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R. F. Kuang

Rating: 12/10

Wow, I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this was one of the best books I have ever read in my life. Absolutely none of the pages made me bored of this book, and Kuang skillfully puts so much raw emotion, to the point that I think that I, myself, am the protagonist. I felt myself celebrating and cringing through the highs and lows, and I've never been more invested. Dare I say, this takes me back to the Percy Jackson days. This book has officially made the 12/10 club, and trust me, that place is only reserved for the best of the best. She toes the line between ethics, authenticity, cultural appropriation, and cancel culture. Though it's important to note that while she lets us draw our own conclusions about who's right or wrong regarding these issues, she never fails to badmouth conservatives. I, myself, had no problem with this because 1. I'm not a conservative and 2. I found it really funny. But some people might not. Also, she mentions all these topics while being absolutely hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing on the train because Kuang is — I feel — one of the most relatable writers EVER. Never have I ever seen so many contemporary references, from Harry Styles to Linkin Park, and I very much appreciate it. Forget the cheesy romance books or thrillers out there, I want something that's both relatable and non-cringeworthy, and she delivers. If you decide to read this book, I promise that you won't regret this.


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