gods with a little g by Tupelo Hassman

gods with a little g

From the acclaimed author of Girlchild, this gritty, irreverent novel sees a young misfit grow into hopeRosary, California, is not an easy place to grow up, particularly without a mom. So cut off from the rest of the world that even the Internet is blocked, Rosary is a town named by Catholics but run by evangelicals (and the evangelicals aren’t particularly happy about that). It’s a town on very formal relations with its neighbors, one that d...

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Titlegods with a little g
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreFiction, Contemporary, LGBT

Reviews gods with a little g

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    "If you were flying in a plane over Rosary, California, the first thing you'd see is me, a skinny white girl with messy hair and a big backpack, waving you on. 'Keep going,' I'd say." *Helen is tired of living in Rosary, a town named by Catholics but now run by Thumpers (Bible-thumping evangelicals) who have alienated the surrounding towns."Rosary is like that bully in the schoolyard who looks around when the dust settles and says, 'Where did eve...
  • Sarah
    A snarky and off-beat coming of age novel set in the California town of Rosary. The town is populated by a lot of very religious people (dubbed the Thumpers), but we follow Helen and her friends who dub themselves "The Dickheads" and spend their time drinking beer at a tyre yard and reading porn novels. Helen is in her junior year and navigating crushes, her father's new relationship in the wake of her mother's death and the usual trials and trib...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Tupelo Hassman has shot to the top of my *holy crap this writer is incredible* list. A coming-of-age story with such a strong and spirited voice that it basically vibrates right off the page. I was Helen as I read these pages—I felt her experience, the emotional journey, everything, deep in my soul. And I loved it.The cover is amazing, as you can see, and it is so perfectly suited to the book, since Helen uses the idea (metaphorically and somet...
  • Sharondblk
    Sometimes it's hard to categorise a book, which makes it hard to review it, and much harder to give it a score out of five. Some books don't need a score, they are what they are. This book is sweet and sad and hopeful, and self contained and sure of itself. I initially found the short chapters offputting, but it works very well with the tone of the book. The ending was maybe a bit too sweet, but that could just be my cynical old heart talking, an...
  • Robin
    Rosary - a town dominated by Evangelicals. Helen - a teenaged girl dealing with grief and loss, self identity, and a desire to be loved and wanted. This book is a journey with Helen, her friends and family towards self discovery. I was a fairly adventurous teenager(my church youth group went skinny dipping), but some of the teens activities in this story made me blink a few times. Have I grown too old! The chapters with Helen's inner dialogues we...
  • Matt
    The teenage years are difficult, confusing, and scary. Tenuous. This has been true since the 20th century advent of this transitory phase of life. Tupelo Hassman perform a minor mirace by breathing refreshing new life into the bildungsroman in the of-the-moment, sharp, jaded, and hopeful GODS WITH A LITTLE G. In a very near (and terrifyingly *very close*) future where entire American cities have divided on Red/Blue political and religious fault l...
  • Katie
    I was loving it.  I did love it.  I do love it, but there’s a but, and we’ll get to that later.  Snarkily self-protective high school student Helen Dedleder (hmm, her dad’s a postman) lives in Rosary, California.  Her mother is deceased, so it’s just Helen and her dad, but her dad is zombified with grief, so her Aunt Bev, a psychic, moves to Rosary and opens the Psychic Encounter Shoppe, henceforth referred to as the shoppe.  Now, Ro...
  • Amber Sherlock
    A strict Evangelical suburb vs a ragtag, scally band of rebels makes for an interesting deep dive into the teenage psyche being restricted by religion. Nostalgic, raw and wonderful.
  • Andrew
    Is bittersweetly a word? I got bittersweetly lost in gods with a little g. Despite the fact that I would never want to be trapped in a strict, Evangelist suburb that has its own peculiar laws (nor do most of the characters) I was charmed by the charisma of Helen and her ragtag rebel friends, Aunt Bev's socially condemned psychic shoppe, the confusions of love and lust, the search for answers in a town that doesn't seem to want you, the real you. ...
  • Maddie
    I can't categorize this exactly...bildungsroman but in a political manifesto/ballad for broken souls sort of form. It's like if Vonnegut were an angsty feminist California virgin who drank beer and told fortunes. Overall it was very good, cloyingly poetic and gothically funny, but *so* sacrilegious that even I, an especially secular person, was at times offended.
  • Anne
    If you've spent enough time in Northern California, you might recognize the parts that lend their texture to the fictional cities in this book. I can't help drawing straight lines between some of the fictional landmarks in Rosary and real locations around the San Francisco bay. The resemblance ends there. The governing culture in Rosary is rigidly anti-progressive and Christian. It's so unlike the atmosphere I live in, at first I take it as a dys...
  • Abby
    This was... good? But not anywhere near the five star read I was hoping for. This gave me similar vibes to Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney Stevens (an all time favorite of mine) but lacked substance and plot. The characters were interesting enough but I just found myself wanting more. Every character but the main, Helen, just seemed pretty one dimensional. You never really learn a ton about them other than surface level or “controversia...
  • Kathleen Gray
    It's never easy to be 16 but Helen has it harder than most. She's grieving, her dad is grieving and dating, the town she lives in is dreadful, and all in all, she can take comfort only in her friends, who have named themselves the Dickheads. Win's got one set of issues and Rain has another but everyone wants to grow up and get out of Rosary. Her aunt Bev the psychic sort of helps but she's not an straight laced person either. This is a modern com...
  • Heather
    I was super lucky to win a hardback giveaway of this novel.Admittedly, I didn't quite know what I was going to be diving into, but it wasn't hard at all to disappear into Helen's wandering mind and day to day life during her junior year of high school as she meets new friends, adds new people to her family, and maneuvers the Thumpers of small town Rosary that's sorely separated itself from the outside world. Language is a bit crude as are the way...
  • Annarella
    An amazing and well written book, full of quirky and likeable characters and food for thought.It's a story about coming of age but also about the time we are living.The style of writing is excellent as well as the character development and the descriptions.I loved it and it's highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • Marcia
    One of those books where I wonder about the author. How does she write like that? What has she experienced? Unique voice, perfect for the story. I liked so many of the characters. Troubled characters, yes, but real people. Author seems to be dropped from HSFOTB. Bummer!
  • Fred Misurella
    A novel with a narrator who's too clever to be believed. The town is a symbolic fiction, and none of it's citizens are real, just representatives of social forces in the U.S. today. The book makes it as a nice collection of cute teenage one liners.
  • Kirsten
    3.5 stars
  • Giovanna Forsyth
    I loved this book so much it made me cry. Some books just get you.
  • Hailey
    I absolutely loved this book!