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Nineties Second Edition Edition
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By which I mean: Lucy Ives explores what it is to be a (privileged) teenage girl but does not, like most other 'coming-of-age' novels, capitulate to a trite parody of immaturity or a navel-gazing school special with an easy resolution right before the credits roll. It's centered around adolescent drama, yes, but the parallels to larger societal patterns are bigger than this slim volume would suggest.
I read it twice in a row and tried super-hard to cry both times and was unsuccessful, but the more weepy would definitely weep.
That's not to say 90s is a sad book-- there's a surfeit of hilarious early 90s consumer culture references anyone who was born between 1972 and 1992 will chuckle at. I am simply saying that this hilarity is--as good humor should be--tinged with a deep pain.
My greatest takeaway was a rethinking and deeper understanding of 1) my own teenage pain and 2) privilege. In the latter, I think I became less dismissive of my "poor-little-rich-girl" friends-- anyone with a lot of class rage or a guilt complex about their parents' money would find something meaningful here.
I'm still not sure how Ives' work is so forceful and harrowing: the lean prose consists largely of simple statements of fact and narration of behaviors-- little exposition, little reflection. In this way, Ives reflects the consciousness of a teenager. And in this way, too, Nineties is "a story with no moral" the book is an allegory or a testimony, not a prescription.Read more ›
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Horrible book. I thought there would be a point to it and it would develop and get better -- but no, it did not. Read morePublished 12 months ago by miksilver
I tried to read this 'book'. I kept thinking that the disjointed stories would somehow come together and form a book. it never happened. Pointless and boring.Published 12 months ago by J. Henderson
Odd. Very oddly written. But nostalgic at same time. If you don't like stream of consciousness style writing then don't read this.Published 13 months ago by Corinna Longoria