Rose of No Man's Land
This is the thing about Mic ...more
DNF on page 17.
I really don't have the urge to read this right now, and I'm sure my friend (irl) wants this book back. I feel bad that I've borrowed her books for so long.
But the thing is, I liked the first half of Rose of No Man's Land better than the second half. Did I mention that these are fourteen year old girls ...more
That's what it feels like when you're waiting and sometimes searching for someone to love or something to change everything or something, anything to reach out and touch, to connect to on some level just so something will change at all and you don't fucking rot under the crushing weight o ...more
First off, the characterization. Michelle Tea crafts t ...more
Following on the heels of her graphic novel Rent Girl (2005), the award-winning Valencia (2001), about San Francisco prostitution, and The Beautiful (2003), a collection of poetry, Rose of No Man's Land is Tea's first novel. Critics describe it as raw, honest, confident, hilarious, unpretentious, cynical, and poignant__and agree that among coming-of-age novels, Tea's voice rings true. Narrated by Trisha, the novel takes place over one day, which stretched credibility for some critics. Yet Tea's...more
The protagonist is pretty kick-arse, too, which is always fun - ey reminds somewhat of the working class girl in My Summer of Love, m ...more
That said, I really enjoyed it. The premise begins when a gender neutral girl named Trisha takes a job at a clothing store called Ohmigod! in a mall in her town. She is soon fired, but meets a girl named Rose, who works at Clown in a box, a place in the mall that sells all varieties of fried food (deep fried veggies, corn dogs, Mars bars, everything!).
Some major points were scored in my eyes by the author using The X-Files as an adjective.
And as a completely irrelevant sidenote, I kinda wish my last name was Tea.
It derives it's value from the fact that with a step or two down on the social latter the events of this book could have easily happened to anybody. Think of, how close you were to the places Trisha and Rose terrorized, All those hours you spent in Chinese buffets as a teen, or in the mall, and of all the sick looking kids in high school, or even your sick looking self at 14. With some edgy twi ...more
I will never, ever forget the tampon scene! I think that scene might be the grossest, greatest thing I've ever read. I also loved the characterization of Rose. She felt so real to me, like so many girls I got into trouble with growing up. Intoxicating ...more
Michelle Tea's writing is accessible and highly visual, although her propensity for mixed-metaphors is a definite weakness. I wish I could give half stars - I would give this 3.5 if I could. Overall ...more
This reads like an unedited manuscript, complete with writerly errors: your instead of you're, it's instead of its, then instead of than. The formatting on my ebook was messed up and the punctuation was inconsistent.
And then there's the matter of plot, or somewhat lack thereof. Trisha, a gender-bendy lone wolf goes on an unexpected adventure, starting with a day-long stint in a thinly-veiled Wet Seal, then going on to a drug and sex fueled hitchhiking excursion with a gir ...more
The dialogue is real, feels very teenage, suburban and hopeless... the sexual content is fiery in spots. Reminded me of my first experience with a girl (the identi ...more
Michelle Tea's writing style is always a treat, but I can't help but wonder how many books she can write about teenaged lesbians doing drugs and discovering their sexual identities. There are a lot of gems in here (particularly the bathroom scene with Trish and Rose... ahhhhh I understand completely how that feels!), but it fizzled ...more