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Almost 25 years after it was originally published, a reprint of GIRL by Blake Nelson, introduces a whole new generation of readers to Andrea Marr and the mid-90s grunge music scene.

"GIRL is a must read for those who are nostalgic for “My So-Called Life,” bands like Nirvana and the grittiness of the 90s."

Andrea Marr is trying to get through high school. She’s a straight-A student living in a suburb just outside of Portland, but her life takes an interesting turn when her friend Cybil calls her crying, saying she’d just shaved her head. It’s all because of Todd Sparrow, a guy she met in Portland, who was so cool and interesting, it made her feel like she needed to do something cool and interesting, too.

In comforting and trying to help Cybil out, Andrea and Cybil become even closer. Before long, Cybil has quit the soccer team and formed a band --- with Andrea as their biggest fan. Soon enough, Andrea becomes a thrift store junkie and dives head first into the downtown music scene, where she meets the infamous Todd Sparrow, and her life suddenly takes an interesting turn....

GIRL lacks a strong plot, reading more like an intimate confessional told over coffee, while Andrea is still a little drunk from whatever party she’s coming back from. The strong, almost stream of consciousness voice details Andrea’s life from the end of her sophomore year, right up until she’d packing to leave for college. The reader follows her as she falls in and out of friendships, in and out of love, as she has sex for the first time, tries drugs and tries to figure out her identity and place in this world.

GIRL is a must read for those who are nostalgic for “My So-Called Life,” bands like Nirvana and the grittiness of the 90s.

Reviewed by Alyssa Cami on June 29, 2017

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by Blake Nelson