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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic irony, 22 May 2008
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This review is from: Girl Talk (Paperback)
I recently read Girl Talk for a second time having brought the book on holiday three years previously. I'd forgotten just how much I enjoyed it and I'm surprised to find no reviews for the book on

The premise is simple. Lissy Jablonski's father Bob unexpectedly runs off with a Red Headed Bank Teller during the summer of 1985 - the summer that never happened as Lissy will refer to it in the years following. This event sets her Mother on a path of truthfulness and she decides to show Lissy her past, in Bayonne New Jersey.

The continuous switching between the present and the past (both Lissy's and her Mother's) never gets confusing and serves to build the story to an emotional climax, with plots in the three eras each getting their own conclusion.

Julianna Baggott has a unique style. The characters she creates in Church, Dotty, Dino and Ruby Pantuliano, Anthony and Kitty Hawk are so well drawn and full of flaws that they feel like real people. Lissy - the tales protagonist - is almost lost among these strong characters, but through her eyes we see the world in the 1960's (retelling her Mother's truths), 1985 and 1999.

I lent the book to a friend recently who found the continued use of graphic terms for a certain part of Anthony Pantuliano's anatomy, and some of the more direct descriptions, off putting. If you're a little sensitive and like flowery and cotton wool wrapped imagery, then this probably isn't the book for you. Personally, I loved the style and never found any of the more adult content to be out of place.
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Girl Talk by Julianna Baggott (Hardcover - 26 Feb. 2001)
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