March 13, 2014

Millennial vs. Gen X memoir titles

Which is which? Both are by women.

Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity (link)

Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date (link)

I plan on comparing them once I finish the second one.


  1. You could guess correctly based upon the fact that one has allowed someone into their world (Gen X) and the other hasn't (Millennial).

    But even more basic, look at how the titles are worded. The first is very matter-of-fact, doesn't make a big deal about it and owns who they are. The second just reeks of drama, look-at-me attitude and makes excuses. "OMG, why are boys so weird??". It's pathetic.

    Can't wait to read your take, Agnostic. No way I could stomach either one haha.

  2. The first one isn't as scandalous or prurient as the title lets on (that's just advertising). It's a standard coming-of-age-in-the-'80s story, where the girl believes that the emotional attachment she craves will come easier if she allows guys to get physical earlier on.

    It's not about "my unbridled lust, you can't tell me how many guys I can sleep with," etc. She doesn't even seem to enjoy the physical act that much. It's more like a means to the end of drawing someone close who will desire her and want to stay connected (as it were).

    Plus the cast of characters is broader than Me Me Me. There are some great portraits of the divorced parents who are unable to provide guidance or role models.


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