4 out of 4 stars
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The Society of Living Poets by Andrew McCollister is a unique story that is split into four parts. The characters each have their own story, but as the book progresses, the reader gets small glimpses of how the stories are actually connected. Tyler Lupus is a troubled man who fantasizes about killing people and is dealing with his brother's death. Harold Clark is planning on becoming a priest but is living with a secret. Sarah Hester is suffering from mental health issues and is seeing a therapist. Lastly is Adam Foster, the character who seems to tie everyone else together. By his part of the book, we find out that the four characters are all part of a college poetry group.
My favorite part of the book was how the different story lines all intertwined eventually. Based on the summary of the book, I knew all the characters were connected somehow. It was like a mystery trying to figure out how. Things became even more interesting when parts of the story seemed to contradict each other. It made me question what I had read previously and showed more insight into some of the characters' personalities. Some clearly weren't trustworthy, but it was hard to tell who.
I also enjoyed the set up of the book. I liked getting the perspective of four unique characters. Part one was written like a typical first-person narrative. Part two was written as a series of letters. Part three was a combination of text messages and narrative. Adam's section, part four, mostly told his story and included the other three characters' viewpoints. It was much more interesting than reading a typical book.
This book is intended for an adult audience. It includes some violence, adult language, drug use, some sexual content, and mental health issues. Those who like trying to solve a puzzle would enjoy this book if the darker themes don't bother them.
I would happily rate The Society of Living Poets 4 out of 4 stars. I wouldn't give it any lower because there was nothing I disliked about it. I wanted to keep reading to figure out the mystery of how the characters were all connected. I loved the unique way in which it was written. It was well-written, professionally edited, and contained very few errors.
The Society of Living Poets was so fun to read. It was full of twists and turns, and at one point, my jaw actually dropped because I was so shocked. I highly recommend it!
The Society of Living Poets
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