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M. Owens

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Best Little Book of Big Change!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-2021

I thought this little book was superb! I'm a therapist and I work within a very similar frameworks as this book was founded upon; however I still got a lot out of it.

I would say that early on I wasn't sure if I was going to get too much out of it, however it just got better and better and more and more effective as it went along. I have started recommending this to clients who are struggling with cravings and urges to act in ways that go against their values.

Lacklustre whodunit

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-2021

I only finished this book because it was for book club. I found the characters unengaging, the story didn't grab me, the characters liked diversity and were just all middle class hetero white Australians.

it wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't fantastic. the author's description of the Tasmanian Coast were very good and I did get a strong sense of place.

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engrossing Delight

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-2020

I'm really enjoying the Neapolitan series. it's so rare to be able to follow the story of a friendship of two girls (who become women throughout) who are so insightful intelligent complex and different.

Original Idea but ran out of puff

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-2020

I enjoyed the story on the whole. the main characters were complex and the relationships interesting.
I didn't enjoy the later half of the book which lost momentum.

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What an original and gripping read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-09-2020

This book is full of original ideas, strong diverse likeable characters, and a rambunctious plot.

I've read criticisms of so-called 'reverse racism' but really, you'd have to be pretty thin-skinned, as well as ignorant of the history of racist literature, to take this view. I found the references to white people's behaviour to be consistent with my experience and reading of the news.

It was such an ode to NY that it really made me want to go there one day.

Just ok

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-2020

i found this book to be average. The sciency bits were dull amd the characters were reasonably likeable. The main character was a bit cheesy at times.

Funny fantasy Twilight

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-2020

Overall this was pretty readable. I like the gender equity and class consciousness. I thought it was a little too much like American college meets soft porn fantasy. It was also very hetero and had so many details about how absolutely gorgeous evryone was and how they had the perfect ass etc etc. For all that, I was invested enough to keep reading and did respond to the teary bits lol.

Essential reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-2020

Excellent analysis of white fragility, its effects, and how to reduce it.

I recommend this to anyone seeking to expand their understanding of racism and our white defensiveness.

Fun story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2020

I enjoyed this story - nice to read a book that eschews most of the normal gender stereotypes. Great worldbuilding.

Original complex and engaging

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-2020

I really enjoyed this book. Intelligent plot with great original worldbuilding. Interesting characters. Ideas of collectivist vs individualist cultures, class and the nature of family.

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