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Lauren Oyler

Author of Fake Accounts

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Works by Lauren Oyler

Fake Accounts (2021) 317 copies
No Judgment: Essays (2024) 23 copies
No Judgement (2024) 1 copy

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This book was nearly insufferable. It starts out with a strong plot, and I was drawn into the documentary-level detail, but I didn't foresee how off the rails it would go. After part 1, where heroine discovered her boyfriend is a secret conspiracy theorist, and part 2, which flashes back to their meet-cute, super plot twist comes along and twists the plot so severely there is no longer any plot. Then we get an absolutely interminable section where heroine just wanders around. At one point she decides to go on a series of 12 fake dates, during each of which she pretends to be a different stereotyped sign of the zodiac. I felt like I was reading some Japanese fiction where any random thing might happen next, and when things get like that, I just get like WHY!?!?!

And yes, you can totally convince me that I'm reading it on entirely the wrong level, and that all my complaints are "the point." Nevertheless, complaints they are.
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Tytania | 14 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
A bizarre yet consistently compelling read that ultimately disappoints.
 
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gonzocc | 14 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
Quite a book. Very well written, extremely self-referential. A seemless alchemy of the *new now* effortlessly writing in a voice of our very present: online news and information, social media, texting, emailing, online dating. It’s a jarringly accurate commentary on the fractured narcissism of our present online state of affairs seeping into our quotidian. For an unlikable protagonist, she was pretty likable. Which seems a neat trick. Like how one can loath and exalt oneself. It was dense in a way—The sentences were good enough not to rush through, but I still had a feeling of gobbling it down. But then left a bit empty and befuddled at the end. I’m not sure if I was supposed to understand something more of it. Maybe, to quote the final sentence, that was a part of the point?… (more)
 
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BookyMaven | 14 other reviews | Dec 6, 2023 |
Thought provoking and timely, yet exhausting and pretentious... which, being that this is a novel about the internet, is to be expected.
 
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