July, 2021

July 6th, 2021, 5:04 p.m. - Eh

29. The Other Black Girl (Zakiya Dalila Harris)
Harris basically wrote two stories, jammed them together, and led with the boring one. I don't get the hype here.

Up next: Dream Girl (Laura Lippman)

July 13th, 2021, 5:23 p.m. - "Gerry simply cannot plot his way out of this"

30. Dream Girl (Laura Lippman)
This was good enough, but not quite worth all the rave reviews. I enjoyed Lippman writing a man who doesn't think much of women, though.

Up next: Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing (Lauren Hough)

July 20th, 2021, 5:12 p.m. - A second coming-out story

31. Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing (Lauren Hough)
Hough is...not great with criticism, it appears, which is too bad, because I really like her writing and I think she has great stories to tell. She'll need to overcome her missteps to be respected.

Up next: The Final Girl Support Group (Grady Hendrix)

July 26th, 2021, 5:19 p.m. - I see your Stab/Julia Campbell reference, Mr. Hendrix

32. The Final Girl Support Group (Grady Hendrix)
It falls into the clichés it tries to skewer, the deus ex machina is ridiculous, the Michelle stuff is a pointless detour, and I called the ending early on. That said...I couldn't stop reading it.

Up next: Hot Stew (Fiona Mozley)

Back to 2021 Journals
More Journals