At 27, Michelle Tea is an ex-prostitute, ex-Goth, ex-drummer for Dirt Bike Gang, ex-straight girl, ex-lesbian separatist vegan, ex-Catholic schoolgirl, and ex-resident of Chelsea, Boston’s working class slum. She is poised, with this breakthrough debut volume, to become the spokesperson for America’s young queer girl mutant horde.—New Books Weekly—
Full of burning intensity.
—New York Times
Sentences that snap, and pop off the page to create a wholly formed, gruesomely real universe between the book covers.
, Portland Mercury
The first time I read The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, I thought, Yes. Finally. No book has gotten closer to describing my own experience as a teen American girl, even though I came of age on a different continent than Michelle Tea, and never slept with another girl, and never worked as a prostitute. She captures something so close to the core of contemporary female experience that I want to get trite about it. I want to gush. I want to call her the Voice of a Generation, the New Jack Kerouac.
The legacy of thirty years of feminism…. Rollicking and blistering, pained and hilarious, wired and wild-eyed and smashingly good.
, Village Voice