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Megan Boyle
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"This book is dark and electric with all the immediate, physical anxiety of being female and, beyond that, human. It's a totally fascinating downward spiral through sex and television and pills and blogging and love and alcohol, strangers and friends and despair, all knit together with tender emotional realness."
—Michelle Tea, author of VALENCIA

"[U]nbelievably engaging and mesmerizing. Boyle writes with such openness about living in a world that constantly mystifies you [...] I can't think of another book quite like it, can't think of a voice as distinctive and strange as Boyle's."
—Kevin Wilson, author of THE FAMILY FANG

"Just reading this collection, [Megan Boyle] immediately became one of my favorite modern poets."
—Benn Ray, WYPR's The Signal

"[O]ne of the funniest, most satisfying, most original, most satisfying books of poetry I've come across in years."
—Rachel Whang, Atomic Books

"[T]he first book I've ever read that truly represents the strangely compelling way people reveal themselves, in writing, on the Internet."
—Jay Gabler, Twin Cities Daily Planet

"With her mixture of immediate honesty and everyman wit, Boyle has emerged as a cult voice of Millennials whom have come of age sharing confessional writing online."
—Kelley Hoffman, Elle

"[A] remarkable debut […] both painstaking and unpolished, earnest and unassuming, plain, poetic, moving, self-conscious and, above all, real."
—Jennifer Shaffer, The Stanford Daily

"[A] blunt work that challenges the reader, dares the reader to find out what this woman has on her mind. Boyle exhibits a generous exhibitionist quality that leaves one wondering if she might be the next Laurie Anderson."
—Nicolle Elizabeth, The Brooklyn Rail

Editorial Reviews


"[T]he first book I've ever read that truly represents the strangely compelling way people reveal themselves, in writing, on the Internet."—Jay Gabler, Twin Cities Daily Planet

"With her mixture of immediate honesty and everyman wit, Boyle has emerged as a cult voice of Millennials whom have come of age sharing confessional writing online."—Kelley Hoffman, Elle

"I was surprised to discover in Megan's book that she's slept with a few women [...] She has dark hair and is funny and does stuff with her life, so right away she skyrockets above most people who are wading around in the dating pool of life."—Kelly McClure, Vice

About the Author

Megan Boyle (b. 1985) lives in Baltimore. She has been published by Thought Catalog, 3:AM, Pop Serial, and other venues.

Product Details

  • File Size: 190 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Muumuu House; 1 edition (January 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Philip
It didn't give me the sort of angry disefranchisement over 'trying-too-hard' that I get when I read a lot of 'alt-lit' stuff. It's the only book in Muumuhouse's store labeled as prose, but it felt like poetry to me.

I think the most important quality of Megan Boyle's writing is that she's observant. Anyone can be in a room and transcribe their thoughts, then call that poetry, then call that 'alt-lit', then call that 'something worth reading', but there's a distinguishing quality in this book that I really enjoyed. It did feel sort of like the internet literally translated into a physical medium, but I sort of liked that. The only difference between the internet and books is the delivery mechanism. When you hold something in your hand, it feels more tangible, mostly because it is, literally.

Anyway. This book was good. I'd recommend it. I felt a vague sense of sadness upon completing it because I wanted to read more. I feel like it could go on forever, or at least until the author dies. It probably will, in some sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sharp March 2, 2014
I don't really want to say that I'm obsessed with this book, but I think I'm obsessed with this book. First of all, I don't know s*** about poetry, but this didn't feel like poetry. The book is like a diary. Some of the entries are just random, stream of consciousness statements. Some of the entries are more focused like "everyone i've had sex with" (published on thought catalog first, if you want a taste).

All of her statements are (mostly) funny, confessional, true, insightful, and surprising. It's like a collection of unrelated things that sum up to what it's like to be a 20-something. Some of the "posts" are really thoughtful, and some are more boring, unimportant details and thoughts of her life. But they're all thrilling to hear, because it's like looking into the deepest recesses of someone's mind. Honestly almost every page was bookmarked because I liked something on it. What I like about Megan Boyle's writing is how open she is. Not just in that she will say things that people may not normally share (or know how to put into words), but that it's all simply stated and clear. Her voice is mesmerizing and hard not to love entirely. It's very relatable, but that also makes some parts of the experience reading this difficult. Though she is funny and genuine, some of the things she says are troubling. Like many 20-somethings, she is disaffected and lost to an extent. Overly curious, self-aware, and depressed. It's hard to see her like that and see her talk about it so bluntly, because it's hard to see some of those things in myself. But I'm glad she was the one who made me look. And she made me feel hopeful.

I read this in July and it took me a while to review it, because I wasn't really sure how to do it justice. While reading it, I kept forcing people to read pages of it that I liked. After reading it, I kept trying to force it on other people. This is me virtually trying to force it on to you, because I think it's worth the time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of existential poems. January 16, 2012
By Vikaris
This book caught my eye while i was looking at the new miranda july book. The cover looked interesting, i guess. I bought it not really knowing what it was, and luckily, i am a fan of free form and existential poetry.
It's both very easy and somewhat difficult to describe what you will find in this book. It's kind of like opening up the authors head and reading their thoughts, unfiltered and completely honest. Sort of like a stream of consciousness style. It's very minimalistic as well. There are no page numbers, but i'd guess its around 80 or 90 [it's a very small book, but one that i would recommend reading slowly.] Most of the titles are just dates. I think it accomplishes what it sets out to do, even if thats just be openly honest with a stranger [you, the reader.]
some of the things you will read about will include the various people the author has had sexual relations with, and how she feels about them at the time of writing. various 'bits' that would be accurately regarded as facebook status updates or tweets that were typed, and not published, but saved anyway. or even brief diary entries.
if you want to escape from your mind for a minute and see and think about life through someone elses eyes, i would greatly recommend this little gem to you. it might come off as a little contrived or even 'hipster', but that's okay. everyone is a little flawed sometimes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A relief, of sorts January 14, 2013
By Cole
Breezy, straightforward expression of many thoughts. At times reminiscent of thoughts I sometimes have (which I guess is sort-of a relief), and at times not. That's to be expected, though; people aren't usually exactly the same as other people.

Often funny, which I think is the key to adopting the spare Gmail-draft writing style that seems so prevalent in certain interesting corners. It's nice to see that sort of writing given literary form, as it's (a) so often the vehicle for my/our?/someone's extra-literary communication with other humans; (b) weirdly conducive to the single-line-longevity and disconcerting inconsistency of many thoughts/lines of thought. In other words, it lends itself well to thinking weird thoughts about the weirdness of a previous thought, which is something (it seems) that other people do a lot too.

This book is pleasurable enough and more importantly it might be useful in certain ways. I will probably give it to lots of people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars She can write. As the women and Sam Pink take over "alt-lit," Meg B....
Megan magical spell casting blue mage style inner recesses of thought forms chosen randomly and shared freely Boyle is worth reading. She embraces life, trees, fungi and pie. Read more
Published 5 days ago by chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie about dangers of bullying in schools
Published 28 days ago by angela mangiaracina
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems genuine and unfiltered
No, it's probably not since it was meant for publication but it feels that way so it's good.I might read it again.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat item of/for/from textual landscape
This book as a kind of unforced deconstruction of certain "first world lol" ideas and societal constructions about gender, body, media, consumerism etc. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MDN Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate you, Megan Boyle
This is so good. I read it twice this weekend. And I'll probably read it again. You suck for writing something so good. I wanted to write this first. UGH.
Published 14 months ago by Daniel Valladares
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished reading this in math class on my kindle while pretending to...
I laughed audibly a few times in class. highly recommend. it feels like a free-write, in the sense that, it feels like unedited honesty. truly fun read, + it's like 8 bucks.
Published 15 months ago by jordan puga
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Except for the list of people she had sex with - that seemed terribly unnecessary.
Published 21 months ago by Mandy Zeller
5.0 out of 5 stars review by ramzi shalabi
this book made me feel like i could be a writer too. that i have thoughts just as funny and valid that could maybe be worth writing. that i should try writing. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ramzi Shalabi
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Truthful
I enjoyed the raw, honest vulnerability of Megan. She expresses thoughts that seem to come from a personally familiar perception or frame of mind. Read more
Published on April 6, 2013 by Jason Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good so far
I'm not quite done with this book but so far so good. Usually these books bore me, not so much a fan of Tao Lin, but this seems more relatable and comprehensive.
Published on March 2, 2013 by Carol
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