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Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge
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May 09, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen
Read in July, 2012

Just for teens, Koertge has created subversive poems based on fairy tales that look at what happens after “Happily Ever After.” You will meet a Little Red Riding Hood who wanted to be swallowed whole just to see what it felt like inside a wolf. There’s also a Beast who longs for the days of wild abandon rather than being a prince again. What happens when the boy who said the emperor had no clothes is pressured to fit in with the crowd? Hansel and Gretel may just have been a lot closer and a lot more disturbed than readers thought. And could Rapunzel long for the days when the witch thought only of her rather than her prince who is distracted? Koertge plays with the idea of “ever after” and works in the same darkness and sexuality that is already in the stories if you just look at them differently.

Read the rest of my review on my blog, Waking Brain Cells.

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