[Book Review] The Blondes

The Blondes / Emily Schultz (Powell's Books)

This is an interesting book for me to review.  Honestly, I think it's a fantastically written book with a great concept, but I just didn't care for it.  You will need some suspension of disbelief in regards to how science works  Other reviews describe it as a "hysterical dystopia," "satire," and "devastatingly moving."  It just didn't click with me.

Hazel Hayes takes us through the story of The Blondes, from the first out break to her "now," as a pregnant woman on her own talking to her yet to be born child.  Before the outbreak Hazel was a grad student, working on her thesis on how women look and how we think women look in the context of the the Blonde in Western culture.  Suddenly women with blonde hair begin coming down with some sort of illness, a "blonde rabies" starting with headaches and ending with mindless frenzy.  No one knows the cause, or why it effects only women, only blondes.  Why it effects any blondes, natural or from a bottle.

A literary work of contemporary fiction that touches on the ways in which we encapsulate women and how we deal with the unknown.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

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