". . . suburban kids are uniquely mean. They don't have the dangers of drive-by shootings or shark attacks to put things into perspective. The poor aren't considered genuinely impoverished and the wealthy aren't rich rich. Everything is muted. Other side effects include but are not limited to: inadverdent house arrest until the age of eighteen, the mall as ecosphere, jingling car keys as status symbol, an intimate knowledge of golf courses but a lack of global awareness."I must admit that not every essay is a home run for me, but there are quite a few spot-on ones to make up for this. My favorites include the aforementioned "Bastard Out of Westchester," "You On a Stick," and "Smell This." All funny and oh, so, relate-able. So relate-able, in fact, that she's currently developing this book for HBO.
Find it in the catalog!
(Also see her recently released sophomore essay effort How Did You Get This Number)