The Me Too Girl Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : November 5, 2019
- File Size : 2693 KB
- Publisher : Sterling Gate Books (November 5, 2019)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B08137BDGH
- Print Length : 155 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,881 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Suzie fox is a young woman with a great job in Los Angeles. Then she gets harassed by a police officer who tries to blackmail her to keep him quiet. She refuses to have sex for silence, decides to fight back, and finds herself a voice of hope for the Me Too movement.
A fast faced story with a realistic plot. Suzie is not perfect, she has a rough past but refuses to let that affect her future. No longer wanting to be a victim she is fierce and won't back down. I felt I could relate to Suzie. The Morcan's did a great job (with) telling the story through a woman's voice. I highly recommend The Me Too Girl to all.
AN ALL-TOO-COMMON SCENARIO
The story-line of The Me Too Girl is an unfortunately common scenario where women are abused by a male authority figure. Suzie Fox is a young woman who has brought herself out of an abusive home environment, through bad teenage decisions that had her working as a prostitute for an escort agency and drug-addicted. Her self-reform (aided by kind souls) has gotten her through UCLA with a journalist degree and into a good job with a Public Relations firm. Then a past client, now the LAPD Deputy Chief, reappears in her life with an ultimatum meant to blackmail her into an abusive sexual relationship.
FAMILY OF CHARACTERS WITH THEME POTENTIAL
Suzie is a sympathetic character with positive attributes as well as problems with which readers can identify. Her horror over the blackmail threat to her new life and her struggle with it, is well done and humanize her as a protagonist. Her struggle compounded by the unsought attentions of a potential suitor and the demands of her new job are the most endearing, for me, of her character.
A number of secondary characters create the feel for a complete universe in which Suzie lives. Several of them show enough nuance and motivation to create an interesting and believable story environment.
There are also thought-provoking themes. One is that such abuse of women via power-figures comes from the sexually aggressive nature of most men. It’s there even in “good” men, but with enough respect and compassion to keep it from being predatory. For too many men, compassion is weak or not there, and so their thrills comes from what is basically sadism. Our patriarchal cultural feeds this situation.
These social themes are the heart of this story and, I think, its purpose. Even so, such purpose is not well-served without an engaging plot (since this is a fiction). I think The Me Too Girl recognizes that and does try. While the basic plot-line is not original, Suzie’s attempt at a solution to her dilemma is interesting and compelling and, for the most part, well done.
GOOD STORY BUT WITH SHORTCOMINGS
While I overall liked The Me Too Girl, there were a few points where I feel like the storytelling suffered.
Mostly, I think the story is too short. It is a novella in length, but there is enough material for a 300-plus page novel. Suzie’s “growing up” backstory could have been expanded on and told as part of the narrative rather than a summarized flashback. This backstory is vital to understanding where she has come from and emphasizes the level of her educational and vocational achievements that the blackmail threatens.
The story’s shortness also robs much from the secondary characters. While there is nuance among these characters, too many are one-dimensional, serving only to move the plot. Exploring the motivations of Andy Davis, for example, could have provided a better counterpoint of a “good male” against the psycho brutality of Williams, the oppressor.
Other character stories could also have supported the central themes. Mayor Lopez opposing the LAPD’s abusive system, for example. Or the governor’s tolerance of his brutal son-in-law and how such tolerance contributes to women’s abuse.
There are other such character potentials that I believe could have provided much fodder for exploring this book’s social themes.
Regarding writing technique, I was a bit thrown at first by the change in narrative person (back-and-forth from first to third to first to third) until I realized what the authors were doing. It’s their way of handling flashbacks and actually is quite clever. Flashbacks are noted by a switch to First Person from Suzie’s Point-of-View. The “current time” narrative is told in the usual Third Person past tense, usually in Suzie’s POV but sometimes for other characters.
I was intrigued by this technique for denoting flashbacks, but on balance, it is still too much flashbacking for me. The authors are following the current trend for nonlinear storytelling, I suppose, but I think that trend is overdone. In my opinion, this story would have been stronger and better told completely as First Person from Suzie’s POV. It would have been a longer work and taken longer to create, but the story, its themes, and its social purpose would have been better served.
GOOD -- I JUST WISH IT WERE BETTER
The Me Too Girl is a good idea meant to recognize the age-old plight of women being abused by sexual predators. It has much story potential, but that potential is not realized as much as it could have been. If the story had been worked into a full novel and written linearly in First Person, given the capabilities of its authors, I think it would have gone further in providing education of, and sympathy for, the Me Too movement. As it is, it does provide that to a lesser degree, and so for that I give it points and my recommendation as a topical read.
The end is a little unexpected, but encouraging, for a lot of women still suffer from what has been done to them in the past. Many of them feel ashamed, but this fictional story might encourage them to step up.
The quality of prose is excellent – likely attributable in part to the authors’ experience with creating film both in storyline and acting. From the opening page the mood is set – ‘ Susan Fox was lost in thought as the cab she traveled in negotiated the City of Angels’ horrendous rush-hour traffic. Her destination was the Sheraton Grand Hotel in South Hope Street – the venue for a celebration of the recent re-election of Los Angles’ popular mayor, Dean Lopez. Twenty-two-year-old Susan, or Suzie to friends and colleagues, was attending the function in her capacity as a member of the mayor’s now disbanded election team of voluntary canvassers. That successful exercise, along with a glowing testimonial from an appreciative Mayor Lopez, had helped her secure her sought-after position as an account executive with a prestigious boutique public relations firm. It was her first job, her first real job, since graduating from UCLA where she excelled in the allied fields of communications and journalism. When the cab stopped for a red light, Suzie reflected on the past week. It was, she thought, the week form hell. And that was saying something. As someone who had been subjected to sexual abuse throughout her teens, first by a guardian with pedophiliac predilections in Illinois and then by a sadistic predator in California, she’d had some bad times to contend with, but this past week, in her opinion, had to be the worst.’
It is with the same degree of imaginative intensity that this story is revealed, as the synopsis describes the plot: ‘Young Los Angeles public relations exec Suzie Fox is being blackmailed for sex by a bad cop, a senior officer of the LAPD no less. Suzie fights back the only way she knows how, and, in the process, unwittingly becomes a beacon, a shining light, for America's Me Too movement and for abused women everywhere. But will justice be served?’
An immensely impressive novel as well as a wake-up call for increased attention to the crime of sexual abuse, this book is important – as well as being a fine read. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 19
Top reviews from other countries
The story starts by introducing Suzie who has recently turned her life around, reflecting back over the past week from hell. We then flashback over the course of that week to discover that a face from her past has caught up with. This is Heck Williams, Deputy Chief of Police in LA, but he was and still is a bad cop.
In the past, he had sexually abused Suzie and now having found where she lives, he is trying to blackmail her for sex again. He threatens to pull her in for heroin possession, using a packet of heroin from his own pocket and to tell lies to her employer, accusing her of being a hooker and a junkie.
When a junior officer appears with a message for Heck, she uses the interruption to negotiate a week’s grace to give him an answer. But what can she do in a week to avoid her world being turned upside down?
This clever short story then follows the course of that week and beyond.
Another nice short story from father and son duo, and certainly a switch from their previous book The Heathrow Affair. Very versatile authors as quite a different genre to their brilliant full-length Silent Fear novel that I absolutely loved, plus they also write non-fiction.