With 3 books collecting dust that I have barely ever opened and one more from a previous Amazon order that still hasn’t arrived, it might not be the best idea to buy two more books. But I did and I can’t wait for them to arrive.
Please Don’t Kill the Freshman: A Memoir by Zoe Trope
The author of this book was just 15 and still in high school when she wrote this book, which got her a $100,000 deal. From what I can understand it’s brutally honest and I usually find myself appreciating that in a book. I saw this recommended if you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower and that just happens to be my favorite book, so my expectations are pretty high I would say.
I wrote a story about you. Well, sort of, see, it’s mostly about me. Well, entirely about me, but here’s the catch: I’m you. No, really, I mean it. Not like that transcendentalism stuff we’re learning in English class, but really, truly, I’m you. I know what it feels like when your heart beats so hard against your white bone ribs, when you sing in the shower with soap in your eyes, when you run until you get a side ache. I wrote this story about you because I am so in love with you, your broken-fence teeth and your tissue-paper scars. I love you when you’re so exhausted it could topple you to the ground, so in love it could snap guitar strings, so sickly sweet it could make lips smile. This is a reckless love story. This is my shameless confession.
Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno
Hairstyles of the Damned is a punk rock coming-of-age novel set among the Catholic schools, blue-collar families and conservative values of Chicago’s south suburbs circa 1991. There’s not much plot to speak of — it’s simply a year in the life of Brian Oswald, a metalhead kid who’s in love with his best friend, a slightly overweight punk rock girl named Gretchen. Both come from “damaged” families: Brian’s parents’ marriage is teetering on the edge of collapse, and Gretchen’s family has been shattered by her mother’s recent death. Over the course of a school year, Brian’s affection for Gretchen surges and wanes as he does all the things that most high school students do: makes and destroys friendships, discovers new music and new ideas, experiments with drinking and drugs, and tumbles headlong into the confusing but irresistible world of sex and relationships.