Monday, September 30, 2019

The Great Believers - by Rebecca Makkai - Book Review

Time for a #60secondbookreview! And this week, we'll be discussing "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Book Review and Discussion

I love this book *so much* and just want to scream it from the rooftops - it is that kind of book love. What do I have to say to you so you'll be motivated to read this book, too - because it's all that matters to me right now. I want even more people to read it, fall in love with it, and it for it grow in popularity so that Amy Poehler, who owns the production rights, is forced to adapt it as quickly, but also beautifully, as possible. And that's not asking a lot because this book is amazing and really important, as well!

"The Great Believers" follows what is now, one of my absolute favorite literary characters, Yale. He is a gay man living in Chicago in the 1980's. He has this amazing crew of friends, including a woman named Fiona. The story in the book is told from dual perspective and timeline, following Yale in the 1980's - what it was like to be gay at that time, why it was terrifying but also how it could be wonderful. Side note, his story is also so much more than that plotline, and I really didn't feel this book falling into a trope-y or contrived story, which was awesome. The story also follows Fiona in present day as she tracks down her daughter in Paris - which I realize sounds separate, but it's not - omg this book is so good. The layers, you guys! Not only did the characters pull me in, but the book is SO well executed, with the perfect balance of plotting and character development with beautiful writing.  

Have you read The Great Believers? Comment down below and give everyone more reasons to check this book out! Thank you so much for reading! Have a great day!


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