I’m back at writing my reviews which are delayed as always and this one is for a book that I read by in May. This one was called A Happy Ghost by Kristian Ventura.
Synopsis: A Happy Ghost is a novel about adulthood, fear, and a dreary 25-year-old who loathes his boredom and fiercely sets out to take every risk presented to him. Andrei considers: What is the most optimal way to live life? Kristian Ventura writes a daylong odyssey that follows Andrei navigating through Westwood and its people, theater, cafes, university, sidewalks, and gardens.
Fresh. Real. And epic. This is a story that flows with beautiful dialogue and unforgettable characters in the span of a single, extraordinary, possible day.
This was a poetic take on the thoughts of someone going through the everyday life with their menial tasks and feeling like they are stuck. It focuses on a person wanting to change and do something meaningful and also finding meaning in everyday things.
I wouldn’t say it was the most engaging in regards to plot but the book took on a more thoughtful approach to how we perceive the world around us and how we want to have some effect on it.
I have read the author’s other poetry collections and enjoyed them and you can definitely feel the same style of writing in this first novel of theirs. The book wasn’t that long to begin with but I think it could have been a bit smaller (more of a novella length) to keep the reader engaged. It took me a while to get through. I am very much a person that stays connected to a fast paced, plot driven book so that’s why it took longer for me. If you like the books that have the existential questions and really make you ponder your life decisions then this might be the one for you.
Book Rating: 3/5
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author in paperback format to read and give an honest review.
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I’m looking forward to September and all the new reads it is bringing me! Here is my planned TBR of the books I hope to read.
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