Alone With You in the Ether: A love story like no other and a Heat Magazine Book of the Week
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the moment i read the last paragraph of this book, i thought ah, i would never find a book like this. The premise is rather cute with Aldo and Regan agreeing to have six conversations to see what they learn about each other, something right in Aldo’s wheelhouse as ‘ for Aldo, to love something was to study it; to devote every spare thought to understanding it. they were both dealing with a lot when they met, and the realistic portrayal of mental health was very much appreciated. 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.
I really loved this book and had goosebumps at multiple moments, it is very moving and searingly gorgeous at times. how the characters were viewed in an omniscient way; all their cracks and flaws laid out for us to comprehend.They are difficult characters but they still deserve to feel love and there were fleeting moments I felt this book was akin to Sally Rooney characters. 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.
The perspective rotates between Regan and Aldo, offering both internal and external perspectives on each other creating more dynamic characters but also allowing us to detect inconsistencies that show how a self-image is often a slight fiction.Their personalities had two or three distinct traits and little to nothing else to cling onto, as a reader, as we meander throughout their relationship that seems all consuming to them, but, as an outsider, deeply confused me because they speak for hours on hand but manage to say nothing in the process. Both obsessive, eccentric personalities, Aldo Damiani and Charlotte Regan struggle to be without each other from the moment they meet. Le Guin, ‘ it has to be made,��� and through these trials will Aldo and Regan discover a way to make lasting love or will they burn up in each other’s atmosphere? Her choice to abandon her meds is troubling, though Blake explains in the afterword that it is not meant as ‘ perscriptive’ and is largely based on her own experiences and struggles with medication after a bi-polar diagnosis.