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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  137 reviews
“Riveting”—Entertainment Weekly

From the author of Good as Gone comes a brilliant and timely thriller: Strangers on a Train by way of Thelma and Louise.

 
Dana Diaz is an aspiring stand‑up comedian—a woman in a man’s world. When she meets a tough computer programmer named Amanda Dorn, the two bond over their struggles in boys’ club professions. Dana confides that she’s rec
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Barbara
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it

Dana Diaz is struggling to make it as a stand-up comic and frequents open mike nights all over Austin, Texas. Part of Dana's schtick is to make fun of herself, joking about being a short Latina woman with 'double d's' (big boobs).



Unfortunately the double d's sometimes attract the wrong kind of attention, and Dana fled Los Angeles a year ago - after a famous comedian named Aaron Neely trapped her in the back of his chauffeur-driven car and masturbated. In fact Dana has experienced all kinds of s
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Katie B
2.5 stars

I think I would have liked the book more if it didn't go in the Strangers on a Train direction and instead stuck to more regular fiction focusing on #metoo movement issues. The intent behind the novel was certainly good but an outlandish type plot really hurt the book in my opinion.

Dana Diaz is trying her best to find success as a stand-up comedian. She meets Amanda Dorn one day after a set and the two start talking about men who have attacked and harrassed them. Amanda comes up with an
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Jess | thegreeneyedreader
I finished reading The Last Woman Standing a couple weeks ago. Thanks to @hmhbooks and @netgalley for this free advance electronic review copy. All opinions are my own. Have you read this one yet?

“Dana Diaz is an aspiring stand‑up comedian—a woman in a man’s world. When she meets a tough computer programmer named Amanda Dorn, the two bond over their struggles in boys’ club professions. Dana confides that she’s recently been harassed and assaulted while in L.A., and Amanda comes up with a plan: t
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Elizabeth
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tl;dr: Last Woman Standing is a furiously angry novel. In fact, its fury overwhelms the plot, but it certainly does make you think..

Last Woman Standing confronts not just the magnitude of harassment women face, but also the odd and tangled place women who refuse to be silent find themselves in.

In making the main character, Dana, a comedian, you might think this will be a thriller with dark humor.

It's not--which I think is the point--although I think it will displease some readers. Comedians of
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Matthew Sciarappa
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was horrible. I do not recommend it. I loved reading it.
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of LAST WOMAN STANDING by Amy Gentry in exchange for my honest review.***

3 STARS

Amy Gentry’s debut AS GOOD AS GONE was a five star read, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review LAST WOMAN STANDING, a modern retelling of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.

I had a difficult time connecting to narrator Dana. The story opens during her standup routine, which I didn’t find funny. Other than Joan Rivers and political comedians, standup isn’t m
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Kristy
Dana Diaz is an aspiring comedian trying to make it in Austin, TX--with the ultimate goal of making it back to L.A. someday. She once lived there with her best friend, Jason, but left in a bit of disgrace. While performing in L.A., she meets Amanda Dorn, a computer programmer who applauds during her set and catches Dana's eye. The two bond over being women in a man's world and soon learn that both have had similar struggles with harassment. But then Amanda proposes a plan: they'll each seek reve ...more
Amy-GallivantingPages
*** 3-3.5 Stars ***
Publication date: January 15, 2019

This book is considered a "revenge thriller" but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. Dana Diaz is a tiny feisty Hispanic girl trying to make it in Austin, TX as a stand up comedian. I think what happened was the book focused so much on Dana and her career at the beginning, I started to lose interest. In hindsight that build was necessary and made the revenge part more interesting. A lot of #metoo incidents were brought up in this book,
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
When I read Gentry's Good As Gone a while back, I was floored at just how RAW of a read that was. While Last Woman Standing is a different category, it's still quite raw in terms of the victimization and harassment of women, comics or otherwise.

Gentry gives us Dana Diaz - an aspiring comic who has been on the brunt end on more than on occasion. When Amanda enters her life, here comes the outlet she needed... because sometimes the inactions taken in the past explode into actions in the present.
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Sarah
Strangers on a Train for the #MeToo era. I liked this one okay, but didn't love it. I never quite connected with the main character, Dana, and her standup never came off as funny. The first half of the book was pretty slow, and kept me only just engaged enough to keep going, but the action and suspense really took off in the second half. The plot is twisty, but most of the twists are easy to guess. There's lots here about what women go through and how men behave towards us, and questions about h ...more
Elaine
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Last Woman Standing.

I liked Good as Gone which is why I was looking forward to Last Woman Standing. It had a plot similar to the thrilling classic Strangers on a Train with modern touches.

Unfortunately, the novel lacked the inherent creepiness and suspensefulness of the film.

What I did like:

A woman of color named Dana Diaz trying to make it in the cutthroat business of stand-up comedy. She's tough, sassy and determined to achieve success despite the ob
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Cats of Ulthar March of Shoggoths
LAST WOMAN STANDING by Amy Gentry is her second novel, a very edgy, very contemporary psychological thriller, totally apropos to today's exposure of the rape culture. Ms. Gentry deeply examines her characters, and in this novel, contemporary society and culture is also a character in itself. Dana Diaz is a stand-up comic who hopes to "make it to the big time," but carries a tremendous amount of baggage. As a female comic, she is often overlooked or heckled. As a female, she has suffered. Back in ...more
Anna
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mindy Mejia
Savage, brilliant, and pulse-poundingly gripping, LAST WOMAN STANDING will leave you stunned. Amy Gentry’s revenge thriller is an explosive answer to America’s long ignored culture of sexual violence, and she uses all the tools of modern life—technology, apps, entertainment, and social media—to create a world where victims become vigilantes and there’s nowhere to hide. Gentry’s gift for tapping into both the humanity and darkness of every character works its way into the reader’s subconscious, m ...more
Katie
I have a weakness for Strangers-on-a-Train style intrigue so I was particularly pleased to get an advanced copy of Last Woman Standing for review. Setting the thriller within the world of stand-up comedy made it feel very fresh and new. I enjoyed the twists and turns and leave the book still unsure of what really happened within a key relationship. The book unapologetically addresses gender discrimination and sexual assault so be warned if that is a trigger issue for you.

Thanks to NetGalley, Ho
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Sandi Wallace
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC (advance review copy) with thanks from the publisher and Netgalley - more in my August Good Reads blog at https://www.sandiwallace.com/blog/ at the end of the month.
Denise
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
"It had nothing to do with justice and even less to do with preventing future misdemeanors by petty offenders. It had been vengeance, plain and simple."

Dana Diaz is a struggling stand-up comedian wanna be when she meets Amanda after a particularly uninspired set. "Short, stacked, and Latina", Dana hasn't had much luck breaking into the scene and she blames it on an event that happened to her when she lived with her BMF, Jason, in LA. As Dana and Amanda talk, they find that they have something in
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Melanie Johnson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Dana Diaz is competing for the Best Comic in Austin but she feels like she is bombing. No one is laughing at her jokes, until one woman begins laughing. She is appreciative that the woman is "saving" her and they meet at the bar after her set. Amanda begins telling Dana about an abusive relationship she was in and because Dana had a similar experience with a man, they quickly bond and become friends. They decide that they want to exact revenge on these men, which is where is goes sideways.
In th
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Sarah
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unusual read for me on many levels and one that I struggled to get in to until about halfway through. However, I was glad that I persevered with this novel because I could not predict the twists and turns that the plot took in the latter half of the story.

It is true what they say: “Hell hath no fury, like a woman scorned”. This is certainly the case for the women represented in this novel. The theme of women receiving abuse is key to the plot and one that resonates with the ‘#MeToo’
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Rebecca
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

This Strangers on a Train style story took the Me Too movement and gave it a vigilante spin as two women seek vengeanceon the men that have hurt them. It was a quickly paced story that didn't always go as I expected it to, but note that it might be a bit triggering as there's a fair bit of detail and page space given to the experiences that Dana and the other women in her life have had with assault a
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Geonn Cannon
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5. A decent thriller, with some intriguing twists and turns. It's Strangers on a Train meets Sweet/Vicious, with just enough of a unique angle to make it interesting.
Stefanie
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is not just a riveting, darkly humorous thriller, but a viscerally honest look into the misogyny baked into every layer of our society. Even if you're not interested in the cultural commentary, you will also find yourself laughing out loud, staying up past your bedtime to see what happens next, and forcing yourself to slow down to savor the book as it races to a surprising and subversive conclusion.

I have never read a novel that illuminates the dark corners of female rage as precisel
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Lisa Leone-campbell
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry has so many twists and turns it will keep your head spinning until the very last page.

Donna Diaz is a stand-up comedian trying to break into a business which is mostly male dominated. Moving back to Texas after an unsuccessful run living in LA with her childhood friend Jason, another comic who is still in LA, Donna starts to begin stand-up again from scratch. After one of her shows she meets Amanda Dorn, a very sophisticated computer programmer. They begin to bo
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Leslynn
Copy courtesy of NetGalley

This story was disturbing in many ways. Yes, there was an element of "Strangers on a Train" and a highlighting of violence against women throughout the book. But, for me, it also just confirmed that women are bitches to each other, cannot be trusted to have your back and will use any opportunity to attain fame and fortune.

I loved the strong emotion the author's writing provoked. The intricate vacillation of the protagonist (is she though) affected me - I was both swaye
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A.J. Zachary
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an advance copy of this book and I had a revelation.

"Heavy-Handed" is not a style critique, it is a moral critique. It's a reader saying "I wish I could have had more wiggle room to misunderstand the message of this book." If you like the message, though, you might respond to the imagery of a internet troll being beaten with his own Black Widow sex-pose trophy like I did, with a "F!ck Yeah!" and a fist pump.

This is not a thriller about nice women in bad circumstances. This is a th
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Kimberly
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting update to Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, I had high hopes for Last Woman Standing which starts in the backstage world of the Austin stand-up comedy scene (I'm also a fan of HBO's I'm Dying Up Here), but was disabused of this about a quarter of the way into the book when I realized that it was just a hook to hang the plot on. Perhaps Amy Gentry began the thriller with the world of stand-up in mind, but #metoo came along and walked away with the rest of the story.

There i
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Giulia
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book started off good. Amy Gentry writes very smoothly and I felt the story line flowed right away , I liked Dana Diaz, the main character who is a short, Latina comic trying to make it in Austin, TX. She is having a hard time on stage one evening and connects with the one woman, Amanda, who seemed to really like her jokes from deep within the audience. The story takes off from there with the women (mostly Amanda) plotting to destroy men from their past that had hurt them-physically and/or ...more
Megan Leprich
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved Good As Gone so I was so excited to get to read Amy Gentry's new book. I love her writing style and how she portrays her characters.

Dana Diaz is a hispanic tiny woman trying to make it in the men's world of stand-up comedy. After fleeing sexual harassment in Los Angeles, Dana moves to Austin to try to get her comedy career going. After bombing another show, Dana meets Amanda, who also fled from Los Angeles, to get away from an abusive boyfriend. Their friendship quickly escalates and th
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Karen Katchur
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Deceptive. Ragetacular. It was like Thelma and Louise on steroids. You do not want to miss this one. Must. Read.
Sunsettowers
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

I've been reading a lot of dark books lately, maybe because it's winter and typically pretty dark and gloomy outside. Or maybe just because I tend to love psychological thrillers and suspense and they tend to be pretty dark. And Last Woman Standing is definitely one of those dark reads.

Comparisons have been made to Strangers on a Train and I can defin
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AMY GENTRY is a book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune whose work has also appeared in Salon, LA Review of Books, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. She lives in Austin, where she volunteered for several years with victims of sexual and domestic violence. Good as Gone is her first novel.