barbara the slut and other people // lauren holmes


published: 2015
pages: 262
isbn: 978-1-59463-378-2
read from: 5/22/2016 - didn't finish
rating: 1) hate it 2) like it 3) LOVE IT



SYNOPSIS ((amazon))
In “Desert Hearts,” a woman takes a job selling sex toys in San Francisco rather than embark on the law career she pursued only for the sake of her father. In “Pearl and the Swiss Guy Fall in Love,” a woman realizes she much prefers the company of her pit bull—and herself—to the neurotic foreign fling who won’t decamp from her apartment. In “How Am I Supposed to Talk to You?” a daughter hauls a suitcase of lingerie to Mexico for her flighty, estranged mother to resell there, wondering whether her personal mission—to come out—is worth the same effort. And in “Barbara the Slut,” a young woman with an autistic brother, a Princeton acceptance letter, and a love of sex navigates her high school’s toxic, slut-shaming culture with open eyes.


SPOILERS
uhm there's really nothing to spoil mostly cause i didn't bother to finish it. but from what i did read....

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO TALK TO YOU
shes visits her mom in Mexico and the deal is that shes gay and afraid to tell her mom. 
her mom who sells VS undies for a profit even though she runs a hotel and doesn't talk to her wealthy parents. 
she tells her mom and leaves to another part of Mexico to go with her grandpa.

WEEKEND BETH, KELLY, MUSCLE and PAMMY
he slept with Beth and found out that he just wanted to be friends. so they are. then he moves to NYC and well, i didn't finish that story.

BARBARA THE SLUT
she is a smart slut going to Princeton. 
she sleeps around but she ONLY sleeps with them once and that's it. til she likes a guy but then another guy kills it for her when he says they slept together (even though they didn't) and everyone, even her special ed brother, calls her a slut. she finally wises up and so yea. 
her brother was about the best part of that story. 

PEARL AND THE SWISS GUY
she meets this Swiss fool at a bar and then she falls in love in 4 days. then he sorta moves in and she realizes that she'd rather just live with her pit bull Pearl than date any men out there. 

DESERT HEARTS
she gets a job at a sex toys store and pretends to be a lesbian to keep her job. she ends up with a chick and going out with her but shes engaged or whatever the fuck with her dude so yea. 
her boss finds out that shes not gay and so she fires her. which i mean, dumb broad, you're a fucking lawyer!!!! you could sue her ass for that! you cant fire someone JUST because they aren't gay. and then they rescue a dog from the pound. 
what the fuck. 


MY RAMBLINGS
(just thoughts on the book itself)

you would think that i would have know this book was based on several stories and that i wouldn't like it (just like this one) based on the title but nooooo i didn't pay attention past slut. so you know...gotta learn the hard way. 

i started the book with the first story and even though it was only 24 pages long, it took me about a week to try to finish it. then i started the second story and it wasn't til i didn't really understand what the heck was going on that i realized it was a "stories" book. i didn't finish that story. i read other stories in a scattered order (i read 5/10 stories) but i was in no way pulled to finish it. 

I'm not bashing the book but its not my cup of tea. 
have you read it? what was your experience with it? 

thanks for reading!
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