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[Robin Talley] ☆ Pulp [young-adult-romance PDF] Ebook Epub Download ß Pulp is a book about Abby, a girl growing up in present day Washington DC, and Janet, a girl growing up in the same area in the 1950s Both like girls, and both like writing, and Janet, in the age of McCarthyism, risks it all to embrace her love of both We follow Abby as she uncovers Janet s past through a project on Janet s first, and only, lesbian Pulp novel Pulp occurs in three distinct mediums, including the aforementioned lesbian Pulp novel, which should feel a lotdisjointed than it actually does It is the strong character work that holds it all together Janet and Abby are each written as compelling characters if not as well rounded as I d prefer And yeah, some of the commentary is just a teeny tiny bit heavy handing, and yeah, the writing isn t anything particularly special, but there s something deeply special about this book in how it connects its story to the past Our community is created by a decades long shared experience that is as horrifying as it is beautiful and that is, in basic conceit, what Robin Talley s Pulp attempts to explore.
The thing I have discovered is that it is so easy to separate ourselves from the reality of the past that has come before us as I typed this paper, I found myself considering which sentences to use third person pronouns for, and which ones to recognize as a part of my history Because I was born in 2001, after Stonewall had occurred, as medication for HIV was coming into wide use, after homosexuality had been legalized in the United States People like Janet grew up in an era where queer people were seen as perverts Even being suspected of being queer could mean being fired from government jobs the 1950s Lavender Scare At the very least, it would mean being kicked out of your house Being sent to conversion therapy was not an anomaly, but the norm for some, it still is And yet people like Janet still ran from home, wrote books about women loving women though the women always had to die , found love, fell out of love, and most of all, found community I think a lot about the idea of love as something dangerous, as something that you have to fight for And it s only recently that I ve realized that has to do with me, and my loving women I have been very lucky, in growing up in liberal California and in the 2000s But I received marriage rights in my country four months after realizing I liked girls, and in reading about the past and thinking about the past, I am constantly, daily, reminded how being born ten years earlier would have made everything that muchdangerous, that muchviolent, that muchfearful And so there is something so woefully and violently romantic about the fact that there were people who braved that climate and loved anyway and paved the path, while doing so, for me and so many others There is something relentless and powerful about the heart it takes to be queer to live in the shadows of the past and to work so hard in the present To love someone in the shadows, to risk your social status and your job and your family simply to be yourself, to be alone no longer, is an inherently brave act to be in love is brave, but to hide it and fight for it is braver And yet at some point queerness is no longer about some grand romance, but about the freedom to be It is so important to know our histories, but also so empowering to know our histories I grew up among San Francisco opera singers, a fact that yes, in fitting with stereotypes meant I knew older gay people from a very early age But this book, beyond any other, made me feel connected to queerness in the past and in the present to who I am, and to my community I think I just want to end on this note To all of those who fought so hard in the 1950s for the lives they wanted, and all of those who fought their battles and waged their wars in the name of community thank you To the unnamed people who came before us, who fought wars in public and in private to find their own happiness, who found love and didn t, who died for loving and who were arrested for being, we remember you, and we honor you both in thought, and in having the courage to be who we are today You last We remember Those who came before us could endure And so will we TW severe challenged homophobia, challenged racism, some period typical slurs.
release date8 Nov 2018 Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube In , Eighteen Year Old Janet Jones Keeps The Love She Shares With Her Best Friend Marie A Secret It S Not Easy Being Gay In Washington, DC, In The Age Of McCarthyism, But When She Discovers A Series Of books About Women Falling In Love With Other Women, It Awakens Something In Janet As She Juggles A Romance She Must Keep Hidden And A Newfound Ambition To Write And Publish Her Own Story, She Risks Exposing Herself And Marie To A Danger All Too RealSixty Two Years Later, Abby Zimet Can T Stop Thinking About Her Senior Project And Its Subject Classic S Lesbian Pulp Fiction Between The Pages Of Her Favorite Book, The Stresses Of Abby S Own Life Are Lost To The Fictional Hopes, Desires And Tragedies Of The Characters She S Reading About She Feels Especially Connected To One Author, A Woman Who Wrote Under The Pseudonym Marian Love, And Becomes Determined To Track Her Down And Discover Her True IdentityIn This Novel Told In Dual Narratives, New York Times Bestselling Author Robin Talley Weaves Together The Lives Of Two Young Women Connected Across Generations Through The Power Of Words A Stunning Story Of Bravery, Love, How Far We Ve Come And How Much Farther We Have To Go This is one of those reads that prior to picking up, I had no idea that it existed Even before starting to read this novel, I had my own preconceptions and thought that I wouldn t like it because it wasn t something I would typically read Now, after reading this book, I can only shake my head at how ignorant and naive that I was by unfairly judging this novel before even reading the summary This book was waythan I expected and waythan I could have hoped for It s an important novel and if I could, I would have everyone read it Firstly, I really enjoyed the different character perspectives that we were given in this story From the real characters to the ones set in their own fictional universes that will make no sense until you actually read the novel As well, I appreciated the contrast between the characters of modern day to the characters set farther back in history Even though I knew prejudice exists, I knew fairly little regarding this specific topic Especially this specific topic in history It was both eye opening and horrific to read examples that were reality for people in the past Unfortunately, I could also see how this could be reality today for some depending on their geographical location Another component of this novel that was educational was the look at lesbian literature throughout history This was another element that prior to reading this novel, I knew very little about this topic Even now, I feel as if I know very little regarding this area but this book had me thinking about the difference between how censored this was in the past to how easily accessible this content would be nowadays This is definitely a book that I wouldn t put down for a length of time because I could see how it could become confusing with the differing perspectives fictional works However, I also found that I couldn t easily put it down I wanted to knowabout the characters specifically the characters from the past and I wanted to know how their stories would resolve Due to the mystery of this novel, it really was a pageturner because I had no idea what the outcome would be for different characters I would highly recommend this novel, even if like me, it s outside what you typically would read It somewhat reminded me of something similar to a historical Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because a character becomes truly invested in a fictional work However, this novel seems muchimportant Additionally, although the content is heavy, the writing flows easily allowing you to get lost in the story stories This was the first novel that I ve read from Robin Talley but I know for certain that I will be looking forwritten by her in the future Thank you to HCC Frenzy for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review It is with such a heavy heart that I must announce that I m feeling sapped of any motivation to read this book so I m calling it a DNF at 65%.
I just really no longer want to force things I only have energy for things that manage to seize my interest in a tight grip Sadly, it wasn t all too difficult to squirm out of Pulp s grasp With that being said, I think this is a Your Mileage May Vary kind of book, so all I can do is tell you what I felt and why My initial excitment at Pulp s premise a queer historical fiction that s a celebration of 1950s lesbian Pulp fiction quickly dissolved in a haze of total indifference within the few first chapters I couldn t fully immerse myself in the story due to its slow build, lack of major plot movement and insufficience in characterization, its struggle to carry an onerously large web of interpersonal relationships and long, lonely stretches of thin motivations and unintriguing narrative details The concept of stories within stories usually appeals to me but I found this book uneven in its pacing and structure, and the plot meanders between four different storylines making it hard to keep track of all four, and evenlaborious to care This all sort of bogged down the otherwise marvelous parts of the story the parrallel lesbian love stories that are 62 years apart, how this book irradiates some important LGBTQ history, and how it illuminates the importance of representation and diversity in the media we consume.
I don t think it s a bad book at all I just wish I was all consumingly passionate about it TRIGGER WARNINGS suicide, racial slurs which I frankly don t think a white author should freely use.
BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLRbro read with Mel Pulp is a book about Abby, a girl growing up in present day Washington DC, and Janet, a girl growing up in the same area in the 1950s Both like girls, and both like writing, and Janet, in the age of McCarthyism, risks it all to embrace her love of both We follow Abby as she uncovers Janet s past through a project on Janet s first, and only, lesbian Pulp novel Pulp occurs in three distinct mediums, including the aforementioned lesbian Pulp novel, which should feel a lotdisjointed than it actually does It is the strong character work that holds it all together Janet and Abby are each written as compelling characters if not as well rounded as I d prefer And yeah, some of the commentary is just a teeny tiny bit heavy handing, and yeah, the writing isn t anything particularly special, but there s something deeply special about this book in how it connects its story to the past Our community is created by a decades long shared experience that is as horrifying as it is beautiful and that is, in basic conceit, what Robin Talley s Pulp attempts to explore.
The thing I have discovered is that it is so easy to separate ourselves from the reality of the past that has come before us as I typed this paper, I found myself considering which sentences to use third person pronouns for, and which ones to recognize as a part of my history Because I was born in 2001, after Stonewall had occurred, as medication for HIV was coming into wide use, after homosexuality had been legalized in the United States People like Janet grew up in an era where queer people were seen as perverts Even being suspected of being queer could mean being fired from government jobs the 1950s Lavender Scare At the very least, it would mean being kicked out of your house Being sent to conversion therapy was not an anomaly, but the norm for some, it still is And yet people like Janet still ran from home, wrote books about women loving women though the women always had to die , found love, fell out of love, and most of all, found community I think a lot about the idea of love as something dangerous, as something that you have to fight for And it s only recently that I ve realized that has to do with me, and my loving women I have been very lucky, in growing up in liberal California and in the 2000s But I received marriage rights in my country four months after realizing I liked girls, and in reading about the past and thinking about the past, I am constantly, daily, reminded how being born ten years earlier would have made everything that muchdangerous, that muchviolent, that muchfearful And so there is something so woefully and violently romantic about the fact that there were people who braved that climate and loved anyway and paved the path, while doing so, for me and so many others There is something relentless and powerful about the heart it takes to be queer to live in the shadows of the past and to work so hard in the present To love someone in the shadows, to risk your social status and your job and your family simply to be yourself, to be alone no longer, is an inherently brave act to be in love is brave, but to hide it and fight for it is braver And yet at some point queerness is no longer about some grand romance, but about the freedom to be It is so important to know our histories, but also so empowering to know our histories I grew up among San Francisco opera singers, a fact that yes, in fitting with stereotypes meant I knew older gay people from a very early age But this book, beyond any other, made me feel connected to queerness in the past and in the present to who I am, and to my community I think I just want to end on this note To all of those who fought so hard in the 1950s for the lives they wanted, and all of those who fought their battles and waged their wars in the name of community thank you To the unnamed people who came before us, who fought wars in public and in private to find their own happiness, who found love and didn t, who died for loving and who were arrested for being, we remember you, and we honor you both in thought, and in having the courage to be who we are today You last We remember Those who came before us could endure And so will we TW severe challenged homophobia, challenged racism, some period typical slurs.
release date8 Nov 2018 Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube Awesome look at the 1950 s and what it was like to grow up having to keep who you really were a secret Janet, a teen in DC, discovers lesbian Pulp fiction and begins writing her first manuscript just as her romance with best friend Marie begins to take off But her writing may endanger them both Told through the dual narratives of Janet and Abby, a teen growing up in 2017 who s working on a school project and stumbles over the books by accident, we see the world through both their eyes.
Janet was admittedly my favorite And I really liked the way Robin Talley developed relationships between both girls and the side characters She populated an interesting world with complicated family histories and backstories, and this was a real treat to read Please excuse typos name misspellings Entered on screen reader.
Awesome look at the 1950 s and what it was like to grow up having to keep who you really were a secret Janet, a teen in DC, discovers lesbian Pulp fiction and begins writing her first manuscript just as her romance with best friend Marie begins to take off But her writing may endanger them both Told through the dual narratives of Janet and Abby, a teen growing up in 2017 who s working on a school project and stumbles over the books by accident, we see the world through both their eyes.
Janet was admittedly my favorite And I really liked the way Robin Talley developed relationships between both girls and the side characters She populated an interesting world with complicated family histories and backstories, and this was a real treat to read Please excuse typos name misspellings Entered on screen reader.
It pains me to rate this so low, and infact I wasn t going to rate it at all, particularly because I thought this might be close to a four star read for the first hundred pages But then there was another three hundred pages to get through.
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The premise around this queer, mirrored storyline, that bounces between the fifties and present day, with two lesbian MCs, dealing with very different but also some very similar situations, sounded brilliant Throw in some relevant topics, some gritty awful true to life events from our own recent past, and stories within stories about stories.
it should ve been an easy thing to love But the present day protagonist was a bit of a frustration, I got tired of the constant repetition probably about a hundred pages could ve been cut , and the only thing that kept me going was an unexpected plot twist slash mystery that I wanted to see through to the end.
Talley has a great hook and a great idea, and both are very well written, that I think just loses traction as it tries to include one too many conflicts or situations The history was fascinating, and horrible, and I learned so much I m very thankful for that experience I just wish I could ve been educated and entertained, too I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review.
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5 starsFor better or worse, this was a very educational YA novel.
First, I didn t know anything about the popularity of lesbian Pulp fiction in 1950s America Movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith s The Price of Salt is my only exposure to this genre.
Second, I knew even less about lavender scare, a mass campaign in the same 50s to find and fire gay people from government jobs, on the grounds of them being assumed to be morally corrupt communist sympathizers.
As far as historical context, Pulp has a wealth of information to offer about these two subjects to ignorant people like me.
As for the plotting, although I quite liked the frame of it it s about two gay girls, one in present time, one in 1950s conneced through a fictional Pulp novel Women of the Twilight Realm I wish the narrative weren t so didactic and so cold I can see where negative reviews are coming from the story keeps you at arms length It s not very relatable It may be the 3rd person POV, I don t know.
Regardless, the book sheds light on an notable period in American history and shows how far we ve come, but that the fight for lgbtq right isn t over by any means Listening to a podcast series UnErased about gay conversion therapy along the way reiterated this point.
This is the book cover that inspired the author to write this story The covers of that time were truly cool and deliciously Pulpy Publishers should have Pulped up the cover of Pulp too.
This is still a harsh world we live in, but you re lucky you ve found each other review also on my blog Pulp is a book that will make you cry, clutch your heart, and scream all at once Talley has once again blown me away with her meta storytelling and exquisite character development I can t wait for others to get their hands on this When was the first time you felt seen in a book How long did it take you to find a main character with the same identity or label as you Which character made you realise that there were others out there just like you That s what Pulp is about Lesbians feeling seen for the first time through the literature they consume It acknowledges the hardships that those in the 1950s had to endure while suggesting that we still have a long way to go in regards to inclusivity in 2018.
I ve never feltacknowledged in a book Talley truly hits the nail on the head with her social commentary about the experiences of sapphic individuals in two completely different eras There s one line in the synopsis that I think encompasses this entire book A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we ve come and how much farther we have to go I m sure most of us can relate to reading a lesbian romance for the first time and seeing people like us depicted in a relationship We re fortunate enough in this age to have mainly positive portrayals though there are still some instances of detrimental tropes like bury your gays or fetishisation , but it s interesting to confront the experiences of those in the 1950s.
2017 Abby has been reeling from her recent break up with her best friend and slow deterioration of her parent s relationship when she realises that she still hasn t chosen what to write for her senior thesis One day, she s sitting in the senior lounge with her ex girlfriend and they discover lesbian Pulp fiction from the 50 s Upon acknowledging that Abby has nothing to show for her meeting with her supervisor, she decides to write her version of this Pulp fiction Except, Abby is going to turn the negative tropes bury your gays, everyone was straight all along etc on their heads and research the mysterious identity of Marian Love , who wrote one novel and subsequently disappeared.
1955 Janet is visiting a bus stop when she notices a lesbian erotica novel on the shelf After reading the book and feeling seen for the first time in her life, Janet writes to the author and thanks her for helping her realise that there were other girls who like girls in the world When the author replies, she offers to help Janet write one of her own novels, who decides to base it off her experience with developing feelings for her best friend, Marie.
I only have two complaints the book was too long and there were some racial slurs that I don t think this white author should be using I know this is a historical fiction novel that attempts to shed light on the experiences of African American lesbians in the 50 s, but it s not the place of a white woman to tell in my opinion I know Talley has been under fire for doing this in other books, so hopefully, we can have the same commentary from an ownvoices author in the future.
Talley s writing isn t a stand out from the rest, but it is easy to follow Despite being told in the third person, I felt a genuine connection with Abby and Janet, where their emotions and feelings were jumping off the page Pulp also provides a statement on so many prevalent issues As someone who is quite ignorant of the experiences of LGBT individuals throughout history, it was interesting to acknowledge the struggle they went through to get us where we are today Being a lesbian in 1955 for Janet means always hiding It means not being able to speak with the girl you re in love with because someone will report you to the government It means finding literature with other lesbians represented in it and only ever reading tragic endings We re also given a look at what it means to be an African American lesbian in 1955, where you can be a successful doctor saving lives, but the government won t let you sit in the same cafe as a white person Flash forward to 2017, where our main character can do all of those things, but we still haven t reached inclusivity Abby and her friends are activists that protest building the wall and the ban on immigration They have the opportunity to speak out against their marginalisation now, except they still endure struggles for being a part of the LGBT community For example, Abby s friend, Vanessa, explains to her parents that they prefer they them pronouns relentlessly, but they refuse This isn t a race to see who the most marginalised is, but it s important to acknowledge that we haven t reached the finish line yet.
I fell in love with Janet and Abby at first sight I knew this would be a phenomenal book as soon as I heard their voices They re both distinct and the same at the exact time I loved Janet and her ability to thrive, even in a time that tried so desperately to silence her She s the definition of a brave and heroic main character Abby is just an old soul I sympathised with her so much Whenever Abby cried, I cried I completely understood her obsession with Marian Love and discovering the truth, especially when she got so attached to it and all of her friends were just writing it off as dumb The respective journeys that these characters had to go through were inspiring to follow, especially with the bravery that each of them exemplified.
This is a book you want to read slowly You want to focus on each and every line to make sure you ve fully absorbed the information You pause at the end of each chapter and reflect what just happened to the characters It s rare for me to tediously read books that I think are amazing because I want to finish it quickly, but I knew I needed to savour this one Pulp has very long chapters that follow two different storylines so it can be difficult to remember each little detail that happens within each instalment.
I can t find the words to summarise everything that I just said, but you can obviously tell that I loved this book It s so rare to have a novel this powerful that invokes so many different emotions in it I d definitely recommend this if you re interested in F F literature and want a unique, historical story that makes a statementARC kindly provided by Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review Twitter Blog In 2017, Abby Zimet is struggling Things are tough at home her parents can barely stand to be in the same room together Plus, Abby and her girlfriend, Linh, broke up in June Abby thought it would only be temporary, but now school has started, and here they are still friends, still broken up Abby can t seem to concentrate on school or her senior project That is until she discovers 1950s lesbian Pulp fiction In particular, a book called Women of the Twilight Realm Abby becomes obsessed with the author, who wrote under the name Marian Love If Abby can somehow track down Marian, maybe life won t be so bad after all Cut to 1955, where eighteen year old Janet Jones is in love with her best friend, Marie It s a huge secret one that could destroy their lives and that of their families Marie is trying to get her security clearance with the State Department, after all But when Janet finds a book at the bus station by an author called Dolores Wood, which features women falling in love with women, she starts to realize she isn t alone And Janet, an aspiring writer, begins to wonder if there sout there than the life that s always been planned for herJanet had never understood, not until she turned the thin brown pages of Dolores Wood s novel, that other girls might feel the way she did That a world existed outside the one she d always knownI loved this book so incredibly much that I can t even really explain it It was captivating and beautiful and tragic and just appealed to me on so many levels I have always been interested in lesbian Pulp fiction since doing a project on it for a Queer Studies class in college, so it was so fascinating to read about Abby s research within the pages of this novel Talley effortlessly weaves so many narratives within this one that it sort of leaves you breathless at times We have Abby s narrative, Janet s narrative, and then excerpts from the book by Marian Love that Abby grows to love so much, Women of the Twilight Realm The parallels are really striking between Abby and Janet, as each are discovering lesbian Pulp fiction in their own era and using it to grow and learn about themselves Even , we see how much things have changed between the 1950s and 2017 It s horrifying to see what Janet and the entire gay community had to endure, and the book really serves to educate on how terrible things were then While I knew bits and pieces about the Lavender Scare, its ties to our actual characters here really brings it home I have to say, I just adored Janet She seems so incredibly real, and I just fell for her and her incredible strength and bravery I think she will remain one of my favorite characters in lesbian fiction and all fiction for all time As for Abby, I really liked her too, although in some of her sections, I wascaptivated by her research than her story Still, she presents a poignant tale of a young bisexual trying to find herself, and I appreciated the diverse set of characters with whom she surrounds herself Abby and her friends stand in stark contrast to Janet in their sexual freedoms, but, in many ways, they aren t so different at heartThat was the best part of being in love The way it set the rest of the world on muteI just really really loved this book It has so much of what I love lesbians, diverse characters, passionate and realistic storylines, well done research, literary references and ties Reading Janet and Abby s stories took me back to a time when I wasn t yet out and when I had first come out when the world wasn t yet so forgiving not that it always is, but things were pretty different even 15 years ago I remember how much comfort books provided me, how wonderful it was to realize I wasn t alone in the world I love how well this book shows that fact, and how the books within the book are almost their own characters.
Overall, I can t recommend this one enough It s just a beautiful, well written story, and, to top it off, it s informative to boot The characters are lovely, the story is amazing, and it really leaves you feeling a bit awed Highly recommend 4.
5 stars I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review thank you it is available everywhere as of 11 13 2018 Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram Published by Harlequin Teen, Pulp is outside my typical genre A pretty constant fan of YA in general, romance is never a top pick for me Neither are historical pieces I was pleasantly surprised to find myself very interested in these characters, especially Janet, whose story takes place in 1955 The challenges that she faced were shocking Abby, a gay teen in present DC, has the usual family and relationship issues But she doesn t have the same fears that Janet faced on a daily basis Although Abby does grow and mature, she is spoiled and petulant for most of the story.
Overall a 3.
5 read for me Thanks to Goodreads and publishers for the advanced reader s copy in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you sooooo much Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader edition of this title in exchange for an honest review I m just as obsessed with this book as Abby is obsessed with Women of the Twilight Realm Seriously This was my MOST anticipated 2018 read, and I m so lucky and grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read it before it s released This book by far exceeded my expectations, and from the moment I laid my eyes on it s synopsis, the highest expectations had already been set in my mind But this book turned out to be just as amazing as I imagined it would be This book is about queer women, 1950s Lesbian Pulp fiction, and growth and mourning There is so muchhere than the synopsis would have you believe This book is brimming with character development I can t even describe just how much I loved this book, but I can certainly make an attempt We ve got the main character, Abby, who s mourning the recent loss of her relationship with her friend Linh, as well as her unstable family dynamic and the clear tension and lack of presence of both of her parents She one day discovers lesbian Pulp fiction from the 1950s 1960s, and she is absolutely hooked on one book in particular, Women of the Twilight Realm by infamous author, Marian Love Fuelled by so many other aspects of her life she cannot control, she begins an obsession with the book, andimportantly, with the author, who no amount of googling can dig up anything about Marian Love has written nothing else since her first and only book, and Abby is determined to find out the real identity of Marian Love.
Meanwhile, we ve got a dual point of view with another character, Janet, who is a queer 18 year old in 1955, a time in which was extremely dangerous to be homosexual Janet, too, finds solace and comfort in a lesbian Pulp fiction novel she d found at a local bus station, a book that showcases to her that there are other women just like her, she feels less alone knowing there are other women that feel the way she does, women who write stories of characters similar to her for all to read Under pseudonyms, of course Which is how Janet determines that she wants to write to the author of her favourite book, to let her know just how much her book his impacted her After getting a letter back from her, she is encouraged to write a book of her own And so that s exactly what Janet begins to do, with her father s typewriter, alone in the attic during the late hours of the morning And so this is how the story intertwines Janet s story, Marian Love, and Abby s, dual points of view written in 1955, and one in 2017 The change of atmosphere between the two time periods is extremely present, we as readers get a look at just how drastically different it was living as a queer person in 1955 than it is in 2017 As usual, Robin Talley did her fair share of research for this novel, to bring a queer historical fiction to our eager hands onceThank you, Robin Talley, please never change This book is full of culture reference, and I loved the presence of other queer identities, and not just lesbianism It is increasingly important to be sure other queer voices are heard over the abundance of lesbian and gay voices who have steamrolled over trans, bi identities and the like for years, especially now that the demand fordiversity in novels is increasing And I can see that this is acknowledged in this book, which I cannot begin to appreciatethan I do The characters are a central part of this story, and every side character has a purpose and a personality, no character is out of place and barely any are not integral to the story overall, I really appreciated this I liked that we were also treated to the trials of other characters besides Abby and Janet, and not only do the main characters go through changes and development throughout the story, but a lot of other characters do as well Except Janet s grandma, I m not going to say I m sad about how she ends up There was just so much to learn in this book We got so much ample knowledge It is also obviously unfortunate to read about how it was to be gay in the 1950s, and the necessary steps in order to be able to write lesbian fiction, now I see where the killing off gay characters trope comes from It used to be the only way to be able to produce media revolving around queer people, tragedy had to strike, and in most cases the characters had to die, as referred to as necessary resolutions I like the way that love and loss is portrayed in this book The big question seems to be if love is even real, and if it can survive The theme explored throughout the book is mourning, and moving on Change can be good, in some cases even life saving I love that most of the character development here revolves around changing life events, both characters have to deal with a life shattering change of scenery, but both learn to grow and adapt towards it I love the bigger, underlying message This book was really enjoyable to read because of the many dynamics and themes explored, this book is so muchthan what the synopsis entails This is by far one of the best sapphic books I ve ever had the pleasure of reading in my life I m so beyond grateful our world has adapted and changed for the better, for the most part But it is still interesting and enlightening to read about what it was like years ago, evenso in a fictional sense Think of all those who came before us, the lesbian Pulp novels that were only allowed to be published at the promise of tragedy, the various people risking their lives every day just to live as their true selves, and be increasingly grateful that we are now able to read books like these with little consequence.
This is one of those reads that prior to picking up, I had no idea that it existed Even before starting to read this novel, I had my own preconceptions and thought that I wouldn t like it because it wasn t something I would typically read Now, after reading this book, I can only shake my head at how ignorant and naive that I was by unfairly judging this novel before even reading the summary This book was waythan I expected and waythan I could have hoped for It s an important novel and if I could, I would have everyone read it Firstly, I really enjoyed the different character perspectives that we were given in this story From the real characters to the ones set in their own fictional universes that will make no sense until you actually read the novel As well, I appreciated the contrast between the characters of modern day to the characters set farther back in history Even though I knew prejudice exists, I knew fairly little regarding this specific topic Especially this specific topic in history It was both eye opening and horrific to read examples that were reality for people in the past Unfortunately, I could also see how this could be reality today for some depending on their geographical location Another component of this novel that was educational was the look at lesbian literature throughout history This was another element that prior to reading this novel, I knew very little about this topic Even now, I feel as if I know very little regarding this area but this book had me thinking about the difference between how censored this was in the past to how easily accessible this content would be nowadays This is definitely a book that I wouldn t put down for a length of time because I could see how it could become confusing with the differing perspectives fictional works However, I also found that I couldn t easily put it down I wanted to knowabout the characters specifically the characters from the past and I wanted to know how their stories would resolve Due to the mystery of this novel, it really was a pageturner because I had no idea what the outcome would be for different characters I would highly recommend this novel, even if like me, it s outside what you typically would read It somewhat reminded me of something similar to a historical Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because a character becomes truly invested in a fictional work However, this novel seems muchimportant Additionally, although the content is heavy, the writing flows easily allowing you to get lost in the story stories This was the first novel that I ve read from Robin Talley but I know for certain that I will be looking forwritten by her in the future Thank you to HCC Frenzy for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review