Sunday, May 22, 2016

Barbara The Slut- Book Review



Barbara the Slut was my fourth pick for Book of the Month Club and I am glad to say that so far, I am 4 for 4! If you would like to give BOTM a try, please use my link. I get a free book and you get three months for half off!

Here is the link- Book of the Month


I will admit that after reading the first story of Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes, I didn’t enjoy it. The first story is about a girl going back to her estranged mother, who sells girls panties to rich people on the beach, to let her know that she is a lesbian. The story is quick and it simply just ends. I kept expecting something else to happen.

The second story is about a pair of roommates who once slept with one another by accident, but decided not to talk about it. As they grow and separate, they decide to meet, and they realize they are incompatible and that is why they never slept together again. It too just ends.

The third story, just ends, as does the fourth, fifth, etc.


It took three stories to finally get it! This is life! Sometimes there is no ending and life continues.


I also got the connection to all the stories, each has sex of some sort as part of the story, but it isn’t a book about sex, but rather about relationships and what all goes into relationships. It is about intimacy, connection, and brokenness. It was then that the lightbulb went on- this book is great!


Not all stories are home runs. Even after getting the point, I re-read the first story and still didn’t like it much, but it stuck with me. Each story connected in one way or another and I enjoyed finding the connections.


Many stories just drop you right into the middle of the story. You don’t know if the charater is male or female, straight or gay, or even human! One of my favorites was about a relationship breaking up from the point of a golden retriever.


Overall, I really wound up enjoying Holmes’ freshman book and I look forward to hearing more from her. I gave this one a solid 4 stars!


Here is an Amazon link- Barbara the Slut by Lauren Holmes.




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