REVIEW: Beautiful World, Where Are You

Narrator Performance: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Overall Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️-ish?

Where do I start with this book? It’s like walking into a college bar in Dartmouth and listening to any conversation snooty millennials are having. They are self absorbed, entitled and worried about everything but how their own actions impact the world.

Did I love it?

No.

Did I stop listening?

No.

Was it worth it?

I’m not sure.

I suppose I enjoyed the listen. I was entertained on my walks. But there was a lot that was cringeworthy. The characters were not considerate and kind to one another. Their actions were that of teens (you may remember that I LOVED Normal People – but what I loved was the way Sally Rooney captured that angsty teen type), here the characters are much older. Their behavior was immature and completely antithetical to the long meandering diatribes they’d go on about religion, social issues and the need to save the environment. How can you go around being completely inconsiderate to the people around you and yet fear for the state of the world?

The characters were well developed. I just didn’t like any of them. But I also cared about them and where they ended up. I’m so conflicted. I sort of wish the novel was just the messages back and forth between Alice and Eileen.

Some quotables and interesting thoughts but lots of it caused serious eye rolls for me. So much minutiae not needed to support the story. Also very graphic sex scenes, I just didn’t think it was necessary to move the story forward.

I’m not sure whether to recommend this one or not… the narrator was fabulous though.

Thanks to Libro.fm for an ALC of this novel. All opinions above are my own.

What’s the last book you read that you weren’t sure what you thought about it when you’d finished?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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