Throwback Thursday – September 28th – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.


This Week’s Pick:

A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara


Blurb: When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

My Thoughts:

I started A Little Life sometime in January, but had to put it down a few times due to time restrictions on other books. Plus, this book is colossal. It’s a smidge over 700 pages.

I’ll start by saying that I can’t recollect the last time I felt so connected to characters in a story. I was so consumed with the four main characters seeing as how it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with them, especially Jude and Willem. ♡ They’re so complex, it feels like you’re living the story and you’re associating with all of them. They’re memorable.

I cried a few times, and laughed a few times. The further I read, the more shocked I became, ending with a feeling of devastation. With that said, I thought it was written well and it kept my interest. There were a few times I put it down and walked away, but I had to come back.

I remember the first time I saw “Million Dollar Baby” with Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman. I was sick about that movie for more than a day. In fact, the next day I still felt depressed. Well, that’s exactly how I’m feeling right now. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book, but it’s going to take me a few days to get over it and I’ll never forget it.

I gave this book 5*****

You can find this book on Amazon and Goodreads

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1St Edition edition (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385539258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385539258

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere…

Renee at It’s Book Talk

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Cathy at Between the Lines

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Lynne at Fictionophile

Nicki at The Secret Library Site

Sam at Clues and Reviews

Bill at Especially Books

Ann Marie at Lit Wit Wine Dine

Amy at NovelGossip

Annie at The Misstery

Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction

Have you read A Little Life? What are your thoughts on it? Please feel free to share thoughts and suggestions below.

11 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – September 28th – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  1. What a wonderful review ❤I’ve heard nothing but great things about this one, and it’s one my TBR, so I just bought it from Audible earlier this month when they had it on sale for $4.95!! It’s almost 33 hrs long, and I can probably read it faster….but…I am finding that audiobooks are really helping me squeeze in some extra reading time while in school. Not my favorite way, but a girl has to read one way or another!!! I’ve got 2 audiobooks going now, but this might be my next listen! 😊❤ I hope your week is going well!! I just saw your comments, so I’ll answer them soon 😉💗💜

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    1. Wow! 33 hours is long, lol. You’ll have to let me know what you think about the audio. I think it took me a month to read this one. I’m so glad I finished it though and hope you enjoy it too.

      I love audiobooks too! It helps so much when you need to get things done! ❤ Hope all is well and will chat soon.


      1. It is soo long! It will probably take me 6 weeks or longer to listen to it, lol. I’ve been listening to a 20 hr book all month and still have 13 hrs left. Ugh. I could have read it in a day or 2 lol. But they are perfect like you said for when you need to get things done. I mainly use them when driving, but I usually only drive 20 min one way then back, so that’s not too long to listen lol.

        Thanks! I think I will enjoy it ❤ Enjoy the rest of the week💗💜💗

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  2. David R. Dowdy

    I don’t usually go out of my way to read emotionally trying fiction, however it happens. City on Fire was one of those and it was over 900 pages of horror. At least that’s the way I felt about. It was well-received and I’m not knocking it. It hooked me and I read it through. Still, it took the smallest disappointments in my life at the time and magnified them 10X. There’s a lot of credit due the writers of these types because it must be very hard to write a book that’s excruciatingly painful and beautiful at the same time.

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    1. I better add that book, Dave. I may have already. I’m always in awe of books like that because it’s amazing that someone can come up with all of it. Just amazing. ❤ Thanks for sharing your thoughts! ❤


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