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Megan Boyle
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 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

Review

"[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: 120 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Muumuu House; 1 edition (January 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUGFFGW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Philip
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat item of/for/from textual landscape May 6, 2014
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This book as a kind of unforced deconstruction of certain "first world lol" ideas and societal constructions about gender, body, media, consumerism etc. A neat (maybe challenging for some) read for those who want/need this type of prose/poetry/new-poetry/new or "alt" lit? I have found myself going from squeamish to deep personal understanding to laughing out loud all on the same few pages.
I am a follower of M Boyle's writing on the various web locations, and am eagerly waiting for her to produce another "artifact of hand & shelf"? I am looking forward to re-reading this book in forty years and quietly smiling at our 2k millennium newnesses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate you, Megan Boyle March 16, 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sharp March 2, 2014
By ulianne
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Truthful April 6, 2013
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I enjoyed the raw, honest vulnerability of Megan. She expresses thoughts that seem to come from a personally familiar perception or frame of mind. At times, the I-don't-give-a-s***, conversational prose — with no commas or capital letters — can become a bit annoying, but, just as you're about the put it down and reach for a cigarette, Megan comes through and says something uniquely sincere that, in a strange way, satisfies a craving. We live in a time where writers feel the need to be ironically humorous hipsters and while Megan sometimes uses those notions as comic relief, her writing is refreshingly truthful. I'll be excited to read what she does next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good so far March 2, 2013
By Carol
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you should read this book February 23, 2013
By brandon
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megan boyle's writing makes me feel less s***ty about myself. it makes me feel less alone. it is extremely relatable.
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