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 imagine

  • Title: Girls in Peril
  • Author: Karen Lee Boren
  • ISBN: 9780977312726
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 1970s, five friends while away the hours by torturing the Avon lady, playing four square, jumping rope,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 1970s, 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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    1. I live for novellas like this: ones I can start and finish in one sitting, like a literary binge. I really hope more 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 E [...]


    2. 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, th [...]


    3. 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, bu [...]


    4. 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 co [...]


    5. 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 more interesting if it were longer and the characters and events were more 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 wa [...]


    6. 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 aw [...]


    7. 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 more about Joey. 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 wa [...]


    8. 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 more, 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 [...]


    9. 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 more rapid pace. Because of the speed, I think it allows for stronger emotions within the hearts of the reader as well as the c [...]


    10. 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 more than one voice rolled into one. Read and see for yourself. I am interested in what other people think about this narrative strategy.


    11. This is why I don't really read coming of age novels. I don't know why but despite spoiler alert things like one girl having her freakish EXTRA THUMB amputated, and a MURDER at the end, I was totally bored. Also, why did the narrator literally have no personality? This must have been an intentional choice on the writer's part (probably something about how teenage girls make decisions by hivemind blah blah blah) but I did not like it.


    12. This book I was hoping it would be a nostalgic feeling, mysterious summer read. What is was, was a complete bore. It had no feeling probably because all four girls all shared one voice about everything going on. Yes, I'm sure four friends all feel the exact same about every single thing that happens. Sure. Despite being a very short read, this took me longer than it should have to finish, just because I did not want to continue it, but I did in hopes of it getting better. It didn't.


    13. Coming of age is my jam, thus i read this book. In this summertime novella set in the 1970's, lush in descriptions of summer, sweat, and the thin lace between girlhood and teen leg lengthening run deep. Pretty weak plot, but pretty.


    14. A beautifully written book that shows the trials of maturity. And through the development of maturity comes the development of fear. Peril is huge in this novel, and Boren does an amazing job at embedding the idea of fear throughout the novel. I truly enjoyed this read.


    15. Enchanting novella to read on a Sunday morning. It's just the right length, longer than a short story, shorter than a novel, with all the possible intrigue of both. I'm looking forward to reading more of Boren's books.



    16. QUICK read, I mean quick. Marginal at best, a story about young girls coming of age. Lacked interest and character.




    17. 4.5 stars. A gem of a story - it took me right back to being 12 years old and put me in touch with feelings long since forgotten


    18. How brilliant to write an entire novella in the first person plural (we). What a great story. Perilous, yes, but all the girls emerge intact - minus one superfluous digit.


    19. I know that this is a novella, but the whole story didn't really have a point. Two thirds of the story is about Jeanne's thumb. Like, what? I thought it was stupid.




    20. A 70s summer in the life of everyday Cudahy girls (seriously). As someone who grew up, in the 70s-80s, in Cudahy of all places it was very interesting to know the places she was talking about.


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