by Amy Sohn ‧ RELEASE DATE: July 1, 1999
A dirty-minded Holly Golightly invades modern Manhattan, in New York Press columnist Sohn’s interesting (if overdone) debut. “I was only twenty-two and already I was infamous,” says Ariel Steiner, who, like many young people, has an exaggerated notion of her own malevolence. Ariel is basically a nice Jewish girl, a JAP from Brooklyn who managed to get into Brown and carry home the fancy goyish diploma that would make Mama and Papa proud. An aspiring actress who has had an agent since about the time of her bat mitzvah, Ariel comes home with big plans for making a name on stage, but life has a way of slipping off our maps, and Ariel ends up making her name in quite a different direction. At an audition for a rock musical based on Lolita (“Lolita: Rock On”), she’s asked to write her own scene for rehearsal and responds with a rather vivid monologue entitled “Vanya in My Vulva,” followed up by a piece called “Shooting Wad and Movies.” The director is impressed enough to recommend publication, and Ariel submits her material to an alternative weekly called City Week. The next thing you know, Ariel has a weekly column (“Run Catch Kiss”) that treats her sex life with about as much irony as the teen mags extend to Leo DiCaprio and Prince Wills. Anyone who has read Sohn’s real-life column (—Female Trouble—) will recognize many of the boyfriends and positions described here in such loving detail, although this is not a rehash in the usual sense of the word. Rather, it is offered as a portrait of a woman on the loose, someone who hangs out at louche nightspots on the Lower East Side and obsesses about finding the perfect guy. If it all sounds like something of an insider’s story, it isn’t—though it’s probably meant to be. Strictly for the already converted: Sohn’s fans won’t be disappointed, but it’s unlikely that their ranks will swell.
Pub Date: July 1, 1999
Page Count: 256
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 1999
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by Colleen Hoover ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 2, 2016
Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...
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New York Times Bestseller
Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.
At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.
Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Page Count: 320
Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016
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by Christina Lauren ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2018
With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.
Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.
Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.
Pub Date: April 10, 2018
Page Count: 416
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2018
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018
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