The Torn Skirt: A Novel
At Mt. Douglas (a.k.a. Mt. Drug) High, all the girls have feathered hair, and the sweet scent of Love's Baby Soft can't hide the musk of raw teenage anger, apathy, and desire. Sara Shaw is a girl full of fever and longing, a girl looking for something risky, something real. Her only possible salvation comes in the willowy form of the mysterious Justine, the outlaw girl in...more
This book is a work of art, it's poetry, it's delightful, and moving. If you haven't read it, do so.
Sara was not naive, in fact, she mentions several times that all she wanted to do was "fuck it all up." And that sums up my qualm with the entir...more
The Torn Skirt wasn't my favorite book, but it wasn't that bad. Yes, it was a bit slow and kinda boring. The ending was a disappointment and it wasn't very realistic-which it claimed to be. Anyhoo, I didn't like this book...but it wasn't a complete waste of time, I guess.
this book grabbed my attention i never wanted to put it down. what i like about it the most it doesnt give you a happy ending, it stickes to reality. it has a lot of action in it, one thing happens after another. its sad and makes you realize that making...more
'I was born with a fever, but it seemed to subside for sixteen years.' With this iconic understatement Sara begins her struggle to describe her life in terms outsiders will understanding. Her weird, wild fascination with the wily girl in the di...more
Written in 1980, "The Torn Skirt" is a dreamy, druggy stroll though a world peopled by drunks, druggies, rapists, losers and lost teens. Sara Shaw is 15, living with her dad (sporadically, as he is seldom there) getting high and spending time in the "Red Zone" a section of Vancouver where bars and prostitution flourish.
Sara spends the book in search of the mythic Justine, a girl who's famous in the Red Zone, mostly for being fucked up. In the beginning of "The Torn Skirt...more
This was a random find at my library's bookstore. The title sounded familiar, so I figured I'd pick it up since it was only 50 cents (LOVE the library bookstore!).
The Torn Skirt is about a Sara who was "born with a fever" (the book is full of this type of writing. Some of it is pretty eye-rolling, but you get used to it quickly). Basically, Sara is a teenager. Every teenager thinks their angst is special, but really it's not. Whatever. Anyways,...more
I was mildly surprised to see this shelved in "adult" fiction in my local library as it's my understanding this is generally considered a "young adult" book. Hmm. I didn't really see anything in it that would remove it from the younger reader's section; it certainly has drug use and a number of events that are of a sexual nature, although the worst of them is talked about as an "off-screen" event. I guess my feeling is that as mature as the subje...more
Sara has found it hard to fit it among her classmates, and after hearing that her "burn-out" boyfriend and his buddies gang rape a female aquaintence, Sara reels in disgust and hatred. She finds herself d...more
Sometimes I felt that she was a bit dumb for her age, like how she didnt know the meanings o...more
you have a fever with no cause. and you carry...more