19 comments on “My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell | Book Review

  1. Interesting to read a review that has something even slightly negative to say about this book! Weirdly, it makes me more keen to read it.

    • I can certainly see why everyone is raving about it, but I couldn’t pretend the sheer number of Lolita references didn’t start to grate a little. Still, it’s an excellent novel and I look forward to your thoughts! 😊

  2. I have been going back and forth 100 times whether to read this. Not all the reviews have been unequivocally positive. I am still undecided, but I enjoyed your review and am glad you mostly enjoyed it.

    • Thank you! It’s certainly not an easy read in terms of subject matter, but I think it handles everything brilliantly. I’d love to know your thoughts if/when you decide to give it a go.

  3. Great review! I’m glad you ended up enjoying this one (minus the heavy-handed Lolita references haha). I also really appreciated that Russell didn’t try to neatly wrap-up Vanessa’s story – I feel like any attempts to do so would have been unrealistic and unsatisfying.

  4. Great review! It’s true that the psychological manipulation was the hardest part to read about this book. I found I wasn’t so bothered by the spelled-out Lolita references, but maybe that’s because I’ve never read Lolita. 😅

    • Thank you! 😊 I think it was one of those things that once I’d noticed it, it stood out even more, if that makes sense? It didn’t stop me thinking this is an excellent book overall though!

  5. Great review! I’m so glad you liked this one. The Lolita criticism is definitely fair; those references didn’t bother me as much but I must agree that there are a lot of them and the comparisons are very direct. I’m glad you found so much else to appreciate about the book regardless!

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  7. This book was so hyped on bookstagram a few months back and soon after that negative reviews started coming around. I’m convinced by your review that I should pick it up 🙂

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