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In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and pu In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real. Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity. In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.


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In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and pu In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real. Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity. In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.

30 review for Pulp

  1. 4 out of 5

    شيماء ✨

    It is with such a heavy heart that I must announce that I'm feeling sapped of any motivation to read this book so I'm calling it a DNF at 65%. I just really no longer want to force things. What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I only have enough space and energy for things that manage to seize my interest in a tight grip. Sadly, it wasn't all too difficult to squirm out of Pulp's grasp. With that being said, I think this is a Your Mileage May Vary kind of book, so all I can do is tell you wha It is with such a heavy heart that I must announce that I'm feeling sapped of any motivation to read this book so I'm calling it a DNF at 65%. I just really no longer want to force things. What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I only have enough space and energy for things that manage to seize my interest in a tight grip. Sadly, it wasn't all too difficult to squirm out of Pulp's grasp. With that being said, I think this is a Your Mileage May Vary kind of book, so all I can do is tell you what I felt and why. My initial excitment at Pulp's premise (a queer historical fiction that's “a celebration of 1950s lesbian pulp fiction”) quickly dissolved in a haze of total indifference within the few first chapters. I couldn't fully immerse myself in the story due to its slow build, lack of major plot movement and insufficience in characterization, its struggle to carry an onerously large web of interpersonal relationships and long, lonely stretches of thin motivations and unintriguing narrative details. The concept of stories within stories usually appeals to me but I found this book uneven in its pacing and structure, and the plot meanders between four different storylines making it hard to keep track of all four, and even more laborious to care. This all sort of bogged down the otherwise marvelous parts of the story: the parrallel lesbian love stories that are 62 years apart, how this book irradiates some important LGBTQ+ history, and how it illuminates the importance of representation and diversity in the media we consume. I don't think it's a bad book at all. I just wish I was all-consumingly passionate about it. ❗️TRIGGER WARNINGS❗️ suicide, racial slurs (which I frankly don't think a white author should freely use). BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | TUMBLR bro-read with Mel!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    hey guys I don't know if you know this but I love queer historical fiction

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    It pains me to rate this so low, and infact I wasn't going to rate it at all, particularly because I thought this might be close to a four star read for the first hundred pages. But then there was another three hundred pages to get through.. The premise around this queer, mirrored storyline, that bounces between the fifties and present day, with two lesbian MCs, dealing with very different but also some very similar situations, sounded brilliant. Throw in some relevant topics, some gritty awful t It pains me to rate this so low, and infact I wasn't going to rate it at all, particularly because I thought this might be close to a four star read for the first hundred pages. But then there was another three hundred pages to get through.. The premise around this queer, mirrored storyline, that bounces between the fifties and present day, with two lesbian MCs, dealing with very different but also some very similar situations, sounded brilliant. Throw in some relevant topics, some gritty awful true-to-life events from our own recent past, and stories within stories about stories.. it should've been an easy thing to love. But the present day protagonist was a bit of a frustration, I got tired of the constant repetition (probably about a hundred pages could've been cut), and the only thing that kept me going was an unexpected plot twist slash mystery that I wanted to see through to the end. Talley has a great hook and a great idea, and both are very well written, that I think just loses traction as it tries to include one too many conflicts or situations. The history was fascinating, and horrible, and I learned so much. I'm very thankful for that experience. I just wish I could've been educated and entertained, too. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    3.5 stars For better or worse, this was a very educational YA novel. First, I didn't know anything about the popularity of lesbian pulp fiction in 1950s America. Movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt” is my only exposure to this genre. Second, I knew even less about "lavender scare," a mass campaign in the same 50s to find and fire gay people from government jobs, on the grounds of them being assumed to be morally corrupt communist sympathizers. As far as historical context, "P 3.5 stars For better or worse, this was a very educational YA novel. First, I didn't know anything about the popularity of lesbian pulp fiction in 1950s America. Movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt” is my only exposure to this genre. Second, I knew even less about "lavender scare," a mass campaign in the same 50s to find and fire gay people from government jobs, on the grounds of them being assumed to be morally corrupt communist sympathizers. As far as historical context, "Pulp" has a wealth of information to offer about these two subjects to ignorant people like me. As for the plotting, although I quite liked the frame of it - it's about two gay girls, one in present time, one in 1950s conneced through a fictional pulp novel "Women of the Twilight Realm" - I wish the narrative weren’t so didactic and so cold. I can see where negative reviews are coming from - the story keeps you at arms' length. It's not very relatable. (It may be the 3rd person POV, I don't know). Regardless, the book sheds light on an notable period in American history and shows how far we've come, but that the fight for lgbtq right isn’t over by any means. Listening to a podcast series UnErased about gay conversion therapy along the way reiterated this point. This is the book cover that inspired the author to write this story. The covers of that time were truly cool and deliciously pulpy. Publishers should have pulped up the cover of “Pulp”too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Published by Harlequin Teen, Pulp is outside my typical genre. A pretty constant fan of YA in general, romance is never a top pick for me. Neither are historical pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself very interested in these characters, especially Janet, whose story takes place in 1955. The challenges that she faced were shocking. Abby, a gay teen in present DC, has the usual family and relationship issues. But she doesn’t have the same fears that Janet faced on a daily basis. Althou Published by Harlequin Teen, Pulp is outside my typical genre. A pretty constant fan of YA in general, romance is never a top pick for me. Neither are historical pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself very interested in these characters, especially Janet, whose story takes place in 1955. The challenges that she faced were shocking. Abby, a gay teen in present DC, has the usual family and relationship issues. But she doesn’t have the same fears that Janet faced on a daily basis. Although Abby does grow and mature, she is spoiled and petulant for most of the story. Overall a 3.5 ⭐️ read for me. Thanks to Goodreads and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    In 2017, Abby Zimet is struggling. Things are tough at home--her parents can barely stand to be in the same room together. Plus, Abby and her girlfriend, Linh, broke up in June. Abby thought it would only be temporary, but now school has started, and here they are: still friends, still broken up. Abby can't seem to concentrate on school or her senior project. That is until she discovers 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. In particular, a book called "Women of the Twilight Realm." Abby becomes obsessed In 2017, Abby Zimet is struggling. Things are tough at home--her parents can barely stand to be in the same room together. Plus, Abby and her girlfriend, Linh, broke up in June. Abby thought it would only be temporary, but now school has started, and here they are: still friends, still broken up. Abby can't seem to concentrate on school or her senior project. That is until she discovers 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. In particular, a book called "Women of the Twilight Realm." Abby becomes obsessed with the author, who wrote under the name Marian Love. If Abby can somehow track down Marian, maybe life won't be so bad after all. Cut to 1955, where eighteen-year-old Janet Jones is in love with her best friend, Marie. It's a huge secret: one that could destroy their lives and that of their families. Marie is trying to get her security clearance with the State Department, after all. But when Janet finds a book at the bus station by an author called Dolores Wood, which features women falling in love with women, she starts to realize she isn't alone. And Janet, an aspiring writer, begins to wonder if there's more out there than the life that's always been planned for her. "Janet had never understood, not until she turned the thin brown pages of Dolores Wood's novel, that other girls might feel the way she did. That a world existed outside the one she'd always known." I loved this book so incredibly much that I can't even really explain it. It was captivating and beautiful and tragic and just appealed to me on so many levels. I have always been interested in lesbian pulp fiction since doing a project on it for a Queer Studies class in college, so it was so fascinating to read about Abby's research within the pages of this novel. Talley effortlessly weaves so many narratives within this one that it sort of leaves you breathless at times. We have Abby's narrative, Janet's narrative, and then excerpts from the book by Marian Love that Abby grows to love so much, "Women of the Twilight Realm." The parallels are really striking between Abby and Janet, as each are discovering lesbian pulp fiction in their own era and using it to grow and learn about themselves. Even more, we see how much things have changed between the 1950s and 2017. It's horrifying to see what Janet (and the entire gay community) had to endure, and the book really serves to educate on how terrible things were then. While I knew bits and pieces about the Lavender Scare, its ties to our actual characters here really brings it home. I have to say, I just adored Janet. She seems so incredibly real, and I just fell for her and her incredible strength and bravery. I think she will remain one of my favorite characters in lesbian fiction (and all fiction) for all time. As for Abby, I really liked her too, although in some of her sections, I was more captivated by her research than her story. Still, she presents a poignant tale of a young bisexual trying to find herself, and I appreciated the diverse set of characters with whom she surrounds herself. Abby and her friends stand in stark contrast to Janet in their sexual freedoms, but, in many ways, they aren't so different at heart. "That was the best part of being in love. The way it set the rest of the world on mute." I just really really loved this book. It has so much of what I love--lesbians, diverse characters, passionate and realistic storylines, well-done research, literary references and ties. Reading Janet and Abby's stories took me back to a time when I wasn't yet out and when I had first come out--when the world wasn't yet so forgiving (not that it always is, but things were pretty different even 15+ years ago). I remember how much comfort books provided me, how wonderful it was to realize I wasn't alone in the world. I love how well this book shows that fact, and how the books-within-the book are almost their own characters. Overall, I can't recommend this one enough. It's just a beautiful, well-written story, and, to top it off, it's informative to boot. The characters are lovely, the story is amazing, and it really leaves you feeling a bit awed. Highly recommend. 4.5+ stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review (thank you!); it is available everywhere as of 11/13/2018. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram

  7. 5 out of 5

    mahana.

    "This is still a harsh world we live in, but you're lucky you've found each other." ☆ review also on my blog ☆ Pulp is a book that will make you cry, clutch your heart, and scream all at once. Talley has once again blown me away with her meta-storytelling and exquisite character development. I can't wait for others to get their hands on this! When was the first time you felt seen in a book? How long did it take you to find a main character with the same identity or label as you? Which charact "This is still a harsh world we live in, but you're lucky you've found each other." ☆ review also on my blog ☆ Pulp is a book that will make you cry, clutch your heart, and scream all at once. Talley has once again blown me away with her meta-storytelling and exquisite character development. I can't wait for others to get their hands on this! When was the first time you felt seen in a book? How long did it take you to find a main character with the same identity or label as you? Which character made you realise that there were others out there just like you? That's what Pulp is about. Lesbians feeling seen for the first time through the literature they consume. It acknowledges the hardships that those in the 1950s had to endure while suggesting that we still have a long way to go in regards to inclusivity in 2018. I've never felt more acknowledged in a book. Talley truly hits the nail on the head with her social commentary about the experiences of sapphic individuals in two completely different eras. There's one line in the synopsis that I think encompasses this entire book: "A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go." I'm sure most of us can relate to reading a lesbian romance for the first time and seeing people like us depicted in a relationship. We're fortunate enough in this age to have mainly positive portrayals (though there are still some instances of detrimental tropes like bury your gays or fetishisation), but it's interesting to confront the experiences of those in the 1950s. 2017: Abby has been reeling from her recent break up with her best friend and slow deterioration of her parent's relationship when she realises that she still hasn't chosen what to write for her senior thesis. One day, she's sitting in the senior lounge with her ex-girlfriend and they discover lesbian pulp fiction from the 50's. Upon acknowledging that Abby has nothing to show for her meeting with her supervisor, she decides to write her version of this pulp fiction. Except, Abby is going to turn the negative tropes (bury your gays, everyone was straight all along etc.) on their heads and research the mysterious identity of "Marian Love", who wrote one novel and subsequently disappeared. 1955: Janet is visiting a bus stop when she notices a lesbian erotica novel on the shelf. After reading the book and feeling seen for the first time in her life, Janet writes to the author and thanks her for helping her realise that there were other girls who like girls in the world. When the author replies, she offers to help Janet write one of her own novels, who decides to base it off her experience with developing feelings for her best friend, Marie. I only have two complaints: the book was too long and there were some racial slurs that I don't think this white author should be using. I know this is a historical fiction novel that attempts to shed light on the experiences of African American lesbians in the 50's, but it's not the place of a white woman to tell (in my opinion). I know Talley has been under fire for doing this in other books, so hopefully, we can have the same commentary from an #ownvoices author in the future. Talley's writing isn't a stand out from the rest, but it is easy to follow. Despite being told in the third person, I felt a genuine connection with Abby and Janet, where their emotions and feelings were jumping off the page. Pulp also provides a statement on so many prevalent issues. As someone who is quite ignorant of the experiences of LGBT individuals throughout history, it was interesting to acknowledge the struggle they went through to get us where we are today. Being a lesbian in 1955 for Janet means always hiding. It means not being able to speak with the girl you're in love with because someone will report you to the government. It means finding literature with other lesbians represented in it and only ever reading tragic endings. We're also given a look at what it means to be an African American lesbian in 1955, where you can be a successful doctor saving lives, but the government won't let you sit in the same cafe as a white person. Flash forward to 2017, where our main character can do all of those things, but we still haven't reached inclusivity. Abby and her friends are activists that protest building the wall and the ban on immigration. They have the opportunity to speak out against their marginalisation now, except they still endure struggles for being a part of the LGBT+ community. For example, Abby's friend, Vanessa, explains to her parents that they prefer "they/them" pronouns relentlessly, but they refuse. This isn't a race to see who the most marginalised is, but it's important to acknowledge that we haven't reached the finish line yet. I fell in love with Janet and Abby at first sight. I knew this would be a phenomenal book as soon as I heard their voices. They're both distinct and the same at the exact time. I loved Janet and her ability to thrive, even in a time that tried so desperately to silence her. She's the definition of a brave and heroic main character. Abby is just an old soul. I sympathised with her so much. Whenever Abby cried, I cried. I completely understood her obsession with Marian Love and discovering the truth, especially when she got so attached to it and all of her friends were just writing it off as dumb. The respective journeys that these characters had to go through were inspiring to follow, especially with the bravery that each of them exemplified. This is a book you want to read slowly. You want to focus on each and every line to make sure you've fully absorbed the information. You pause at the end of each chapter and reflect what just happened to the characters. It's rare for me to tediously read books that I think are amazing because I want to finish it quickly, but I knew I needed to savour this one. Pulp has very long chapters that follow two different storylines so it can be difficult to remember each little detail that happens within each instalment. I can't find the words to summarise everything that I just said, but you can obviously tell that I loved this book. It's so rare to have a novel this powerful that invokes so many different emotions in it. I'd definitely recommend this if you're interested in F/F literature and want a unique, historical story that makes a statement. ARC kindly provided by Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review ☆ Twitter ☆ Blog

  8. 4 out of 5

    Faith Simon

    Thank you sooooo much Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader edition of this title in exchange for an honest review. I'm just as obsessed with this book as Abby is obsessed with Women of the Twilight Realm. Seriously. This was my MOST anticipated 2018 read, and I'm so lucky and grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read it before it's released. This book by far exceeded my expectations, and from the moment I laid my eyes on it's synopsis, the highest expectations had already been set Thank you sooooo much Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader edition of this title in exchange for an honest review. I'm just as obsessed with this book as Abby is obsessed with Women of the Twilight Realm. Seriously. This was my MOST anticipated 2018 read, and I'm so lucky and grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read it before it's released. This book by far exceeded my expectations, and from the moment I laid my eyes on it's synopsis, the highest expectations had already been set in my mind. But this book turned out to be just as amazing as I imagined it would be. This book is about queer women, 1950s Lesbian pulp fiction, and growth and mourning. There is so much more here than the synopsis would have you believe. This book is brimming with character development. I can't even describe just how much I loved this book, but I can certainly make an attempt. We've got the main character, Abby, who's mourning the recent loss of her relationship with her "friend" Linh, as well as her unstable family dynamic and the clear tension and lack of presence of both of her parents. She one day discovers lesbian pulp fiction from the 1950s-1960s, and she is absolutely hooked on one book in particular, Women of the Twilight Realm by infamous author, Marian Love. Fuelled by so many other aspects of her life she cannot control, she begins an obsession with the book, and more importantly, with the author, who no amount of googling can dig up anything about. Marian Love has written nothing else since her first and only book, and Abby is determined to find out the real identity of Marian Love. Meanwhile, we've got a dual point of view with another character, Janet, who is a queer 18 year old in 1955, a time in which was extremely dangerous to be homosexual. Janet, too, finds solace and comfort in a lesbian pulp fiction novel she'd found at a local bus station, a book that showcases to her that there are other women just like her, she feels less alone knowing there are other women that feel the way she does, women who write stories of characters similar to her for all to read. Under pseudonyms, of course. Which is how Janet determines that she wants to write to the author of her favourite book, to let her know just how much her book his impacted her. After getting a letter back from her, she is encouraged to write a book of her own. And so that's exactly what Janet begins to do, with her father's typewriter, alone in the attic during the late hours of the morning. And so this is how the story intertwines Janet's story, Marian Love, and Abby's, dual points of view written in 1955, and one in 2017. The change of atmosphere between the two time periods is extremely present, we as readers get a look at just how drastically different it was living as a queer person in 1955 than it is in 2017. As usual, Robin Talley did her fair share of research for this novel, to bring a queer historical fiction to our eager hands once more. Thank you, Robin Talley, please never change. This book is full of culture reference, and I loved the presence of other queer identities, and not just lesbianism. It is increasingly important to be sure other queer voices are heard over the abundance of lesbian and gay voices who have steamrolled over trans, bi identities and the like for years, especially now that the demand for more diversity in novels is increasing. And I can see that this is acknowledged in this book, which I cannot begin to appreciate more than I do. The characters are a central part of this story, and every side character has a purpose and a personality, no character is out of place and barely any are not integral to the story overall, I really appreciated this. I liked that we were also treated to the trials of other characters besides Abby and Janet, and not only do the main characters go through changes and development throughout the story, but a lot of other characters do as well. (Except Janet's grandma, I'm not going to say I'm sad about how she ends up). There was just… so much to learn in this book. We got so much ample knowledge. It is also obviously unfortunate to read about how it was to be gay in the 1950s, and the necessary steps in order to be able to write lesbian fiction, now I see where the killing off gay characters trope comes from! It used to be the only way to be able to produce media revolving around queer people, tragedy had to strike, and in most cases the characters had to die, as referred to as "necessary resolutions." I like the way that love and loss is portrayed in this book. The big question seems to be if love is even real, and if it can survive. The theme explored throughout the book is mourning, and moving on. Change can be good, in some cases even life-saving. I love that most of the character development here revolves around changing life events, both characters have to deal with a life-shattering change of scenery, but both learn to grow and adapt towards it. I love the bigger, underlying message. This book was really enjoyable to read because of the many dynamics and themes explored, this book is so much more than what the synopsis entails. This is by far one of the best sapphic books I've ever had the pleasure of reading in my life. I'm so beyond grateful our world has adapted and changed for the better, for the most part. But it is still interesting and enlightening to read about what it was like years ago, even more so in a fictional sense. Think of all those who came before us, the lesbian pulp novels that were only allowed to be published at the promise of tragedy, the various people risking their lives every day just to live as their true selves, and be increasingly grateful that we are now able to read books like these with little consequence.

  9. 4 out of 5

    E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)

    3.75 There is so much to love about this book, and I did really enjoy it and it did open up my eyes a lot, but some things fell a little flat for me. I think this is a really important book and I am so glad that such a diversely packed book is going out into the world. I hope you all read this when it comes out. And it is super cute as well! If you want to read a lighter contemporary still full of amazing representation which I believe is own-voices! There is also so much for any reader to love 3.75 There is so much to love about this book, and I did really enjoy it and it did open up my eyes a lot, but some things fell a little flat for me. I think this is a really important book and I am so glad that such a diversely packed book is going out into the world. I hope you all read this when it comes out. And it is super cute as well! If you want to read a lighter contemporary still full of amazing representation which I believe is own-voices! There is also so much for any reader to love in this book, so even with my criticism, this is still a really great book, and I still highly recommend it. I have read another book by this author - Lies We Tell Ourselves...and I definitely preferred that one. But anyway. This one is still good! T H O U G H T S - I absolutely ADORED the premise for this one. It is basically all to do with Lesbian pulp fiction in the 1950s, which I didn't even know was a thing? There are two threads to this story - one set in the 1950s, and the other in the present day, when Abby is majoring in Creative writing and is writing her own version of these lesbian pulp fiction, and reading the book of the character from the 1950s, while struggling with her own problems. So basically, this book is about girls who love girls, books, writing and authors. What more could you want in life? I found so much of it relatable, and I especially loved the writing element of it. - Okay, but I do think that the characters just needed a little more development. I started to see that more towards the end, but before that the two main characters were still a little one dimensional, and I felt that I never really got to know the side characters at all. I did lose interest a little towards the middle just because the characters were not very compelling. I definitely preferred Abby over Janet, mainly because Janet was so naïve and it kind of annoyed me sometimes? Like I understood, but it was still annoying . She did improve as the book went on, but, still. - I also found the writing a little cheesy in places? Like not cringy, just not that interesting. It was fine, but I really love to have interesting writing that makes something of every sentence. I think this was another of the factors that made my interest wane a little as I got to the middle of the book. For some reason I found it more cheesy in the '50s chapters, but, I mean, it wasn't terrible. It wasn't really a huge negative. Just something I picked up on. - The book was super slow in the first 60%. If it had been as good as the last 35-40% all the way through, I think my rating would have been a solid four stars. But nothing was really happening in the first half. The last half was actually really good and I was just starting to get into it when it ended. Janet's chapters became a lot more deep and interesting, and I do think that I could have grown to like her more. I wish we had started at a slightly later point in the book, and continued on in the characters' stories for a little longer. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I really want everyone else to read it. Or read any of these authors books, because they all seem to have great diversity. There was other diversity in here aside from girl/girl romance - there was a non-binary character, and characters of different ethnicities. Again, I reiterate that I personally think that this is a really important book and I really hope that it goes places in this world. It deserves it. It has such a cool concept and I did really like it! I would definitely read more by Robin Talley. Arc receive via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I've read a couple of Robin Talley's books and this one is hands down my favorite. It was so amazing! The characters were likable and interesting, the pacing of the story was excellent and I feel like I learned so much. Despite being queer myself, I feel like I don't know enough about queer history and this book was a really eye opening experience for me on that front. I've always known things aren't as good for queer *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I've read a couple of Robin Talley's books and this one is hands down my favorite. It was so amazing! The characters were likable and interesting, the pacing of the story was excellent and I feel like I learned so much. Despite being queer myself, I feel like I don't know enough about queer history and this book was a really eye opening experience for me on that front. I've always known things aren't as good for queer people as they are right now (and we still have a long way to go!), but reading about someone's life during a more repressive time really makes things more real. Especially when it's contrasted with modern life where it seems like most people are accepting and so many people are gay, queer, etc. Okay, enough of my queer history geek fest! Back to the story. The characters were fantastic! They really act like teenagers and think like teenagers. Abby really reminded me of myself a few years ago when I was eighteen and I loved seeing how she started to grow up in the story. The character development was really strong for both Abby and Janet. I also really liked Janet and how much she grew through the story. But what I loved most of all was the messages about love towards the end of the story. (This is where the spoilers come in!) The fact that Abby comes around to the fact that someone doesn't need to find a fairy tale romance to live a full and satisfying life just made this book for me. I almost cried. Honestly. It's such a good lesson and I'm so glad that YA books are finally getting around to teaching that being in love isn't the end all, be all. If you like queer books, history, and fabulous character development then this book is for you. Just be warned, you'll probably want to start learning a lot more about LGBT history in the US Rating: 5 stars Do yourself a favor and read this book! my blog

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    *3.75 stars* I was so excited when I approved for a Netgalley arc for this book! Robin Talley's work has been on my radar for a while now, and I even own a few of her books on my Kindle, but haven't had the time to read them yet. Pulp is about two girls separated by decades. Abby lives in current day America, reeling from a recent break-up and the strange way both her parents and little brother are acting. She's supposed to be filling out college applications, but instead she finds herself immers *3.75 stars* I was so excited when I approved for a Netgalley arc for this book! Robin Talley's work has been on my radar for a while now, and I even own a few of her books on my Kindle, but haven't had the time to read them yet. Pulp is about two girls separated by decades. Abby lives in current day America, reeling from a recent break-up and the strange way both her parents and little brother are acting. She's supposed to be filling out college applications, but instead she finds herself immersed in the world of lesbian pulp fiction from the 1950's. Janet Jones lives in 1955, in the time of McCarthyism and rampant homophobia. She too has recently discovered lesbian pulp novels, and wants desperately to write her own -- but she's afraid her secret (as both a lesbian and a budding writer of lesbian fiction) will get herself and those around her hurt and backlisted. I think Talley did a FANTASTIC job with Janet's chapters, bringing the cultural attitudes of the 1950's to life, as well as the unbelievable restrictions on all young women's lives at the time. I don't know a lot about McCarthy's reign of terror, but I definitely want to read more about it after this novel. I had a little more difficulty meshing with Abby. She's a bit more of a stereotypical YA character and sometimes I wanted to tell her to stop and calm down!! Her issues are definitely ones she needs to work through, but they seemed mild. In comparison, the stakes for Janet are very, very high. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ritta

    Thank you Netgalley and HQ Young Adult for providing me an ARC of this book, in exchange of an honest review. I must say I was interested to read Pulp because of the dual perspective between this young woman discovering she's a lesbian in 1955, and another lesbian girl in current time, going through her problems. And it was definitely my favourite part of the book, to see those different storylines and finding out how they would intersect. The thing is I was much more into the storyline happening Thank you Netgalley and HQ Young Adult for providing me an ARC of this book, in exchange of an honest review. I must say I was interested to read Pulp because of the dual perspective between this young woman discovering she's a lesbian in 1955, and another lesbian girl in current time, going through her problems. And it was definitely my favourite part of the book, to see those different storylines and finding out how they would intersect. The thing is I was much more into the storyline happening in 1955. I'm sure Robin Talley did a lot of research to write this book (which she proves in the aknowledgements as well) and it shows. I also really felt Janet's struggles and fears, and I admit I teared up a few times. It was really difficult to be queer in the 50's and, unfortunately, it still is in a lot of places. On the other hand, Abby's storyline didn't touch me as much, even though I could relate to her family struggles. I think the problem is that, for a long time, the plot didn't seem to be going somewhere and it was obssessively focusing on the same stuff, over and over again, which felt repetitive and overdone, even though I got the point. I actually don't think I even got to know Abby's friends besides knowing they're all queer and/or POC, they were so underdeveloped. However, clearly, my struggles with one of the perspectives didn't completely ruin the book for me. Not only I loved Janet and her story, I also found interesting to get to know more about lesbian culture in the 50's and pulp lesbian fiction. Besides, I quite enjoyed the ending. So, in the end, I couldn't give Pulp less than 4 stars and I'm interested to check out more of Robin Talley's books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily (emilykatereads)

    "As long as you had love, it didn't matter what else the world threw at you. You had something that mattered more." This book shows an incredible contrast between what it means to be queer today compared to being queer in the 1950s. The story follows the lives of Abby, a teenager from present day, and Janet, a teenager from the 50s. The two are connected through lesbian pulp fiction, and so we get two intertwining stories about the lives of each girl. This story just an incredible job at showing "As long as you had love, it didn't matter what else the world threw at you. You had something that mattered more." This book shows an incredible contrast between what it means to be queer today compared to being queer in the 1950s. The story follows the lives of Abby, a teenager from present day, and Janet, a teenager from the 50s. The two are connected through lesbian pulp fiction, and so we get two intertwining stories about the lives of each girl. This story just an incredible job at showing just how far we've progressed in less than one person's lifetime, but still shows us why we have to keep fighting. We also see different struggles of being a teenage in different generations, while we can relate to both characters. This book stood out to me in a huge way, because I could totally relate to Abby and how she was affected by her favourite book. Being a young queer girl and discovering books with characters you can fully relate to is an incredible experience, and I could understand the drive she had to learn more. The writing was easy to follow and hooked me in to each girl's life, really making it hard to stop reading at the end of a chapter. The dual perspectives were done really well, but I'll admit I did enjoy Janet's more, since it felt more constructed than Abby's. I didn't sympathize with her as much but I was hooked in her research and interested in the mystery element in her section. Talley did an amazing job with showing the past struggle of queer women. It was harsh, but it's important. This book, if anything, could've been a bit more powerful without as many characters and storylines all over the place, as we also get submersed into the different books within the story. It was a nice touch, but not always necessary, and without them it could've made the remaining story more impactful. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange of an honest review! Review can also be found on my blog.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars Two young women living in the nation's capital discover lesbian pulp fiction. Though their circumstances are quite different, they were both inspired by these books, which helped them gain a better understanding of themselves. • Pro: Talley expertly navigated the dual timelines, and the results were very successful. She achieved suspense, tension, and great impact via the story structure. • Pro: Abby's research grabbed me and kept me captivated. I wasn't completely clueless about Rating: 3.5 Stars Two young women living in the nation's capital discover lesbian pulp fiction. Though their circumstances are quite different, they were both inspired by these books, which helped them gain a better understanding of themselves. • Pro: Talley expertly navigated the dual timelines, and the results were very successful. She achieved suspense, tension, and great impact via the story structure. • Pro: Abby's research grabbed me and kept me captivated. I wasn't completely clueless about the questionable things that went on during the 1950s, but I did learn quite a bit. • Pro: I hung on every word of Janet's story. It was so important for me, that she found happiness, and I shed tears for her, when I read of all the injustices and heartbreak she had to endure. • Con: That said, I did not feel as invested in Abby's part of the story. I felt like it wasn't focused, and I only seemed to care about her being successful with her research. • Pro: Books within books don't always work for me, but Talley deftly wove three different pulp fiction tales into this story. The excerpts were perfect and perfectly placed for impact and meaning. • Pro: There was something really awesome that happens at the end, which was nothing short of spectacular for me. I loved that Talley wrote the ending that way. Overall: An interesting and well executed look at one woman's struggle with identity, which shed a lot of light on LGBTQ history. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved how much queer history is packed into a story that is, ultimately, not a history lesson. I knew nothing about the Lavender Scare, and vis a vis Janet and Abby, it becomes palpable and terrifying. I also absolutely loved that lesbian pulp -- which I did know about -- was woven in as the thread binding both Abby in 2017 and Janet in 1955 together. That said, neither character was especially developed. Janet felt really flat and the challenges in Abby's life felt too underdeveloped to have a I loved how much queer history is packed into a story that is, ultimately, not a history lesson. I knew nothing about the Lavender Scare, and vis a vis Janet and Abby, it becomes palpable and terrifying. I also absolutely loved that lesbian pulp -- which I did know about -- was woven in as the thread binding both Abby in 2017 and Janet in 1955 together. That said, neither character was especially developed. Janet felt really flat and the challenges in Abby's life felt too underdeveloped to have any emotional impact. I almost wish there'd been a nonfiction companion about queer history published alongside this, since that was really what sucked me in.

  16. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves \u0026#x1f495; books\u0026#x1f4d6;, cats\u0026#x1f63b; and naps\u0026#x1f6cf;

    ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of PULP by Robin Talley in exchange for my honest review.*** 2.5 STARS Abby chooses 1950s lesbian pulp fiction as her senior project and learns how past, present and future intersect. I love the premise of a protagonist learning about herself through history from last century. Closer in age to the 1950s story than the 2017, I’m more familiar with how far we’ve come than where a vision for the future, so I enjoyed the Abby’s aspirationa ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of PULP by Robin Talley in exchange for my honest review.*** 2.5 STARS Abby chooses 1950s lesbian pulp fiction as her senior project and learns how past, present and future intersect. I love the premise of a protagonist learning about herself through history from last century. Closer in age to the 1950s story than the 2017, I’m more familiar with how far we’ve come than where a vision for the future, so I enjoyed the Abby’s aspirational vision. My default position is gratitude for advances. The shout-outs to history were my favorite parts. Teen readers who may only be aware of the differences in societal expectations academically may learn a lot through the 1950s portion of PULP. Robin Talley’s writing was the weakest part of PULP. Her words never engaged me, as much as the plot interested me. I had to force myself to read and preserver through the pages. If PULP hadn’t been an ARC, I wouldn’t have finished. Because I’m older than the target audience, I rated up to three stars. I do recommend PULP to young people and older readers with an interest in early lesbian fiction.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Parker Jensen

    HOW HAD I NOT HEARD OF THIS???? I just got an ARC and I'm dropping all other reading plans to devour this! This sounds amazing!! I studied Lesbian Pulp fiction is past year in school and to see that iconic pulp author Ann Bannon loved this?? So exciting. I cant' wait!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Pulp is a strong read for a young adult. If you're a regular adult who just happens to read young adult books from time to time, you'll enjoy yourself, too. Just not completely so. The story, which is a coming of age story as well as a bit of a mystery, is really two stories: Janet, a closeted queer girl in the 50s, and Abby, an out and proud of it queer girl in 2017. The book begins when Abby discovers online an article about lesbian pulp fiction from the fifties era. Abby attends a private sc Pulp is a strong read for a young adult. If you're a regular adult who just happens to read young adult books from time to time, you'll enjoy yourself, too. Just not completely so. The story, which is a coming of age story as well as a bit of a mystery, is really two stories: Janet, a closeted queer girl in the 50s, and Abby, an out and proud of it queer girl in 2017. The book begins when Abby discovers online an article about lesbian pulp fiction from the fifties era. Abby attends a private school where each kid has to do a year long project/assignment and she ends up selecting to write her own lesbian pulp book for the project. She ends up falling in love with one of these books, which was written by an author named Marian Love. Marian Love is really a pen name for Janet, and so interspersed with Abby scenes we get Janet's story of growing up 70 years or so before. We get to see the sheer difference between what it was like growing up queer in the 50s versus now. In the book, Abby does not have the internal struggle with her sexuality that Janet has. She is out to her friends and family. And as far as I can remember, she really does not face outright prejudice in this book (prejudice is hovering here, though: Abby is very passionate about causes and she volunteers on Danica Roem's campaign-- Roem is the now Virginia legislator who defeated a homophobic, prejudiced incumbent legislator last year). Abby's part of the book is really about issues beyond sexuality. She comes from a well to do home, but her parents' marriage is falling apart. She also is very conflicted about her relationship with Linh, an ex of hers who Abby still has feelings for. I thought the book was a little bit draggy during the Abby parts -- just because I've read a lot of books about kids dealing with divorce and although Talley does a perfectly adequate job of telling her story -- it didn't feel like it was doing anything that I hadn't seen before in print. I also felt like I would have liked to learn more about Abby's friends, including her ex-girlfriend Linh, who is Vietnamese American and spent a summer in Vietnam recently. If I'm remembering correctly, in the beginning of the book, Talley hints at some sort of cultural struggle that Linh faces while she is visiting Vietnam, but never revisits it with this character. Instead Linh just sort of nags Abby a lot about when she's going to get her act together in regards to college and her schoolwork and things don't get much deeper than that. On the other hand, I was completely absorbed in Janet's story (particularly her relationship with best friend Marie and her grandma). It is harrowing, compelling and quite touching. And I found myself being surprised (pleasantly so) in small ways as to the choices Talley made in her narrative. Sometimes in YA books I can sort of see things coming, but with this book, I didn't find that was the case. The characters all were really well fleshed out and it just felt very authentic to the time. I also didn't know about the ugly period called the Lavender Scare in Washington DC (although I did know all about McCarthy), when innocent/decent people were being forced out of their government jobs because of hatred and homophobia. Plus, the book is plotted really well, and the dual time periods storytelling really does gel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    4.5 stars. “Even more had read it and discovered, for the first time, that they weren’t the only non-straight people in the world. That there was a whole community out there. It was weird to think that being gay used to mean being that isolated, but it was exciting to think a book could be so important.” Pulp follows two different women in different eras, who have lives connected across generations. In 1955, eighteen year old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares for her best friend Marie a secret 4.5 stars. “Even more had read it and discovered, for the first time, that they weren’t the only non-straight people in the world. That there was a whole community out there. It was weird to think that being gay used to mean being that isolated, but it was exciting to think a book could be so important.” Pulp follows two different women in different eras, who have lives connected across generations. In 1955, eighteen year old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares for her best friend Marie a secret. It's not easy being gay in Washington D.C., especially in the age of McCarthyism, but when she finds a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in her. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a terrifying danger. Sixty two years later, Abby Zimet can't stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby's life are lost to the fictional desires and tragedies of the characters she's reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and is determined to track her down and find her true identity. Oh, I loved Pulp even more than I thought I was going to. This is the first book I've read by Robin Talley, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. It was a book that made me feel a lot of emotions, and I was far more connected to the characters than I thought I would be, which was wonderful. The writing was so engaging and easy to follow, and I really loved the third person—it ade the story a lot better to follow, especially considering the two narratives. “She knew pulp books had to have tragedy in them to get around the censors, but Abby had already read so many books and seen so many shows and movies where the gay characters wound up dead or distraught that the last thing she wanted to do was read about it again.” I connected with Abby and Janet almost instantly. I'm not a lesbian, but I am bisexual, so it was very easy to connect with their feelings and voices in this book. While they both had a lot of similarties, their voices were so distinct and fun to read about and fall into their respective worlds. It was so interesting to read about their journeys (especially Janet's, because she's from such a different time than the time I'm from), and to see how much their worlds were connected, despite the generation difference. On top of that, it was nice to see the differences in politics and what it means to be a marginalized person in 1955 vs 2017. I thought Talley did a great job at including those differences. I'm not a huge fan of dual narratives, but I really loved it in this book. It added so much to the story and to the overall effect, and made it even better than it would've been otherwise. My love for history probably plays a big role of why I loved having a narrative from 1955 so much, but it really did make for an even better story. As I said before, it was so engaging, and I think that has a lot to do with the characters and how developed and wonderful they all were. It was so easy to fall in love with them and get lost in each of their stories. Overall, Pulp was a fantastic, lovely read. There was so much history and wonderful characters and character development, and it was so well written. Despite the book being just a little too long for the story that was told, and I do think Janet's story should've been told by a black lesbian woman (since that's who Janet is), I'm definitely excited to read more from Robin Talley in the future. I also can't wait for this book to be released next month so everyone can read it. “This is still a harsh world we live in, but you’re lucky you’ve found each other.” ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bruestle

    I was fortunate enough to have won this book from a giveaway a few weeks ago, and I am pleased to say that I absolutely LOVED it! The story was such a neat idea and I really enjoyed how each chapter went back and forth from two different time periods in such a clever way! The only thing that I noticed that needs correcting are a few minor errors within the text. Almost as if whoever typed it up went too fast. There were quite a few throughout the book that I stumbled upon, but each time I still I was fortunate enough to have won this book from a giveaway a few weeks ago, and I am pleased to say that I absolutely LOVED it! The story was such a neat idea and I really enjoyed how each chapter went back and forth from two different time periods in such a clever way! The only thing that I noticed that needs correcting are a few minor errors within the text. Almost as if whoever typed it up went too fast. There were quite a few throughout the book that I stumbled upon, but each time I still knew what the author was trying to say. So all in all, reading Pulp was a wonderful experience and I would absolutely recommend it to others!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    "She hadn't needed a permanent, fairytale love to make it worth living. She was strong enough to be happy on her own terms." This wonderful novel about lesbians both now and in the 1950s is one of the most original and fascinating LGBTQ stories I've ever read. I cried and laughed and was just generally really damn emotional about this book. Thanks Robin. [Side note: I have no idea if this is a 4 or 5 star book for me but because I just can't decide I rounded up.] I was absolutely sucked into both "She hadn't needed a permanent, fairytale love to make it worth living. She was strong enough to be happy on her own terms." This wonderful novel about lesbians both now and in the 1950s is one of the most original and fascinating LGBTQ stories I've ever read. I cried and laughed and was just generally really damn emotional about this book. Thanks Robin. [Side note: I have no idea if this is a 4 or 5 star book for me but because I just can't decide I rounded up.] I was absolutely sucked into both Janet's and Abby's lives and I so desperately wanted to know if Abby figures her (love and everything else) life out and if Janet manages to be with Marie without endangering myself. Of course, nothing was solved easily. Both girls go through a lot and they develop so much over the course of this book. Pulp fiction - especially lesbian pulp fiction - is a very interesting topic and one I did not know a lot about. It is very obvious to see that Robin Talley researched this topic a great deal and Janet's life in the 50s feels exactly as vivid and real as Abby's in 2017. In parts, the novel slowed down a bit too much for my part and I sometimes wished it could be a bit more fast paced, all in all, I really enjoyed both plot and characters. The plot is enganging and original but especially Janet's story seems to be about things that really happened to a lot of people in the 20th century and I wasn't exactly aware of them I learned so much from this book. Abby and Janet are very believable characters with their own flaws and complications. Abby's relationships with friends and family were so relatable and Janet's naiveté amplified the differences between her upbringing and Abby's just so much. A lot has changed in the past few decades and this is obvious in very different and interesting ways in this book. I really liked how - as this story is told in alternating chapters by the two girls - the plot kind of flows together and each chapter reveals something about the past we don't know yet, even if it's Abby's turn. It made the story quite mysterious and I loved that. Pulp is a very interesting and fascinating book and it really shows how much changed since Janet's time (not everything 100% positive). I received a copy of this book via Harlequin Teen/Edelweiss.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Harker

    Content warning: homophobia, racism, moments of intensity/discomfort (please read last paragraph of review for further information) The draw of storytelling, the connection of a shared identity... Janet and Abby have a lot in common, despite being separated by more than sixty years. Their worlds, for all the similarities between them, are also vastly differently. 1955 is, for members of the LGBT+ community, nothing like they are in Abby's 2017 and yet, maybe, not so different as you might think. Th Content warning: homophobia, racism, moments of intensity/discomfort (please read last paragraph of review for further information) The draw of storytelling, the connection of a shared identity... Janet and Abby have a lot in common, despite being separated by more than sixty years. Their worlds, for all the similarities between them, are also vastly differently. 1955 is, for members of the LGBT+ community, nothing like they are in Abby's 2017 and yet, maybe, not so different as you might think. The dual perspectives, interspersed with selections from novels written by Janet, Abby, and lesbian pulp authors within Robin Talley's world, spell out a story that is as engaging as it is terrifying, as hard to put down as it is heartbreaking. Janet and Abby were interesting characters. Their voices were strong separate from each other, in their own timelines, while still being complimentary of each other. The things that reached across the years, whether it was one of the books or authors or something that is a spoiler, were well crafted by Robin Talley. She kept up the interconnections in a way that would've been difficult in less skilled hands and I applauded her keeping the story together and weaving it so well. **What I Liked** I preferred Janet's perspective a bit more because Abby's perspective was a bit more familiar to me, modern as it was and much closer to my own experience. Janet's perspective offered, on the other hand, insight into a time that I haven't often read about. The 1950's were a terrifying time for people considered "other" by those in power (read: cis-gendered white men). This sense of unease and terror was palpable throughout the writing, even more Janet and her friend, Marie, became aware of it as it related to them personally. Abby was a complex character that had a lot going on and while there were some things about her chapters that I wasn't a fan of, overall I thought her interesting. Walking through her handling not only of her senior project, but also of the pursuit of the identity of her favorite author and her daily life opened up a character map with many offshoots and paths to explore. **What I Didn't Care For As Much** While Abby's complexities did speak to the realities of not only being human, but especially a teenager in her situation (dealing with parents that are fighting; a little brother being affected by that; a potential uniting with her ex; among other things) it felt like at times that all of these threads got tangled and made it hard to follow which one the reader was meant to be concentrating on at any given time. **Would I Recommend** I would recommend this, especially if you're interested in the era of lesbian pulp fiction. As someone who didn't know much about the genre prior to reading this title, I think I found out a quite a bit, including threads to learn more (I didn't realize The Price of Salt, aka Salt was a lesbian pulp novel, for example). Robin Talley included information at the back relating to real titles and authors to explore and that inspired her before writing her own story, which I found incredibly useful. I would remind readers that there are scenes, particularly those that take place in Janet's timeline, that have an overwhelming feeling of tension relating to homophobia, whether external or internalized. Whether on the page or inferred from the context of the events in the book, it could make some scenes difficult to read, so be aware of that when diving in. The book is well worth the read, but some fair warning may be needed. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Quotes included are from an advanced reader copy and may not reflect the finalized copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I loved Robin Talley’s previous books and as soon as I read the synopsis for this I knew it was so far up my street that I was desperate to read it. A novel dealing with the lesbian pulps of the 1950s? Yes please! The genre was a fascinating one and with Robin Talley I knew it would be in safe hands. The books, with their lurid titles and covers, were marketed as titillation (many, though by no means all, were written by straight men and were pretty bad) but the better ones often meant a great de I loved Robin Talley’s previous books and as soon as I read the synopsis for this I knew it was so far up my street that I was desperate to read it. A novel dealing with the lesbian pulps of the 1950s? Yes please! The genre was a fascinating one and with Robin Talley I knew it would be in safe hands. The books, with their lurid titles and covers, were marketed as titillation (many, though by no means all, were written by straight men and were pretty bad) but the better ones often meant a great deal to women who discovered them and saw, perhaps for the first time, that they were not alone in their feelings. Unfortunately the “morality” of the time precluded happy endings for the lesbian characters, who almost invariably ended up dying or turning straight - exceptions were few and far between. A lot of the books referred to are real (including, believe it or not, Satan Was a Lesbian). Anyway, in the present day seventeen-year-old Abby, struggling after her breakup with girlfriend Linh and difficulties between her parents at home, discovers and is quickly captivated by the strange world of 1950s lesbian pulp novels, in particular one called Women of the Twilight Realm by the mysterious Marian Love, who apparently only published one novel and promptly disappeared. Abby becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Marian... Many years earlier in 1955, another young woman, Janet, is equally captivated by A Love So Strange, the novel she stumbled upon at a bus station bookstall, seeing in it a much-needed recognition of her own feelings for her friend Marie. But times are far more dangerous for Janet than for out-and-proud twenty-first-century Abby. The hysterically repressive political climate of the McCarthyist 1950s is very well evoked and it was fascinating (and terrifying) to read about the measures taken against anyone who was suspected of, well, anything, particularly anything communist-y or gay-y. At one point a female character comes under suspicion because “her voice is too low” - that’s the level of absurdity people were dealing with. Although clearly far too young to remember any of it, Robin Talley has definitely done her research (Senator Hunt was a real person for instance). There are lots of nods to real writers of that and other times - Bannon Press is clearly a reference to writer Ann, perhaps the best known of the lesbian pulp authors, and I felt Claire Singer’s name was a reference to the pseudonym under which Patricia Highsmith wrote The Price of Salt, Claire Morgan. (Also the Sheldon Lounge - Alice Sheldon?) I’m sure there were many I missed. I thought I knew where the plot was going in terms of what happened to Janet, but as it turned out, I was barking up an entirely wrong tree and the outcome was a big surprise. Let’s just say I did one character a major disservice. For me this book entirely lived up to its promise - I loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Harlequin Teen and NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.  Review: Well, this was a surprise.  I honestly will admit that there were was two things that had me a little skittish about this book. the fact that it is a MASSIVE ebook (literally like 6 1/2 hours) and the fact that I would now have Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Harlequin Teen and NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.  Review: Well, this was a surprise.  I honestly will admit that there were was two things that had me a little skittish about this book. the fact that it is a MASSIVE ebook (literally like 6 1/2 hours) and the fact that I would now have to read 6 1/2 hours of a historical fiction. I love me some history, but like, that is a lot of history??? But omigosh, it was wonderful, and this is definitely contemporary historical fiction done right. This story has like, four stories within this one story. We have Abby who is in modern day 2017, trying to keep her head above water after a complex breakup with her first love and her parents' messy love life. When she discovers a lesbian pulp fiction story that really resonates with her, she makes it her mission to write her own and discover more about the mysterious life of Marian Love. On the flip side, we go back to the 1950s when the story was first being written with Janet Jones, who fell in love with her pulp novel that would forever change her own life story. So yes, for the record, that is Book Janet Reads > Janet's Life > Janet's Book She Writes > Abby's Life > Abby's Book She Writes. Oh, wow, that's 5. So, yes, lots of stories within stories and characters. Lots of characters. It honestly worked for the most part, but there were a few times that I was like, wait, who's Sam??? Which story is she in?? But honestly for the most part, Talley did a wonderful job. Each storyline that would pop up was intriguing. The history she was discussing was interesting enough, but she made sure to keep it forever intriguing, and I was so so fascinated. I have to say that I didn't know anything about 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, and I didn't know as much about the Lavendar Scare as I should, but Talley brought both items to the forefront effortlessly. I felt intrigued in both Abby's and Janet's plots, and I was pretty eager to get back to both of their POVs each time I would go away from enough. As I said, there was a lot of characters, but Janet and Abby certainly shone. They were wonderful main characters, and I definitely was rooting for them hardcore. The other side characters were rather well done as well. And the romances were complex, messy, and realistic.  The biggest complaint that I did have would be sometimes the stories within the stories would get a bit overwhelming, and it would slow down the pacing a bit. I was going with a 4.5, until I read the ending, and tbh, it felt a bit lackluster. We were doing this huge search and everything, and it just fell...it fell pretty flat to me. Overall, it was the perfect blend of history and contemporary, and Talley created such a fascinating cross storyline. Few bumps but overall SUCH a great read despite its massive size! 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neville Longbottom

    4.5 - This was excellent. Pulp is a dual timeline story that follows Janet in the 1950s as she’s discovering that she’s gay while fostering a love of writing, and Abby in the present day who discovers and becomes obsessed with 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. This was such a sophisticated YA novel that dealt with so many issues that queer people faced in the 1950s. I normally don’t gravitate towards historical fiction, but I think this is totally enjoyable for people who normally don’t like historica 4.5 - This was excellent. Pulp is a dual timeline story that follows Janet in the 1950s as she’s discovering that she’s gay while fostering a love of writing, and Abby in the present day who discovers and becomes obsessed with 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. This was such a sophisticated YA novel that dealt with so many issues that queer people faced in the 1950s. I normally don’t gravitate towards historical fiction, but I think this is totally enjoyable for people who normally don’t like historical books. I shockingly preferred Janet’s storyline in the 1950s. It struck me as being really unique and something I haven’t seen before in YA. While it does have the typical plot points of questioning and figuring out her sexuality, having it set in such a different time made it fresh. Watching how she navigated being queer in Washington DC during the “lavender scare” and finding her love of writing after discovering lesbian pulp novels was really fascinating. Initially I wasn’t as drawn to Abby’s story in the present day. It was interesting to see her story juxtaposed against Janet’s, to really see how far society has come in some respects. But in the beginning I found Abby’s chapters to be far less interesting. Some aspects of her story, like family and ex-girlfriend drama, seemed less unique than Janet’s. However, throughout the story I became more attached to Abby’s portion of the story and it became more fleshed out. I highly recommend Pulp. I think it’s something that can be enjoyed by most people, whether or not they typically read YA or historical fiction.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Needham

    Cute af. I had no idea about the whole world of lesbian pulp novels. The casual protest culture that Abby lives in in DC is so relatable and 2017. Robin Talley writes the books I wish I'd had when I was 16 and I will continue to read all of them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Few books make me feel as giddy as I felt when I learned that Robin Talley penned a young adult novel set in the world of lesbian pulp fiction. Washington D.C. High School senior Abby Zimet struggles with a shaky home life, a complicated relationship with her ex-girl friend, and a nebulous future. When she stumbles across a lesbian pulp novel by Marian Love during research for a creative writing project, her thoughts become increasingly consumed by it and with finding the elusive woman behind th Few books make me feel as giddy as I felt when I learned that Robin Talley penned a young adult novel set in the world of lesbian pulp fiction. Washington D.C. High School senior Abby Zimet struggles with a shaky home life, a complicated relationship with her ex-girl friend, and a nebulous future. When she stumbles across a lesbian pulp novel by Marian Love during research for a creative writing project, her thoughts become increasingly consumed by it and with finding the elusive woman behind the story.  Tracking down an author, especially a writer of 1950s lesbian fiction, is a near impossible task. Abby learns this lesson quickly: not everything is available online, but human connections remain a powerful channel. If you were a queer female author, you cloaked your identity behind a pseudonym. You didn't want to be found. Pulp shares the impact of lesbian pulp novels within the context of their time. Queer people were hunted out of government jobs, blacklisted from future employment, and exiled from families they were born into. Authors like Ann Bannon, who later revealed her identity as a pulp writer, wrote their first novels from dens of crumbling heteronormative domesticity.  Patricia Highsmith published The Price of Salt under the name "Claire Morgan", so as not to derail her nascent mainstream writing career. Told in parallel narratives, Pulp traces Janet Jones’ pivotal year in 1955 as a teenager in D.C., and Abby’s present-day travails and literary sleuthing. As the story builds, readers see more than just a chasm of differences between the modern teen’s openness with her family and friends as a lesbian, and Janet's furtive attempts at secrecy. Readers discover threads that not only connect the characters through time, but also reflects the continuity of history and social activism in our own lives.  Robin Talley delivers an immersive and emotionally engaging novel that rewards repeat readers. Sprinkled throughout are Easter eggs for lesbian history enthusiasts and those eager to learn more about this period in our history. I believe that fiction can be a powerful draw in pulling readers of all ages into a deeper examination of historical events. Talley again creates a compelling story that intrigues and informs. I'll leave most of the trivia for you to discover when the book is released in November. Hint: Start with Abby Zimet's name.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hallie

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own. Pulp is a historical fiction and contemporary novel mashup. Told in two point of views, Robin Talley makes each main character come alive in alternating chapters. Abby is a high school senior in 2017 who is researching lesbian pulp novels and decides to write one of her own. Janet is a teen girl in 1955 who has just discovered lesbian pulp novels and finds out that there are other girls like her. Jan Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own. Pulp is a historical fiction and contemporary novel mashup. Told in two point of views, Robin Talley makes each main character come alive in alternating chapters. Abby is a high school senior in 2017 who is researching lesbian pulp novels and decides to write one of her own. Janet is a teen girl in 1955 who has just discovered lesbian pulp novels and finds out that there are other girls like her. Janet and Abby are both lesbian teens who have grown up in very different eras. This novel is an ode to those first, special books that change everything. Janet and Abby both find a lesbian pulp novel that they connect to and are inspired by. Talley beautifully captures the influence that books can have on their readers. When Janet discovers a lesbian pulp novel, it’s the first time she realizes that other women have the same feelings she has about her best friend, Marie. Janet is growing up during a time of paranoia and McCarthyism in the 1950s. Not only are possible communists being targeted, but anyone who seems potentially queer is fired, blacklisted, and shunned from the DC area where Janet lives. Janet has to hide her lesbian book and she definitely can’t tell anyone that she’s writing her own novel after getting a letter of encouragement from the author of her favorite book. Janet and Marie also must hide their relationship and face much heartache throughout the novel. However, Janet is so inspired by the tattered paperback novel she finds where two women have a possibility of being happy together that she decides to choose her own path. Decades later, Abby finds Janet’s long ago published lesbian pulp fiction novel and has an awakening of her own. Abby easily came out to her family years ago and she’s comfortable in her own skin. Abby is still trying to get over her best friend, Linh, breaking her heart and she finds comfort in Janet’s novel “Women of the Twilight Realm.” Abby becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Janet after the book was published. Abby is looking for any escape from her broken heart, fighting parents, and college applications for a future she is unsure about. After a lot of research, Abby starts writing her own novel that aims to overthrow the tropes that riddled the lesbian pulp genre. Abby is quick to point out that the original lesbian pulp novels seem to exist in an all-white world. Many of them were written by cis white men and the resolution usually included death or lesbian characters marrying men. Abby understands how isolating it was to be queer in the past. She’s had a very positive coming out experience and has a diverse group of friends who identify as queer and non-binary. While Abby hasn’t experienced the fear and shame that Janet felt, she knows that some of her friends still face struggles with acceptance. Talley excels at creating two realistic time periods and characters who shine within them. Readers will enjoy seeing the two stories collide. The heart of the story revolves around a love of books and how important they can be for readers coming of age. Pulp will make readers reflect on how LGBTQ+ literature has evolved throughout time. Janet feels so much fear when reading her favorite lesbian novel while Abby is very open about reading queer fiction. Talley, a favorite lesbian writer in the YA category, provides readers with the happy ending that Janet and Abby yearned for in their own favorite lesbian novels.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anna Bowling

    Better review coming later, as I want to hold onto the feeling of having read this book for a while before sharing my impressions, but I knew I had to read it as soon as I first saw the title. Modern day Abby discovers the world of 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, and sets off on a quest to not only write her own novel in the genre, but discover what happened to the author of her favorite pulp novel, who disappeared after only one release. That alone makes for an interesting storyline, but when Robin Better review coming later, as I want to hold onto the feeling of having read this book for a while before sharing my impressions, but I knew I had to read it as soon as I first saw the title. Modern day Abby discovers the world of 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, and sets off on a quest to not only write her own novel in the genre, but discover what happened to the author of her favorite pulp novel, who disappeared after only one release. That alone makes for an interesting storyline, but when Robin Talley adds the second point of view, that of the abovementioned author, and that author's own entrée into the world of the pulps, and weaves in the novels both women write, what we get is a nuanced story on a greater scale. This book has a lot of what I love best about historical fiction with romantic elements. There may not always be a happily ever after for the couples involved (especially f/f couples in the 1950s) but there is love, and the history directly impacts the relationships of all couples, in both timelines. Though I don't know much about this area of history, the story, and characters, spurred me to research and learn more about the era and people that created this branch of pulp fiction. That research led me to pick up on some of the Easter eggs (I am sure there are more) sprinkled throughout, referencing real life components of the genre and its time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    For the most part, I loved this book! 4.5/5 I loved Janet as a character and I preferred her chapters overall. I liked Abby and related her a lot at the beginning but closer to the end she was starting to act a little selfishly and the ending about caring versus love I didn’t agree with; I think love can come in so many different forms that you don’t have to be in love to make life matter that Abby writes but different forms of love can make life matter and so I didn’t like the ending. For some For the most part, I loved this book! 4.5/5 I loved Janet as a character and I preferred her chapters overall. I liked Abby and related her a lot at the beginning but closer to the end she was starting to act a little selfishly and the ending about caring versus love I didn’t agree with; I think love can come in so many different forms that you don’t have to be in love to make life matter that Abby writes but different forms of love can make life matter and so I didn’t like the ending. For some reason, Abby felt a little immature and too young but then I remembered I’m 7 years older than her so of course she’d seem young. 😂 But I loved Janet and Marie even though the end revelation broke me. Overall this story is heartbreaking, emotional, amazing and just absolutely wonderful. I loved the mystery and historical aspects and the writing was perfect. The diversity of the characters felt so real and easy and was definitely appreciated! Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2018! 🤗

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