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Seventeen-year-old Julia Turnbow’s mother gets paid to have sex; that’s just how it is. When Jules turns eighteen she‘ll follow in her mother’s footsteps and begin training to join the exclusive world of Philadelphia’s infamous Muriel Avenue Sluts. Anyway, that’s the plan.

But when Jules’s best friend Anna reveals that she’s being abus
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published April 2017 by No Bones Studio Press (first published December 20th 2016)
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Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
One woman of every family that lives on Muriel Avenue is a Slut. A Slut gives a massage or a haircut, but they also have sex with a man most of the time. Jules’ mom is a Slut and she gives the best massages of the all the women. Jules wants to be one and she will be over a few months when she turns 18. She will live together with her best friend. When that best friend needs help, Jules rescues her. She can’t believe what she did and it will affect Jules’ life. One day, Jules meets Charlie and sh ...more
Erin Bomboy
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You see them everywhere — a gaggle of teenaged girls, giggling over boys, gossiping about teachers, gabbing, gabbing, gabbing with each other. Their hair is shiny, their outlook sunny. You would never guess that one in nine of them is or has been sexually assaulted. Often by someone the girl knows or to whom she is related.

The scope of the problem is enormous. The solution? That’s unclear. When it’s your father who’s doing the raping, to whom do you turn? What if your father is a police officer
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Rated 3.5
Received this ARC for an honest review and I found this to be an interesting read.

Julia is a child who was born to a mom that gets paid for sex at Muriel Avenue Sluts and plans on doing the same when she turns 18 years old but things change when she finds out about the abuse and then the mysterious death and the two people that can be the only ones that could have done it or know what happened. Things become complicated for Julia because she says a lot more than she was supposed to and
Pamela Canepa
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the type of book I would usually read, but it is much more meaningful than the savvy cover and title. I am glad to say that the plot of this story goes much deeper than simply to glamorize the lives of high-priced prostitutes (as I at first thought it might do). The reader certainly gets a different point of view on the topic, but the plot goes much further into that of mistreatment, child abuse, and sexual addiction. There are many serious topics covered here, and I believe this boo ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Heartbreaking. Compelling. This is a story with a message, albeit an uncomfortable one, it is an important one. One personal to me. The title, while fitting, doesn’t give the full indication of just how much depth you will find in the pages.

From the start, the story is gripping. It’s coming of age. Drama. Romance. Despair. Action. Mystery. It doesn’t shy away from looking at real hard issues that face some unfortunate young people and ladies. I loved the portrayal of strong brave women
Maggie Hasbrouck
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well this doesn't really count, because I wrote the book.
I was first inspired by wondering what it would be like to be a teenaged girl who was raised by a prostitute. How would that inform her thoughts on love, sex, and relationships? From there, the Muriel Avenue Sluts were born.
I must have read it through a thousand times, and I still love going back to it.
Cecily Wolfe
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW - this was disturbing and thought-provoking, as a story with these subjects should be, and yet, there was humor as well to temper the seriousness of these darker topics, which are, sadly, too real and need to be addressed. I really liked Jules; she is a very believable character is such a crazy situation, and her emotions and reactions are priceless, both the good and the bad. I wanted happiness for her so much as I read on and got to know her better, and I think, both as an author and reade ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, so here it is.I thing this book is great. It was really slow read for my, but only because halfway through I had to stop. It was just too much for me. I know something bad is going to happen and I don’t wanted to see it. I read about 10 books before realising it was too good of a story and I needed to finish it. So I started reading it again, and I know it was going to be bad, I just haven’t realised just how bad. Don’t think I mea ...more
Annabelle Costa
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the YA genre, and I especially love books that are written *about* young adults but with very adult themes (e.g. Hunger Games), so this was right up my alley.

This book grabbed me right away, with the story about the girl named Julia who was predestined to be a Muriel Ave Slut (=prostitute), but wanted to fall in love before she met her destiny. I thought it was going to be a love story where she'd meet some guy who would convince her that she was more than a slut and she could have real
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I’d like to approach this book as a regular reader.

I’d like to tell you the storytelling voice is supreme. This book is not your everyday paperback – it has the perfect pacing of a masterpiece, with twists in all the right moments.

The main character is relatable but so are those around her. The story is gripping, slow at times but not for long, and gets you through a rollercoaster of emotions.

Now, for the rest.
The author themselves seem proud of the feminist themes within the book a
Auriel Roe
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent piece of YA fiction which boldly ventures into no-go territory in a way that satisfies a teen. Hasbrouck has a lively writing style, often injected with quirky phrasing making it a wonderfully pacy read - I read it in three sittings. She has the ability of getting under the skin of the teenage narrator who is a very real character with interesting idiosyncrasies that make her engaging throughout. Deserves to be read widely. Bravo!
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! The novel is fast-paced, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. The story of Jules and of her life growing up in a brothel is at times beautifully sweet and crushingly tragic. Her story is definitely coming-of-age and also about the consequences of the choices we make. I was eager to discover how all of the pieces were going to fit together in the end, and I was not disappointed when I got to the last page.

There are heavy topics in Muriel Avenue Sluts. The s
Kristine Hall
Audio book review. * Note: I have avoided using the title and instead identify it as MAS because many of the vendors who sell this book won’t post my review if I use any NAUGHTY words! Ha! That’s a blog post of its own, isn’t it? *

I am going to admit that I chose to read (with my ears) MAS based 90% on the title and 10% on the sleek cover and description. What a unique premise! I knew the book would likely be sexual in nature – edgy even – but with seventeen-year-old Jules as the main c
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: by-women
I picked up this book (meaning I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review) because the premise was intriguing to me; the main character (Julia, called Jules) lives in a neighborhood in Philadelphia (legally and with full support of government and law enforcement, apparently, in this fantasy) that is inhabited entirely by self-proclaimed (Jules is very clear on this point) "sluts." When I first read the title, I thought, "that ca ...more
Vanessa Haley
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Muriel Avenue Sluts" is Maggie Hasbrouck's latest stand alone book, is an easy to read page-turner, that will hooks from the start. Packed with wonderful characters, with an original and entertaining plot, this Young Adult drama/romance will satisfy the readers desire for a truly compelling story.

"Muriel Avenue Sluts" follows the everyday life of those that live in a collective community of Muriel Avenue. This community, labelled "sluts", is well known in the town for their pleasing of gentlema
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I would like to start by saying that Muriel Avenue Sluts was a great read. The book was unique. For me, the title alone made me interested.

Julia, the main character, lives on Muriel Avenue. All the women who live there who are above the age of 18, including Julia's mother, are sluts. By the author's definition, a slut is a class above whore because they are more exclusive. In the real world they are pretty much lumped into the same category. The way in which Julia and the other children of Mu

Hitomi Farrell
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muriel Avenue Sluts is told through the eyes of a teenage girl who lives in the community where prostitution is legal.

First off, it’s well written. It kept me going from the beginning to the end, which doesn’t happen to me too often (Especially with 300+ page books). The story is unique, written from an interesting angle. Dialogue is smooth and interactions between characters are good. It deals with a serious subject, yet it’s not too heavy because of the light tone of the book.

I liked the main
Bara B
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and bizarre, not your average coming-of-age novel...

It’s like reading your first Palahniuk novel… It’s strange, at times weird, often funny, sometimes ridiculous, taking into account there is a place where kids grow up knowing they are going to become one of the “sluts”, just like their mothers and grandmothers. A place “full of juicy gossip, sexual banter, and thrilling secrets”. The book definitely keeps your attention from the very beginning. You start reading and you smile, roll your ey
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was an unexpected little gem. It hooked me from the get go and kept me interested the entire way through. Quick paced and lively, I greatly enjoyed the author’s writing style and her creativity in crafting the world of Muriel Avenue and the mess Julia Turnbow finds herself in when she attempts to save her best friend.

I rooted for the main character the whole way. Raised on Muriel Avenue, whose occupants live by a different set of standards, Jules has a pretty unique world view. I found
Augustine Sam
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Read with Frightening Statistics

I started reading this book just as the sexual harassment scandal involving Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood elite was unraveling, and the sex abuse statistics in the book, though frightening, at once made sense. It says one in nine high school girls are sexually abused and a third of such abuse happens at home—a father, a stepfather, or an uncle. It is a troubling reality.

But Muriel Avenue Sluts is not all about statistics. The story itself is a journe
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Oh I really really loved this book. I wasn't sure how I would like it at first (and I almost didn't sign up for it) because I thought it was going to be to graphically sexual - but it wasn't at all. It wasn't that kind of book. It was very much a coming-of-age type story. And it was done very well! I'm not saying it doesn't have anything sexual in it - it does! Also the sensitive subject of teen rape - but it is not that graphic and it is very well written, tastefully done.

Excellent character de
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I found the book very engaging. I never felt like I was not going to finish it. The story begins with Jules in high school getting taunted because her mother is a "Slut", which is apparently a women who provides services and more. The Sluts all live together in some kind of a commune/brothel with their children.

The first part of the story is pretty much high school drama, but then it starts to twist and turn with stories of sexual abuse and
Dominique Kyle
What do you do when you’re seventeen and you (sort of accidentally) kill someone? I enjoyed every word of this book. The story plunges straight in and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering how the heroine is ever going to get out of the mess that she’s gone and gotten herself into when she just can’t seem to stop digging that hole…
The subject matter of this story is CSA (Childhood Sexual Abuse), rape, and high class prostitution. Ok, so that’s a warning to you if any of these subjects are
Katerina Ribitsa
I’ve received a copy of this book from a giveaway the author had on Goodreads.

Honestly , It is the best thing i won so far!
Thank you for picking me!

There's not a single thing i didn't like about this book. (only the fact that there's not more of it)

Despite what the title and the summary makes you assume about the content of this book, this story is full of love and compassion. It shows that family is people who care about you and love you no matter what and not someone who shares yo
S.K. Gregory
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia and her family live on Muriel Avenue. Her mother and the women of the street are the local sluts and they run a very successful business. Jules is trying to figure out her life and when she will become a slut along with her best friend Anna, but events take a dark turn when she learns that one of the clients has been abusing Anna. This sparks a chain of events which changes Jules' life forever. I really enjoyed this book, it was never boring and it dealt with some harrowing subject matter ...more
Nicole Ortiz
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting book right from the beginning. Hooked me right away. Quick paced and Emotional read. Interesting plot. This is different from any other story I read before. I received an ARC and volunteered to leave a review.
Alberta McMorris
Julia is a junior in high school and a member of the Honor Society, but Julia is no ordinary student. She and her best friend Anna live on Muriel Avenue, where both their mothers work as prostitutes ("Sluts" as they call themselves). Muriel Avenue has a reputation for being a place where any woman can be bought, and where men frequent the bar, the teahouse and "The Schoolhouse" (where the official transactions take place), all under the watchful eye of Barbara-"the oldest working Slut on Muriel ...more
Unsung Romance
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The Two Sentence Description: Julia grew up on Muriel Avenue—the women-owned, women-run street of houses inhabited by an exclusive set of “sluts” (who are, more accurately, well-paid escorts with uncommon agency over their professional sex worker lives). When she learns that her best friend (also the daughter of a slut) was raped by one of her mother’s Johns, she plays a dangerous game of revenge that sets her on a course toward a double life that creates tension among her normal teenage things—
Karen Cogan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia has grown up on Muriel Avenue. It is the block owned by Muriel Avenue Sluts. They live together in comfort and collect payment from their carefully cultivated gentlemen callers. Though their clientele is wealthy and carefully screened, every now and then a bad one slips through. This is true for Julia's best friend who is abused by one of the men. After Julia steps in to take care of the problem, she is lured by another girl to help other victims of sexual abuse. In her effort to help, Jul ...more
Angel Leya
First of all, let me say, this is not a typical read for me. Like, way outside my comfort limits, but I want to rate the book on its merits and not the story, because I think others will like the the story.

Jules is the daughter of a Muriel Avenue slut--women paid for sex, but much classier than prostitutes--and one day hopes to become one herself. But life gets complicated when she finds out her best friend is getting raped by one of their gentlemen between activities. She's horrified and desper
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