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Review: Various Positions - Martha Schabas

Unphilosophize By Unphilosophize Published on January 18, 2017

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This article was updated on July 11, 2017

Lynn Coady writes in the back of the book "the ever-shifting fault lines between the sex lives and sexual objectification of teenaged girls are traversed with all the artful nuance and precision of the ballet itself...a gripping and unflinching novel."

I read this quote when I was a quarter of the way through the book. I don't much care for the second half of the quote, but rather intrigued by the first part about the lines between sex lives and sexual objectification. Both of these are main points in Various Positions, but played out in a far different manner than how I though when I first started reading.

I found it interesting that most of the sexual objectification was internal for Georgia, spurred by her mothers jealousy of the women her father is having an affaire with after several ill said pieces of "motherly" advice and cruel words undirected at her daughter.

A coming of age story replete with tragedy both external and self induced. Covering tough issues such as body image, divorce, adultery, rape, teen drinking and drug use, misogyny, the struggle for perfection.

I rate this book a 7 out of 10. Stylistically an easy read. I think I only spent 2 days with this book. Great flow. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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