Girls in Peril

Girls in Peril In A Sparkling Debut, Karen Lee Boren Offers An Exquisitely Rendered Coming Of Age Story About Adolescent Girls In Small Town Wisconsin Who Learn That Life S Real Perils Exist Where They Never Imagined In Their Own Neighborhoods And Homes During A Single Summer In The S, Five Friends While Away The Hours By Torturing The Avon Lady, Playing Four Square, Jumping Rope, Swimming, And Perfecting The Art Of Sneaking Out For Night Runs To The Lake Then One Night The Unthinkable Happens, Forcing The Girls Into A World Beyond Childhood And The Pull Of Young Friendship

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  • Paperback
  • 150 pages
  • Girls in Peril
  • Karen Lee Boren
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 9780977312726

10 thoughts on “Girls in Peril

  1. says:

    I live for novellas like this ones I can start and finish in one sitting, like a literary binge I really hope short novels start getting the recognition they deserve.This was the perfect short book to pick up on a hot July day Girls in Peril sinks itself into the summertime sadness, nostalgia drenched girlhood aesthetic, with a hint of evil and mystery I d set it somewhere in between The Virgin Suicides and a Gillian Flynn novel Boren s prose is definitely very reminiscent of Jeffrey Eugenides Both authors strive to paint a picture of young adolescence in almost intrusive detail the hair on a girls toes, a 13 year old s habit of licking her fingers In many ways, Girls in Peril is simply a portrait of 20th century American suburbia, filtered through puzzled preteen eyes I found myself remembering how I found magic and danger in the most mundane corners, in door to door salesmen, abandoned lots, cherry lipgloss, a quarter on the sidewalk.My main issue with this novella, however, is the seeming absence of the first person narrator You are told there are five girls, four of which are named, but the girl who shares their communal story remains unnamed and seemingly nonexistent I assume it was the author s intention to leave the narrator vague, making it easier for readers to get lost in the close knit, magical world of a neighborhood clique Still, I would have appreciated at least knowing our narrator had a name and a personality.

  2. says:

    This is a slight novella, clocking in at some 120 pages or so And yet, in this short space Karen Lee Boren evokes a tense claustrophobic world, in which young female friendship is deftly explored Told through the first person plural, this is the story of a group of pre adolescent friends, who over the course of one summer in the 1970s test the seemingly unbreakable bond of their friendship At the novella s open the girls are practically indistinguishable from one another, with only Jeanne, the group s ringleader emerging as a distinct character By its end other personalities have emerged Lauren, who has glimpsed her own sexual power and challenges Jeanne s dominance, or anxious crybaby Stacey The ways in which this fracturing of this group identity was subtly conveyed through language was one of my favourite aspects of the novella The book wears its issues lightly, but you can sense the purpose behind Boren s words the burgeoning awareness the girls have of beauty, sex, and the danger attraction of boys The class politics that drives a wedge between the group and Jeanne The socialization of the girls, who begin to listen to their mother s conversations and mimic their behaviour Ultimately, this is a wonderfully drawn portrait of how friendships can suddenly shift when you are young, and how growing up can sometimes be cruel An enjoyable, beautifully written book, it is well worth dipping your toes into.

  3. says:

    Karen Lee Boren s Girls in Peril is another great book from my favorite publishing company, Tin House It s actually a novella and I wish it had been longer It felt like a tease reading it The story reminded me a lot of one of my all time favorite books, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides Boren and Eugenides stories both deal will a set of children coming of age in the 70 s and bonding through a shared tragedy I don t want to give away too much of Boren s plot, but many aspects of the theme felt similar Boren s story left me feeling unsettled I also thought that she did a great job with the power struggle between Jeanne and Lauren It felt real to my own experiences with adolescent friendships between girls.

  4. says:

    Aug 27, 2010 I finished the book in one night, so it s a very good read I really liked her intimate and darkling voice as she communicated how girls are sometimes the strangest creatures These girls only tangled with the Avon lady once I know I toyed with the Domino s guys for at least three weeks , but this was an excellent brief read which cleansed my mind of sticky complexity Plus, I loved getting in touch with my wicked, impulsive but still innocent side of myself Boren has a great command of sentence structure and her descriptions tantalize Aug 26, 2010 Girls in Wisconsin torturing the Avon lady during a lazy summer Done it, well, it was a Domino s pizza guy, but still.

  5. says:

    This was a very short coming of age story about a friendship between a group of girls I thought it was okay It could have been interesting if it were longer and the characters and events were fleshed out There wasn t really any time to get to really know any of the characters The last couple of chapters were page turners and I liked the way she ended the story I found the narrator s voice distracting at first as I was trying to figure out who, exactly, was speaking I think the way Boren wrote the book the voice she used to tell it, that is leant an air of detachment to the whole story If she HAD chosen to make it a novel and flesh the characters and events out, I am not sure that I could have made it through IF she had kept the same narrator.

  6. says:

    It s not often I read a book in one day, granted it is only 127 pages, but it is very rare for me to do so I was wondering why so much emphasis was placed on Jeanne s extra thumb, I was almost bored by it to tell you the truth, but you ll see why later on I liked this story overall a coming of age for five friends one summer The girls get into some mischief, but when tragedy happens to one family, I don t understand why Jeanne does what she does in the house I don t want to give anything away, so that s as much as I ll say.

  7. says:

    I liked this book A story about young girls growing up in a neighborhood on the brink of some changes I would have liked to have known about of the characters but I suppose the mystery and the unknown about his character was part of the book I didn t like that the book was written in one voice and that all four girls were discussed through this one unison voice THere was too much we felt we said we were nervous It didn t seem real when only one person was talking and it wasn t even one of the characters.

  8. says:

    This book is well written, but doesnt seem like a whole book Granted, it is a novella, I wish it would have been marketed as part of a book of short stories I was left wanting , which I guess is a good thing It takes place in familiar territory, the city isnt mentioned, but by the street names, and descriptions of the park, it is apparently St Francis, a suburb of Milwaukee There were too many girls in her little group for me to feel I knew any one of them well, but this would have been handled better in a novel length piece.

  9. says:

    The novella was really fast paced and created multiple sides to the characters, however there was still some substance lacking from some characters and that s what brought the rating down for me However, I really enjoyed it it s an easy read, I read it in one sitting This story displays the movement of growing into young adulthood and away from your friends, but at a rapid pace Because of the speed, I think it allows for stronger emotions within the hearts of the reader as well as the characters.

  10. says:

    This is a pretty good story about teenage angst in the 1970s summertime There is a little bit of fun, little bit of tragedy, all makes for an interesting read for young adults It also has a very interesting narrator that I don t think I have seen before It seems to be a collective narrator, rather than an individual first person It is like than one voice rolled into one Read and see for yourself I am interested in what other people think about this narrative strategy.

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