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The cover may look painful, but so is the book.

Don’t say I never warned you – if you choose to read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara you will experience one of the wildest rides of your literary life.

From the beginning I knew A Little Life would be an important book for me. I was originally grabbed when The Atlantic called it the first great gay novel. As I began reading the book itself, Yanagihara’s writing quickly pulled me in with its effortless form and natural readability. For this review, I’ll avoid going into too much detail, but I suggest anyone with any interest in expanding their powers of sympathy pick up the book and give it a go.

A Little Life gave me a painful glimpse into the life of someone plagued by sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. If you’re looking for a fun and entertaining summer read, keep looking. A Little Life will be immensely rewarding, but it may leave you feeling a bit melancholic.

Above all, I was grateful for the normalized depiction of people within the LGBT community. Without using labels, stereotypes, and clichés, Yanagihara captures a community that is lacking representation in the literary world.

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