πŸŒ† Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

πŸ‘¨ The novel follows a young man living in Manhattan through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties. To overcome his falling apart life, he lets the bright lights of the city, women and drugs seduce him. The momentary escape provides him with the excitement he needs till everything comes crashing down, and he has to face up to his failures.

❀️ I liked:⁠
✍️ It’s written in the second person. It’s so original and different, maybe a bit weird at first – I don’t know you, but I haven’t encountered many second person narrators – but when you get used to it, it gives the book a new dimension.
🌟 It’s bright. Again, the way this book is written is incredible. It’s so vivid that it brings you there, in Manhattan with the protagonist. It’s full of colour and full of personality.
❓ The tiny Bolivian soldiers. Drugs are still a very relevant topic. You read the book and think: “Why are you doing this to yourself? Why this self-destructive behaviour?”.

πŸ€” I wasn’t so sure about:⁠
The story itself. I felt like this is more an “exercise of style”. I don’t even know if this is a thing in English: what I mean is that the writer seemed more focused on how he was writing than on what he was writing.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 This is definitely a 10/5 for the style… if you want to be a writer, it’s definitely worth reading.

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