Title: My Brilliant Friend
Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions
There is so much hype behind this series that I really felt I had to give into it. I’ve only read the first in the series, and it’s not like most books I see that are highly discussed in the Bookternet world; it’s not some big YA fantasy or mainstream thriller, so I have to admit that I was very curious. And I wanted a new audiobook for a long drive that was coming up, so I figured it was good timing.
Taking the audiobook route may have been a mistake. This is a very slow moving book, and that can easily translate to boring when listening to it out loud. It’s kind of a long book, too. It’s also my understanding that there is a list of characters somewhere in the physical book, which would have been so helpful during this listen.
Overall, I didn’t really like it, but I didn’t hate it, either. It was only okay. The writing is lovely, but really boring. I will keep reading the series, though. All reviews I’ve seen say the third or fourth book are the best, so I’m hoping I’ll hold out and get a big reward.
Read if you like literary fiction and long epics. Three stars.