Wednesday, October 31, 2012

become unsettling in fantastic ways

Just finished Jessica McHugh's PINS, and thought I'd share my thoughts about it here, especially since I haven't updated this blog in almost a month. In my defense, I've been hitting the gym and trying to get a steady exercise routine together, which the recent hurricane screwed up by shutting down city streets for two days. But I digress.

PINS is about Eva Finch, aka Birdie, a 21-year-old college dropout and frequent job quitter who decides, after breaking up with her over-serious boyfriend Scott and realizing that she's flat broke, to become a stripper. She ends up working at a strip club/bowling alley called Pins (of course) and befriending a few of her coworkers, who introduce her to the lifestyle, such as it is. Birdie grows to like stripping and even starts dating a hunky customer, but she's naturally put off from her new life when someone starts brutally killing strippers in the area and gloating about it on Twitter. The murders, the drugs, the subsequent relationship troubles, and the intrusions of her bourgie mom send the already unsure Birdie into something of a tailspin.