Sunday, May 29, 2011
Don't Cramp My Style: Stories About That Time of the Month edited by: Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Whether your cycle is regular or random, you prefer chocolate or chips, you break out or stay zit-free, your period is an indelible fact of life....
Finally, a book that forgets "Aunt Flow" and "the curse" and deals with that time of the month head-on. In twelve stirring fictional narratives, celebrated authors including Han Nolan and David Lubar explore with spirit and strength everything from boyfriends buying tampons, to embarrassing encounters in white, to heart-wrenching pregnancy scares. This is a must-have collection for young women everywhere!
I can't recall the last time I read a collection of short stories. I picked up this book from the library as part of a YA Summer Reading Challenge. Some of the stories made you laugh, some made you want to cry, and some made you think wth? I don't know how else to describe it. I could relate to a couple of the stories, but overall I can't say I've experienced what some of these women have gone through.
In one story, a college girl is pregnant and gives birth in a bathroom stall without anyone knowing. In another the girl gets her period during class and it takes her multiple class periods before she is finally able to get a tampon. In yet another a boy is sent to buy tampons for his girlfriend and finds out it isn't so bad after all.
As I said, certainly an interesting book and full of laughter. Although it evokes other emotions from you as well as the stories go on. If you're up for a pretty fun and easy read, I'd say go for it.