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Rent Girl ❴Reading❵ ➾ Rent Girl Author Michelle Tea – Thomashillier.co.uk A graphic and uncompromising autobiographical bender, the story of Tea s years as a prostitute, with provocative illustrations by Laurenn McCubbin A graphic and uncompromising autobiographical bender, the story of Tea s years as a prostitute, with provocative illustrations by Laurenn McCubbin.


10 thoughts on “Rent Girl

  1. Antoinette Antoinette says:

    Terrible, terrible, terrible Why did it happen What makes it possible This book has no point, it barely tells a story, and it is ridiculously aloof Like talking to a coked up drag queen, smearing mascara all over your sensible sweater and gushing out their life story, morbidly fascinating, but you just want it to be over Michelle Tea once again succeeds in convincing the world that yes, she is a vulnerable lesbian badass And yes, there are people around her that do drugs and don t give a s Terrible, terrible, terrible Why did it happen What makes it possible This book has no point, it barely tells a story, and it is ridiculously aloof Like talking to a coked up drag queen, smearing mascara all over your sensible sweater and gushing out their life story, morbidly fascinating, but you just want it to be over Michelle Tea once again succeeds in convincing the world that yes, she is a vulnerable lesbian badass And yes, there are people around her that do drugs and don t give a shit about anyone Blah blah blah I am so fucking sick of being a part of a group of people that constantly reinforce the stereotypes that plague their group I hate the casual tone of this book Like a scared little girl that wants to tell you that she is scared about confused, but instead says Yeah, I had sex the other night I didn t even come Quit being casual, quit being self involved, write something that has a purpose So transparent Not an enjoyable read Grow up Grow grow grow grow grow up This book made me feel strange about the world So full of pretend glamour, so lacking in the honesty it is praised for being full of It is a lie, like most art, but this lie does not tell the truth Terrible read


  2. Marissa Marissa says:

    Rent Girl is an absorbing, but extremely depressing read made all thedepressing by its weird hipster cool tone It strikes me as a modern version of Women by Charles Bukwoski, but this time written by a drug using hip young lesbian prostitute instead of an aging, alcoholic rock star poet They are depressing books in very similar ways, because they center on a person who is clearly incredibly intelligent and talented who you get to watch kind of destroy themselves through sex and substance Rent Girl is an absorbing, but extremely depressing read made all thedepressing by its weird hipster cool tone It strikes me as a modern version of Women by Charles Bukwoski, but this time written by a drug using hip young lesbian prostitute instead of an aging, alcoholic rock star poet They are depressing books in very similar ways, because they center on a person who is clearly incredibly intelligent and talented who you get to watch kind of destroy themselves through sex and substance use Both Tea and Bukwoski lack the ambition, education, or money that would give them a chance for anything better and both books have a similar sense of tragedy underscoring their partying and irreverence They are tell alls that never really tell you the whole truth about who these people are or why they re doing what they re doing I think Rent Girl was supposed to end on a triumphant note, but in reality it just made me feel deflated and worn out and irritated that this is onebooks cool kids will think is cool, without really getting how awful they actually are


  3. Catherine Caldwell-Harris Catherine Caldwell-Harris says:

    If you ve ever wondered what it is like to be a prostitute, this book offers a lot of insight One among many searing moments is when Michelle and her co worker are lost en route to a client s house They stop for directions She muses about how it feels when you walk into a 7 11 and the clerk looks at you as if you re a hooker and you are Another one Michelle gets increasinglytattoos as she goes thru her 20s At one point, she gets some down her arms to her hands, feeling satisfied b If you ve ever wondered what it is like to be a prostitute, this book offers a lot of insight One among many searing moments is when Michelle and her co worker are lost en route to a client s house They stop for directions She muses about how it feels when you walk into a 7 11 and the clerk looks at you as if you re a hooker and you are Another one Michelle gets increasinglytattoos as she goes thru her 20s At one point, she gets some down her arms to her hands, feeling satisfied because, I won t be able to hook with these This is because brothel owners prefer prostitutes with fewer tattoos Psychologists would say she is making a decision in the present to curtail or restrict future action like flushing your cocaine down the toilet Except there will always be an outcall service that will hire a young woman, even with tattoos Other reviewers have said the main audience for this book are horny teenage boys Some have wondered why Michelle keeps going back to prostitution, and say the book raises this question but doesn t answer it In fact, Michelle does addresses this question and indeed this question is the point of the book, not to offer titillation about lesbian hookers This may beapparent if you ve read Tea s other books about growing up working class Hooking is basically better than the drudgery of working class jobs, where you often do miserable work that is mind numbing and requires obedience and deference while paying poverty wages Hooking is soul crushing but at least you don t have to do it 12 hours a day in order to earn enough to live Rent Girl is profound for illuminating the troublesome situation of work in America What should we do about the fact that there isn t meaningful work for everyone Can we change this What we need is to rethink work Star Trek, Next Generation, anyone But if you don t have to work in order to get money, who would work Psychology research and common sense say that people would still work Think how many people volunteer But people would demand meaningful work, and society would need to rise to the challenge of providing it If you favor the idea of working for money, rather than working to make a contribution to society and feel socially involved, consider whose interests are served by the work for money approach to arranging our social lives And here is what my preschooler thought about Rent Girl Our video camera opens with a rather ordinary tirade by one 4 year old boy, and then turns the corner to find twin brother Elias absorbed in Michelle Tea s novel Rent Girl Every time I pick up Rent Girl I find it hard to put down without reading a section I wonder what this little boy made of it He came up with his own title, as he explains dramatically The Red Girl


  4. Jazz Jazz says:

    people like to say things like all work is prostitution Most work is exploitation, but most work is not prostitution Prostitution is prostitution, a very specific sort of exploitation And while I am doing literal corrections to flippant turns of phrase, the earth doesn t get raped It gets mined and poisoned and blown up and depleted, it gets ruined, but it doesn t get raped This book is so powerful I couldn t help but cry and laugh out loud.Raunchy and bold Michelle Tea shows the l people like to say things like all work is prostitution Most work is exploitation, but most work is not prostitution Prostitution is prostitution, a very specific sort of exploitation And while I am doing literal corrections to flippant turns of phrase, the earth doesn t get raped It gets mined and poisoned and blown up and depleted, it gets ruined, but it doesn t get raped This book is so powerful I couldn t help but cry and laugh out loud.Raunchy and bold Michelle Tea shows the life of a hooker from every angle, what a compelling book The art is just detached from real life to not scare you away but close enough to be simply elegant


  5. Ben Bush Ben Bush says:

    I read this lying in bed as a weird kind of therapy after the one time I got fired It was the one relaxation I allowed myself before job hunting.


  6. Aneesa Aneesa says:

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book A lot of people have a lot of opinions about Michelle Tea and my opinion is that I like her writing in this book I like how she rarely uses contractions I like the way the dialogue interacts with the narrative I like her theories and considerations and anger I like the nonchalant way she introduces the occult and other alternative life choices I also like the illustrations, although they don t do the same thing illustrations do in comic boo I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book A lot of people have a lot of opinions about Michelle Tea and my opinion is that I like her writing in this book I like how she rarely uses contractions I like the way the dialogue interacts with the narrative I like her theories and considerations and anger I like the nonchalant way she introduces the occult and other alternative life choices I also like the illustrations, although they don t do the same thing illustrations do in comic books, and it s pretty batty how they conflict with the text I do not like it that this book was not copyedited even though Michelle Tea does not know the difference between then and than hint the word than never appears in this book


  7. Tania Tania says:

    reading rent girl right on the heels of the passionate mistakes may have contributed to the super saturated feeling of grittiness i had when i finished this book while i remain a huge fan of tea s work, i found the graphic novel format a failure it s a strange hybrid of drawings and dense tiny type set text that does neither justice individual pages are lovely, but as a linear narrative, it falls short maybe i m just tired of the wobbly line drawings of sexy girls that seem to be crop reading rent girl right on the heels of the passionate mistakes may have contributed to the super saturated feeling of grittiness i had when i finished this book while i remain a huge fan of tea s work, i found the graphic novel format a failure it s a strange hybrid of drawings and dense tiny type set text that does neither justice individual pages are lovely, but as a linear narrative, it falls short maybe i m just tired of the wobbly line drawings of sexy girls that seem to be cropping up all over the place lately


  8. Emer Martin Emer Martin says:

    I interviewed Michelle in SF one Summer I absolutely loved this book It is funny and insightful and surprising The darkness is real but the spirit of the character so strong I was carried aloft Here is the interview Rent Girl is an illustrated memoir of Michelle s days when her girlfriend announced that she was a hooker and, Michelle, who was one broke baby dyke followed her into the world of paid sex Frankly, I ve never understood people s shock at I interviewed Michelle in SF one Summer I absolutely loved this book It is funny and insightful and surprising The darkness is real but the spirit of the character so strong I was carried aloft Here is the interview Rent Girl is an illustrated memoir of Michelle s days when her girlfriend announced that she was a hooker and, Michelle, who was one broke baby dyke followed her into the world of paid sex Frankly, I ve never understood people s shock at prostitution, in a way we all pay for sex one way or another There s no such thing as free love, especially here, 40 odd years after THE Summer of Love turned into a bad acid trip.Rent girl is a wise and funny book, a very graphic novel There is a part where the narrator surmises that it is much less effort to be a hooker than to be a stripper Strippers, she claims, have to give so much of themselves in the performance Hookers can lie back and let their minds wander That s an insider perspective, something I would have never guessed And I love learning new things that surprise me


  9. Liz Liz says:

    I probably would have rated this book higher if the book was actually a graphic novel it is reallyof an illustrated novel, and I thought that the text layout was slapdash The pages weren t really designed with much thought Sometimes the blocks of text were so wide that I had to hold a piece of paper under each line I was reading, or else I d get lost Sometimes the text ran into the illustration in a really distracting way And the illustrations sometimes betrayed details of characters I probably would have rated this book higher if the book was actually a graphic novel it is reallyof an illustrated novel, and I thought that the text layout was slapdash The pages weren t really designed with much thought Sometimes the blocks of text were so wide that I had to hold a piece of paper under each line I was reading, or else I d get lost Sometimes the text ran into the illustration in a really distracting way And the illustrations sometimes betrayed details of characters given in the text, for example a character would be said to be wearing a polo shirt, and the drawing of them is in a long sleeved dress shirt Details like that matter And, as some folks have mentioned, yeah, there are a helluva lot of typos in this one I guess if I had found the storyengaging, those things wouldn t have been so obvious to me, but there are few times when I can really spot the things wrong with a books layout, and pinpoint how they greatly diminish the enjoyability


  10. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    Tea s story of her cool, hipster, lesbian life and the central part of the story is that as a young lesbian, she and a group of friends worked for years as escort girls i.e., prostitutes The story is sort of distant, and not all that insightful, really, but it still is interesting and well told, and the illustrations, mostly black, white, red and pink, quite spare and stylized, are pretty gorgeous and help capture a life and time It s not a great work of art, maybe, but I actually liked it Tea s story of her cool, hipster, lesbian life and the central part of the story is that as a young lesbian, she and a group of friends worked for years as escort girls i.e., prostitutes The story is sort of distant, and not all that insightful, really, but it still is interesting and well told, and the illustrations, mostly black, white, red and pink, quite spare and stylized, are pretty gorgeous and help capture a life and time It s not a great work of art, maybe, but I actually liked it quite a bit, so there Kinda reminds me of the slacker punk girls gone wild of Ulli Lust s The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, maybe sort of naive younger women who seem to sort of drift into something they may later regret, dangerous situations Kind of like watching a train wreck, in a way, as it is unfolding But that s interesting, right I stop for stuff like that The difference for Tea vs Lust is that she never seems to think it was a bad idea, it was just something she disc for money, whatever though Lust really came to regret it later saw she had dodged a bullet


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