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Holding Still for as Long as Possible (Lambda Literary Award: Transgender) Paperback – September 1, 2010
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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The section I read in the store was Billy's description of her thoughts during a panic attack. I was hooked, and brought the book home that day.
Reading from start to finish, I feel drawn to a lot of the things that Zoe Whittall does in this book. The first, something I admire absolutely, is her ability to present characters which seem so utterly human. Being mostly a fan of fiction leaning hard on the adjective 'literary', I feel like it's rare for me to encounter a novel with such ripe, raw human drama bursting from the pages. From following Whittall on twitter, I know she's a writer for the teenage high school TV show Degrassi, and from what I read in this book, she's probably perfect for the job. If anything, she might be too perfect for it, and that bleeds into my primary complaint with this book, which I'll get to in a bit.
Beyond simply presenting entities in a narrative which feel almost tangible, Whittall is also expert at crafting the individual personalities and neuroses of each character. I had a soft spot for Billy's sections as I read along, appreciating the jittery, nervous flow of her inner monologue as a representation of her anxiety.Read more ›