A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I was warned about this book…people described it as, “traumatic,” “intense,” and “heartbreaking,” so I delayed reading it, and it sat on my shelf until I felt brave enough. I’ll be honest, those descriptions were pretty bang on, and you do need to be brave. A Little Life is a slow-burner, and soon after I started, I felt like I was slowly burning. I actually sobbed in parts, and felt at odds with how cruel the world could be.

This book is excessive, it could’ve ended hundreds of pages before it does, and Hanya Yanagihara has a no-holds-barred approach when it comes to shocking her readers, but after watching a few interviews with the author, I see that this was all intentional. She didn’t want to write a perfect novel, she wanted to write something that was BIG and achingly painful. She succeeded on both fronts, and I was enthralled, albeit left a little wounded. It will take me awhile to get over this one.

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