it!!!!!! It's amazing!!!!!! 💕🤣 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks I think the whole book is about human suffering - Jude is named after the patron Saint of suffering and everything that happens to him is purposefully extreme. Apparently the cover photo is called "Orgasmic Man"... the UK version is the lettering with urban stairways kind of filled in 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! I finished it a couple of days ago, and I took awhile to write the review because when I have an unpopular opinion, I want to make sure it‘s not hasty. (Interesting I never do that for popular opinions 🤔) I just felt there was never any peace for Jude until he died. I guess the extremity of the plot really took me out of it. That and the disability stuff I mentioned in the other spoiler tag. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks It took me forever to read because of all the pain, but looking back, it's never left me. Can't wait to read To Paradise! 5mo
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead yeah I looked up the cover artist‘s other works and it‘s just pictures of the faces of men having orgasms. Not my cup of tea! I got the Jude reference but idk creative license… 😬 5mo
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead I enjoyed to paradise a lot more. She showcased a lot more creativity and a bit less suffering 😉 5mo
Megabooks @Cortg I get that. I kind of like a good mix, but I usually choose characters over plot if forced to make a choice. I just picked up this for a reread. While it‘s also not sunny, I enjoyed it more. 5mo
Megabooks @BookBelle84 I nearly threw it a couple of times in the last 200 pages as well!! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I didn't get the reference until my friend (whose fave book it is) pointed it out 😅 I was about halfway through and really struggling with it. I appreciate it more now than I did at the time, for sure! 🤣 5mo
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead when she mentioned early in the book that Jude was the patron saint of lost causes, I thought back in my Sunday school lessons! 👍🏻 5mo
BarbaraBB I understand why it hit you extra hard and thinking back I can imagine I wouldn‘t love it as much as I did either. I loved their love, it felt so real but indeed, the misery went too far. 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes, I loved the evolution of his relationship with Willem, I just wish it had allowed for a redemptive arc instead of being a vehicle for more suffering. Pun sort of intended. (In case you don‘t remember, Willem died in a car accident.) really bad pun. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Cortg Ah, yes. I‘ve read The Heart‘s Invisible Fury and the two books have similar vibes. Enjoy the reread! 5mo
BarbaraBB Really funny pun 😂 I forgot but you‘re right, it never stopped. 5mo
Megabooks @Cortg they do. I loved Heart‘s back a few years ago, so I really hope I still feel the same! 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 👍🏻👍🏻🚙 5mo
TrishB I think when we all read a lot of books that it‘s great to have different opinions. I loved this book, but I‘ll never read again. I recognise all the criticisms people have said, but still love it. 5mo
Megabooks @TrishB I think even if I had loved it, it would be hard to read again just because it is so emotional! I‘m glad we all have different opinions, too, otherwise litsy would be really boring. I‘m glad you loved it. 💜 5mo
BookNAround If you‘re interested, here‘s my 2016 review of it (http://booknaround.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-little-life-by-hanya-yanagihara.h...). There are spoilers and I didn‘t like it and felt free to let loose since I paid full price for it. 5mo
BookNAround @Vansa I agree completely. 5mo
Megabooks @BookNAround that is a fantastic review that makes some really excellent points! This seems to be a book that cause an extreme initial reaction, either one of incredulity or warmth, and then that continues to some extent to the end. I will say the first thing that led to my incredulity was Jude‘s disability. It didn‘t ring true for me having mom with similar limitations as Jude - although not because she was run over in a cornfield - another ⬇️ 5mo
Megabooks @BookNAround crazy moment in this book. Anyway, it was just the unbelievability of the whole thing that took me out of it. It just didn‘t make sense, and you hit the nail on the head why in your review! That they would all be successful that they would all love Jude while knowing nothing of substance about him. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 5mo
Suet624 @RaeLovesToRead I‘m with you. I read it early on, not even sure I had seen any reviews yet, and while it was stunningly depressing I have never forgotten any of it. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Suet624 When I finished it I was so glad it was over, but I was genuinely moved and the more time passes the more I forget what I didn't like 😄 5mo
paperwitchs Girl TRUEEE 5mo
Reggie Lololol the vehicle pun!!!!! I did like this book overall and cried the last two hundred pages reading it. But what pissed me off was the name of the 3rd section. Like it was some joke to her over us. What did she call it? The Loving Years. And then the last page of that section. I just thought-How cruel of her! 5mo
sherrisilvera Ok...at page 577 and think I may understand what you meant. He's now lighting himself on fire. 4mo
Megabooks @sherrisilvera the last 200 pages were definitely hard for me. You‘re about at the point where I wanted to throw the book across the room, and at the end, I wanted to put it in the shredder!!!! 4mo
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The_Book_Ninja I avoid codependent friendships. Eventually I will be asked “can you plumb in my washing machine?” 5mo
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Maybe I want another emotional book back-to-back. Maybe I‘ve discovered an author I really like. Maybe I‘m a glutton for punishment. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I‘ve turned my chair around to watch the sunrise where I read. And chill with my mom‘s 20 year old cyclamen. (Yes, my mom is crazy good with plants!) Also that six foot tall Madagascar dragon tree she grew from a 4 inch pot. 🤩

Soubhiville Wow, both impressive plants! I feel good about keeping a few succulents alive for a few years! I‘m better with outdoor garden plants. 5mo
Tamra They are beautiful! 5mo
riversong153 😳😳 you‘re brave 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole Oof— a heartbreaker 😢 but you do have a lovely reading spot. Jealous of those plants!! 5mo
Cinfhen Great spot but be prepared/ this book is BRUTAL!!! 5mo
Ruthiella You are a stronger woman than I! Good luck.👍 5mo
BarbaraBB Hadn‘t you read this one yet? I can hardly believe that! It‘s fantastic and heartbreaking but you know that already. Enjoy 💕 5mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville my mom is an amazing indoor and outdoor gardener, whereas I kill anything anywhere!! 😂 5mo
Megabooks @Tamra thanks! 5mo
Megabooks @riversong153 or foolhardy! 5mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thanks! I love looking at them everyday. 😁 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think I want something really emotional right now. I got some news on the doctor front. I‘ll write you and @BarbaraBB tonight! I hope you‘re having fun at the bar Mitzvah with M! 💜 5mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella or a foolish one! (edited) 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I have not read it yet! It wasn‘t the right time when it came out and I just kept putting it off. No more! 5mo
Cinfhen Just got home from BM / I think M might have Covid which means I might too. It‘s been a weird weekend. I‘ll email later tonight as well. Hope your news is good news 💕💕 5mo
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to your mail and am thinking of you 🍀💚 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen no no no!! I do not want either of you to have Covid! 🙏🏻 I look forward to your email, but pray it has good news. 💕 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks dear friend! 💜 5mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Has M tested positive yet? I hope it‘s a false alarm or if not, you both won‘t get ill. 5mo
Cinfhen M refuses to get tested 🙄z tested negative @BarbaraBB @Megabooks I‘m gonna go tomorrow to get tested. I just have body aches & headaches but M has a BAD COUGH and he had chills all night yesterday 😷 so annoying 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen oh dear! Praying you test negative because I had similar symptoms. For me it kind of felt like the flu with slightly different arrangement of what felt bad. Perhaps it is just a flu or cold 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 5mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Annoying indeed! Makes me chuckle that he doesn‘t want to get tested. 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I can definitely relate to the stubbornness!! 5mo
Reggie Meg, this one is rough. Like I thought of Charlie all day today. But when I finished this book, the last two hours of which I cry read, I was a zombie the next three days wondering if the sun was ever going to shine again. Good luck. 5mo
Megabooks @Reggie wow…that‘s saying something. I‘m on page 202 and really connected to these characters. I wonder if I‘ll be cry reading as well. 😬😬 5mo
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I talked about star ratings on my most recent booktube video: https://youtu.be/5aC6mm9elU0

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Saturday and yesterday I went out with 2 different friends of mine to have long conversation about the tagged book 😂