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On the Savage Side by Tiffany McDaniel

gmalboeuf's review against another edition

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4.0

After reading OTSS and Betty, I can confidently say Tiffany McDaniel has the misery lit genre down to a science.
As expected, this was a devastatingly sad read. This book asks a lot of you. It asks you to learn a new language on the fly. A language of myth and old superstitions. Of little girls, tired matriarchs and addict mothers. At times it isn’t always clear, but it’s still enticing. It’s hard to say I ‘enjoyed’ this book per se, because it was so depressing but McDaniel’s writing style keeps me anchored.

bookwormbecks's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

rosielazar1's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

betty_dav's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

ktxx22's review against another edition

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5.0

I sit on the precipice of sorrow post read. As an Ohioan. And furthermore as someone who lives close to Chillicothe and remembers the women who were murdered from the news stories and hearsay of the Six this book breaks my heart. But Tiffany often does with her stories. This is a winding story one with hints of the truth that gets revealed in the end. Bleak doesn’t even begin to cover it. Corruption throughout and hardness. Addiction and the people/families it destroy are at the heart of this book. The people who love them and the people left on the side hoping folks will find their way out. It also shows the violence of men. How little they care. How frequently they are the predators lurking in the dark.

Who would i recommend this book to…. Everyone and no one lol honestly it’s a book that I took my time with because it was trying to break me on the way through. And it’s also a book that you shouldn’t enter expecting all the answers because in life more often than not there isn’t a good reason or answer it’s just someone or something trying to make it through.

glett's review against another edition

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5.0

def one that’s going to stick with me for a while

dannycakez8808's review against another edition

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2.0

DNF at 60%

emmasreads's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad 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

quinnglishmuffin's review against another edition

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5.0

one hundred percent without a shred doubt, this is the best book i’ve read so far this year. it was haunting and raw and beautiful and left me speechless.

figgy_pudding's review against another edition

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challenging dark sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.5

what... I had heard so many people rave about this book and just... what. I found this overly fanciful to a laughable level, overwritten, and this makes it feel like it's almost making fun of the extremely traumatic scenes.. also extra minus points for the poor representation of crochet.