When her father died her mother got a lobotomy to deal with her depression and afterwards her family life was a bit calmer. Even though she isn't religious, she is still "visible" jewish and has to deal with anti-semitic remarks. She was assaulted when she was 14 and often coerced into sex or outright raped afterwards. Around 19 she figures out that she might not be entirely straight and goes to sex clubs to at least get the chance to be intimate with women.
The book is very descriptive, which made it at points hard for me to read,but I adored the honesty. I also always enjoy to learn more about LGBT history. While the writing style is not very prosaic or anything, it feels real and I enjoyed the book. It's a quick read, but a hard one and I had to take a couple of breaks to deal with all the things that were happening.
All in all the book was very shocking at times, but I honestly admire Janet for being that open. It was a challenging read, but I enjoyed it and I feel incredible happy that Janet is doing better now. I also admire her strength, especially since she went on to work with HIV positive people in the UK, which surely was no easy job. Why I read it: A memoir about a lesbian growing up during the s?
Do I recommend it: Review crossposted to my blog here The book ends with Janet going to school a little later in life. The conversational style of the book really leaves the reader feeling like the know Janet by the end of the book. The Review I enjoyed this book. I enjoy a good memoir, as I am a nosey person who likes to really get to know people. Memoirs will sometimes be more open to the reader than when talking to a person one-on-one. The book is broken up into 7 chapters plus an introduction and each section has a theme, yet mostly stays in chronological order.
I found that Janet Green was fantastic at doing this. Chapter 4, overall, was my favorite chapter. This discussed a specific friendship with a lady in a apartment below hers and was really when you saw her start to take more control of her life. There is a lot of description of rape, domestic abuse, some incest, and drug use. If these are things that are triggers for you, I would probably pass on this book. I greatly enjoyed reading a book about a lifestyle that I am not part of, especially during a time when being gay or a lesbian was really something you kept under wraps.
Sep 05, Melissa rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
Memoirs of a Smiling Rebel
To view it, click here. Rebel Without a Clue is an autobiographical story of Janet Green, a woman who spent most of her life finding herself while facing many trying and traumatizing experiences. Janet was born into a poorer British family in the 's. She was victim of rape and assaulted.
She came out during a time that homosexuality was just beginning to emerge into society. Not only was this a challenge but so was finding a long term relationship.
Rebel Without a Clue: A Memoir
To make ends meet after temp jobs and secretarial jobs, she became Rebel Without a Clue is an autobiographical story of Janet Green, a woman who spent most of her life finding herself while facing many trying and traumatizing experiences. To make ends meet after temp jobs and secretarial jobs, she became a stripper and nude model.
She tried her hand at nursing and eventually went onto become a social worker. Add in the drug abuse, feminism, nudist colonies and crazy friends, one would say that Janet lived and survived one crazy life. Janet's life was definitely an interesting one and always had you wondering where the road would take her.
She experienced all of these things during a time of discrimination against her in so many aspects of her life. She survived and continued with her head held high. There were some points that her storytelling was a little confusing with the verbiage being British English. In order to understand fully, I definitely had to look some things up. The story flowed well and did not bore. A must read for anyone interested in autobiographies or finding oneself in the 60's.
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. Sep 21, Samita Sarkar rated it really liked it. Janet Green's memoir begins in the s and walks us through the swinging 60s and 70s as a Jewish lesbian, during a time when anti-Semitism and homophobia were more prominent and sexism was raging. Even so, the "hippie decades" are a time period I've always been fascinated with, which is part of what drew me to this memoir. Janet describes herself as now being a "short, plump, elderly spinster," but has led an interesting life that includes stints in nursing and stripping, described in great de Janet Green's memoir begins in the s and walks us through the swinging 60s and 70s as a Jewish lesbian, during a time when anti-Semitism and homophobia were more prominent and sexism was raging.
Janet describes herself as now being a "short, plump, elderly spinster," but has led an interesting life that includes stints in nursing and stripping, described in great detail in this book ex. I enjoyed the book and the author's openness, although it was a bit longer than the memoirs I usually read. I received a copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Sep 29, Helen rated it really liked it. Firstly thanks to the publisher for a free arc of this book.
This book is not for the faint hearted. It is the brutal memoir of Janet Green who suffered from life's injustices from a very early age. Repeatedly raped, questioning her own sexuality and becoming embroiled in a destructive relationship that she cannot seem to get away from it is fair to say she does not have the easiest starts in life.
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