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The Blondes by Emily Schultz
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Mar 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: canadian, books-i-own
Read from March 08 to 20, 2012

They say that blondes have more fun, but do they also tend to go crazy and turn into rabid killers? The Blondes follows NYC grad student Hazel Hayes, who finds out that she’s pregnant at just about the worst time ever: a strange illness is running rampant in the city and around the world, transforming blondes (both natural and dyed) into crazed attackers, like dogs with rabies.

So while the world is in a state of panic because of the “Blonde Fury”, Hazel is still trying to work on her thesis (which is on women and vanity), figure out what to do about her unplanned pregnancy (which is from an affair with her married professor), and also get back home to Toronto. This juxtaposition of one rather average girl’s problems set against a deadly virus with unknown origins is what takes this novel from ordinary to extraordinary. Not only do you want to know what happens to Hazel and her baby, but you’re also aching to hear about the progression of the virus.

Schultz’s wit and sarcasm add the perfect bite to this story, and her examination of female relationships and our obsession with beauty is compelling.
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