With each books read it’s another Summer Reads post written! This time around I am talking about Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown.
This story follows Molly Bolt, a girl who when young, finds out she is adopted by her mother and father. She is an explosive character who plays by her own rules and doesn’t listen to what anyone tells her. Molly also doesn’t believe in any of the stereotype expectations that girls/ women are supposed to abide by. On top of all of this at a young age, Molly discovers that she loves women. As Molly ages, she continues to have experiences, both PG and not, with different women she encounters and eventually is given the “Lesbian” label by her high school best friend, who is also one of her lovers. Molly pushes herself to be able to go to university and later New York when university doesn’t work out. With each new life chapter, Molly finds a new woman to love. With the story being written and set within the 60’s-70’s, this story was provocative for it’s time.
I loved this book and Molly Bolt. I found her to be very inspirational with her “I don’t give a damn” attitude and perseverance to give herself a better life. Not only that, she stayed true to herself and who she was even with a large amount of push back from her friends and family. I think that the more intimate scenes of this story are beautifully and tastefully written and they help you to understand Molly and her love for women. All of the different characters in this story have a distinct voice and are explained in such great detail that I could hear their voices and imagine them in my mind, making the book that much more enjoyable to read.
Yes, yes, yes. I loved this book and the story that it holds. It made me think about how we perceive sexuality and relationships between people. This book also made me think about the importance of family and how not having a strong family connection can affect someone. While this book does have some more graphic scenes, they aren’t to much. Don’t think 50 Shades graphic, think daytime television graphic. I loved that I read this book during Pride month as well so if you have anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, maybe suggest they read it. Overall, I think this book is a good read for anyone over 18 years!
How are you liking this “Summer Reads” series? Are you finding it helpful? I sure hope so. If you are doing any summer reading, let me know your list so I can find some inspiration in it!