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Publisher's Note:

An intelligent and madly entertaining debut novel reminiscent of The Crying of Lot 49, White Noise, and City of Glass that is at once a missing-person mystery, an exorcism of modern culture, and a wholly singular vision of contemporary womanhood from a terrifying and often funny voice of a new generation. A woman known only by the letter A lives in an unnamed American city with her roommate, B,…

Overall Book Review:

This book is like none I have ever read. I don’t even know what to compare it to, and usually I can come up with something I have read in the past that is reminiscent of my current read. Nope. This book was something else. Parts of it were confusing, and others were really weirdly gross, but all of it was so fascinating and surprisingly good.

This book is primarily about three characters: A, B, and C. Yes, those are their names. A and B are roommates. A is dating C. B is just kind of there to egg A on and to make her develop odd eating habits and feed her addiction to TV–or so A thinks. A, B, and C never seemed to have any obligations or jobs, which was a little strange. I assume they really do have more in their lives than television and each other, but nothing in the book really struck me as “adult” about them.

And then there is the commercial that A is obsessed with–one that made me hungry for some kind of Hostess treat. This book was good, but I will admit it left me feeling a little hungry; not only hungry for food, but hungry for more substance to this book. I would recommend it to a few carefully chosen friends who have the same opinion on books as I do, but otherwise, I think this book might disappoint most of my fellow readers. If you think it looks like something you might enjoy though, give it a go. You might get more out of it than I did!

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  3 anatomical terms; 1 F-word derivative.

Violence/Gore:  A character is reported to have coughed up blood; a cartoon explosion occurs; a character recalls killing ants for “fun”; a character steals meat from a gorcery store; characters are mentioned to go missing and their families don’t know where they are; two siblings fight and a knife is involved, the fight ends with one sibling bleeding profusely and dying; people are mentioned to be observed dying.

Sex/Nudity:  Genitalia is referenced; a man kisses his girlfriend; a woman says she owns porn DVD’s; a woman mentions watching porn and getting turned on by it; genitals are portrayed on TV; a man and woman have sex and watch porn at the same time; nudity and sexual encounters are referred to with no detail; a game occurs where nude people grope at each other; a woman is mentioned to be nude in a non-sexual way.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, theft.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character drinks vodka; a character smokes.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
6
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
7
10

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.