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"The book is sincere, dirty (but not in an excessive way), and downright hilarious. Schrag somehow manages to walk the increasingly thin tightrope of being respectful and yet brutally honest about transgender issues...While this book will surely be on the summer reading list for anybody with a family member or dear friend that fits under the LGBT umbrella, it could and should be enjoyable to anybody who picks it up. After all, its core message is universal. Surviving our teenage years is no small task." --The Daily Beast"[Ariel Schrag] the lesbian graphic memoirist, a successor to Alison Bechdel, breaks out..." --Boris Kachka, Vulture, "8 Books You Need to Read This June" "This hilarious, frank look at a young man pretending to be a trans-man in order to get a girl is transgressive and brutally honest the rare book that pulls no punches for anyone."--"Brooklyn Magazine," "25 Best Brooklyn Books of the Decade""Colorful and smart, [ADAM] understands that the struggle to discover one s identity is somehow both ubiquitous and unique. With deep empathy and wit and humanity, Schrag has accomplished the seemingly impossible challenge of making the experience of marginalization and isolation feel universal." --Grantland, "June Book Recommendations: Young Adult for Adults" "Ariel Schrag is one of the most talented human beings alive...Schrag s writing is sharp and stylish but also effortlessly graceful; you almost don t notice how great her sentences are because they flow straight into your brain, situating themselves there like some better, funnier version of your own thoughts." --Emily Gould, The Millions"Compulsively readable, Adam sometimes seems like a YA novel, only with way more explicit sex. The book is also philosophical, presenting at its core, a question about gender, desire, and subjectivity: is sexual identity defined by who you have sex with, or who you think you re having sex with .The gimmick at the center of Adam is a good one, and the complicated issues it provokes are profound." -- Bookforum"While the book is funny, it's also quietly revolutionary Schrag writes honestly about gender identity and sexuality in a way that's extremely rare, maybe unprecedented." --Gothamist, "Notable New Yorkers Share Their Summer Reading Recs""A completely original story, Adam tells a coming-of-age tale that is both modern and timeless, and one that both blurs the boundary between 'young adult' and 'adult' fiction."--Mashable, "24 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014""Not only is Adam a wonderful book, it is quite possibly the best entry in the coming-of-age category since Adam Wilson s Flatscreen...Adam is one glorious buildup to something that you know can t be a fairytale ending, and Schrag pulls it off in one funny, oddly sweet, and unique novel that nails a plot that just about anybody else would totally butcher." --Flavorwire, "Best Book of the Week""Ariel Schrag s story about a teenager who goes to spend the summer in New York with his sister is unlike any coming-of-age story you ll read anytime soon. Funny and tender... Anybody familiar with Schrag s comics won t be disappointed with her work as a novelist; if you haven t read her other work, let Adam be your introduction and read everything else you can find of hers from there." -- Flavorwire, "10 Must Read Books for June""The story is heartfelt and hilarious, and explores concepts of gender and sexuality that aren t really explored in other YA books. At least, none that I ve read in recent memory. Definitely pick this one up. It ll stick with you. " --BookRiot, "Best Books We Read in May" "This book is EVERYTHING. Gorgeously observed, sharp-tongued, big-hearted, fearless. I can t wait for the HBO series (this is not like a thing Nikki Finke has reported, this is just my Dreamland Hollywood Development Slate). Schrag forever and ever." --Kit Steinkellner, BookRiot, "The Best Books of 2014 So Far" "Gives an authentic glimpse into N.Y.C s underground queer culture...A compelling page turner with a suspenseful plot...A quick, easy, and captivating read, 'Adam' pulls you in." --"Bust Magazine" "As a novel, Adam is novel. As a character, Adam is alive and well-written. In fact, all the characters are at once clearly and queerly delineated, uttering dialogue that is utterly colloquial. As far as prose goes, it is riveting, riotous, and ridiculously astute. Mendacity and veracity exist side by side, not separated by some great divide, the way gender and sexuality too often are At its core, this is a story of transformations, celebrations, and revelations; of learning to embrace rather than efface the elasticity of gender and sexuality. Ariel Schrag doesn t give it to you straight: her book is incisive and divisive, ingenuous and ingenious. It puts the New in New York City. So take a big bite of Adam s Apple." --Curve Magazine "Completely and totally charmed, and also vicariously embarrassed for the titular character." --The Chicago Tribune, "The Biblioracle: Favorite books of far""[An] audacious coming-of-age novel...Schrag, best known for her series of graphic memoirs about her adolescence, has found compassionate and funny ways to talk about a subject most fiction avoids, and she has produced a truly original (and sexually explicit) coming-of-age novel...Adam is educational in the best sense of the word: Much of its audience will be as dazed and confused as Adam is in this brave new world, but Schrag sends you home with a greater understanding of all the permutations of what it means to be human." The Miami Herald"Graphic artist Ariel Schrag takes on the challenge of the traditional novel with the decidely nontraditional Adam, about a boy trying to pass as transgender to win the lesbian of his dreams (really)."--The Miami Herald, "A-Z of Summer Reading""Hilarious...Schrag's riotous, poignant debut novel will leave you reeling." --SF Weekly"Schrag's frisky one of the most original coming-of-age stories of recent years." - Publishers Weekly"Schrag s gifts for characterization and dialogue make the whole enterprise sweetly entertaining...A well-composed story about love and lust in all their myriad variations and about a boy finding his place in a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world." -- Kirkus"Ariel Schrag's book is a kind of Adam in Wonderland, with its young hero exploring worlds usually kept underground. An insightful, funny, and unexpected love story, told with wit and compassion." Aimee Mann"The sexual revolution is finally over, and Ariel Schrag has won. Adam is the most twisted, hilarious, and deeply gratifying reading experience I have had in a long time." Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?"Hysterically funny and deliciously precise Schrag writes as elegantly about sex parties as she does about the complicated emotions of awkwardness." Nico Muhly, composer of Two Boys"Sexually frank and frankly hilarious." Ned Vizzini, author of It s Kind of a Funny Story"

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Ariel Schrag grew up in Berkeley, California. She is the author of the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise, and has written for the television shows How to Make it in America and The L Word. She lives in Brooklyn. 

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SO GOOD! PAGE TURNER! 10. Juni 2014
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I have absolutely no attention span. In the last year, I have probably started and not-finished about 10 books, with the exception of ADAM, which I furiosuly read over a 24 hour period (and with a newborn, no less). It made me laugh, and cringe, and squeak like a girl, and I could not put it down.

I love Adam, the book and the boy.
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Fresh, shocking, hilarious, and totally sweet 10. Juni 2014
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In a more normal world, I'd agree that a book where characters can't express the simplest thought without dropping six "f-bombs" and which includes a graphic (and hilarious) jaunt through a sex club is maybe a bit racy for the tykes. However, I'm not sure why, in this troubled world of ours where seven-year-olds are regularly exposed to Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, a book like this can't be marketed as YA.

Fortunately, despite meeting the criteria (except the PG-13 test) for classic YA, Adam is sophisticated, funny, and fascinating enough for all but the crustiest and most out-of-the loop adult readers. Novels should be novel, and as such they fail if their readers sense they've been written before.

I promise you that this book hasn't been written before. It's totally novel and exciting and so much of its (our!) time, while maintaining the timeless elements of a classic coming-of-age story. Adam is hilarious and brave, with its pitch-perfect fun-poking at a group of people who are often ignored, exoticized, derided, or treated with carefully policed phrasing and a stifling sensitivity. Schrag portrays her trans characters, young lesbians, hapless straight-boy hero, and other players as largely driven by their own insecurities and anxiety and desire to be accepted -- in other words, as human beings. Somehow Adam pulls off a balancing of honest but not mean, comic while insightful, transgressive and fun and borderline-offensive while ultimately pretty darn sweet. The plot was engaging and I read the whole thing in basically one sitting because I felt pulled along and simply wanted to know what would happen -- would Adam get the girl? Where was this going?? Could Schrag pull it off!? And how could this possibly end??!

One thing I thought was cool was that I imagined this book would make sense to a young heterosexual man who hasn't really been exposed to queer culture or thinking about gender or LGBTWHATEVERGATRILLIONLETTERSAREBEINGPROMOTEDNOW issues, and I'm really curious if that's true. From what I understand Ariel Schrag must resemble a horny teenage boy herself, and I think Adam successfully uses the currency of adolescent hormones and insecurity to explain important things that otherwise might elude that demographic, helping to elevate the wider population's grasp of sexuality and gender past the "How do lesbians have sex?" and "Dude look like a lady" level.

In the end, I felt I'd seen a fascinating and astute snapshot of a certain time and place, and seen human beings caught, on the one hand, in the specifics of their situation, while behaving pretty much the way that we always do. That is, the characters seemed real to me, both in terms of the history and sociology being represented, and as acting like actual young people. Finally, Adam delivered a satisfying, complete story and a commentary on the complexity and fluidity of gender, sexuality, and growing up. Highly recommended!
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amazing read 11. Juni 2014
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It's been a while since I've read a book that makes me as emotional and intrigued as ADAM did. I not only learned a lot about a subset of contemporary culture which I have not explored, but I also found myself relating to most of the characters in more ways than one. I definitely recommend reading this book, you won't want to put it down.
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A MUST READ 13. Mai 2014
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Ariel Schrag's groundbreaking debut novel "Adam: A Novel" will crawl into your mind and make you realize that everything you know about sexuality and transgender is probably wrong. Ms. Schrag brilliant, surefooted storytelling manages to navigate that fine line between fiction and polemic, making her points through the words and actions of a full cast of characters for which you come to care deeply. This reader marveled at the author's ability to cohesively tell the story through a variety of clearly delineated voices and her skill at drawing you into their world as they work out their desires and relationships, desires and relationships that the majority of readers will probably find outside their daily experience. Yet it never feels forced, always feels authentic.

The spine of the story is seventeen year old Adam who faced with the choice of spending the summer with rustic relatives or as the only single in his group of coupled friends instead convinces his parents to allow him to spend his summer in New York City living with his college-going sister Casey. Adam is ready to be grown up (i.e. get laid) and has internalized society's chosen sexual roles for him. He has a vision of his perfect woman, a red haired beauty that manifests itself in the flesh. However, this idealized woman is more complicated than Adam has been socialized to deal with and their relationship brings him into contact with the kinds of people and situations he never knew existed.

In that sense you could say that Adam: A Novel is a 21st century "Candide." Yet in many ways Ms. Schrag's storytelling reminded me more of Armistead Maupin's "Tales Of The City." I would like to know these characters better and watching their lives as they develop would be fun.

Definitely not for the close-minded but a refreshing take on sexualities and sexual dualities. Highly recommended.
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A hilarious, unique take at what may be in store for "queer" 11. Juni 2014
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A group of classmates and I were one of the first to read this novel in an academic setting -- specifically, a Queer Literature course at NYU -- and we had the privilege of speaking to Ariel Schrag about its place in queer literature and the overarching gay literary canon.

You too may be wondering or puzzled over whether it's appropriate to call Adam a queer or post-queer novel, and to a larger extent what this may mean for the future of "queer" or the queer novel. Essentially (and I don't want to give out any spoilers here), with the trajectory of the titular protagonist, Schrag creates an unprecedented rift in what it means to "come out," "be queer," or "be masculine" within the largely typified canon. In the process, she also tackles the queering of straight masculinity, homosociality, what it means for a straight male to "come out" as "not really trans," voracious teenage pubescence, platonic intimacy between close male friends, and much much more. One can argue that Adam's queerness is channeled through his liminality throughout the novel, but it's up to you to decide if Adam is queer. For the record, Schrag states that she would not personally call Adam queer; she does concede that he is marginalized, and that he does identify with the core tenets of being a transsexual man (refer to pgs. 219-221).

As for the style of the prose, it is incredibly hilarious and a page-turner, as countless others mention. For the first time in a long time, I found myself actually laughing out loud whilst reading (not to mention the perpetual tragedy that encompasses most of pre- and post- Stonewall gay literature). I speak primarily for myself when I say I think this novel is "in touch" with the gay community of my generation, but also amazingly accessible and relatable to youth of all sexual or non-sexual persuasions. I noticed that some people in the reviews found the profanity and explicit material offputting -- and to some extent this is understandable -- but I personally believe it works towards both accurately portraying the New York youth-queer scene, making it relevant to its readership, and lest we forget, the actual language (!) your teens are using. If anything, the caricatured profanity and explicit content adds to the novel's hilarity. Schrag mentions that being more classic with the narrative structure allows her to be more subversive with the content.

All in all, Adam is about rewriting masculinity and all sorts of identity intersectionalities across the board. I would absolutely recommend it, even moreso if you are a teen and a New Yorker.
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