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Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
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Sep 07, 2013

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3 1/2 stars.

The first chapter of GIRLCHILD is beautifully written and seemingly a promise of much more gritty poetic prose to come. There are many chapters like this one, interspersed with clever Girl Scout-like entries and poignant accounts. But then there are chapters of words piled upon one another in ambiguous revelations, drawn out and requiring more work in the area of assumptions than is conducive to a quick and eager read.

It took me a long time to read this. There were times when I found it a chore to pick it up again. Although there are so many great sections, there are also many stretches that seem to drone on. The story itself is compelling, and the short poetic chapters that smack of an homage to The House on Mango Street are well written.

I wanted to like this book more. That isn't to say that I didn't like it. I did-- many chapters more than others. But there was such promise in that first chapter and throughout that I had hopes for more. I look forward to seeing more work from Tupelo Hassman to fulfill those hopes in the future.

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