Compulsive Overreader

Along with borderline hypergraffia, my other literary disorder is -- I'm a compulsive overreader. I'd like to say that I'm trying to get it under control, but I'm clearly not. Check out the archives here to find what I'm reading and what I think of it. If you came here directly through blogger --if your page has no yellow frames and no pretty pic of me in the top left corner -- you may want to visit my main site at, where you can read this blog and much much more.


I'm Trudy Morgan-Cole, a writer from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. My books include "The Violent Friendship of Esther Johnson," "Esther: A Story of Courage," and "Deborah and Barak." I'm also a married mom of two, a teacher in an adult-ed program, and a Christian of the Seventh-day Adventist kind. I blog about writing, reading, parenting, teaching, spirituality, and shiny things that catch my eye.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Bitch Posse, by Martha O'Connor

First up, Martha O'Connor is a brilliant writer. No question about that. Second, The Bitch Posse isn't for everyone. I know a wide variety of people read this blog, and -- let's just say that if you find the title offensive, you won't like the inside any better.

The Bitch Posse is a dark, raw, often graphic and disturbing book about three teenage girls caught in a web of self-destructive behavior, whose close friendship may be their salvation -- or their downfall, depending on whose perspective you take. The novel follows the same three women into their later lives as they deal with the consequences of their adolescent rebellion. One character's life has completely fallen apart, while the other two seem, on the outside, to be living successful lives while inwardly dissolving into chaos.

All three women -- and girls -- are strong and well-drawn characters, and it's impossible not to get caught up in their unhappy lives. I raced through the book, completely engaged even when I was distrubed and repelled. I didn't exactly identify with any of the characters (although in a way I felt Wren/Rennie, the only-marginally-successful writer and teacher, could have been me in a life horribly gone wrong), but the novel made me reflect on the young girls I work with and how close this story seems to their experience. Reading this book dovetailed neatly (though uncomfortably) with my
thoughts about the Dawson College shootings in Montreal this month. There's a lot here to think about, a lot to make readers uneasy and uncomfortable. The author warns readers up front that this book is not chicklit, and she's being straight with us.

As a chocolate-lover I'm always on the lookout for good dark chocolate. The other day I saw a bar that advertised itself as 99% cocoa. I didn't buy it. I think that chocolate bar might have been a bit like The Bitch Posse -- undeniably high-quality, but a little too dark and bitter for some of us.


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This is weird and I have no idea why out of everything I've ever posted, this ONE book review draws spam comments. I'm getting tired of deleting them though, so I think I'll just let them accumulate till I come up with a better solution. Too bad they're not actual comments, because it's such an interesting book I'd like to know what others thought of it ... but that seems unlikely.

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