I bought this book because a lot of the reviews said that it was humorous and had an array of fun characters. Unfortunately, it happens that I don't cI bought this book because a lot of the reviews said that it was humorous and had an array of fun characters. Unfortunately, it happens that I don't click with the humor in books at times, and this was one of them.
I could see that it was written in a funny way, with typical small town antics and characters, but It didn't really grab me.
Moreover, while I liked Friday, I wasn't feeling El. I know El had to be cool and aloof, but I felt her to be too dry and didn't really click with the dialogue/ romance between El and Friday. Also, El had this annoying habit of making Friday work to get info about who she is as a person. I would have walked away already.
I think if you are into small town stories, and to be honest, they can work for me or not--meaning I'm not particularly into them or against them--this book will hit the spot and I think you will enjoy it.
I found it too dull.
I mark this as "it's not you, it's me" because I do think many will love this book. I just couldn't click with it. ...more
I loved this book for various reasons. Mainly it's that I could relate on so many levels.
This story is told through character Sheila Katz and as a chI loved this book for various reasons. Mainly it's that I could relate on so many levels.
This story is told through character Sheila Katz and as a character she's just so real and honest and funny as she tries to deal with hers and her husband's feelings about her daughter coming out as a lesbian.
And frankly, narrator Sheri Pigott added so much to Sheila as a character.
I'll probably do a more in depth review on my blog because it does pose a lot of questions about how things come up in life that we constantly have to confront our feelings about. Including morally ambiguous feelings. Not talking about being gay here. Other issues.
It's definitely a good book if you're confronting, from any standpoint: your own, family, or friends'-- issues around sexuality and identification. ...more
I loved Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary, it was hilarious. So I was excited to read this one as well. While it had a lot of the same campy sn3 1/2 stars.
I loved Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary, it was hilarious. So I was excited to read this one as well. While it had a lot of the same campy snark and 50's "gay" double entendre references, it was missing something for me that Lois Lenz had.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy this book. I liked it a lot. Some of that quirky naivete was still present that I enjoyed in Lois Lenz and I liked that although representative of the 60's, practically everyone is gay and there are no judgments in the story. The only references to the actual issues of being gay during that time period or that the characters had any inkling that being a lesbian is cause for problems was that their clubs get raided and they have to hide in the basement when it happens.
I liked that there was real world reference to that but that the actual story revolved around characters acting like being a lesbian was common. No one, not even the married women attracted to Bobby, are shy about their attractions.
I know that having a lesbian story set in a girls school is another cliche, but Ms Nolan didn't even enter into using it as a titillation factor, which is often the norm. The characters are all rather naive and particularly Bobby Blanchard is such a proper, do-things-by-the-book person that she herself would have balked at that.
What keeps the story fun and interesting are several mysteries that Bobby is compelled to find answers to, and a hot bed of crushes and romances between the varied and quirky characters. ...more