Barbara the Slut and Other People

Title: Barbara the Slut and Other People

Author: Lauren Holmes

Youth is a Tightrope

Another collection of short stories down and another book I have been waiting to read for over a year now read.

These stories are a Girls tinged low grade rant about the unique complexities of millennial mundane triviality. These trivialities make up the bulk of life for these everyday young women. Their stories are steeped in humor, wry and somewhat heartbreaking. The lenses upon which they view the world are easily forgotten once past a certain age however no less compelling as they live through it.

In Desert Hearts a recent law school graduate discovers that her choice of profession is really not hers at all. Her interim job selling sex toys is the start of her rebellion. Pearl and the Swedish Guy Fall in Love showcases the bloom coming right off that rose as new infatuation gives way to complete and utter distaste. New Girls pits hierarchy and jockeying for social status among female peers against true friendship and connection. An insane rite of passage for far too many young girls. My Humans offers a dog’s eye view of male-female relationships. Endearing and funny. Who doesn’t love an animal with a voice? Barbara the Slut, the title story, uncovers the irrational and brutal process of the merciless attempts to strip a single high school girl of her dignity in ways males could not even fathom having done to them. Violent and raw, I was praying Barbara could hang on until she got out and got a fresh start. This one is both scary and disturbing.

This is a relevant and unique collection about lives that on the surface look nothing like their underbellies.

BRB Rating: Read It.


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