This is a delightful book that, in minimal words, conveys all the joys and dramas of single girl life. Griffenhagen's words paired with Cynthia VehslaThis is a delightful book that, in minimal words, conveys all the joys and dramas of single girl life. Griffenhagen's words paired with Cynthia Vehslage Meyers' art is whimsical and charming, extolling the joys of the "walk of shame," talking about booty calls, crushes, wistfulness, parental questions and much more. They're sweet and dirty and fun and will make single girls take heart that they're certainly not alone. Hard to pick favorites because there are so many that perfectly capture what it means to be single and have mixed feelings about it....more
Some Girls is about, on the surface, Lauren's time spent in a harem in Brunei, but dig just marginally beneath that surface and you will see that thisSome Girls is about, on the surface, Lauren's time spent in a harem in Brunei, but dig just marginally beneath that surface and you will see that this is a memoir that tackles major moments in both her life and one's that many women struggle with. Lauren leaves home at 16 to head out on her own at NYU, but soon finds the life of the theater and, later, escorting, more her style. She is young, brash and carefree, but Lauren never makes it as easy as "I was rebelling." She transposes her freewheeling time against her search for meaning--and her birth mother. Her descriptions of life in the palace, the over-the-top, almost sickening shopping sprees, and encounters with Prince Jefri vividly, including rivalry, jealousy, desire and boredom.
Some of the most moving scenes here, though, having nothing to do with the harem, even if they were informed by her time there. Her quest, and eventual success, in finding her birth mother is at the core of what it means to find oneself, and the ways that meeting falls short of Lauren's expectations are poignant. When she writes of her accidental pregnancy, the boyfriend who wasn't interested, and how she chose to deal with that, she starkly highlights the humanity within the debate around abortion in a way we truly need to see more of in our society. And when Lauren finds tattoo culture (fun fact: Ed Hardy once had a magazine called Tattootime, which becomes Lauren's bible), she writes of having found her people, and promptly gets a major tattoo that even her tattoo artist advises her against.
I found myself repeatedly marveling that the protagonist is only, at most, 19 or 20 when most of the scenes here take place. Lauren displays a maturity beyond her years in her self-assurance (though, again, beneath the surface much more than toughness bubbles up) as well as in the writing and self-reflection. This is a memoir in the truest sense of the word, not a dashed-off "I did this for a year" but a piece that flashes back and reveals her childhood piece by piece, showing why she had this restless yearning to travel so far and get involved with the Prince, even dreaming of having his child at one point. She complicates prostitution and her role in it, while never disowning or disavowing that word or the reality of what she did, and in doing so, has written an outstanding story that is both a fast, at times glamorous read, and one that is very likely to make you cry which, in my book, makes it a winner....more
**spoiler alert** Spoilers. Who wouldn't want $10,000 an episode to hang out with their friends, shop, talk about boys and be themselves? That's why f**spoiler alert** Spoilers. Who wouldn't want $10,000 an episode to hang out with their friends, shop, talk about boys and be themselves? That's why friends Charlie, Brooke, Kieran and Hallie sign up to be on The Cliffs, set in their small beach town. Even though the reader can immediately tell trouble is impending, watching it unfold in Calonita's hands is entertaining. Charlotte "Charlie" Reed soon finds Brooke's jealousy over her starring role unbearable, while her big crush doesn't want fame and the show soon interferes with their budding relationship. We see how easily one stray line or tiny crack in a friendship can be escalated and highlighted, and Calonita gets at each girl's Achilles heel.
Reality TV is pretty easy to skewer and some of the plotlines are things the reader can't help but wonder why the girls don't see, but as the show premieres and they do become the celebrities gossiped about in US Weekly they've wanted to be, and are threatened with breach of contract if they don't live up to the promised drama, the best writing comes out. In many ways, the mean girl steals the show, and while you're rooting for Charlie, the machinations of those who want fame above all else are highly entertaining. A perfect example of "Be careful what you wish for."...more
I saw this book at Barbara's Bookstore at O'Hare and as a fan of cozies, I was intrigued, even though I don't play sudoku. I found the premise intriguI saw this book at Barbara's Bookstore at O'Hare and as a fan of cozies, I was intrigued, even though I don't play sudoku. I found the premise intriguing, set at a sudoku tournament with an assortment of oddball characters. I liked Liza Kelly, the protagonist, and found her curious and humorous, but toward the end, the plot got a little over the top and outrageous, although always fast-paced. While I don't mind a bit of out there happenings in my cozies, this one seemed to pile on lots of murders (a total of 4) to the point that it somewhat detracted from the story, but not by a lot. My favorite part was the use of sudoku in solving the crime, which reminded me of another series I loved, the tattoo shop mysteries by Karen E. Olson. I was intrigued enough to want to read more, and have a feeling sudoku fans will like these mysteries even more than I did....more