So there’s been a bit of a thing on Twitter about Sally Rooney’s next book (yeah, yeah I’m not tweeting but I’m still reading). The flurry of responses has been about a ‘review’ of Rooney’s upcoming book, Beautiful World, Where Are You. I put review in scare quotes because some people say it’s not really a review and that it’s unfair (ie along the lines of: why didn’t you write this type of book, the one that I would write? Why didn’t you write a book that speaks to me? I hate you. You have merch.)
Here’s the review, it’s by Jessica Tu who is a debut novelist whose own book came out last year (?) and who around that time wrote another ‘review’ about a fellow Allen & Unwin debut author about which people also had thoughts.
Of course I have opinions too but I’m going to be careful here. I’ll only say that I don’t think it’s a good review if the reviewer is focused on why the book isn’t another type of book.
And yes, there is merch:
I am disturbed by the lack of question mark in the title. What is that about I wonder?