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Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell
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Dec 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Blueprints is a volume of interlocking short stories which explore the formation of female identity through the lens of some typical archetypes--e.g. the slut, the good girl, and so on. In so doing, I think the author shows how women can be spoken of and thought of monolithically, particuarly with respect to the cultural forces and messages at work on them, but also demonstrates how, at the same time, women are diminished if their individuality and their unique experiences are ignored. The book zips right along so I didn't feel like I had to "stick it out," but I will also say that for the reader who *does* stick it out, there is a great payoff. The books concluding lines, in a story that features the same woman from the opening story, now older, is SUCH a zinger! Because it is so true.

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