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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  145 Ratings  ·  92 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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Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
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. What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I only have enough space and 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 wha
Elise (TheBookishActress)
hey guys I don't know if you know this but I love queer historical fiction
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
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Faith Simon
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
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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 charact
E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)

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
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
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
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
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
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!
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***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of PULP by Robin Talley in exchange for my honest review.***


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
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
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Robin Talley’s previous books and as soon as I read the synopsis for this I knew it was so far up my street that I was desperate to read it. A novel dealing with the lesbian pulps of the 1950s? Yes please! The genre was a fascinating one and with Robin Talley I knew it would be in safe hands.

The books, with their lurid titles and covers, were marketed as titillation (many, though by no means all, were written by straight men and were pretty bad) but the better ones often meant a great de
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arcs, 5-stars
"She hadn't needed a permanent, fairytale love to make it worth living. She was strong enough to be happy on her own terms."

This wonderful novel about lesbians both now and in the 1950s is one of the most original and fascinating LGBTQ stories I've ever read. I cried and laughed and was just generally really damn emotional about this book. Thanks Robin.

[Side note: I have no idea if this is a 4 or 5 star book for me but because I just can't decide I rounded up.]

I was absolutely sucked into both
Maggie Needham
Cute af. I had no idea about the whole world of lesbian pulp novels. The casual protest culture that Abby lives in in DC is so relatable and 2017. Robin Talley writes the books I wish I'd had when I was 16 and I will continue to read all of them.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few books make me feel as giddy as I felt when I learned that Robin Talley penned a young adult novel set in the world of lesbian pulp fiction. Washington D.C. High School senior Abby Zimet struggles with a shaky home life, a complicated relationship with her ex-girl friend, and a nebulous future. When she stumbles across a lesbian pulp novel by Marian Love during research for a creative writing project, her thoughts become increasingly consumed by it and with finding the elusive woman behind th ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.

Pulp is a historical fiction and contemporary novel mashup. Told in two point of views, Robin Talley makes each main character come alive in alternating chapters. Abby is a high school senior in 2017 who is researching lesbian pulp novels and decides to write one of her own. Janet is a teen girl in 1955 who has just discovered lesbian pulp novels and finds out that there are other girls like her. Jan
Kosoko Jackson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read, a unique tale, and something I didn't know I needed, but so happy I have.
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
(3.5 stars) *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This is a decently good book. I only sound a little disappointed in it because with that amazing premise I expected SO MUCH from it — I've been looking forward to this book for quite a while.

The story follows two plot lines. Janet, in 1955, discovers a lesbian pulp fiction book and begins to understand her sexuality, write her own book, and begin a tenuous romance with her best friend. Abby, in 2017, dis
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pulp, a historical fiction novel, was not only well written, but extensively researched- which made it fascinating to read-especially the stories within the story. There was so much going on within this novel that you cannot help but become invested in the characters’ lives and their actions, both in the present and the past. I also loved how the students were encouraged to protests, along with teachers, to have their voices heard, just as many are doing now in terms of gun control.
Warnings: homophobia, use of racial slurs

Pulp's main draw is the parallels between the coming of age stories of two lesbian teens, more than half a century apart, and the juxtaposition of fights for civil liberties at that time and in the present. Abby lives in Washington DC and is a social justice warrior; for her Creative Writing project, she stumbles upon lesbian pulp fiction novels and gets interested in how to subvert their tropes for the modern era. Meanwhile, she also gets obsessed with t
Mya Alexice
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

PULP is a story told across two timelines. One in 1955 and one in 2017. One of the best aspects of this book is that it compares how truly far we have come (though we obviously have a long ways to go) in terms of LGBTQ equality.

PULP sheds light on the 1950s Lavender Scare (which I didn't even know existed), where the government tracked down and ruined the lives of gay and trans people. They would blacklist them from jobs, resources
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, owned-books
For the most part, I loved this book! 4.5/5

I loved Janet as a character and I preferred her chapters overall. I liked Abby and related her a lot at the beginning but closer to the end she was starting to act a little selfishly and the ending about caring versus love I didn’t agree with; I think love can come in so many different forms that you don’t have to be in love to make life matter that Abby writes but different forms of love can make life matter and so I didn’t like the ending.

For some
Rebecca Kim Wells
(From Twitter:) Abby (in 2017) and Jane (in 1955) discover the world of lesbian pulp fiction. I didn't know much about lesbian pulp or the Lavender Scare, and learned a lot! Really engaging writing and subject matter. Can't wait for this to be out!
Kelly Hager
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Robin Talley's since I read an ARC of her first book, Lies We Tell Ourselves. I've read and loved her others, but this one became my favorite. BY A LOT.

It's got dual narrators in dual time frames, which I always love. But this also shows just how far we've come as a society. Yes, we have so far to go (SO FAR, you guys) but seeing how much better things are than they were in the 50s has left me completely grateful to be here, in this time.

It also reminded me of when I was a lit
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
if this doesnt have butch/femme dynamics i think ill just stop reading forever
Christine Stamper
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This book has EVERYTHING. Historical fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, lesbians, a struggling marriage, first love, heartaches, and lots of 50s pulp fiction.


Talley weaves together multiple time periods, characters, and plots and skillfully makes you care about ALL OF IT. A beautiful and heart-warming book for fans of Kindred or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
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