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  • Almost Love

  • By: Louise O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard. So it doesn't matter that he's 20 years older. That he sees her only in secret. That slowly but surely, she's sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him. Sarah's friends are worried. Her father can't understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she's on the verge of losing her job. But Sarah can't help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew. And love is supposed to hurt. Isn't it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Obsession and objectification - dark tale

  • By K. J. Noyes on 07-03-18

Complex, uncomfortable and utterly brilliant!

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Reviewed: 15-03-18

Louise O’Neill’s emotional honesty when it come to story telling is only surpassed by how relatable her characters are, especially her protagonist Sarah who balances being abused and abuser so well that it becomes uncomfortable being with her at times. ‘Almost Love’ perfectly walks the line between O’Neill showcasing her characters complexities and flaws for better or worse and highlighting questions of gender, performance and sex in our own political climate, which against the backdrop of #timesup and #metoo, felt very timely and necessary. The sexual politics and gender roles are only one part of an outstanding novel; friendships, art and who is allowed to make it and familial love are all interwoven to portray the human condition in stark clarity.

The narration was brilliant too which was just an added bonus to a truly amazing novel.

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