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Ragdoll House is the story of two girls who must decide if their hometown is still their home. Ruby, a shy sometimes-writer, meets Maria, a femme dyke with a painful past, when she responds to a roommate wanted ad. Exploring girl-friendship and survival as queer, weird girls in a small town, they share an apartment that once functioned as a home for lost girls. As they ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by Authorhouse (first published April 22nd 2013)
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Sassafras Lowrey
Jul 04, 2014 Sassafras Lowrey rated it it was amazing
underground, smart, and queer as f*ck. don't miss this book! Maranda Elizabeth has written us a queer punk classic in the making!
K.
May 28, 2013 K. rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, 2013
I picked up the Nook version of Ragdoll House from Barnes & Noble (at $4.00, it was a steal!) and read it all in one sitting underneath a blanket. Maranda crafted an engaging and relatable story of emerging identities, intense friendships, and what it means to be on the cusp of adulthood. I began reading worried that Ragdoll House might depict an idealized version of what it means to be young and on your own -- that the titular Ragdoll House would be a manic pixie dream house filled with ...more
Colleen Twombly Borst
Jun 19, 2013 Colleen Twombly Borst rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I love Marandas writing style and their poignant story telling. I just wish it existed when I was 13, because while I enjoyed the story and could relate to it, and it made me smile and dream and shed some tears, I did so from a nostalgic point. Which was expected, as its a YA novel, but I wish I could have read it when I was you get and experienced it from a viewpoint of "these are all the heartbreakingly wonderful things you can work towards." So I had to only give it ...more
Kit A.
I adore Maranda's writing, and this novel was another great reminder of why. It's an emotional story of the relationships & jealousy between girls, the boys that complicate (& sometimes destroy) their lives, and the struggles of living in a small town where every place has the potential to haunt you as long as you live there, and even after you escape. I wish there had been more books like this available when I was younger & growing up in a rural area, discovering punk & feeling ...more
Hannah Wingfield
May 20, 2013 Hannah Wingfield rated it really liked it
I’ve been a fan of Maranda’s zine, Telegram, for a number of years now (and earlier this year reviewed its anthology) so when I heard they had a novel out I couldn’t wait to read it. Ragdoll House is that novel, and it didn’t disappoint.

Set in a small town somewhere in Canada (a country I know woefully little about, and what I do know of I owe mostly to writers like Maranda, and, of course, Margaret Atwood), Ragdoll House charts a year-or-so in the life of Ruby, a young woman who opts not to tak
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Amanda
Dec 29, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Having read a lot of Maranda's non-fiction writing before, I was excited to read their first full novel. I was not disappointed. Ragdoll House covered a number of similar themes as the Telegram zine, and the experiences that Maria, Ruby, and the other characters go through really paint a human, relatable portrait of those issues. The novel gives a very palpable insight into the types of situations that affect many people's lives, such as living in poverty, alcohol abuse, and insular small town ...more
Alison
Jul 20, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
This is the first piece of fiction I've read in a few months that wasn't a comic book, and I think it was exactly what I needed. Maranda Elizabeth does a great job of accurately and tenderly depicting the lives of young, interesting, and complicated girls. The characters, their small town, and their dreamy home are written with charm and nostalgia, but without shying away from acknowledging the legitimate awkwardness, shittiness, and trauma of the girls' experiences.
I think my younger self would
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Sarah Elderflower
Jan 14, 2014 Sarah Elderflower rated it it was amazing
My new favourite book. I read this in the first two weeks of January, usually hiding under a blanket with a hot cup of tea. Maranda's characters felt like my best friends, and I want to live in their world forever. The relationships that are explored are so brutally real, everyone has felt that jealously and heartache, and Maranda writes it so perfectly. I didn't want to put this book down, and I was sad when I finished it.
Sam
Mar 20, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it
beautiful book filled with beautiful lines and heartbeaking characters . great piece to curl up and forget the world with.
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I would have liked this book more if I were younger. *****spoilers ahead******* it ended in a car crash death which really upset me.
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