Saturday, March 2, 2013

Boulevard Girls by David Kaye (REVIEW)

Boulevard Girls is an absolutely riveting murder mystery within the transgender genre. This well-written novel, which kept me on the edge of my seat, is filled with all the exciting elements I enjoy, including powerful and sardonic humour and violence, reminiscent of a dark Quentin Tarantino tale.

In a methamphetamine fuelled world, a trans* girl of questionable moral persuasion meets a young man who is struggling with his own gender identity issues, and his place in the world. Together, they forge a strong, loving, and very sexual bond. When he inherits millions, their relationship continues to grow, but their lives are impacted and expanded by the introduction of a number of strange and interesting characters.

Along the way, David Kaye provides a scathing look into the practices, corruption and cynicism of the legal and criminal justice systems. This is a coming of age story about transitions, not only of the gender variety, but about the growth and individuation of the central characters. With many ingenious twists and turns along the way, "Boulevard Girls" races to an exciting, nail biting and inexorable conclusion.

[Reviewed by Samuel]

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