Boys and Girls Like You and Me
In "Nine," a young girl given to exaggeration escapes a humiliating ninth birthday celebration with the help of her father’s new girlfriend. The dubious benefits of sleeping with one’s boss are revealed when a bookstore manager defends an employee from an irate customer in the hilarious "Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore." A raid on a neighbor’s meth lab strengthens the unlikely friendship between a solitary woman and a Goth teenage girl in "Boys and Girls Like You and Me." And in a notable exception to the rule, "Captain’s Club" features a boy whose devotion to a lonely woman transforms his cruise vacation.
In moments electric with sudden harmony or ruthless indifference, the girls and women in this collection provoke, beguile, and entertain. Writing with remarkable tenderness and wisdom, Kyle gives us a collection radiant with bittersweet revelations and startling insights, and secures her reputation as a major young talent.
Reading Group Guide
In this collection of short stories, award-winning author Aryn Kyle relates the most truthful, heartbreaking details of what it is like to be female. Her characters range from a nine-year-old girl grappling with her mother’s abandonment in “Nine,” to an employee having an affair with her married manager in “Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore,” to a woman writing essays for college students in her decomposing apartment in the title story.
Boys and Girls Like You and Me features women who cheat and are cheated on, lie and are lied to, run toward love and away from it. They are confused, hopeful, lonely, eager, and unsure. They ignite powerful relationships with others only to watch them fall apart, falling apart themselves in the process.
Kyle navigates these stories with a commanding sense of honesty, ultimately leaving her readers with more questions than answers.
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