Books are beautiful things. They can be an escape. A thing of beauty and work of art to cherish, especially knowing the time, research and lengths some writers go to to create their novels. However, on this occasion, I was beyond frustrated, disappointed and damn right confused!

Honestly, this is quite possibly one of the worst books I have ever read.

I won’t lie, I had NO CLUE what was going on in Patricia Lockwood’s novel No One Is Talking About This, so I had to google about the book which 1. I don’t like to do for my blog 2. defeats the purpose of my blog. I’ll try my best to explain what I learned from the book and how I felt.

Ultimately, it was a very short, boring read. And yes, that is me sulking.

There are no character names and the narrator too remains nameless. The book is in 2 parts, where each could be its own short story. The first is based on ‘the portal’ which is another word for the internet and acts as a source of social media, full of trash and unfiltered bits of information that attempt to relate to specific topics and threads. I gathered that the premise and layout of the book was to represent a thread where you have to sieve through the collateral to get to the point, just like you would on Twitter for example.

The second half seems to focus on abortion in America, abortion laws and a premature baby, but again, I really couldn’t understand what was going on.

The book literally makes no sense. I can’t give you more information than that.

I have absolutely no clue how this novel has been shortlisted for 2 prizes: Booker Prize 2021 and Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021. Can someone please tell me what I’m missing? What have I misunderstood in order for it to receive rave reviews and these nominations?!

Can you sense my frustration?

I’m disappointed to have presented such a whiney, negative post to you. A very unsatisfying and (I’ll say it again) boring read, a book I will not be talking about anymore after this post! I look forward to bringing you a more positive review for my next read!

Rating – 1 ⭐️ (if that…)
Genre – lacks genre, cannot be categorised!


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