Oh my god. It is so bad. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. It's probably second only to this book I read in ninth grade about the allegedOh my god. It is so bad. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. It's probably second only to this book I read in ninth grade about the alleged Pope Joan. That one I stopped reading when a character set a table with forks, which hadn't been invented when the book took place. This one I stuck with, just to talk about HOW BAD it is. It reads like a fifteen year old's fan fiction. I kept expecting the main character to have sex with Draco Malfoy, which would have at least been a little bit more interesting.
The story is one that I could totally get behind, and I thought it was awesome that it was a real book by a local author. I wanted to like it. I really, really wanted to like it. I just couldn't. At all. The story is poorly thought out, the dialogue is stilted, the situations verge on the absurd, and the main character's band has the worst name ever. "She Laughs?" Yeah I laugh at it.
I feel like I should say SOMETHING nice about it though, because otherwise I just look horribly mean. So I guess I'll say that if I had read this when I was 14, I'm sure I would have liked it. Maybe because I didn't know any better then, but I mean, the post riot grrrl setting is one that I know well, understand, and was fully immersed in during the late 90s. So I probably would have really liked this book ten years ago. Sadly, though, I'm not ten years ago....more
Overrated. I read it because I enjoyed Three Incestuous Sister, and I'm a sucker for things that take place in Chicago (I like to recognize street namOverrated. I read it because I enjoyed Three Incestuous Sister, and I'm a sucker for things that take place in Chicago (I like to recognize street names and places the characters go, and say, "hey I work near there!" or "that's by my house!"). Because of my love for Chicago in fiction, especially for the geographical joys I get from it, I didn't really care for this books. It was too name-droppy, too "look at me, I have a strange and unexpected timeline." Although I did like the shout out to Opart Thai, because that's where I get my Thai food usually....more