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S.L.U.T. is Beckerman's acronym for Sexually Liberated Urban Teens, and in this outrageous, chilling blend of fact and fiction, the 20-year-old author characterizes his view of his generation: hypersexual, emotionally vacant, and disturbingly tolerant of abuse. Beckerman sets his story in a high-school social scene in which parties are seemingly joyless orgies of detached sex. Naive, sensitive Max is an anomaly, unlike his crass friend Brett. Julia is a new girl with soul and integrity; Trevor is a precocious young tycoon, adored by his parents, who is actually a rapist and a pornographer. The slight story about Max's first crush and Trevor's profound villainy is overpowered by Beckerman's purposeful unveiling of the vicious social climate: there's an extremely graphic gang rape, several kids attempt suicide, and parents are caricatures of ineffectuality. Beckerman runs into some trouble with occasional autobiographical segments that show he is clearly a participant in the world he chronicles; a swagger (references to the state of his penis and his favorite sexual position, for example) seeps into some of his writing, undermining what seems to be his strident message: a generation is being lost. He reinforces that message much more effectively with the deeply unnerving "S.L.U.T. Stats," culled from journalism and medical studies, that appear throughout the book, and it's this skillfully edited compilation of contemporary teen attitudes toward sex that is perhaps this disturbing book's best justification for purchase. Gillian Engberg
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Though most of the novel in centered around a story of 6 teenagers, the topics that complicate their lives are far from being issues of Beckerman's imagination. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by R. Doucette
The book was readable, and not as shocking or controversial as I was expecting. I got an amorphus message from it- I wasn't sure what the writer believed motivated his characters,... Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by "nonicknamereader"
This is a really interesting book Marty has compiled here. It is full of statistics on todays teens, quotes from magazines, newspapers and books, not to mention Marty's insane and... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Chris Schmidt
Contains a lot of unrelated stats in order to pad the text to a reasonable length, and the fiction sections seem to have been written by a ninth-grade creative writing student (and... Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by R. M. Self
I've been around quite a while (80 yrs) and I've seen a whole lot of changes in this world, but last night I finished reading "Generation S.L.U. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Elizabeth Bean
If you haven't been to high school in 10 years, you're missing a lot-including the sex, drugs and alcohol abuse. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Becca
Anyone praising this novel as original has likely not read its multitude of predecessors, and many are so much better. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Phil Kailer
Disturbing, intriguing, and dare I say: honest? Mary Beckerman's book "Generation S.L.U.T." is exactly the wake up call this generation needs. Read morePublished on March 30 2004 by "attendantgodot"
... Well here you go, if you are interested in a hardcore revelation on our *beeped*-up teenage society in all it's sexual glory you have wandered onto a gold mine. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Ashley