Combining stories of her own childhood and adolescence while reporting on a unique case of someone she trusted during that time, Piper Weiss has written a story of growing up in the ‘90s mixed with a scandal that broke with her tennis coach.
The author is the same age as me, so I appreciated all the references to the clothes and the styles during the time she was in middle school because it was the same for me. It made her more relatable, as we experienced school and fads together.
It seemed like a lot of this book was written as therapy, as she was coming to grips with what happened and why her coach behaved the way he did. She touched based with a lot of people she knew back then to try to dig for answers and as much information as she could.
I was hoping for more of the true crime aspect of the story. I realize there wasn’t a lot of information out there about it or people who could speak to it, but it read more like a straight-up memoir because of it. I felt there was a lack of information on the subject and we got the ending rather than the beginning and middle.
The uniqueness of the style of writing and the chapter titles cemented her ability as a storyteller. It wouldn’t have been the same book otherwise.
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Thanks to the publisher and TLC Tours for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Piper Weiss
Piper Weiss has served as editor in chief at Levo, editorial director for HelloGiggles, and features editor for the New York Daily News and Yahoo. She is the author of the book My Mom, Style Icon and has written for various publications, including Hazlitt, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Elle.com, and Refinery29. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.