A review by chrisljm
My Brilliant Life, by Kim Ae-ran

emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


I found the writing (possibly the translation) to be a bit clunky, but I still found it to be a beautiful yet melancholic story. 

My Brilliant Life starts off with Daesu and Mira learning that they’re going to be parents at the age of 16. That’s a difficult situation to be in no matter your age but when you’re still a child yourself…. I liked that those difficult parts weren’t the only thing we got to see though. We also got to see the parents’ growing attachment and curiosity about their baby which I found really sweet. What I really appreciated about the beginning though was that it was told through the baby, Areum‘s, point-of-view, which was done really well. However, they soon learn that Areum has a rare disorder that causes him to age rapidly, and this is what the main focus of the book is on. Despite the sad nature of the story, it still had its sweet moments, especially the end. The last chapter was especially sad, especially bittersweet, and the last line was the perfect ending sentence. 

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