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Shelby Van Pelt: Remarkably Bright Creatures (Hardcover, 2022, Ecco) 4 stars

For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration …

Loved the octopus, not much else

3 stars

2.5 stars, probably, but rounded up for the octopus.

I have lots of complaints about this book but I loved the octopus. More octopus POV please!

The author is from Washington but doesn't know there are no bridges to the San Juan islands; put a small town on the coast halfway between Seattle and Anacortes (so... the Tulalip Reservation?); and decided that tiny town could support a multi-employee paddleboard shop year-round, despite 9 straight months of cold rain.

She also apparently wants us to believe that no pregnant teenager (there are many, for a small cast in a book that isn't about teenagers or teen pregnancy) would even consider abortion.

But I really loved the octopus.