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
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Lgbt, Fiction, Contemporary, Glbt, Queer, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Gay

Reviews Pulp

  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
    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. What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I only have enough space and 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 ...
  • mahana ✧
    "This is still a harsh world we live in, but you're lucky you've found each other." ☆ review also on my blog ☆ Pulp is 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 felt seen in a book? How long did it take you to find a main characte...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sheri
    I loved Robin Talley’s previous books and as soon as I read the synopsis for this I knew it was so far up my street that I was desperate to read it. A novel dealing with the lesbian pulps of the 1950s? Yes please! The genre was a fascinating one and with Robin Talley I knew it would be in safe hands.The books, with their lurid titles and covers, were marketed as titillation (many, though by no means all, were written by straight men and were pr...
  • Tamara
    "She hadn't needed a permanent, fairytale love to make it worth living. She was strong enough to be happy on her own terms." This wonderful novel about lesbians both now and in the 1950s is one of the most original and fascinating LGBTQ stories I've ever read. I cried and laughed and was just generally really damn emotional about this book. Thanks Robin.[Side note: I have no idea if this is a 4 or 5 star book for me but because I just can't decid...
  • 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...
  • Julie
    Few books make me feel as giddy as I felt when I learned that Robin Talley penned a young adult novel set in the world of lesbian pulp fiction. Washington D.C. High School senior Abby Zimet struggles with a shaky home life, a complicated relationship with her ex-girl friend, and a nebulous future. When she stumbles across a lesbian pulp novel by Marian Love during research for a creative writing project, her thoughts become increasingly consumed ...
  • Hallie
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.Pulp is a historical fiction and contemporary novel mashup. Told in two point of views, Robin Talley makes each main character come alive in alternating chapters. Abby is a high school senior in 2017 who is researching lesbian pulp novels and decides to write one of her own. Janet is a teen girl in 1955 who has just discovered lesbian pulp novels an...
  • Kosoko Jackson
    A wonderful read, a unique tale, and something I didn't know I needed, but so happy I have.
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    (3.5 stars) *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*This is a decently good book. I only sound a little disappointed in it because with that amazing premise I expected SO MUCH from it — I've been looking forward to this book for quite a while.The story follows two plot lines. Janet, in 1955, discovers a lesbian pulp fiction book and begins to understand her sexuality, write her own book, and begin a tenu...
  • Rebecca Kim Wells
    (From Twitter:) Abby (in 2017) and Jane (in 1955) discover the world of lesbian pulp fiction. I didn't know much about lesbian pulp or the Lavender Scare, and learned a lot! Really engaging writing and subject matter. Can't wait for this to be out!
  • Christine Stamper
    4.5 StarsThis book has EVERYTHING. Historical fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, lesbians, a struggling marriage, first love, heartaches, and lots of 50s pulp fiction. Talley weaves together multiple time periods, characters, and plots and skillfully makes you care about ALL OF IT. A beautiful and heart-warming book for fans of Kindred or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
  • Nicole Hanson
    **This review may contain spoilers**Rating: 3 starsI want to give a thank you to NetGalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review!"That was how it was supposed to work. You fell in love with someone, and they loved you back, and that made everything okay. 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 had so much potential. I really did enjoy the overall concept o...
  • R
    Pulp, a historical fiction novel, was not only well written, but extensively researched- which made it fascinating to read-especially the stories within the story. There was so much going on within this novel that you cannot help but become invested in the characters’ lives and their actions, both in the present and the past. I also loved how the students were encouraged to protests, along with teachers, to have their voices heard, just as many...
  • Lelia Nebeker
    Possibly my favorite book yet from Robin Talley. I loved the connecting threads between the stories (one in the 1950s and one in 2016). Two points of view, both queer girls, at defining points in their lives. And at its core, PULP is a reminder that seeing ourselves represented in books (or TV, movies, music) is a reminder that we're not alone in the world.
  • Kaitlyn
    Note: I read an early version of this book. And friends, it is INCREDIBLE. I loved it so, so very much. It's gripping and fascinating. Robin's characters are so wonderfully fully formed and human, and she writes THE. BEST. ROMANCES. I'm utterly in love with PULP.
  • Bree Dumont
    Pulp tells the story of Abby Zimet and Janet Jones. Abby lives in contemporary Washington D. C. and her life is imploding - her girlfriend broke up with her and though they remain friends, but is sending mixed messages and her parents are constantly traveling - neither have been home at the same time in over a year. Through all this, she must complete her senior project. She becomes obsessed with a pulp lesbian novel from the 1950's - Women of th...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I received this book from KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 3/5Publication Date: November 1, 2018Genre: YA RomanceRecommended Age: 15+ (romance, mature scenes, language)Pages: 416Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: 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 ser...
  • Amanda
    4.5 stars, rounded up to 5Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to read an ARC of this novel.Having read Robin Talley’s earlier work, I had high expectations for this title, and it did not disappoint. The focus of the book alternates between two main characters: Abby Zimet, researching lesbian pulp novels for a senior project, and Janet Jones, a lesbian teen in the 1950s. The book also includes excerpts from Women of the...
  • BreathingBooks
    *LGBT+ Review*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an early copy of this adorable, heartwarming, and eyeopening book. I take LGBT+ books very seriously regarding stereotypes and cliches and I can tell you this exceeded all of my expectations. This story is about a girl who, even though she is comfortable in her own skin and with her sexuality, is going through a really tough time in her senior year of high school. Not only did her and her firs...