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3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  191 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
As a young adult, she started to turn tricks in the parking lot of the local bar. Not because she needed the money, but because the money made explicit what sex had always been for her, a loveless transaction.

A sadist takes her home to replay family dramas with his beautiful wife, and she becomes hopelessly drawn into their dangerous web, and eventually, ends up in more tr
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Serpent's Tail
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Dec 11, 2007 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with someone good to talk to
Shelves: fiction
This is the most disturbing book I have ever read. Like the car-wreck thing, but amplified incredibly. And yet, unlike books like American Psycho which I eventually stopped reading because the sexual violence was so gratuitous and gory, there's something emotionally compelling, even more disturbing than the surface horror, that kept me reading.
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
Jul 03, 2011 Heather V ~The Other Heather~ rated it really liked it
I'll write a review once this has settled into my brain a bit better...but for now, while I praise its audacity, I have to say that the book reads like a 200 page long suicide note, which, sadly, is exactly what it is. Not for the squeamish or easily triggered. More when I can collect my thoughts.
Jan 29, 2016 kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015, lgbtq
"But even with that slumber taking me over, and then taking me under, I knew that leviathan thing slept in this same darkness. Lay with me, too. Resting, biding its time."

Heather Lewis, the author of this book, took her own life after she wrote these words. "Notice" was published posthumously in 2004, two years after her death. It was published by a small press and as of 2015, this book out of print and damn near impossible to get in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. I finally did an interl
Jun 27, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: gender, queer, literature
The most painful book I have ever read. I literally yelled at it, threw it on the ground, and then rushed back to compulsively reading it.
Apr 10, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Read in mid 2000, Very dark, very heavy. Really respect the author and her voice.
Dec 26, 2014 Codrus rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Codrus by:
If you can handle it, I think this is an important book to read because I think it important to understand what she lays out so stark and bare for us to notice, to learn from, to teach us: That we, as humans, have the capacity within us to do things--awful things--to others. And why do we so often see it happening? Because, simply, it is part of our nature to do what we can get away with. When people are placed in positions where they don't have to expect any relative repercussions they find the ...more
Jan 22, 2008 Kat rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people more detached than i am
Recommended to Kat by: carole guess
One star because "I didn't like it." I have a certain respect for it, but as I told the professor who assigned it: I think it was an act of violence for her to force me to read this book. Spending hours immersed in an endless stream of rape triggers is not my favorite type of homework, though I guess there's something to be said for a school experience that is so intimate.

That said, I might reread it someday. Lewis was undeniably a skillful writer; it has to be hard to write a book with at leas
This was a tough, bleak read. And I usually love bleak books. But this is another level of horror. I'm not sure I've read anything more vicious to its main character. It's a hard book to get into; the tone and rhythm of the writing is great but difficult to discern at first how much you should be paying attention. For how short it is, there's a lot to unpack. I respect this book, and I think it's good, but I'm so glad it's over.
May 21, 2013 Snugglebunny1001 rated it it was amazing
This book was kind of hard to read, but once you get the hang of how she writes, you completely understand her. It was a sad sad sad story and I couldn't put it down. I wish I was there to help her myself and help her through the things she went through. I could honestly feel her pain and I'm sure there are others out there like her. Listen and help those in need. This book really touched me and It will remain with me for a long time.
Hezekiah James
Sep 26, 2007 Hezekiah James rated it really liked it
You ever want to read a book that leaves you feeling completely wasted at the end of it, this is your book. One of the few that I felt like my soul had been rubbed raw by at the end of. Of the few people I have lent this out to, only one has been able to finish it. Not because it isn't any good, but because it is so bleak.
Jan 08, 2016 Danielle rated it did not like it
This has got to be the worst book ever. Just awful. This style of writing is not my favorite (I prefer more dialogue), and the subject matter was just terrible. Seriously, wtf? (view spoiler)

I felt awful after reading this book. I did skip around quite a bit, and I was still able to read enough to make me feel disgusted. I had to read
Jan 11, 2015 zan added it
Holy shit. The saddest, most brutal thing I have ever read. I probably read all of it through my fingers, with furrowed brow and scrunched nose. Hard, hard, hard stuff.
Nov 29, 2008 Kylie rated it really liked it
This is the most disturbing damn book I have ever read in my life. House Rules, the book to which it is a sequel, is a close second. But this book... holy God.
Jan 08, 2013 Ellie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: pro-prostitution folks
Shelves: worst-book-ever
This is the worst book I have ever read. I wish I could take back reading it. Things have not been the same since.
Robert Cymbala
Aug 04, 2009 Robert Cymbala rated it really liked it
An incredible perspective from the addict's viewpoint***
Ruth Anderson
May 01, 2015 Ruth Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
This book was, as many reviewers have noted, disturbing. It's one of those stories the reader expects to become lighter, for circumstances to get easier, and for things to become happy. Eventually, the reader realizes that his or her comfort is not the point of the story.
This book evokes very strong emotions. Sitting with them and dwelling on them is difficult. Ultimately, though, doing so contributes to self-knowledge and greater empathy towards other humans.
Recommending this to others will be
Dec 13, 2013 Cara rated it did not like it
I didn't like it at all but kept thinking I should read on before judging it or quitting it. I feel for the author and her family because of her suicide and the pain she must have been in but I can't agree that she's a good writer. The grammar and writing style was all over the place and didn't flow. And I felt nothing for the main character in the story because there was no reason given to. She just went on doing awful things and had zero background story as to why she got there and zero emotio ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who liked <u>Hogg</u>
Recommended to Chris by: Kat
This book starts off as, basically, a series of humiliations and disturbing sexual encounters, and then sort of circles around through therapy, healing of some minor amount, and slipping back into bad behavior.
Though at times the writing slips into a sort of over-saturated introspection (Dawson's Creek for a drug and sex subculture), it is for the most part, very succinct, tight prose. The way everything is described to an extremely exact level, without ever giving the sense that the author actu
Mar 09, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
It feels weird to give such a disturbing book such high praise. There are few people I would recommend this too. And every recommendation would come with a huge disclaimer about the disturbing intensity of this short little book.
Brianne W
Apr 09, 2014 Brianne W rated it really liked it
Disturbing and intriguing. A whole lot going on with this book and I'm not sure how I feel about it but I know the writing is strong and I had to find out what happened to the main character.
Aug 07, 2010 Evan rated it really liked it
The cover story of all time, that's what money is. The excuse of excuses no one will question because they so much need to use it themselves.

But then having two things going on at the same time is not something I question. It's just something I do. Something we all do. Everyone does. All the time.

I found myself wondering about the night before. Wondering until it grew flimsier instead of more solid. And then I wondered how much anyone can know of the things they desire too much, these being the
Apr 30, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
This is a really sad story. Filled with despair and misery. A twisted tale and a quite enjoyable one. Kind of like a pornographic soap opera starring prostitutes, psychiatrists, strange mystery men who beat one the ones they love...I dug it, quite a bit actually, but for some reason it never really grabbed me - I had to read it in spurts (no pun intended). It really is an accomplishment for the author though. 3.5 stars and worth a read.
Jill Brooks
Oct 30, 2014 Jill Brooks rated it it was ok
I had to stop reading this halfway through. It is too dark for probably 90+ % of readers. I'm usually a pretty tenacious reader and will stick with a book to the end no matter how much I dislike a book. The author, Heather Lewis, committed suicide a few years after this was published, and feeling her tortured soul in the pages of "Notice" was a painful experience.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Booky Mary
May 02, 2016 Booky Mary rated it it was amazing
Un roman dure et sombre sur la place des d-femmes et de leurs identités dans un monde dominé par les hommes. La dernier bijou de l'auteur, qui vous fascinera autant qu'il va réveiller votre indignation et votre réflexion sur le féminisme et sur les sexualités féminines :
Aug 14, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing
Possibly the coldest "first person" narrative I've ever encountered. Creepy lesbian s&m in deceptively simple delivery. Bone-chilling.
Sep 07, 2008 Erika rated it it was amazing
this book is disturbing
i needed to sleep for days and felt like
i couldnt shower the dirt off
if you can handle it, read it
This is one of the most disturbing books I have ever read.
Jan 23, 2008 Bridget rated it really liked it
This was one of the most disturbing books that I have read.
Tom Cole
Mar 26, 2009 Tom Cole rated it it was amazing
dark exploration of suburban sexuality
Catarina C Gomes
Apr 25, 2016 Catarina C Gomes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This one hit close to home.
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Heather Lewis was born in Bedford, New York and attended Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of three published novels. The first, House Rules (1994), details the experiences of a fifteen year old girl working as a show rider of horses-an experience the author herself had in her teenage
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