✨Review✨ New Animal ~ Ella Baxter An Aus Lit debut about

✨Review✨ New Animal ~ Ella Baxter An Aus Lit debut about

7/24/2021, 9:53:35 AM
✨Review✨ New Animal ~ Ella Baxter An Aus Lit debut about grief and sex, yeah I’m here for it. From the top let me say that I’m in the camp of love for this one We follow Amelia who works at her families mortuary business and after a freak accident and a death she runs away to Tasmania to be with her dad. Here she finds herself in the BDSM scene I’m choosing to focus on the writing and the exploration of themes in this review rather than the BDSM plot because a) I don’t know anything to comment on it and I’m a firm believer in “I don’t know enough to have an opinion so I won’t”, and b) I think focussing solely on that really does a disservice to the rest of the book. If you want commentary on that I’m sure you can find it. But maybe look it up to see if there’s any from people in that community Anyway I digress. I found the exploration of grief and the body so interesting and so well done. Was some of it over the top? Yeah sure, but it’s fiction. The last chapter is some of the most profound of the entire book but if you have triggers around stillbirth take caution. I think there is a trend in literature of the millennial variety currently that explores people doing maybe not too wonderful/socially acceptable or normal things (according to whoever is the gatekeeper of ‘normal’) and I’m absolutely here for it People use sex to cope. And New Animal looks at that. I liked it, I saw parts of myself in Amelia. And again, I’m asking people to be careful when they describe characters in novels like this because you have no idea who is reading your reviews and connecting to said characters. You’re allowed to hate it, but I find “the character unlikeable” a really lazy criticism and what the fuck is unlikable anyway? Is the book perfect? No. No book is perfect. But it’s raw and emotional. It was a little bit jarring in parts with jumping around, and that’s one of my only complaints. Who was Daniel? What was the purpose of mentioning him? I think this is one that if you’re on the fence about, you’re only going to know how you feel about it if you actually read it 🤷🏼‍♀️ CW: issues of consent, high sexual content, death of a parent, stillbirth

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