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Review: The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen

The Unpredictability of Being HumanThe Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Usborne
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 28/12/17
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Meet Malin, a fifteen-year-old who sees the world differently. Malin knows she couldn’t change much about her life, even if she got to play God. Her dad would still yell all the time – especially as Malin is still friends with Hanna, the girl she met shoplifting. Her mum would still say a glass of wine is good for her heart – and Mum needs it, with Malin’s brother, Sigve, getting into trouble all the time. And Malin would still be Malin. Because she can’t be anybody else.

In a voice bursting with immediacy and truth, Malin shares the absurdities of growing up and fitting in as her family struggles with the buried pain of mistakes made and secrets kept.

Profound, compassionate and as funny as it is dark, Malin’s story is an offbeat examination and celebration of the brutal, bizarre and beautiful unpredictability of being human.


I don’t really have a huge amount to say about this book to be honest. I really enjoyed reading it. It reminded me a lot of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which is one of my favourite books, and I’m always on the lookout for books that are similar to Perks, so I was really happy to find this one.

One of my favourite things about this book is that it is set in Norway. I’ve never read a book set in Norway before, and I really love reading books set outside of the US and the UK, because that’s where most of the books I read are set.

I also really liked the main character Malin. She was so sweet and likable. I did find it a bit hard to relate to her because she is 15 and I am 21, but at the same time I do really enjoy reading from younger POVs sometimes.

If you are a fan of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, I would definitely recommend you check this one out.

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