A great novel that discusses the sexuality of young girls and how that sexuality can be abused in some fo the worst ways possible.
Well written and fast-paced, I beg anyone to read this book and tell me they can't identify with at least one of the characters. Straying from the all too easy trap of recreating history that is commonly found in memoirs, Cohen's latest is as honest as a Burger King bathroom light at 3am. There are moments throughout the book when you're not sure if you want to hug or slap the author; whichever knee-jerk reaction you may have though, it is to the author's outstanding ability to gather you in her world that you react at all.
Which is why I was so utterly disappointed with the last third of the book. After countless years of therapy, self-examination, and a serious concentration to heal all her broken parts, to end with the author learning nothing. Instead, she declares change is impossible...which this reader found both insulting and sad. I feel like you can't be both self-aware enough to know your own shit - where it comes from, how you respond to it and what the consequences are - and then turn right around and act ignorant of the solution.
You also can't claim to be in "recovery" and that you "overcame your addiction" if the only thing you're NOT doing is the actual drug, yet behave in every other way as if you were still engaging. It's as if the author herself exorcised all of her demons without actually understanding why they came to her house in the first place....Continua