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The JT LeRoy scandal is a story of our times. In January 2006, the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy. A media frenzy ensued as JT's fans, mentors, and readers came to terms with the fact that the gay-male-ex-truck-stop-prostitute-turned literary-wunderkind was really a girl from San Francisco, whose sister-in-law wrote the books.

Girl Boy Girl is the story of how Savannah Knoop led this bizarre double life for six years, trading a precarious existence as a college dropout for a life in which she was embraced by celebrities and artists - Carrie Fisher, Courtney Love, Mary Ellen Mark, Winona Ryder, Asia Argento, Sharon Olds, Gus Van Sant, Mike Pitt, Calvin Klein, and Shirley Manson, to name a few - and traveled the world.

Telling her side of the story for the first time, Savannah reveals how being perceived as a boy gave her a sense of confidence and entitlement she never had before. Her love affair with Asia Argento is particularly wrenching, as they embark on an intimate relationship that causes more alienation than closeness.

As Savannah and Laura struggle over control of the JT character, Savannah realizes the limits of the game, and is relieved when it's over. Inadvertently, she finds herself through the adventure of being someone else.

©2008 Savannah Knoop; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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"Woodbine does well in differentiating the gendered voices needed, as well as genuinely inflecting Knoop's own introspection as she recounts the surreal experience." (AudioFile)

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  • Ypsilanti, MI, United States
  • 01-25-11

Fascinating memoir, awful narration

Savannah Knoop (the face of JT Leroy) turns out to be a fascinating young woman. Fluent in Thai, self-sufficient, accomplished student of capoeira, grassroots fashion designer and genderqueer - in many ways, she strikes me as a lot more interesting than Laura Alpert (the literary and aural voice of JT Leroy).

Sadly, the narration is awful. The reader is clearly trying to affect a teenager's voice, but it comes off as babyish and naive, more like a 12 year old's than a 19 year old's; and Savannah Knoop's written voice is much more intelligent than that. This is definitely a book I'd recommend reading in print; but if that's not an option for you, the audiobook is still worth a listen for the content alone.

4 stars for the book
1 star for narration

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Fascinating memoir, awful narration

Savannah Knoop (the face of JT Leroy) turns out to be a fascinating young woman. Fluent in Thai, self-sufficient, accomplished student of capoeira, grassroots fashion designer and genderqueer - in many ways, she strikes me as a lot more interesting than Laura Alpert (the literary and aural voice of JT Leroy).

Sadly, the narration is awful. The reader is clearly trying to affect a teenager's voice, but it comes off as babyish and naive, more like a 12 year old's than a 19 year old's; and Savannah Knoop's written voice is much more intelligent than that. This is definitely a book I'd recommend reading in print; but if that's not an option for you, the audiobook is still worth a listen for the content alone.

4 stars for the book
1 star for narration

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A sad reflective narrative.

I followed the books years ago. Discovering the scandal shocked me, but I still gave Laura an excuse.
Now, after this book, excusing her is nothing short of hypocrisy. The performance was engaging, but the trail of shattered trust among her fans, her collaborators, etc... can never be forgiven.

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