Pick it up if: You want to read your friends’ diaries. Lasky writes so openly about her own spiritual and physical powers and weaknesses—as a woman, as a sexual being,
as someone who has watched more porn than you ever will—readers may experience a guilty sense of intrusion. But Lasky balances her violent, often bloody honesty with such delicate lines, such perfectly on-point questions about life, you’ll wish your journals sounded this profound.
Where to read it: On a beach where no one will see you blush.
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