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Rose of No Man's Land by Michelle Tea
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Dec 28, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: Teenagers on the brink of snapping
Read in November, 2007

A compact, entertaining book where almost all of the action takes place over the course of one crazy-assed day. Although it is told from the viewpoint of a lower-class teenage girl in Mogsfield, Massachusetts, the language is tight, the slang and dialect is used effectively (not just for style), and there are some surprising and refreshing lines throughout. Michelle Tea manages to feed off stereotypes without resorting to complete clichés. By the end of this gritty tale we can’t help but be charmed by the protagonist and her position in her home, her city, and eventually her place in the greater world. The ending is sharp and fitting, though there is enough left unresolved to warrant a sequel if Tea chooses to do so—let’s hope!

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