Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls

Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls

Book - 2008
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<p><i>Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls</i> is a brash new collection of fifteen original stories about girls who stand against convention, and girls who wish they could. In turn hilarious, edgy, comforting, intense, the collection is about holding back and letting loose, about sex and glamour and common sense. Here are heroines that strike a chord and make us think.</p><p>Just like all of us, the girls in these stories have to deal with whatever life decides to throw at them. Some approach their challenges in startling ways. An academically gifted girl tries to apply logic to love and puberty. Another young girl shocks her bunkmates in a bible camp when she confides that her mother is waxed completely bare lsquo;down there.rsquo; A teenager sees her own body in a new light when partygoers come across a portrait of her mother's post-mastectomy figure. A high school student offers a peek inside the change room, where bras are either not made small enough, or are mortifyingly like body armour only your grandmother would wear.</p><p>The innovative stories in this collection are about taking pride in wearing our bodies just the way they are. They're about hating our mothers and loving them, fitting in and breaking out. These characters articulate ways of looking at the world, of looking at others and of seeing new possibilities in life. Touching on a range of issues from cosmetic surgery and makeup, and unhealthy attitudes toward eating, to sexuality and teens' impressions of their own and others' bodies, these stories challenge stifling mainstream notions of beauty and femininity.</p>
Publisher: Toronto : Sumach 2008
ISBN: 9781894549769
Characteristics: 185 p
Additional Contributors: Shipley, Jocelyn
Loughead, Deb


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