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Author: J. T. LeRoy
The national bestselling first novel by a virtuosic young talent. — Cherry Vanilla, twelve years old with a penchant for short leather skirts and make-up, has one dream: to become the most famous 'lot lizard', or truck stop whore, in the business. With his blond curls and his naked ambition he is determined to be more woman than most, and...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781582341460
ISBN-10: 158234146X
Publication Date: 6/9/2001
Pages: 160
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 40 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1
Knowing that JT LeRoy is really a 39-year-old mother originally from Brooklyn didn't make me enjoy this book any less than The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. (I had read the latter before learning anything about the "gender-bending West Virginian jailbait lot lizard.") But this one had less of an impact on me, as I felt I'd heard it all before--both books are very similar. The dishes served at the Doves diner sure made me laugh, though!
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I was apprehensive about getting this book because of the hoax perpetuated by the author, "J.T. Leroy." What can I say? Knowing this woman is capitalizing on what everyone believed was a real childhood rife with sexual abuse, child endangerment, and drug use just left a bad taste in my mouth. I was still curious however, and decided to get it off PBS.

I was quite shocked to find I really, really liked it. It's a very quick read (I finished it in 2 days) but it's very entertaining and the characters and crazy situations they get into are interesting, sad and sometimes even funny. I was especially fond of the gun-toting geisha boy Pie and the sexy cheerleader Sundae. They made a very cool team when they went to rescue "Sarah" a.k.a. Cherry Vanilla from the evil Le Loup :-) the story itself is fast-paced and borders on magical realism, and the dialogue is replete with all these colorful Southern sayings. I'd also have to disagree with a previous reviewer who said that "The Heart is Deceitful..." was better. "Sarah" elicited a variety of emotions in me, whereas "The Heart..." just made me feel uncomfortable. I heard this book was also slated to become a movie, but was ditched after the truth of Leroy's identity was discovered. That's too bad, as I think this would've been a really cool, campy film, right up there next to "Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

So anyway, this is a really awesome book and I highly recommend it. I don't recommend however, that you buy a new copy. Try to get it from PBS or the library. As much as I enjoy Leroy's works, I don't enjoy the thought that this delusional psycho nutbag is cashing a royalty check with her crazy lies.
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Probably one of the most intense books of it's kind ever sice "Achild called It"
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Definitely not your average book, with it's off color subject matter. It was definitely a pretty good read. Not as good as Pimp though. Certainly not disapointed I read it.
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wonderful book!!
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This book is a work of fiction; it's written by a 40-year-old woman posing as a teen transsexual. It's okay -- I bought it after the James Frey mishap. The fiction is creative, but it isn't true. Judge for yourself, heh.


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