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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Don't Cramp My Style: Stories About That Time of the Month edited by: Lisa Rowe Fraustino

Goodreads Summary:
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.

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