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REVIEWS

“The book is sincere, dirty (but not in an excessive way), and downright hilarious… While this book will surely be on the summer reading list for anybody with a family member or dear friend that fits under the LGBT umbrella, it could and should be enjoyable to anybody who picks it up. After all, its core message is universal. Surviving our teenage years is no small task.” — The Daily Beast

“[ADAM] is, in its way, an almost perfect comedy… [It] represents a giant step forward from the times when trans people were portrayed as objects of pity, or serial killers, or symbols of dreamlike weirdness, when we were portrayed at all.” – Stephen Burt, The New Yorker

“As a transwoman and lesbian, realistic depictions of these kinds of conversations are incredibly powerful. There’s so little accurate and honest representation for queer youth–and, frankly, queer adults–that to find a work that spoke to me so much was revelatory… ADAM is funny, and truthful, and unflinching, and sexy, and harsh, and fair. It’s almost everything I could ask for in an LGBT novel right now.” — Avery Edison, The Toast

“Compulsively readable, Adam sometimes seems like a YA novel, only with way more explicit sex. The book is also philosophical, presenting at its core, a question about gender, desire, and subjectivity: is sexual identity defined by who you have sex with, or who you think you’re having sex with….The gimmick at the center of Adam is a good one, and the complicated issues it provokes are profound.” — Hillary Chute, Bookforum

Adam is a needed correlative to didactic queer fiction that treats its protagonists with unexamined reverence… Like the trans men in Adam, my gender is both real and hard-won, but also that most incendiary of descriptors, the one no one wants to apply to themselves: trendy… Most importantly, Adam allows us to say the unsayable… It allows readers to acknowledge the culturally privileged place affluent, white trans men occupy without denying the emotional struggles it took to get us there.” – The New Inquiry

“Colorful and smart, [ADAM] understands that the struggle to discover one’s identity is somehow both ubiquitous and unique. With deep empathy and wit and humanity, Schrag has accomplished the seemingly impossible challenge of making the experience of marginalization and isolation feel universal.” — Grantland, “June Book Recommendations: Young Adult for Adults”

“Yes, there are potentially problematic parts of the premise… but it’s easy to tell that Schrag is highly aware of this. In fact, portraying emotional dynamics around male privilege, and its attendant call-out culture in queer spaces, is a key point of Schrag’s book. She’s creating something problematic to comment on the nature of what is considered problematic… It’s a smart, cultivated uncomfortability, and Schrag is aware of how and why your face is twisting that way as you read it.” — Mitch Kellaway, Original Plumbing

“Schrag’s writing is sharp and stylish but also effortlessly graceful; you almost don’t notice how great her sentences are because they flow straight into your brain, situating themselves there like some better, funnier version of your own thoughts.” — Emily Gould, The Millions

“I read [ADAM] as hilariously accurate, thought-provoking satire, that echoed upsetting aspects of trans communities that I have witnessed, and explored questions around identities and disclosure that I had never considered.” — American Library Association’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Round Table

“A completely original story, Adam tells a coming-of-age tale that is both modern and timeless, and one that both blurs the boundary between ‘young adult’ and ‘adult’ fiction.”– Mashable, “24 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014

“Not only is Adam a wonderful book, it is quite possibly the best entry in the coming-of-age category since Adam Wilson’s Flatscreen… Adam is one glorious buildup to something that you know can’t be a fairytale ending, and Schrag pulls it off in one funny, oddly sweet, and unique novel that nails a plot that just about anybody else would totally butcher.” — Flavorwire, “Best Book of the Week”

“The story is heartfelt and hilarious, and explores concepts of gender and sexuality that aren’t really explored in other YA books. At least, none that I’ve read in recent memory. Definitely pick this one up. It’ll stick with you. “  –BookRiot, “Best Books We Read in May”

“This book is EVERYTHING. Gorgeously observed, sharp-tongued, big-hearted, fearless. I can’t wait for the HBO series (this is not like a thing Nikki Finke has reported, this is just my Dreamland Hollywood Development Slate). Schrag forever and ever.” — Kit Steinkellner, BookRiot, “The Best Books of 2014 So Far”

“Gives an authentic glimpse into N.Y.C’s underground queer culture… A compelling page turner with a suspenseful plot… A quick, easy, and captivating read, ‘Adam’ pulls you in.” — Bust Magazine

“As a novel, Adam is novel. As a character, Adam is alive and well-written. In fact, all the characters are at once clearly and queerly delineated, uttering dialogue that is utterly colloquial. As far as prose goes, it is riveting, riotous, and ridiculously astute… Ariel Schrag doesn’t give it to you straight: her book is incisive and divisive, ingenuous and ingenious.” — Curve Magazine

“Completely and totally charmed, and also vicariously embarrassed for the titular character.” –The Chicago Tribune, “The Biblioracle: Favorite books of 2014…so far”

“[An] audacious coming-of-age novel… Schrag, best known for her series of graphic memoirs about her adolescence, has found compassionate and funny ways to talk about a subject most fiction avoids, and she has produced a truly original (and sexually explicit) coming-of-age novel… Adam is educational in the best sense of the word: Much of its audience will be as dazed and confused as Adam is in this brave new world, but Schrag sends you home with a greater understanding of all the permutations of what it means to be human.” — The Miami Herald

“Hilarious… Schrag’s riotous, poignant debut novel will leave you reeling.” – SF Weekly

Illustrated Review by cartoonist Sara Lautman for The Rumpus

“Schrag’s frisky debut…is one of the most original coming-of-age stories of recent years.” — Publishers Weekly

“Schrag’s gifts for characterization and dialogue make the whole enterprise sweetly entertaining… A well-composed story about love and lust in all their myriad variations and about a boy finding his place in a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world.” — Kirkus

INTERVIEWS

Brooklyn Magazine On ADAM: Talking with Ariel Schrag About Identity, Sex, YA Novels, and, Well, More Sex

Marie Claire A New Kind of Coming of Age Story: Ariel Schrag’s Adam

Book Slut An Interview with Ariel Schrag

Bitch Media Ariel Schrag discusses her new novel, Adam

Salon “Dallas Buyer’s Club Drives Me Crazy”: Ariel Schrag on chronicling queer life through a straight man’s eyes

New York Magazine  Ariel Schrag Tells the Summer Love Story You Didn’t Know You Needed

Lambda Literary Ariel Schrag: On her new novel Adam, Writing for The L Word, and Trans Inclusiveness

The Rumpus The Rumpus Interview with Ariel Schrag

The Jewish Daily Forward When Getting Girl Means Pretending to be Transgender

Diva Magazine Ariel Schrag On Her Controversial New Queer Novel

 

 


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