RaveThe Philly VoiceWhile both Bernadette? and Today Will Be Different are hilarious and heartwarming, in Semple's latest, the laughs come a little easier and a soft spot for the wacky one-woman show grows a little quicker. The reason is that Eleanor's problems are easier to swallow, and while the ridiculousness is laid on thick, there's heart and soul behind it.
PositiveThe Philly VoiceThe topics are heavy, and an important part of her identity, but things never get too maudlin. You won't cry for her; you're more likely to cheer and laugh ... The book's diction is snappy, conversational, run-on and brash. It's almost like listening to a friend gush or vent. You're getting a lot of raw, honest information all at once so you better keep up
PositiveThe Philly VoiceNeither character is extremely likable, and their backgrounds stumble into eye-rolling territory...Thankfully, their backgrounds aren't essential to the storyline. The focus is on their inner dialogues as they feel themselves drifting apart ... Pittard writes her characters' vulnerable, inappropriate, selfish, trivial, scary thoughts with cringeworthy honesty ... Pittard may write about the things that no one likes talking about, but readers should listen when one of her characters brings it up.
PositiveThe Philly VoiceUntil the final pages, it's nail-biting suspense trying to figure out how the story will wrap up as the twists turn ludicrous. While the fast pace is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book, it also lets Crouch avoid answering too many plot questions. What he does well, however, is leave readers thinking of Dark Matter long after they've finished reading.
MixedThe Philly VoiceThe book runs unnecessarily long. Sure, clues can be found in each chapter, but whole pages can feel superfluous. Characters becoming drained by their guilt leaves readers tired too. Moriarity makes up for the extreme build-up — and inequivalent payoff — by giving readers an honest portrayal of friendship ... The trials, triumphs and revelations of Clementine and Erika's friendship save Truly Madly Guilty.