|Plot Summary of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen|
|"Growing up in the American Midwest during the 1940's and 1950's, Sasha Davis experiences all that it means to be a beautiful girl. The novel begins with Sasha's travels in Europe while she contemplates separation from her patronizing scholar husband, and moves back and forth between her adult life in Manhattan and her recollections of childhood, high school, and college.
In intimate, vicious detail, Sasha describes the bullying behavior of Ohio schoolboys, her first clumsy, coerced sexual experiences, the criticism of other girls, her near-rape by an older co-worker, her passionate affair with a married philosophy professor, the trauma of sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, and failing marriages.
It is Sasha's own culturally-imposed obsession with appearing beautiful - and thus, desirable - to the men around her which the author says is the most tragic component in her destructive lifestyle."
Jacqueline West, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- boatload of casual sex without love
Kind of sex:
- sexing oneself
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Taboo sex story?
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
- rape/molest (yeech!)
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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