Wednesday 9 August 2017

Blood and Guts in High School

Blood and Guts in High School 

My Review:

Kathy Acker led a colourful life. I read her Biography by Chris Kraus (After Kathy Acker) before Blood and Guts in High School. I can see how this book relates to her own experiences. Kathy's life wasn't all roses, and she liked to colour out of the box. This reflects in this book, and it also talks about aspects of her actual life, such as the health issues she suffered from.

Blood and Guts in High School is about a girl, Janey. She finds her life is not going as planned. She lost her mother at a young age and her father is less than perfect. Janey encounters some disturbing sexual experiences. She just wants to be loved, but life can be cruel.

This is not a happy-go-lucky kind of story. Kathy Acker was known in her time for her shock factor. I would say that her work still holds this quality today. Blood and Guts in high school has poems, dialogue and graphic x-rated pictures. Kathy was an interesting person with strong views. Some would call her books master pieces but I'm sorry I just wasn't that into this book. I enjoyed her Biography more.

*ARC received in exchange for a fair review*

Paperback £7.71 or Kindle £4.99. 165 pages
Published January 11th 1984 by Grove Press

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