Girlbomb Sadly, there are now a million little reasons to doubt a memoir's authenticity, especially when books like Girlbomb contain a bold author's note admitting to… Girlbomb Sadly, there are now a million little reasons to doubt a memoir's authenticity, especially when books like Girlbomb contain a bold author's note admitting to… 2006-03-07 Villard Books
Book Review

Girlbomb (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 07, 2006; Writer: Janice Erlbaum; Publisher: Villard Books

Sadly, there are now a million little reasons to doubt a memoir's authenticity, especially when books like Girlbomb contain a bold author's note admitting to character composites and re-created dialogue. It comes as a mild surprise, then, that Janice Erlbaum's first book is still a fast and engrossing read in the spirit of Girl, Interrupted and the novel White Oleander. Focusing on Erlbaum's overindulgent teen years (''College was just not as much a priority to me as sex and cash were''), Girlbomb has strong moments but never achieves a dark or funny enough tone to be truly memorable. While effortlessly readable, it's more akin to watching an after-school special.

Originally posted Mar 03, 2006 Published in issue #867 Mar 10, 2006 Order article reprints
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