Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book after book book review: Why girls are weird by Pamela Ribon

My latest book review has been posted on Book after Book:

Book review: Why Girls Are Weird

By Pamela Ribon
Reviewed by Natazzz

A few years ago I discovered the blog by writer Pamela Ribon, which I have been reading ever since. Here she shares personal accounts of her life as a writer, as well as what she gets up to in her spare time. The blog is quite popular and was already around ten years ago, when having a personal blog was still something unique. During those early years Ribon decided that her blog and the traffic it created might be an interesting topic for a novel and that's when Why Girls Are Weird was born.

Why Girls Are Weird (2003) tells the story of Anna Koval, who decides to start a personal blog. To make it more interesting, and mainly to entertain herself, she starts making things up.

Read the entire review here.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rereading Pages for you by Sylvia Brownrigg

"An uninformed, innocent student in her first semester at university, Flannery Jansen initially encounters her lover in a local diner. But her tentative overtures - a look, a blush - are dismissed and Flannery retreats, humiliated. Future chance meetings discourage Flannery even more, for Anne arden is sophisticated and poised; in Flannery's eyes almost impossibly beautiful. Until, one day, she realizes that Anne Feels the same way about her..." (-from the backcover)

Pages for you by Sylvia Brownrigg (2001) has always been one of my favourite lesbian novels. It had been a while since I read it last, so I thought it was time I gave it another reading. I still thought it was a great novel, but it was interesting to see how when one changes (becomes older, wiser, more successful at love if there's such a thing) a story you read also changes, or at least your interpretation of it and the impact it has on you.

This book tells the story of first love. Of first sight, first kiss, first sex, and ultimately first betrayal and first broken heart.

Written after the fact, in diary form, it gives such a detailed and vivid description of a first lesbian relationship, it is at times almost painful to read. However, I no longer found it as painful as I did a few years ago. I guess that's what I meant with changing or perhaps just getting older. Memories of first crushes and relationships are now so long ago that they are just memories.

Pages for you tells the story of 17-year old Flannery, a freshman in college, who falls madly in love with a graduate student. She first sees Anne reading a book and thinks she is the most beautiful person she has every seen. Talk about love at first sight.

It turns out Anne is actually teaching one of Flannery’s classes, and that is how the two get into contact. Flannery is totally intimidated by this beautiful and amazing older woman, and soon she becomes her pupil both inside and outside of the classroom.

Anne teaches Flannery all about life and love, and Flannery is eager to learn everything Anne has to teach her. As you can probably guess, things eventually start to fall apart. The naive little college freshman finds out the hard way that Anne is not as wonderful and perfect as she thought she was, and that first love never lasts forever.

This book captures perfectly the intensity of first love and the naivety of it all. You cannot believe what you are feeling and experiencing, and you want it to last forever. And you think the other person is feeling exactly the same way. But they don’t. Or they do, but somehow it just cannot last. And nothing hurts like the ending of your first lesbian relationship, especially when you are only 18. Everything is life and dead at that age.

If you're looking for an intense and troublesome lesbian account of first love and first loss, you should definitely check this book out!

This novel was read for the GLBT Reading challenge as well as the LGBT Book challenge.