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Book Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You By Sally Rooney


Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?


Cough cough… BORING! Why mention religion as well? If someone is catholic and goes to confession why does Simon has sex with multiple women and doesn’t intend to marry them? Don’t bring religion into a book if they aren’t actually following their religion rules, end of. Hypocrite.

Oh, I want Simon because all these younger women are sleeping with him but at the same time I don’t want him to sleep with anyone else but I also don’t want to be in a relationship with him.

Oh sweet Lord get over yourselves Eileen and Alice.

Now onto Alice the life of the ‘writer’ she is such a hypocrite slandering writers for writing contemporary books (my favourite) and how she acts as if she knows what all contemporary writers are like.

The emails Alice sends are so full-of-herself. She has all these opinions using snobbery language and acting as if shes in a philosophy class. SO FRIGGING BORING!

Found myself going in circles listening to this cringy Irish voice sounding novel. I am Irish myself so I can say that but oh my god it was such a drag!

These women think they are so much better than everyone. It is literally a story about nothing. Four people who make 2 couples. Who cares about their boring views on life.

And what is with the writing style? “He asked her what she wanted to drink and then went to the bar to order… he ordered this… she looked outside now at the sunset as if it were of interest to her even though she did not pay attention to it before. When the man returned and put the drinks down” seriously?

Also, the inappropriate sex language in this, you would not expect it at all or in much detail but there was plenty and it was not pleasant.

Overall, DO NOT READ!

0/5 Stars

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