I was soooo excited when I saw this, that I bought it. I never buy books. If they aren't at the library, then I resign myself to never reading them. BI was soooo excited when I saw this, that I bought it. I never buy books. If they aren't at the library, then I resign myself to never reading them. But I had to have it! Which is probably why I was so very disappointed when half the stories didn't live up to my expectations.
Stories I did very much enjoy included "Eye of the Storm", "Fisherman","Bleaker Collegiate Presents", "Self-Reflection", and "The Metamorphosis Bud". I think I liked these because there was a playful lightness, a joy in discovery that wasn't present in the others. (Or the others were just too speculative (aka: weird) for my tastes.)
For me, it begs the questions, how can you represent the concept of "gender queer" in fiction? How can you do it in a way that doesn't fetish it, or point out it's difference? How do you "mainstream" something that isn't? How do you even describe something that isn't within the binary without evoking the binary itself? These are questions I struggle with. I think this book struggled with this too - I was just hoping to find the answer inside the struggle, and I'm not sure I did.
It probably deserves more than three stars, but I can't hide my disappointment. Boo. I hope it will serve as a stepping stone for future writing by these and other authors....more
There is a lot to like about this book - the lack of sugar coating of teen pregnancy, the confusion of emotion that comes from parenthood, the fear anThere is a lot to like about this book - the lack of sugar coating of teen pregnancy, the confusion of emotion that comes from parenthood, the fear and love that balances it. If that was consistently well done, this would be a much more powerful story, and could reach a wider audience.
Unfortunately, the author made some things too easy. A $10k grant from parents? A nanny? And all that underage drinking? Get real. And the trip to Europe seemed oddly placed. Ok, I get it was supposed to be an example of her irresponsibility, but it just didn't fit. I read the eBook version which had some typos too, and that didn't help. Anyway, it's worth a read - just make sure you're in a generous mood if these sorts of things get to you....more