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The Blondes by Emily Schultz
The Blondes by Emily Schultz
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4.0 out of 5 stars Women gone rabid, Dec 19 2012
I thought The Blondes would be a different story when I started it. I thought itd be some lighthearted comedy featuring a tough, fast talking character because of how the synopsis was written. While The Blondes was a different read from the expected, I still really enjoyed it. The story is a bit slow but I would recommend it if you can overlook that and enjoy Schultzs beautiful writing.

The Blondes is about a grad student named Hazel Hayes who arrives fresh in New York City and discovers that she is pregnant. Shes not just pregnant, shes pregnant with her professors child and her professor is married. Whoops. But thats when an outbreak of Blonde Rabies starts. Blonde women… Read more
Don't Breathe A Word: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon
Don't Breathe A Word: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon
Jennifer McMahons Dont Breathe a Word is a really creepy story about a little girl that goes missing in the forest. Legend has it that the town of Reliance once existed in the forest but the villagers slowly disappeared because they had crossed over to the fairy world.

Dont Breathe a Word is a page-turner. I couldnt put it down. McMahon does a fantastic job of tipping the balances between coincidence and the supernatural. It keeps you on your toes and it makes the story that much more believable. Every great scary movie has you wondering if it all could have been true  and so does this story.

The main character is Phoebe, a girl who has a troubled relationship… Read more
Office Girl by Joe Meno
Office Girl by Joe Meno
I picked up Office Girl by Joe Meno because one of the reviews said it had hipster cred. But my first impression of the book was that it's terribly slow.

There are lots of random bike rides through the city by the books two main characters, Odile and Jack. Theres also plenty of apathy during painfully boring office jobs (slow death by photocopying). But the story doesnt really pick up until the two characters meet. Thats when you finally learn what makes the characters tick and some of their guerilla art antics are truly, truly genius.

The F the man message is loud and clear in Office Girl but I found the mental anguish of both characters to be pretty… Read more

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