Pulp by Robin Talley


In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger...

Details Pulp

Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, LGBT, Fiction

Reviews Pulp

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    It is with such a heavy heart that I must announce that I'm feeling sapped of any motivation to read this book so I'm calling it a DNF at 65%.I just really no longer want to force things. I only have energy for things that manage to seize my interest in a tight grip. Sadly, it wasn't all too difficult to squirm out of Pulp's grasp. With that being said, I think this is a Your Mileage May Vary kind of book, so all I can do is tell you what I felt ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Pulp is a book about Abby, a girl growing up in present-day Washington DC, and Janet, a girl growing up in the same area in the 1950s. Both like girls, and both like writing, and Janet, in the age of McCarthyism, risks it all to embrace her love of both. We follow Abby as she uncovers Janet’s past through a project on Janet’s first, and only, lesbian pulp novel. Pulp occurs in three distinct mediums, including the aforementioned lesbian pulp ...
  • Kat
    Awesome look at the 1950’s and what it was like to grow up having to keep who you really were a secret. Janet, a teen in DC, discovers lesbian pulp fiction and begins writing her first manuscript just as her romance with best friend Marie begins to take off. But her writing may endanger them both. Told through the dual narratives of Janet and Abby, a teen growing up in 2017 who’s working on a school project and stumbles over the books by acci...
  • Hollis
    It pains me to rate this so low, and infact I wasn't going to rate it at all, particularly because I thought this might be close to a four star read for the first hundred pages. But then there was another three hundred pages to get through..The premise around this queer, mirrored storyline, that bounces between the fifties and present day, with two lesbian MCs, dealing with very different but also some very similar situations, sounded brilliant. ...
  • . (not active on this account stop adding me)
    "This is still a harsh world we live in, but you're lucky you've found each other." review also on my blog Pulpis a book that will make you cry, clutch your heart, and scream all at once. Talley has once again blown me away with her meta-storytelling and exquisite character development. I can't wait for others to get their hands on this!When was the first time you feltseen in a book? How long did it take you to find a main character with the ...
  • Tatiana
    3.5 starsFor better or worse, this was a very educational YA novel.First, I didn't know anything about the popularity of lesbian pulp fiction in 1950s America. Movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt” is my only exposure to this genre.Second, I knew even less about "lavender scare," a mass campaign in the same 50s to find and fire gay people from government jobs, on the grounds of them being assumed to be morally corrupt com...
  • Monica
    Published by Harlequin Teen, Pulp is outside my typical genre. A pretty constant fan of YA in general, romance is never a top pick for me. Neither are historical pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself very interested in these characters, especially Janet, whose story takes place in 1955. The challenges that she faced were shocking. Abby, a gay teen in present DC, has the usual family and relationship issues. But she doesn’t have the ...
  • Kristy
    In 2017, Abby Zimet is struggling. Things are tough at home--her parents can barely stand to be in the same room together. Plus, Abby and her girlfriend, Linh, broke up in June. Abby thought it would only be temporary, but now school has started, and here they are: still friends, still broken up. Abby can't seem to concentrate on school or her senior project. That is until she discovers 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. In particular, a book called "Wo...
  • Faith Simon
    Thank you sooooo much Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader edition of this title in exchange for an honest review. I'm just as obsessed with this book as Abby is obsessed with Women of the Twilight Realm. Seriously. This was my MOST anticipated 2018 read, and I'm so lucky and grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read it before it's released. This book by far exceeded my expectations, and from the moment I laid my eyes on it's synop...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    This is one of those reads that prior to picking up, I had no idea that it existed. Even before starting to read this novel, I had my own preconceptions and thought that I wouldn't like it because it wasn't something I would "typically read". Now, after reading this book, I can only shake my head at how ignorant and naive that I was by unfairly judging this novel before even reading the summary. This book was way more than I expected and way more...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    I'm so glad this lived up to my expectations. I collect lesbian pulp, and I'm fascinated with its history--plus, I love YA! So combining these into one? Swoon. I loved reading about a modern lesbian teenager discovering lesbian pulp, and the contrast between being a lesbian teenager now and then. I learned more about the Lavender Scare than I was aware of, and how it really affected people's everyday lives.Aside from the pulp aspect, I also reall...
  • Rachel
    *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I've read a couple of Robin Talley's books and this one is hands down my favorite. It was so amazing! The characters were likable and interesting, the pacing of the story was excellent and I feel like I learned so much. Despite being queer myself, I feel like I don't know enough about queer history and this book was a really eye opening experience for me on that front...
  • Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
    3.75 There is so much to love about this book, and I did really enjoy it and it did open up my eyes a lot, but some things fell a little flat for me. I think this is a really important book and I am so glad that such a diversely packed book is going out into the world. I hope you all read this when it comes out. And it is super cute as well! If you want to read a lighter contemporary still full of amazing representation which I believe is own-vo...
  • Wendi Lee
    *3.75 stars*I was so excited when I approved for a Netgalley arc for this book! Robin Talley's work has been on my radar for a while now, and I even own a few of her books on my Kindle, but haven't had the time to read them yet. Pulp is about two girls separated by decades. Abby lives in current day America, reeling from a recent break-up and the strange way both her parents and little brother are acting. She's supposed to be filling out college ...
  • Robin Bonne
    Is it a little slow? Yes, however I enjoyed the story and listening through to the ending. Pulp checked a lot of boxes for me: LGBTQ characters, aspiring writers, mid century pulps, and coming of age stories. The narrator of the audiobook did an excellent job reading the different characters and keeping me engaged with the story.The dual storylines had enough parallels that they came together to make a cohesive book. I’m usually not a huge fan ...
  • Ritta
    Thank you Netgalley and HQ Young Adult for providing me an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.I must say I was interested to read Pulp because of the dual perspective between this young woman discovering she's a lesbian in 1955, and another lesbian girl in current time, going through her problems. And it was definitely my favourite part of the book, to see those different storylines and finding out how they would intersect.The thi...
  • Kayleigh
    4.5 stars.“Even more had read it and discovered, for the first time, that they weren’t the only non-straight people in the world. That there was a whole community out there. It was weird to think that being gay used to mean being that isolated, but it was exciting to think a book could be so important.”Pulp follows two different women in different eras, who have lives connected across generations. In 1955, eighteen year old Janet Jones keep...
  • Ian
    Pulp is a strong read for a young adult. If you're a regular adult who just happens to read young adult books from time to time, you'll enjoy yourself, too. Just not completely so. The story, which is a coming of age story as well as a bit of a mystery, is really two stories: Janet, a closeted queer girl in the 50s, and Abby, an out and proud of it queer girl in 2017. The book begins when Abby discovers online an article about lesbian pulp ficti...
  • Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨
    Two women find each other across time through the magic of the written wordPopsugar Reading Challenge 2019 You favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge I had such high hopes for this book - unfortunately, they were dashed.Actual rating: 2.5Abby is a senior in high school. Her parents are living separately and she is still in love with her ex-girlfriend, Linh. On top of that she has to think about college application and her big ass...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 3.5 StarsTwo young women living in the nation's capital discover lesbian pulp fiction. Though their circumstances are quite different, they were both inspired by these books, which helped them gain a better understanding of themselves.• Pro: Talley expertly navigated the dual timelines, and the results were very successful. She achieved suspense, tension, and great impact via the story structure. • Pro: Abby's research grabbed me and ...
  • Emily Hays
    ok, so obviously I really enjoyed this. I love that this book will make young queer folk aware of the impact that lesbian pulp fiction had on lesbian life, then, and now. I have the privilege of already knowing about lesbian pulp fiction through women's studies courses I took in my undergrad, but this novel is so much more accessible to people, no matter their age, than a $20,000 university degree. This could be a possible spoiler, but I feel lik...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of PULP by Robin Talley in exchange for my honest review.***2.5 STARSAbby chooses 1950s lesbian pulp fiction as her senior project and learns how past, present and future intersect.I love the premise of a protagonist learning about herself through history from last century. Closer in age to the 1950s story than the 2017, I’m more familiar with how far we’ve come than where a visi...
  • Robin Stevens
    A really sweet LGBT novel about two queer girls in two timelines, the 1950s and 2017. It's slow and a little didactic in places, but I especially enjoyed the 1950s sections and found the history of lesbian pulp novels fascinating. (14+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that us...
  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    "As long as you had love, it didn't matter what else the world threw at you. You had something that mattered more." This book shows an incredible contrast between what it means to be queer today compared to being queer in the 1950s. The story follows the lives of Abby, a teenager from present day, and Janet, a teenager from the 50s. The two are connected through lesbian pulp fiction, and so we get two intertwining stories about the lives of each ...
  • Sahitya
    It's probably close to a 3.75, but I just couldn't rate it as 3 here.I’ve never read a book by this author before but from the first time I saw the blurb, I was so fascinated by this story. Even though it’s essentially YA, it didn’t feel like the romances that I usually read but I really wanted to know what it was all about. However, now I’m not sure how I feel about it. I didn’t want to put it down once I started because I was really e...
  • Amy Bruestle
    I was fortunate enough to have won this book from a giveaway a few weeks ago, and I am pleased to say that I absolutely LOVED it! The story was such a neat idea and I really enjoyed how each chapter went back and forth from two different time periods in such a clever way! The only thing that I noticed that needs correcting are a few minor errors within the text. Almost as if whoever typed it up went too fast. There were quite a few throughout the...
  • ellie
    I feel like this book had an incredible concept, but the execution ultimately, fell flat. Somewhere through the middle of the book, the story loses its charm and intrigue and the reader feels no reason to keep going. It starts feeling like a sludge, and the characters act for no rhyme or reason & conflicts get created and wrapped up within a chapter, and in general? It was a mess. It felt like the author tried to fit in two books (as in, two comp...
  • Morris
    "Pulp" is an excellent exploration of what it was like to be lgbtq+ during the McCarthy era, as well as what it is like in the present day. Not only is it entertaining, it is also educational. My knowledge was minimal about the "Lavender Scare" and I didn't even know about the popularity of lesbian pulp fiction during the 1950s. It's led me to do further research into the subjects. Recommended!This honest review is based on a complimentary copy p...