ABOUT THE BOOK (Audio) -
Smart, surprising, and laced with a distinctly dark edge, Muriel Avenue Sluts is a provocative and ambitious story of suspense, revenge, love, and family ties - all in the most unexpected of places.
Seventeen-year-old Julia Turnbow’s mother gets paid to have sex; that’s just how it is. When Jules turns 18, she plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and join the exclusive world of Philadelphia’s infamous Muriel Avenue Sluts. But before all that happens, she has just one wish - to fall in love.
Just when things seem to be going her way, Jules' world is knocked off its bearings. Her best friend, Anna, reveals that she’s being abused by one of Muriel Avenue’s gentleman clients. After a routine haircut and shave, Anna’s abuser falls to his death from a second-story balcony - and Jules is just one of two people who knows exactly what happened.
To complicate matters, Jules dives head first into a friendship with the daughter of the dead man. Greta’s a train wreck: She’s charming, unpredictable, and has one too many questions about Muriel Avenue. Then, Jules puts all of Muriel Avenue at risk with an ill-timed slip of the tongue, and she finds herself wanted by the FBI. Running from everything she’s ever cared about, all Jules wants is to get back to the people she loves.
Transplanted southerner Maggie Hasbrouck is an artist, an author, and a lover of Ferris wheels. She believes that much of our lives are spent trying to figure out the impossible riddles of love and sex. What better place to bring those issues to the surface than a brothel? Her novel, Muriel Avenue Sluts, is an edgy, coming-of-age story about a seventeen-year-old girl whose mother is a prostitute.
Hasbrouck's large-scale paintings are represented in over 200 public and private collections throughout the world, including those of Sir Elton John, Dennis Quaid, Faith Hill, Courtney Cox, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Julia Farmer is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Clients include Kmart, Jack’s Pizza, Miller Lite, Eone Time, IRI, NOVA Southeastern University, and Jerdon.
Provided the voice of Sarita in The Walking Dead: Season 2 video game by Telltale Games.
Audiobook narrator with over twenty titles available via Audible.
Voice over training at Act One Studios and Acting Studio Chicago.
Improv and acting training at The Second City and iO, Chicago.
MY THOUGHTS -
Oh I really really loved this book. I wasn't sure how I would like it at first (and I almost didn't sign up for it) because I thought it was going to be to graphically sexual - but it wasn't at all. It wasn't that kind of book. It was very much a coming-of-age type story. And it was done very well! I'm not saying it doesn't have anything sexual in it - it does! Also the sensitive subject of teen rape - but it is not that graphic and it is very well written, tastefully done.
Excellent character development. Loved Julia and her "friends" (some of them, not true friends) their characters were portrayed very well - they were very believable teens. I also loved a few of the Ladies. I could go on and on about them - but I will just leave it at that.
Even though this book is shocking and a bit sad - it is also fun and definitely puts you at the edge of your seat at times. This one kept me riveted and wanting to listen all day! I absolutely highly recommend this for your summer reading!
The Audio - Wow! I thought the narrator did a superb job! Honestly I don't think it could have been any better. I loved her voice. It did sightly change for the different characters. but what I loved most is that she was just so pleasant to listen to!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Audiobookwork Promotions - Thank You!!
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Runs May 10th-17th⎮Open internationally