Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: PROMISCUOUS (The Issues Series) by Isobel Irons @IsobelIrons

PROMISCUOUS (The Issues Series)

Summary:  Slut-Shaming. Anorexia. REVENGE. (You know, High School Stuff.)

Natasha “Tash” Bohner just turned eighteen. Theoretically, that should mean escaping from trailer park purgatory—and her less than stellar relationship with her widowed mother—and running away to Los Angeles with her anorexic best friend, Margot. But life is known for taking some very shitty, unexpected turns.

Already the scourge of the Guthrie High gossip mill, Tash’s reputation takes an explosive turn into infamy when she assaults the captain of the wrestling team. (Spoiler alert: he totally deserved it.) The principal tells her she’s on her last strike.

But when Margot’s will to live is threatened by the leader of the Guthrie Bitch Squad, Tash vows to get revenge on the most popular girl in school—no matter what it takes. Because she promised her favorite teacher she wouldn’t get expelled, Tash is forced to get creative, and beat the reigning Mean Girl at her own game—by running against her for Prom Queen, and winning.

In order to succeed, Tash will have to do the unthinkable: join student government, pretend to be well-adjusted and actually try in school. (Also, she’ll have to quit swearing so goddamn much.)

This might sound like a modern day Cinderella Story, but it is NOT a fairy tale.

Review: Promiscuous reminds me of a John Hughes movie that would be rated R for language and sexual situations. It is a young adult story with emphasis on adult. The issues Irons brings to the table are not easy to face but very real. It is a very predicable cinderella story but that is just the vehicle used by the author to take the reader to a very dark lonely world of Natasha “Tash” Bohner.
It is written from Tash's point of view and she is very angry in the beginning and slowly evolves into the princess. Not the Disney kind of course but a young woman who becomes more self aware and willing to love herself and more importantly, allow someone else to love her.
It is well written with a strong message to young women.