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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,370 ratings  ·  598 reviews
In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and pu ...more
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Published November 13th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Emma Me too!! Definitely with the whole “past tense” conversation

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chai ♡
It is with such a heavy heart that I must announce that I'm feeling sapped of any motivation to read this book so I'm calling it a DNF at 65%.

I just really no longer want to force things. I only have energy for things that manage to seize my interest in a tight grip. Sadly, it wasn't all too difficult to squirm out of Pulp's grasp. With that being said, I think this is a Your Mileage May Vary kind of book, so all I can do is tell you what I felt and why.

My initial excitment at Pulp's premise (a
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Pulp is a book about Abby, a girl growing up in present-day Washington DC, and Janet, a girl growing up in the same area in the 1950s. Both like girls, and both like writing, and Janet, in the age of McCarthyism, risks it all to embrace her love of both. We follow Abby as she uncovers Janet’s past through a project on Janet’s first, and only, lesbian pulp novel.

Pulp occurs in three distinct mediums, including the aforementioned lesbian pulp novel, which should feel a lot more disjointed than it
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Kat
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
Awesome look at the 1950’s and what it was like to grow up having to keep who you really were a secret. Janet, a teen in DC, discovers lesbian pulp fiction and begins writing her first manuscript just as her romance with best friend Marie begins to take off. But her writing may endanger them both. Told through the dual narratives of Janet and Abby, a teen growing up in 2017 who’s working on a school project and stumbles over the books by accident, we see the world through both their eyes.

Janet w
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Hollis
It pains me to rate this so low, and infact I wasn't going to rate it at all, particularly because I thought this might be close to a four star read for the first hundred pages. But then there was another three hundred pages to get through..

The premise around this queer, mirrored storyline, that bounces between the fifties and present day, with two lesbian MCs, dealing with very different but also some very similar situations, sounded brilliant. Throw in some relevant topics, some gritty awful t
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"This is still a harsh world we live in, but you're lucky you've found each other."

review also on my blog

Pulp is a book that will make you cry, clutch your heart, and scream all at once. Talley has once again blown me away with her meta-storytelling and exquisite character development. I can't wait for others to get their hands on this!

When was the first time you felt seen in a book? How long did it take you to find a main character with the same identity or label as you? Which cha
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Tatiana
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ya
3.5 stars

For better or worse, this was a very educational YA novel.

First, I didn't know anything about the popularity of lesbian pulp fiction in 1950s America. Movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt” is my only exposure to this genre.

Second, I knew even less about "lavender scare," a mass campaign in the same 50s to find and fire gay people from government jobs, on the grounds of them being assumed to be morally corrupt communist sympathizers.

As far as historical context, "P
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Kristy
In 2017, Abby Zimet is struggling. Things are tough at home--her parents can barely stand to be in the same room together. Plus, Abby and her girlfriend, Linh, broke up in June. Abby thought it would only be temporary, but now school has started, and here they are: still friends, still broken up. Abby can't seem to concentrate on school or her senior project. That is until she discovers 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. In particular, a book called "Women of the Twilight Realm." Abby becomes obsessed ...more
Monica
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-aways
Published by Harlequin Teen, Pulp is outside my typical genre. A pretty constant fan of YA in general, romance is never a top pick for me. Neither are historical pieces.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself very interested in these characters, especially Janet, whose story takes place in 1955. The challenges that she faced were shocking. Abby, a gay teen in present DC, has the usual family and relationship issues. But she doesn’t have the same fears that Janet faced on a daily basis. Althou
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Faith Simon
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thank you sooooo much Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader edition of this title in exchange for an honest review.

I'm just as obsessed with this book as Abby is obsessed with Women of the Twilight Realm. Seriously. This was my MOST anticipated 2018 read, and I'm so lucky and grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read it before it's released. This book by far exceeded my expectations, and from the moment I laid my eyes on it's synopsis, the highest expectations had already been set
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those reads that prior to picking up, I had no idea that it existed. Even before starting to read this novel, I had my own preconceptions and thought that I wouldn't like it because it wasn't something I would "typically read".

Now, after reading this book, I can only shake my head at how ignorant and naive that I was by unfairly judging this novel before even reading the summary. This book was way more than I expected and way more than I could have hoped for. It's an important no
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad this lived up to my expectations. I collect lesbian pulp, and I'm fascinated with its history--plus, I love YA! So combining these into one? Swoon. I loved reading about a modern lesbian teenager discovering lesbian pulp, and the contrast between being a lesbian teenager now and then. I learned more about the Lavender Scare than I was aware of, and how it really affected people's everyday lives.

Aside from the pulp aspect, I also really sympathized so much with Abby, who is in this aw
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Rachel
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-favorites
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I've read a couple of Robin Talley's books and this one is hands down my favorite. It was so amazing! The characters were likable and interesting, the pacing of the story was excellent and I feel like I learned so much. Despite being queer myself, I feel like I don't know enough about queer history and this book was a really eye opening experience for me on that front.

I've always known things aren't as good for queer
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Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
3.75

There is so much to love about this book, and I did really enjoy it and it did open up my eyes a lot, but some things fell a little flat for me. I think this is a really important book and I am so glad that such a diversely packed book is going out into the world. I hope you all read this when it comes out. And it is super cute as well! If you want to read a lighter contemporary still full of amazing representation which I believe is own-voices! There is also so much for any reader to love
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Wendi Lee
*3.75 stars*

I was so excited when I approved for a Netgalley arc for this book! Robin Talley's work has been on my radar for a while now, and I even own a few of her books on my Kindle, but haven't had the time to read them yet.

Pulp is about two girls separated by decades. Abby lives in current day America, reeling from a recent break-up and the strange way both her parents and little brother are acting. She's supposed to be filling out college applications, but instead she finds herself immers
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Robin Bonne
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is it a little slow? Yes, however I enjoyed the story and listening through to the ending. Pulp checked a lot of boxes for me: LGBTQ characters, aspiring writers, mid century pulps, and coming of age stories. The narrator of the audiobook did an excellent job reading the different characters and keeping me engaged with the story.

The dual storylines had enough parallels that they came together to make a cohesive book. I’m usually not a huge fan of this method of storytelling, but this is an examp
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Ian
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Pulp is a strong read for a young adult. If you're a regular adult who just happens to read young adult books from time to time, you'll enjoy yourself, too. Just not completely so.

The story, which is a coming of age story as well as a bit of a mystery, is really two stories: Janet, a closeted queer girl in the 50s, and Abby, an out and proud of it queer girl in 2017. The book begins when Abby discovers online an article about lesbian pulp fiction from the fifties era. Abby attends a private sc
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Rita
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and HQ Young Adult for providing me an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

I must say I was interested to read Pulp because of the dual perspective between this young woman discovering she's a lesbian in 1955, and another lesbian girl in current time, going through her problems. And it was definitely my favourite part of the book, to see those different storylines and finding out how they would intersect.

The thing is I was much more into the storyline happening
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Kelly
I loved how much queer history is packed into a story that is, ultimately, not a history lesson. I knew nothing about the Lavender Scare, and vis a vis Janet and Abby, it becomes palpable and terrifying. I also absolutely loved that lesbian pulp -- which I did know about -- was woven in as the thread binding both Abby in 2017 and Janet in 1955 together.

That said, neither character was especially developed. Janet felt really flat and the challenges in Abby's life felt too underdeveloped to have a
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Kayleigh
4.5 stars.

“Even more had read it and discovered, for the first time, that they weren’t the only non-straight people in the world. That there was a whole community out there. It was weird to think that being gay used to mean being that isolated, but it was exciting to think a book could be so important.”


Pulp follows two different women in different eras, who have lives connected across generations. In 1955, eighteen year old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares for her best friend Marie a secret
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I had such high hopes for this book - unfortunately, they were dashed.
Actual rating: 2.5⭐️

Abby is a senior in high school. Her parents are living separately and she is still in love with her ex-girlfriend, Linh. On top of that she has to think about college application and her big assignment for her creative writing class. O
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Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Two young women living in the nation's capital discover lesbian pulp fiction. Though their circumstances are quite different, they were both inspired by these books, which helped them gain a better understanding of themselves.

• Pro: Talley expertly navigated the dual timelines, and the results were very successful. She achieved suspense, tension, and great impact via the story structure.

• Pro: Abby's research grabbed me and kept me captivated. I wasn't completely clueless about
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Emily Hays
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
ok, so obviously I really enjoyed this. I love that this book will make young queer folk aware of the impact that lesbian pulp fiction had on lesbian life, then, and now. I have the privilege of already knowing about lesbian pulp fiction through women's studies courses I took in my undergrad, but this novel is so much more accessible to people, no matter their age, than a $20,000 university degree.
This could be a possible spoiler, but I feel like it's more of an assurance, so I'm not gonna mark
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of PULP by Robin Talley in exchange for my honest review.***

2.5 STARS

Abby chooses 1950s lesbian pulp fiction as her senior project and learns how past, present and future intersect.

I love the premise of a protagonist learning about herself through history from last century. Closer in age to the 1950s story than the 2017, I’m more familiar with how far we’ve come than where a vision for the future, so I enjoyed the Abby’s aspirationa
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Robin Stevens
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really sweet LGBT novel about two queer girls in two timelines, the 1950s and 2017. It's slow and a little didactic in places, but I especially enjoyed the 1950s sections and found the history of lesbian pulp novels fascinating. (14+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Emily (emilykatereads)
"As long as you had love, it didn't matter what else the world threw at you. You had something that mattered more."

This book shows an incredible contrast between what it means to be queer today compared to being queer in the 1950s. The story follows the lives of Abby, a teenager from present day, and Janet, a teenager from the 50s. The two are connected through lesbian pulp fiction, and so we get two intertwining stories about the lives of each girl.

This story just an incredible job at showing
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Parker Jensen
Jul 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
HOW HAD I NOT HEARD OF THIS???? I just got an ARC and I'm dropping all other reading plans to devour this! This sounds amazing!! I studied Lesbian Pulp fiction is past year in school and to see that iconic pulp author Ann Bannon loved this?? So exciting. I cant' wait!
Rose
I have many, many thoughts about "Pulp" upon finishing it, yet I think it's easier to start with the note of how ambitious, well-researched, emotional and engaging this book was overall. I knew I'd be taken in from the premise of two narrators from the past and present intersecting in a gripping way. The fact that one of them - from the present - is researching lesbian pulp fiction as a part of her senior project was one that made me raise my eyebrows and say "Ooooh, that's cool." (Though thinki ...more
Sahitya
It's probably close to a 3.75, but I just couldn't rate it as 3 here.

I’ve never read a book by this author before but from the first time I saw the blurb, I was so fascinated by this story. Even though it’s essentially YA, it didn’t feel like the romances that I usually read but I really wanted to know what it was all about. However, now I’m not sure how I feel about it. I didn’t want to put it down once I started because I was really engaged in the mystery, but it also didn’t captivate me as mu
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Lauren Stoolfire
I've only read two Robin Talley books now, but I think she's going to be one of my favorite authors. I like her brand of queer historical fiction. It's quite educational while also very engaging and that's no different for Pulp by Robin Talley. I like that she gives us resources to begin to do our own research on the history that she's writing about. She handles the dual timelines expertly, but in the end I was much more interested in Janet's story. I can't wait to check out more of Talley's wor ...more
Amy Bruestle
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to have won this book from a giveaway a few weeks ago, and I am pleased to say that I absolutely LOVED it! The story was such a neat idea and I really enjoyed how each chapter went back and forth from two different time periods in such a clever way! The only thing that I noticed that needs correcting are a few minor errors within the text. Almost as if whoever typed it up went too fast. There were quite a few throughout the book that I stumbled upon, but each time I still ...more
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