7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
painfully honest emotions,
By A Customer
This review is from: One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed (Paperback)
I think this book is difficult to understand unless you've been in a similar place to Melissa - but for me it struck such a deep chord I found it difficult to read. I would not call it erotic, despite the descriptions of her sexual encounters, but it is definately a powerful recounting of the pain of descovering sexuality and the search for love in the wrong places.
The language and awkwardness of descriptions makes it believably a teenage author, and one can feel the confusion and undertones of dispair throughout. It would be easy to ask why Melissa continued with such negative encounters, but anyone who has been trapped in a spiral of negative relationships will understand instantly where she is coming from.
The ending of this story is very like a fairytale - personally that does not make it a worse ending. I find it quite surreal and lacking in detail - her handsome prince is very two-dimentional but as the story throughout is concerned with Melissa's journey through emotional and sexual growth, he doesn't need to be anything else. One can almost feel that he is a metaphor for self-love and belief, and the person is less important than the effect he has.