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Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

5 reviews

sweetsouthwest's review against another edition

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adventurous funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0


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amaezone's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional inspiring reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

A clear five-star novel :
• one for the look inside "a regular person's" mind starting to reflect on their own position and attitudes regarding race,
• one for the description of academia as it works today,
• one for the great friendship and
avoidind the "they leave the bad guy and shortly after gets with the good guy" scenario
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• one for the nuanced and clear explanation and depiction of the personalities of all the characters (which to a certain extent, avoids the bad person/good person characterization, although the sides are clearly defined,
• one for
the ending out of academia as perfectly legitimate

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annoyedhumanoid's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

(adjusted from 3.0 to 3.25)
the courtroom tableau was brilliantly executed, definitely my favorite part
the plot summary was so fucking promising, but i found the writing to be lacking. i feel like it addressed its heavy topics through regurgitations of already finished conversations, rather than playing out those conversations in real time, if that makes sense. i know it's supposed to be absurdist, but the plot was just off the rails at times. Vivian's character development was very good though, shout out to that. also, the audiobook narration was very bland
cover review: ★★★★½. the illustration is gorgeous, just not a fan of either the typeface or the color of the title and author's name

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harperhoney's review against another edition

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challenging funny informative reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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socialpsysteph's review against another edition

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challenging funny mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

This book was recommended to me by my friend Emily because she said as soon as she started reading it, she knew it was something that I would enjoy. Given that, I had to pick it up. And she was right; though it was the kind of enjoy where I was mad and anxious the whole time but still couldn't put the book down. Elaine hits the nail on the head with what graduate school is like so if you have any trauma surrounding that, just beware. The anxiety, imposter syndrome, helplessness, depression, but also excitement and fulfillment, she got it. 

What I thought was going to be the main plot/climax of the book, turned out to happen pretty early on and then the story took a turn (in a good way). Characters started morphing and changing but in a bad (and realistic) way. I hate so many characters in this book; they are just awful people, but they are written so realistically (scarily so). 

Definitely check all of the trigger warnings on this one before picking it up, but if you feel up for it, highly recommend. 

This book counts for Popsugar 2022 for a book that starts with the last letter of my previous read (User TesteD -> Disorientation).

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