Alone With You in the Ether: A love story like no other and a Heat Magazine Book of the Week

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Alone With You in the Ether: A love story like no other and a Heat Magazine Book of the Week

Alone With You in the Ether: A love story like no other and a Heat Magazine Book of the Week

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This is what I get when I go into a book expecting it to become a new favorite based on the synopsis and glowing reviews. I will not understand how this book is classified as a romance when it felt like a horror story in my eyes.

For Regan and Aldo, life has been a matter of resigning themselves to the blueprints of inevitability—until the two meet. It is why they continuously say they love each other’s brains more than any other aspect of one another, they are trying to love the pure consciousness and essence of the other.i was meandering through the reviews on this and found some of the popular ones describing how this was glamorizing deteriorating mental health, etc. There is a musicality to it, but it is like every instrument in a band trying to all take a solo at once in the cacophony of feeling so much you aren’t sure if you can contain it. it just ended with more pretty, empty prose wrapped around a barely formed concept of time travel, multiverses and soulmates who are not really that. This was my first Olivie Blake and I will certainly read others, it is a book without any fantastical elements though still is undeniably magical. Because to me, it felt like unwrapping a beautifully wrapped present only to find an empty box underneath.

There is also the issue in which medication and therapy are painted as obstacles to true love or feeling anything at all. it was cool in the beginning with their dialogues about bees, time travel and art etc, but as the book dragged on i just found myself less interested in the characters, and when the writing style changed into just endless paragraphs without any conversations at all towards the end, i just lost my patience with it. I’m not one usually for a romance novel, but this feels rather different than what one would expect. When Regan and Aldo's worlds collide, a chance encounter at the Art Institute, they bank on six conversations, a measure that elevates their relationship to an alternate world. Both obsessive, eccentric personalities, Aldo Damiani and Charlotte Regan struggle to be without each other from the moment they meet.I love that museum intensely and the pair having an affection for the Armory there as the place of their first meeting steals my heart. this is a character driven book and the plot is the characters lives so don’t go into it saying “omg it’s so pretentious” like that’s the point. Their connection is superficial and deeply obsessive (they both don’t have a single friend and barely reach out to their family because they are all consumed by each other), and it concerns me that their ending connection feels like a triumph when they are not in a good place to be in a relationship.

As someone who can't imagine going off medication atp, the author's story was so relatable and so inspiring. i know it says a love story on the front, but this book is very much about mental health + choosing to not be medicated for mental health conditions. and olivie blake just is just such a talented author and the sentences she is able to string together, about really dark and hard to talk about things, really resonated with me in a way other words just never have before. People who are difficult to love still deserve to be loved, and that is captured so elegantly in Alone With You in the Ether.About the Author: Olivie Blake is the internationally bestselling author of The Atlas Six, Alone with You in the Ether, One For My Enemy, and Masters of Death. if art is supposed to make you feel something, then this book is art in its purest form, for there is no emotion this book hasn’t made me feel. Aldo on the other hand, looks straight into the present, or the future, almost always lost in quantum matters. there is nothing inside my head but aldo and regan and bees and quantum formulas and differential equations and the crevices of their fragile minds and i am at lost for words to describe how utterly devastatingly beautiful this book was.

Blake delivers seemingly effortless storytelling that loops through exciting metafiction techniques, such as a whole host of narrators intruding in on the story in part 1, including an “overzealous Cubs fan,” or “an aging, arthritic man in possession of many books” as well as stage direction details. the writing style felt pretentious to me at first; how dialogues switch from being in first person i to being in third person she or him. I wish all the metaphors from the first half could’ve actually meant something in the end, spoiler alert!

The craziest part about this story--through Olivia Blake's words, we ride all the rollercoaster of emotions Regan encounters. More often, her works revolve around what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love. She works at a Museum, mostly as a guide, her parents are absent as hell, her mom-destructive and cutting, and her sister, too perfect for words.

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