- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Last Gasp (August 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867196203
- ISBN-13: 978-0867196207
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RENT GIRL Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Tea is a fantastic writer who does not shy away from revealing the "mechanics" of her exploits to an encounter with a bad case of crabs. There is no "woe is me" monologues or angry tirades against an unforgiving society. She describes the absurdity of her clients, from a self-proclained warlock to cocaine-addicted business men. Her writing masterfully remains passively unapologetic and full of the witty prose that Tea is known for. The art work is spectacular. Laurenn McCubbin's eye for detail captures near-perfect facial expressions and the raw emotion of Tea's work. I hope the two will collaborate again.
RENT GIRL is simply amazing. Michelle Tea's personal accounts are simple yet complicated with jaded opinions and poetic verses about faked sex acts and looking for stability in a chaotic world. This won't disappoint.
Add atrocious (i.e. non-existent) editing, numerous spelling errors and the constant substitution of `than' with `then' and the picture that emerges is that of an author who appears to think that a memoir is worth reading simply because the author happens to be a part of the queer community. I am sorry, but it is not. Being self-absorbed and condescending doesn't make you a good writer, queer or not. I'd much rather read Dorothy Allison or Patrick Califia for that matter.
A shame, really, because the idea does sound good and the illustrations by Laurenn McGubbin are quite nice.
The story begins with great strength and interest as Tea describes her life as a lesbian sex worker in Boston. As her travels bring her to Provincetown and Tucson, the reader can feel that Tea is running out of steam (and so is her story). Her girlfriend, for the majority of the piece, is a self-centered and one-dimensional woman who introduces Tea to the world of prostitution. Along the way, the two meet up and live with various other sex workers and drug addicts. While the ride is rocky and the writing is smooth, the characters are emotionally limited and appear as caricatures.
The prose was stylistically similar to Tea's other work, but more focused on the topic at hand. The author spends little time discussing her own emotions, thought processes and even her own life outside work and the people she worked with. This book is interesting not because Tea offers compelling characters or a fully developed life story, but because she explains frankly and unabashedly what prostitution is like.
Overall, it was a good read, but not as absorbing as some of her other work.
It goes in hard into how exactly her life was, real, gritty, and not glossed over. She doesn't just focus on the good times, she gets into the raw of it. The drawings that accompany are amazing as well.
This will go down as one of my favorite books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you've ever wondered what it is like to be a prostitute, this book offers a lot of insight. One among many searing moments is when Michelle and her co-worker are lost en route... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Human Project
Rent Girl is the story of a lesbian trying to make it in the world, when she finds out about her friend being an escort. Next thing you know she finds herself as a prostitute. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Matt
The story was very interesting. I enjoyed reading about how in-calls and out-calls work. The stories about the clients she visited were creative but sad. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by ernest leitch
An ugly book about ugly people doing ugly things to each other. You'll feel dirty after reading this book, and you should; after all, as a purchaser of it, you've allowed the... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by J. B. Murphy
This book should come with a warning: I couldn't stop reading it, and then I couldn't sleep when I finished it. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Alice in AZ
This is illustrated fiction. It isn't your average graphic novel. Imagine a book where most pages have their own illustrations. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Dean M. Wheatley
How do you categorize this powerful work of art, the diary of a lesbian drug-using hooker with pictures on every page? "Rent Girl" isn't a novel. It isn't a graphic novel either. Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by Paige Turner
This was the first Graphic Novel/Memoir that this reviewer has ever read. The closest thing to the experience was the comic books, children's books and "Mad" magazine of my youth... Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by James R. Holland