Adam

Adam[Reading] ➹ Adam Author Ariel Schrag – Heartforum.co.uk When Adam Freedman a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change And it When Adam Freedman a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change And it sure does It is the Summer ofGay marriage and transgender rightsare in the air, and Casey has thrust herself into a wild lesbiansubculture Soon Adam is tagging along to underground clubs, where there are hot older women everywhere he turns It takes some time for him to realize that many in this new crowd assume he is trans a boy who was born a girl Why else would this baby faced guy always be around Then Adam meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams but she couldn t possibly be interested in him Unless passing as a trans guy might actually work in his favorAriel Schrag s scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.

Ariel Schrag was born in Berkeley, California in Her debut novel, ADAM, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June She is the author of the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise Simon Schuster , which chronicle her four years at Berkeley High School Potential was nominated for an Eisner Award and Likewise was nominated for a Lambda Literary AwardPotential is currently being developed into a feature film by Christine Vachon s Killer Films Boys Don t Cry, Far From Heaven, Mildred Pierce Schrag wrote the screenplay adaptationSchrag was a writer for Season Two of the HBO series How To Make It In America and a writer for Seasons Three and Four of the hit Showtime series The L WordShe is the editor of Stuck in the Middle Comics from an Unpleasant Age Viking an anthology of comics about middle school Stuck in the Middle was selected for New York Public Library s Books for the Teen Age Along with her friend Kevin Seccia, Schrag co writes the webcomic Ariel and Kevin Invade Everything The comic recounts the adventures of two best friends and is updated at invadeeverythingHer illustrations and comics have appeared in publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Juxtapoz, and Paper Her original art has appeared in museums and galleries across the United States as well as in Austria, Spain, Canada, and the United KingdomSchrag does live performances of her comics across the country and abroad The show includes projected slides of comic panels with Schrag reading the voices and a musical soundtrack In she toured the US and Canada with the writers performance group Sister SpitShe is the subject of the short documentary film Confession A Film About Ariel Schrag by director Sharon Barnes Confession played on PBS and Channel in England and won the Audience Award at New York New FestivalSchrag graduated from Columbia University in with a degree in English Literature Since she has taught the course Graphic Novel Workshop in the writing department at The New School She has also taught classes at Brown University, New York University, Butler University, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Intersection for the Arts Schrag was a Radar Lab and Yaddo fellowShe lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Paperback
  • 302 pages
  • Adam
  • Ariel Schrag
  • English
  • 08 October 2019
  • 0544142934

10 thoughts on “Adam

  1. Sasa says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here TRIGGER WARNINGS homophobia, cissexism, transphobia, incestuous voyeurism, voyeurPerpetuates every wrong thing that society does to oppress minorities The protagonist does shit like helping and joining their friend in watching their sister have sex with another woman That s deplorable And then pretending to be trans to get into a girl s pants This book is a hard pass.He gets the girl in the end despite her specifically saying she s a lesbian and she doesn t like penises which cissexism and TRIGGER WARNINGS homophobia, cissexism, transphobia, incestuous voyeurism, voyeurPerpetuates every wrong thing that society does to oppress minorities The protagonist does shit like helping and joining their friend in watching their sister have sex with another woman That s deplorable And then pretending to be trans to get into a girl s pants This book is a hard pass.He gets the girl in the end despite her specifically saying she s a lesbian and she doesn t like penises which cissexism and transphobia much That doesn t happen in real life and it s a really unhealthy attitude to keep thinking lesbian women will just change their mind Bottom line if you don t know how to write about being part of the LGBT community in a respectable way, then don t write

  2. Terry says:

    if you heard that the writing was deplorable, insulting to your mom, lesbians, and trans folks to boot, you might want to know that it s also racist af i picked this up out of curiosity for what the buzz was all about but eventually lost a bunch of respect for myself for doing so, asandracist comments unfolded throughout the story it s kind of terrifying that it seems like i m the first reviewer to point them out on here.from pretty much featuring all white characters in new york if you heard that the writing was deplorable, insulting to your mom, lesbians, and trans folks to boot, you might want to know that it s also racist af i picked this up out of curiosity for what the buzz was all about but eventually lost a bunch of respect for myself for doing so, asandracist comments unfolded throughout the story it s kind of terrifying that it seems like i m the first reviewer to point them out on here.from pretty much featuring all white characters in new york of all places to comments about weird asian pussies, the cracker lez who wrote this book has got her racism on lock from the get go, adam pictures a hot redhead as the white girl he ll fall in love with in the white version of new york there s one chapter that opens up by describing what adam sees in queens as he first arrives in new york and it s literally full of racist shit about black people it was weird to adam that the whole civil rights movement had pretty much started over a fight to not have to sit in the back, and now the back was the only cool place to sit especially for black kids p 39 later on, he meets a black lesbian and the white author makes sure that a racist gesture is thrown in there what do you, adam asked jackie jackie was butch, too, and black you re black, thought adam p 187 we also even see the n word at one point i m sure our beloved author would just explain the advice imparted to her in her creative writing classes at columbia about just getting into her characters the thing with writing racist shit, bad white young adult fiction writers in denial, is that it s a bad move in every aspect and if at all attempted, should at least be in first person, rather than third, since that pretty much seals your place as our Racist Ass Narrator.as a queer person who is kind of really interested in reading things that don t just feel like white people happily distributing white hegemony and flat out racism to my communities, i d avoid this book at all costs it s not worth the time you could have spent on anotherunabashedly young adult fiction novel, trust me

  3. Emma says:

    An awful, repulsive, transphobic, mess.I didn t have high expectations going into this, I ve had about enough of well intentioned cis opinions on trans people, but I was willing to give Schrag the benefit of the doubt And at first it seemed like it might actually not be that bad Yes, the protagonist is a terrible person, but the implication was that he would grow Yes, the trans people we see at the beginning of the novel were all one dimensional, self centered skater bros, but EVERY character An awful, repulsive, transphobic, mess.I didn t have high expectations going into this, I ve had about enough of well intentioned cis opinions on trans people, but I was willing to give Schrag the benefit of the doubt And at first it seemed like it might actually not be that bad Yes, the protagonist is a terrible person, but the implication was that he would grow Yes, the trans people we see at the beginning of the novel were all one dimensional, self centered skater bros, but EVERY character was pretty terrible so it was just a minor annoyance.But Adam does not grow He is just as much of a transphobe at the end of the book as at the beginning, viewing the trans bodies at Camp Trans as disgusting, and thinking of cis people as inherently biological And the reader is stuck in his head for the ENTIRE BOOK The use of Adam as an everyman protagonist implies that Schrag believes that the natural thought process of the reader is that trans people are illegitimate and gross While every character is awful, the trans people are awful in stereotypically transphobic ways The ONLY real trans woman character is an aggressive, domineering cheater The trans men are depicted as being perpetually adolescent and self obsessed.Moving away from the trans milieu is seen as an act of maturity, for example Adam s sister s reaffirmation of herself as gay rather than queer at the end.I am appalled that this book has been promoted as some great breakthrough in LGBT fiction, or YA fiction Schrag is clearly writing from intimate personal experience of the queer community she depicts, yes, and there are moments of uncomfortable and comic recognition in the first half of the book But ultimately it is not her identity that is at stake here, and not she that stands to lose from the, I would argue inevitable, misconceptions about trans lives that will follow from Adam s new exemplary status A warts and all portrayal of any in group is only courageous if the dominant portrayal of said group is improbably clear skinned For trans people, no such corpus of positive images exists women tend to exist as walk on punchlines, murder victims, predators, or at best vacuous agents of cis people s personal growth, while men don t exist at all For a cis author to shrug and claim, as Schrag has in interviews, that she is simply telling an honest story is to ignore the profound political and cultural implications involved in producing a heavily publicized authoritative portrayal of a vulnerable group to which one does not personally belong.In other words, it s possible to debate how honest the depiction of the queer scene in Adam is But this is not the moment as transgender people are just beginning to crest the cultural horizon as actual people, not case studies or symbols for such a disingenuous defense of cis artistic license Should anyone doubt that misconceptions about trans people are being left entirely intact by this book, incidentally, I would point them to the headlines of many of the reviews Boys Will Be Boys And Sometimes Girls in the Miami Herald, for example

  4. Ocean says:

    Seriously, why is this woman considered to be a queer icon That s not a rhetorical question Has anyone actually read any of her books They re full of hatred towards queer people, especially gender non conforming queer women Like, if a straight person said the things that she says, their books would be protested, but she s queer and she wrote some cute and insightful comic books when she was in high school nearly two decades ago, so we should just let her say this shit unchecked No In this Seriously, why is this woman considered to be a queer icon That s not a rhetorical question Has anyone actually read any of her books They re full of hatred towards queer people, especially gender non conforming queer women Like, if a straight person said the things that she says, their books would be protested, but she s queer and she wrote some cute and insightful comic books when she was in high school nearly two decades ago, so we should just let her say this shit unchecked No In this book butch queer women are repeatedly called ugly Trans people are called ugly and freaky A straight boy pretends to be trans because trans people are oh so muchprivileged than cis people There s some racist shit thrown in there for good measure And some sexual coercion, why the fuck not Why not go all out I m sure this book s fans will be all, OMG this is how people really talk, get over it But you know what I m not interested in that Queer literature shouldn t be a jagged mirror of straight society, reflecting back the hateful and frankly boring rhetoric that people spew at us It should be a space that s about our resilience, our strength, our beauty, our brilliantly unsafe lives Of course, not all queer life is perfect Queer people do shitty things and can be just as horrible as anyone else But this just feels mean spirited Unnecessary Like it s really not good writing This book doesn t deserve to be labeled as queer literature Ariel Schrag seems to be, for all intents and purposes, someone who wishes they were a completely obnoxious straight dude and is angry that they aren t and is letting the entire world know it throughout their completely mediocre writing That s fine, but why s it gotta be aimed at queer people Why are you telling all the baby butches and tiny trans tots that they re ugly when they re just trying to find themselves reflected in a book They re not showing up in books as often as they re showing up in real life They need this space In Adam, the space is essentially being desecrated The BEST part is that the characters all go to a L word viewing party for a season where Schrag was a staff writer JUST IN CASE it wasn t obnoxious and self referential enough I m surprised one of the one dimensional and unlikeable lesbian characters doesn t whip out her copy of Definition while we re at it.Librarians, booksellers do the world a favor and take this book out of the queer section Put it in general fiction, where it belongs In case you re wondering why I m ranting about this book that everyone else forgot about 2 years ago, it s because it appeared on a list of Recommended Queer Reads at the San Francisco Public Library of all places I thought, aah, what the hell As my partner said recently, hate reading is my second favorite activity right after snuggling Stop uncritically lauding queer authors just because they re queer and pay attention to the bullshit they re spewing Question why there are brilliant authors I m thinking Gabby Rivera of Juliet Takes A Breath fame for starters whose books don t have half the distribution that this book does I guess homophobia, transphobia and racism are justmarketable More palatable And thatleaves me feeling very hopeless

  5. Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

    no

  6. ☙ nemo ❧ says:

    absolute fucking trash i m a trans guy and everything i ve heard about this makes me want to throw up.DO BETTER absolute fucking trash i m a trans guy and everything i ve heard about this makes me want to throw up.DO BETTER

  7. Oriana says:

    Update This review is getting a lotattention now that they ve announced a movie, so I just want to clarify This is a bad bookIt takes me awhile in my review to wind around to that, but it s crucial that everyone know this upfront The whole plot is based on a fundamental, fucked up deception, which is not just irresponsible but downright dangerous for a community trans people who have long been derided, abused, and even murdered for being deemed deceptive I cannot believe Ariel Update This review is getting a lotattention now that they ve announced a movie, so I just want to clarify This is a bad bookIt takes me awhile in my review to wind around to that, but it s crucial that everyone know this upfront The whole plot is based on a fundamental, fucked up deception, which is not just irresponsible but downright dangerous for a community trans people who have long been derided, abused, and even murdered for being deemed deceptive I cannot believe Ariel Schrag did this, and that it s continuing to be celebrated with a movie deal The cover of this book includes the following endorsement by Alison Bechdel The sexual revolution is finally over, and Ariel Schrag has won Flavorpill loved this too Two brilliant GR ers whose taste I totally trust both 5 starred it, one even saying that she s obsessed with it So this was a slam dunk in my head before it even arrived in the mail But you guys I kind of hated it.Let me start by saying this I think that conceptually this book is important It is in may ways groundbreaking and transgressive and necessary right now, seeing as how trans rights are the next frontier in the culture wars And I am completely, obviously, 100% pro trans rights As a cis hetero lady, I do my best to be an ally, and to check my privilege, and to educate myself at every opportunity on gender and sexuality and all the proper theories So do not for one second think I am reacting negatively because this is a mainstream, basically YA novel that is filled with queer and trans characters, that portrays them as real people, that gives voice to their struggles and their thoughts and their reality That is all fantastic So what s my problem Well, two things First, I am not the audience for this book The very reason this is so necessary is because the majority of folks in this backward ass country do not educate themselves on gender theory and do not check their cis and hetero privilege, and so for the same reasons that we need racial diversity in movies, we need sexual diversity in literature Duh, right But I am neither a person being exposed to all this for the first time who needs to be educated about others reality, nor a person who knows all of this inherently because it is their struggle but still really needs to see it all normalized in popular culture So the fact that this book is essentially Queer Trans Theory 101 disguised as a novel just made me bored Watching through the eyes of a seventeen year old as the gender continuum is explained made me bored Being taught about the need for different gender pronouns made me bored Being walked slowly through the difference between gender identity and sexual preference made me so fucking bored That part is my fault The other part, though, is Ariel s fault.Here s that This is a book about a fundamental, massive, horrifying deception I m going to spoiler a little bit, but you already know this if you ve read the book description, so here s what happens view spoiler our titular Adam accidentally convinces a lesbian that he s a trans guy, and he proceeds to have a very emotionally and sexually intimate relationship with her for many months before he finally FINALLY reveals the truth hide spoiler This is SO FUCKED UP It s fucked up on a level worthy of a person who has NO comprehension of gender theory and history, NO sympathy for the plight of a trans or even queer person The only way, you assume, that an author who clearly DOES have the right comprehensions and sympathies can let her main character do this is if he is roundly and completely punished in the end, made to understand just how horrible of a thing that was to do But does this happen Uh, spoiler nope.Oh it s true that Adam kind of learns his lesson, but not really, and he just gets off the hook like goddamn nothing And What happens to his love interest in the rushed epilogue y chapter after their affair is over is just incomprehensible Weirdly, as the book went on, the writing got stronger and tighter and better directly inversely proportional to the plot gettingandandappalling and problematic I don t get it, Ariel What the fuck happened

  8. Alex Maynard says:

    As a gay trans man, this book is absolutely vile and sickening to read.This book describes trans men attracted to women as lesbians , which is completely transphobic to say the least they are not lesbians because they are not women, they are straight trans men The book implies that a trans man is still a woman if he hasn t had gender reassignment surgery yet The author clearly did no research on actual trans people, as I have never met a single straight trans man who identified as a lesbian As a gay trans man, this book is absolutely vile and sickening to read.This book describes trans men attracted to women as lesbians , which is completely transphobic to say the least they are not lesbians because they are not women, they are straight trans men The book implies that a trans man is still a woman if he hasn t had gender reassignment surgery yet The author clearly did no research on actual trans people, as I have never met a single straight trans man who identified as a lesbian, because we are NOT WOMEN.The main character made me incredibly uncomfortable and disgusted me He a cis boy pretends to be a trans man in order to get a lesbian to like him and become attracted to men this is essentially CONVERSION THERAPY His girlfriend in question even says she started fantasising about Adam being a real guy which is horrendously transphobic as it implies that we are not real men, which simply isn t true At one point Adam is even described as feeling trans in his own way This makes it seem like our identity is something that can be stolen and taken advantage of by cis people who shouldn t have it, when we are dealing with the real struggle every day.At another point in the book, Adam and his girlfriend Gillian are getting it on, and Adam claims to be penetrating her with a strapon but is in fact using his actual penis This is RAPE This cannot be defined as anything but rape He is lying to her and penetrating her without her consent She did not consent to that Anything that happens in the bedroom without both people s consent is RAPE, and this book treats it as if it is nothing.In summary, I have never read a book that repulsed methan Adam and I would not recommend it to anyone else if it were the last book on earth This is not groundbreaking , this is not hilarious , this is in no way revolutionary This is not representation This is not what we need as a community After publishing this monstrosity, Schrag does not deserve a place in our community anyDo not give this book the attention it does not deserve This is a book that demonises trans men and women, glorifies rape and dishonesty within a relationship, dehumanises all members of the LGBTQ community and should never be read by a single person on this planet ever again I am utterly appalled and disgusted by it

  9. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    Pages Read 43This book is making me really uncomfortable I wanted to read this because of the LGBTQ stuff, but I ve not even gotten to that aspect Basically, I hate the MC He s a horrible person and I don t want to spend anytime in his head The only LGBT stuff that s happened is his lesbian sister telling him that a summer in NYC will make everyone at his school want to suck his dick Oh yeah, and Adam and his friend watching his sister and her girlfriend have sex The swearing and s Pages Read 43This book is making me really uncomfortable I wanted to read this because of the LGBTQ stuff, but I ve not even gotten to that aspect Basically, I hate the MC He s a horrible person and I don t want to spend anytime in his head The only LGBT stuff that s happened is his lesbian sister telling him that a summer in NYC will make everyone at his school want to suck his dick Oh yeah, and Adam and his friend watching his sister and her girlfriend have sex The swearing and stuff in this book even makes ME uncomfortable and I m a big fan of swearing I feel like it s being intentionally crude just to shock, rather than being real.I really wanted to love this, but it s so obviously not for me

  10. Gregory Baird says:

    When I first picked up Adam, I confess I was simultaneously intrigued and repulsed by its premise You see, Adam has the audacious idea to take the standard rom com premise where someone pretends to be someone something they re not, and throw in gender norms and sexuality as a twist It all starts when 17 year old Adam goes to visit his lesbian sister in New York City for the summer He s determined to lose his virginity and make all his friends back home jealous, but finds himself surrounded by When I first picked up Adam, I confess I was simultaneously intrigued and repulsed by its premise You see, Adam has the audacious idea to take the standard rom com premise where someone pretends to be someone something they re not, and throw in gender norms and sexuality as a twist It all starts when 17 year old Adam goes to visit his lesbian sister in New York City for the summer He s determined to lose his virginity and make all his friends back home jealous, but finds himself surrounded by his sister s lesbian and trans friends When he falls for a lesbian at a party, Adam pretends to be trans in order to date her Done right, it has the potential to be a scurrilous take down of society and what is considered normal Done wrong, it s just plain offensive.Well, Ariel Schrag has a lot to answer for Because she did it wrong Big time.To start with, Adam has some hideously unlikable characters You don t need likable characters to make a book succeed just look at Lolita a book that made its controversial premise pay off, I might add , but I feel like in order for this book to work you need to be on Adam s side And you re not He s a selfish, spoiled, self involved brat We re supposed to think that Adam grows up as the story progresses because he eschews his prior desperation for popularity, but that doesn t make what he does any less reprehensible I think Schrag was trying to make some astute points about how hard it is to figure out who you are in a world so caught up with labels, bless her heart, but the message got seriously diluted Oh, and the story is set in 2006, but it doesn t seem that there s a reason for this beyond allowing characters to make constant constant references to the TV show The L Word, which wouldn t you know Ariel Schrag wrote for.I don t usually like to get into spoiler territory, but there s no way to discuss what s so awful about this book without going there So if you don t want to know, turn away now view spoiler The real problem here is that there are utterly zero consequences for what Adam does The truth finally comes out, and nobody thinks it was awful He gets away with it and gets the girl in the end.I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculously naive that is Not to mention irresponsible.After finishing the book, I found an interview with Ariel Schrag where she compounds the problem by arrogantly trying to say she doesn t understand how people could be upset about the lack of consequences She makes it sound like Gillian, the lesbian Adam falls for, had a label thrust upon her and had always felt pressured to live up to it But there s precious little evidence to support that in the book.Ms Schrag, I admire the point you were trying to make about fluidity when it comes to gender and sexuality, but let s be real for a second there would be consequences for a deception of such magnitude Even in the standard, cliche ridden rom coms that use this same basic premise, couples at least temporarily break up over the lie They don t just say oh, you lied to me, deceived me, made me believe in something that was totally untrue, but gosh darn it now that I know you I just love you so much They struggle to reconcile things hide spoiler Prior to this book, there was only one novel I ever threw across the room in frustration and anger Angels Demons, by Dan Brown Now there are two.Grade F

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