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Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy Paperback – Bargain Price, October 7, 2008
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The book mainly discusses the evolution of Knoop impersonating JT, appearing in a makeshift costume for interviews, photoshoots and any public appearances, with Albert as her sidekick/handler, "Speedie", as JT rises in the literary world and becomes a media darling, culiminating in a filmed version of one of the books. (Albert would handle extensive phone calling, while Knoop would be the public face of JT.)
The thing that first jumped out to me was: "How in the hell did people buy their shtick?!" Especially Albert as "Speedie"-- a cockney (yes -- cockney!!)street urchin (I actually laughed out loud picturing her going "'Ello, matey! Oim Speeday, and this 'ere's JayTeaa, doncha know!" Ridiculous!), and LeRoy as as homeless southerner, a truckstop hustler.Read more ›
In telling her part in this created life (her own life is compelling without JT in it) she displays a remarkable sense of having come to terms with being part of an invention that among many things "punked" a whole lot of people who don't care to be punked. But rather than providing more fuel to the fire of those who felt betrayed, Knoop gives a human face to the affair, one that is well-told and provides a sense of how these things are sometimes less than deliberate and more the product of often ingenious invention based on a startlingly clever reading of what people want to hear and in this case, see.
For those who feel betrayed or confused by what some call a hoax, this book goes some way to humanizing the people who put it all together and provide a sense of empathy if not compassion for them. For someone looking for a good read about post-modernist identity, the nature of who we are and especially how most people often see what they wish to see, this would be a good book to get as it is told by someone simply telling their story without pretense. GirlBoyGirl a candid account of the face of a remarkable event in modern publishing and entertainment.
However, if you're expecting the author to paint Laura Albert in a good light, well you're in for a different story. I found myself feeling awful for Savannah as well as anyone who had to interact with Laura Albert OR her alter ego, Speedie. Ms. Knoop describes Laura and her many flaws in a way that honestly makes me reconsider being a fan of "JT LeRoy"'s novels, but I have to remember that everyone has flaws and that that shouldn't detour me from enjoying her wonderfully dark works.
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It may not be the best written book out there, but still a very interesting look into what went on with the JT Leroy story. I wish it had been a bit longer.Published 7 months ago by bbmarie
I have a shameful crush on Ms. Knoop and the company she chooses in that trolley town aren't half bad themselves, overall, to be crude: brilliant.Published on February 8, 2014 by Joel Mathews
I was really keen to read this, knowing the JT story.
Savannah is a rocking lady, this book is an easy read, you can finish it super quick. Read more
I could not put this book down. Savannah's insecurities, her unsureness, and her honesty about her time spent as JT LeRoy makes for an amazing story. Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Ashley Renee
This book... and the writer itself, is a good representation of a sign of the times...people's obsession with celebrity and how they will do anything to get in the limelight. Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by T. Stamos
J.D. Salinger said, "A serious writer should put in the time to locate
her own voice before she goes singing to the balcony. Read more