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5.0 out of 5 starsHilarious and insightful!
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
This novel was a delight from start to finish! Greek mythology is flawlessly embedded into a thoroughly modern narrative with memorable characters and a creative, well paced plot. It's also funny as hell (no pun intended). The author taps into relatable frustrations, from the injustices and daily aggravations of the workplace, to larger societal problems, to trying to find a purpose through it all; and sweeps away the gloom with a witty sense of humor. I hope to read more from this author soon!
5.0 out of 5 starsA fun, clever journey into the Underworld
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
I haven’t enjoyed reading a book this much in a long time! The writing is on point and polished. Clever, but never trying too hard. It feels naturally funny. The premise is unique and interesting, subverting tropes and flipping expectations on every page. One of my biggest gripes with books is the apparent inability of modern authors to write a sentence that, on its own, holds my attention and each sentence of Girl: Repurposed does just that. Finally, a book written with intention! If I had one wish, it would be that the book was longer, I didn’t want it to end!
5.0 out of 5 starsThere's a laugh on almost every page
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
A very imaginative and funny book, in which a modern 'goth girl' finds her purpose working in Hades. Meaghan finds the humor both in everyday situations, and in the surreal scenes in the underworld. Her keen observational style serves her well, and she has a great future ahead of her.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
I gave this five stars, as the book is a multi-faceted wonder. It is funny, courageously weird, the author clearly has a handle on mythology, and very insightful. There were some surprisingly hard-hitting passages and thoughtful quips: "Doesn't it always start with someone young doing something stupid?"
For a book that begins with a drug overdose and quickly winds up in the underworld, it keeps a pleasantly playful tone throughout, which I think keeps it squarely in the protagonist's contemporary tone. I was knocked out by this description of Cerberus: "Tranquila didn't realize Cerberus awoke, until she felt blasting hot air, like three hairdryers on max power on the top of her head."
A less-inventive author would have gone all predictable inferno and dark, dripping caverns of hell, but Meaghan created an extremely relatable and enjoyable story.
If you liked Palahniuk's _Damned_ or the movie _Beetlejuice_ this story is for you. If you were, are, or know a teenager this story is for you. Bonus points if you live in central New York. Young Tranquila's job opportunity in the Greek afterlife is as entertaining as it is mythologically accurate and socially relevant. Ms. Curley has a light touch but there's plenty of substance in addition to style. I devoured this one and am hoping for more from this author.
5.0 out of 5 starsHilarious, edgy, and interesting.
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2019
I give this book 5 stars. Though I am not done yet, it has been the first book that’s gotten me to laugh outloud in so long. The storyline is easy enough to follow and complex enough to keep your mind looking ahead. I saw a comment about the vulgarity, and I would like to counter that comment by saying it definitely gives the book character. I love the vulgarity because it gives the storyline a whole different feel, both graceful and rugged. I would highly recommend this.
It takes a vivid imagination to make Hades -both the god and the place - funny. This wildly entertaining story turns Hades, Zeus and the other gods and creatures into dysfunctional family, friends and enemies, turning what you thought about the mythical world on it’s ear!