Clarion ForeWord Reviews: Funny and bittersweet ... Nova's often-disastrous attempts to find a guy who likes her as more than a friend are tender, sensitive, and never self-pitying....the humor, rather than the bitterness of Nova's rejections, is emphasized and allows the story to remain upbeat....As the narrative winds through Nova's emotional development, from elementary school to college, all the hurt is resolved in a heartfelt epilogue that contains equally compelling messages about life targeted at young adults and grown-ups.
Kirkus Indie Reviews: It's one romantic rejection after another in this mid-1990s coming-of-age novel. Nova Porter isn't an average teenage girl. She prefers Mötley Crüe to New Kids on the Block, and at the mall, she'd rather make prank phone calls than shop. Yet as she enters junior high school, her desire for a boyfriend prompts her to make the first of many earnest attempts to ask guys out. Nova narrates the novel like a stand-up comic, heaping pop-culture metaphors and self-deprecation onto the story. Candid dialogue carries the bulk of the novel, which paces things well.
About the Author
Lana Cooper was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple University, she doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio. Cooper has written extensively on a variety of pop culture topics and has been a critic for such sites as PopMatters and Ghouls On Film. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a leading nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. Cooper enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, books with lots of words and no pictures, and talking to strangers on public transportation. "Bad Taste In Men" is her first full-length novel.