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Girlbomb by Janice Erlbaum
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Jun 03, 2009

did not like it
Read in June, 2009

Erlbaum's gritty memoir of her high school years belongs to the same genre as Piece of Cake, A Million Little Pieces (assuming hers is true and not "enhanced"), and so on. Gritty, deeply depressing, Erlbaum's prose is vivid enough to leave the reader feeling hungover and strung out along with her. Unfortunately, the endless waves of description of drugs, sex, and a small dose of rock'n'roll leave the reader wondering if the experience was worth it. Erlbaum offers glimpses that the unending tide of slime is an ironic means of conveying her teenage ennui and mindless search for self, but except for the very end, there's little sense of any epiphany or understanding.
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message 1: by Naomi G Rivkis (new)

Naomi G Rivkis It's unfortunately painfully accurate. I knew her during some of the years involved. Not going to attempt to dispute the criticism; it's a valid perspective - just wanted to add that piece of information, since you weren't sure.

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