how Should a person be? by sheila heti

★ ★ ★

How Should a Person Be? follows the main character, Sheila, and her best friend Margaux. Margaux is a confident, driven artist and Sheila is still on her path to self-discovery. Having been commissioned to write a play, Sheila is realising her faults and insecurities and searches for inspiration. Along the way, she is confronted by realities of the world, enters a sexual relationship with a dominant man, and struggles to maintain her friendship with Margaux.

I found this book somewhat depressing, yet by the end, enlightening. The title confused me, as what I read was completely different to my expectations. The book had its moments and I enjoyed the story, I just didn't expect something so dark.

I read this book a couple of years ago, straight after my first solo trip through the U.S. and while it wasn't what I expected, I did feel like I had learnt something about myself and grown from reading this book (even though I still can't pinpoint exactly what it was).

How Should a Person Be? is definitely worth a read for anyone on their own path to self-discovery, or who is simply after a grittier piece of chick-lit.


Reviewed by: @malireads
Sydney, Australia


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