I came of age in the 80’s. Jane George’s X-it, while a far cry from my little life, jolted me back to my adolescence and grabbed hold of my gut. Even if you’re just a fan of the 80’s, you’ll enjoy the references to music, fashion and, if you’re really sophisticated, the New York night life.
Beyond the 80’s though, is a beautiful, touching story of coming of age, falling in love with the wrong person, and recovering. The characters are real, even though they wear the stereotype punk gear and attitude.
When I started reading this book I was more interested in the era than the story. But it grabbed me. Jane George knows how to tell a story and make you think at the same time. I got hooked, to the point that I could not stop thinking about those characters, the flighty but beautiful X-it, and J.J., the girl who falls into an obsessive love with him and learns a lesson about growing up and letting go.
The descriptions are spot on, and beautifully detailed. X-it makes you want more and delivers.
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