Sketchtasy by Matilda Bernstein Sycamore

Publisher : Arsenal Pulp Press

Published on October 9th 2018


Sketchtasy held so much promise yet fell incredibly short of my hopes for an LGBTQ book. It’s pride month and as a flaming dyke (not a butch – look it up) I am reading every gay and lesbian book I can get my queer little hands on.

Sketchtasy reads like what I can only imagine is a heavy drug haze. As someone whose never touched a hard drug, its hard to immerse myself in a story surrounded by drugs. Especially when the main character is perpetually snorting coke, ingesting K, and combating it with Xanax and alcohol.

The book moves so fast, with dialogue imbedded within the narrative it’s difficult to follow along. The characters are introduced at rapid speeds with gender pronouns switching so constantly its near impossible to keep up.

The premise for Sketchtasy could have been great, and maybe it is for someone who can relate. Dr. Suess is that you? Anyhow, I’m going to chalk it up to a lack of understanding on my part. Except that I have read books like the Crank series by Ellen Hopkins and absolutely loved every minute of it. So maybe it’s the writing style, maybe it’s the subject. If you’re looking for a fast paced, ever moving, rollercoaster queer book – you may like this one.

I was offered a copy of this book from edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

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