Boring Girls

Boring Girls

eBook - 2015
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Rachel feels like she doesn't fit in - until she finds heavy metal music, that is. Life gets even better when she meets Fern, a kindred spirit. Together they form their own band, but the metal scene turns out to be no different than the misogynist world they have wanted to change all along. After a violent encounter escalates, the friends decide there's only one way forward, to wreak violent revenge. A blood-stained journey into the dark heart of the music industry, Boring Girls, traces Rachel's deadly coming of age, Fern at her side.
Publisher: Toronto :, ECW Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781770906860
177090686X
9781770906853
1770906851
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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KateHillier May 22, 2015

Quick and intense read. Intense more in the situations and ideas rather than the characters, who aren't the most fleshed out, but the ideas and the point is made loud and clear.

Rachel comes from a good background and a nice family but is telling us her story from a position where she has lost all that, and she's not too upset about that fact either. She's done something awful but it's for a good reason. Rachel falls in love with the metal scene and ends up starting a band up with some likeminded friends, leaving one friend basically in the dust. Rachel is the lead singer and her friend Fern is the guitarist. The metal world is not the nicest to a pair of girls in the band. Horribly sexist and violent things ensue and Rachel and Fern decide to get even.

It's a feminist revenge fantasy much in the same way you can say Gone Girl is. Rachel is not the most likeable character but I found myself liking her mostly anyway. She's that girl you wish you could be - the girl who will punch a guy in the face for saying something explicit to her - but at the same time some of the behaviours she exhibits (with no consequence to her or the band) seem farfetched. You can't help but cheer for her in many aspects. Aside from the literal patriarchy smashing going on there's also a look into the obsessive nature of some female friendships. Rachel's 'best' friend is Josephine but when Rachel meets Fern, Josephine gets quite jealous.

Overall it's a quick read and I enjoyed the rip roaring revenge fantasy in spite of some of the thinner elements.

tailwagger Apr 29, 2015

A mixed bag, some of this tale rings with authenticity, other parts not so much. There are major plot points that are poorly rendered and thus unbelievable and distracting (the punch in the face at the show, the rape and the final murder). In addition, many of the characters, particularly some of those involved in the major plot points, are 2 dimensional and undeveloped.

The author's voice and the general tone are strengths and make the book a worthwhile read. It probably could have used a good editor to tighten it up. I found myself wishing that I could have bought into Rachel's world a bit more, but it was difficult.

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