The Last Life ~ Claire Messud

The Last Life

Rating: 3/5

I was vastly underwhelmed by this coming of age story about a 15 year old girl living in France. She tells the story as though it were a memory that spans about a year of her life. I found her writing to be rather bland, although quick moving like a current of her thoughts, tumbling together family history and her own life experiences as a rowdy teenager in a sometimes jarring manner.

At times the narration was a little unaware (although this may be due to the young adult narrator). By this I mean that there were some transphobic comments early on and some other sexist comments throughout the book. I pushed through these but did not find that I gained anything by doing so, as I could have just as easily put the book down as finished it, and would have had about the same level of experience. I did not find this story worth my time, even though it was a quick read.

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2 thoughts on “The Last Life ~ Claire Messud

  1. I’m pretty sure Claire Messud is a semi-popular writer but this book cover looks like it’s self-published. I’m pretty sure I have no interest in reading this, and from your review a rating of 3 stars seems weirdly high! 🙂

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    1. True! I was debating what to give it for a minute and settled on 3 stars due to the continued draw I had to keep reading despite lack of interest in plot or characters. Something about the writing must be compelling, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

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