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Autumn Christian's third novel is a dark journey of self-discovery. An existential labyrinth of love, sex, and self-actualization where the only way out is through. When high schooler Beverly Sykes finally has sex, her whole life changes. She feels an explosion inside of her that feels like her DNA is being rearranged, and she discovers a strange power within. After chasi Autumn Christian's third novel is a dark journey of self-discovery. An existential labyrinth of love, sex, and self-actualization where the only way out is through. When high schooler Beverly Sykes finally has sex, her whole life changes. She feels an explosion inside of her that feels like her DNA is being rearranged, and she discovers a strange power within. After chasing that transcendent feeling and fucking her way through the good, the bad, and the dangerous boys and girls that cross her path, Beverly notices that all of her ex-lovers are undergoing drastic changes. She witnesses them transcending their former flawed selves, becoming self-actualized and strong. Beverly gives herself over and over to others, but can she become who she is supposed to be, with the gift and curse that nature gave to her? “Girl Like a Bomb is a journey through the gratifying, delicious, and sometimes-vicious horror show of having a body — particularly a femme body. This is a book of blood and guts, of humanity and brokenness, woven by passages of beauty and smart storytelling. Salacious & sea-deep, this is a book for readers who are hungry for both a party and meaning.” Lisa Marie Basile, author of Light Magic for Dark Times and Nympholepsy "Girl Like a Bomb is a book like a bomb -- explosive, heavy and dangerous. A must read by an exciting new voice." Brian Keene, author of The Rising and Pressure “Fun, fast, and fascinating. GIRL LIKE A BOMB hooked me and held me.” New York Times Bestseller, Peter Clines, author of Paradox Bound


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Autumn Christian's third novel is a dark journey of self-discovery. An existential labyrinth of love, sex, and self-actualization where the only way out is through. When high schooler Beverly Sykes finally has sex, her whole life changes. She feels an explosion inside of her that feels like her DNA is being rearranged, and she discovers a strange power within. After chasi Autumn Christian's third novel is a dark journey of self-discovery. An existential labyrinth of love, sex, and self-actualization where the only way out is through. When high schooler Beverly Sykes finally has sex, her whole life changes. She feels an explosion inside of her that feels like her DNA is being rearranged, and she discovers a strange power within. After chasing that transcendent feeling and fucking her way through the good, the bad, and the dangerous boys and girls that cross her path, Beverly notices that all of her ex-lovers are undergoing drastic changes. She witnesses them transcending their former flawed selves, becoming self-actualized and strong. Beverly gives herself over and over to others, but can she become who she is supposed to be, with the gift and curse that nature gave to her? “Girl Like a Bomb is a journey through the gratifying, delicious, and sometimes-vicious horror show of having a body — particularly a femme body. This is a book of blood and guts, of humanity and brokenness, woven by passages of beauty and smart storytelling. Salacious & sea-deep, this is a book for readers who are hungry for both a party and meaning.” Lisa Marie Basile, author of Light Magic for Dark Times and Nympholepsy "Girl Like a Bomb is a book like a bomb -- explosive, heavy and dangerous. A must read by an exciting new voice." Brian Keene, author of The Rising and Pressure “Fun, fast, and fascinating. GIRL LIKE A BOMB hooked me and held me.” New York Times Bestseller, Peter Clines, author of Paradox Bound

30 review for Girl Like a Bomb

  1. 5 out of 5

    John The Crippledgimp

    This book was awesome and totally not my normal kind of read. The writing is awesome. This story and the main character drew me in and I blazed through this one fast. Just a good solid read from beginning to end. Enjoyed it way more than I thought I was going to. I would definitely recommend and I will definitely be checking out more from this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danger

    A modern day fairy tale (of sorts) focusing on one woman’s journey of self-actualization in a world that’s constantly demanding more and more of her body and soul (in both figurative and literal sense) after she discovers she has the magical power to spiritually "heal" anyone she has sex with. Erotic and human and sad and hopefully, usually all these things at the same time. Autumn Christian is a phenomenal writer and never ceases to amaze me with her ability to find the emotional core in every A modern day fairy tale (of sorts) focusing on one woman’s journey of self-actualization in a world that’s constantly demanding more and more of her body and soul (in both figurative and literal sense) after she discovers she has the magical power to spiritually "heal" anyone she has sex with. Erotic and human and sad and hopefully, usually all these things at the same time. Autumn Christian is a phenomenal writer and never ceases to amaze me with her ability to find the emotional core in every idiosyncratic turn of phrase.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    "I wanted the bomb inside of me to go off and I wanted my skin to scream. Again and again and again." Girl Like a Bomb is the first book I've read by Autumn Christian, and I really loved it! This book is creative, smart, unique, weird, and so entertaining. I tore through the story pretty quickly, and I enjoyed the whole thing. This book is sort of like a dark bizarro fairy tale, and if that sounds good to you, you must read this one. There's a pretty good chance that it's unlike anything you've r "I wanted the bomb inside of me to go off and I wanted my skin to scream. Again and again and again." Girl Like a Bomb is the first book I've read by Autumn Christian, and I really loved it! This book is creative, smart, unique, weird, and so entertaining. I tore through the story pretty quickly, and I enjoyed the whole thing. This book is sort of like a dark bizarro fairy tale, and if that sounds good to you, you must read this one. There's a pretty good chance that it's unlike anything you've read before, and this is a book that's going to stick with me. This is not something I usually say, but I actually wish this could have been a little longer because I had so much fun reading it. Beverly is such a great character, and I really enjoyed seeing her grow up with her gift / curse. This book grabs onto your heart, and it's a must-read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Arzate

    Full Review Girl Like a Bomb is an explosive work of existential erotica. Autumn Christian's prose is masterful, vivid, and full of amazing imagery. I believe many people will get a lot out of reading this story of the struggles of a woman who discovers her ability to heal through sex. Very highly recommended. Full Review Girl Like a Bomb is an explosive work of existential erotica. Autumn Christian's prose is masterful, vivid, and full of amazing imagery. I believe many people will get a lot out of reading this story of the struggles of a woman who discovers her ability to heal through sex. Very highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Maddux

    This is a huge departure for this author's work. Probably her most realistic novel (as realistic as a novel about a woman who creates small explosions when she climaxes can be). There were things I appreciated and things I didn't. I felt like the character Beverly treated sex as a weapon in a way that was selfish at times, which is all the more reason that I really enjoyed the idea of her maturing and taking on family responsibilities, without spoiling it. Basically, this is the story of a girl This is a huge departure for this author's work. Probably her most realistic novel (as realistic as a novel about a woman who creates small explosions when she climaxes can be). There were things I appreciated and things I didn't. I felt like the character Beverly treated sex as a weapon in a way that was selfish at times, which is all the more reason that I really enjoyed the idea of her maturing and taking on family responsibilities, without spoiling it. Basically, this is the story of a girl with a snatch that's a ticking time bomb. And when this kind of power is realized, of course she's going to enter the political arena. I do hope that one day Autumn revisits the surreal whimsy and doom metal atmospherics of novels like Crooked God Machine and We Are Wormwood, but Girl Like a Bomb is definitely an important development in her continued journey to cultivate a signature style.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Vaughn

    Autumn Christian is a phenomenal writer, this book was just fantastic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    GIRL LIKE A BOMB by Autumn Christian is far more expensive than I would have thought. Not a microcosm of a girl and love and relationships in her twenties but a fully fleshed out life. This is like an edgy Forest Gump. The story of the life of Beverly Sykes is ever evolving. It's weird to be certain, this super-power li,e quality that Bev's vagina possesses. Its through the proverbial eye that we are swept on a years long journey of how that girl grows, navigates and evolves with that singular as GIRL LIKE A BOMB by Autumn Christian is far more expensive than I would have thought. Not a microcosm of a girl and love and relationships in her twenties but a fully fleshed out life. This is like an edgy Forest Gump. The story of the life of Beverly Sykes is ever evolving. It's weird to be certain, this super-power li,e quality that Bev's vagina possesses. Its through the proverbial eye that we are swept on a years long journey of how that girl grows, navigates and evolves with that singular astonishing power. Autumn often writes with a flair. Most times it hits the feels, a few times it over dramatic. But there is a deeply thoughtful story at the heart of it all. There are minor, sporadic, technical editorial errors peppered throughout that can pull you out of the story for a moment. Overall the book is engaging enough to constantly rope you back in. It's taken me far too long to read GIRL LIKE A BOMB. I picked it up, finally, because I believed it was destined to win a prominent book award. Alas, it did not. But, GIRL LIKE ABOMB has plenty of well deserved high-praise from most of its readers. That's all the award it ever really needs. Smell ya later!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader

    What a fantastic book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Austin Hatch

    Autumn delivers her prose like a roundhouse kick to the face. This book is erotic and sexy, but is also about personal growth, the human psyche, and even wades out into the social environment of modern American life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rodney

    While quite a 180 for the author, I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Quickly paced and fun, it also had me promising to become a better version of myself when I met the final page. I could have easily followed Beverly Sykes for another 100 pages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Budd

    Wow loved this! Review coming soon!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    What would happen if the female vagina were as powerful as men fear it to be? If you consult judeo-christian mythology, you’ll probably hear a handful of half-baked philosophies about women spoiling the innocence of man, women riding atop magnificent beasts hellbent on the world’s destruction, women whose birth canals must be regulated (typically by men) . . . If you read this book, you’ll find a much more refreshing theory, one that falls in line with the symbolic depictions of the vagina as an What would happen if the female vagina were as powerful as men fear it to be? If you consult judeo-christian mythology, you’ll probably hear a handful of half-baked philosophies about women spoiling the innocence of man, women riding atop magnificent beasts hellbent on the world’s destruction, women whose birth canals must be regulated (typically by men) . . . If you read this book, you’ll find a much more refreshing theory, one that falls in line with the symbolic depictions of the vagina as an agent of creation rather than destruction. And when the female doesn’t allow her agency to be stripped from her, the world becomes a better place. Unfortunately, the world becomes a better place at her expense. And for the reason I mention above, I can’t tell if this book is about female empowerment, or if it is about the current state of affairs in our world, and the reality that no matter what women do, no matter what paradigm of empowerment they embrace, somehow society will try to suck them dry. The book is both uplifting and tragic, but that is part of what makes it good. Simply put, this book is about pussy saving lives, and perhaps saving the world. And before you balk at the idea, just realize that it is already pretty much true. And it can be a beautiful thing. This book was not quite what I expected (I thought the protagonist was going to plant a seed of sexual energy in men that eventually caused them to explode), but I enjoyed it a lot. The flowery language of Christian’s early books is replaced by a style that is a bit more spare. High concept takes the forefront, and that concept is explored to considerable depths as we meet others (or one other) with powers similar to her own, only they are channeled through the opposite gender, and therefore carry a different energy. This is a coming of age story, and the descriptions of birth and early motherhood are particularly poignant. Here, and in several other sections, Christian’s style from earlier works shines through. Her insights into the human condition rise to the surface. She never overwhelms us though. The balance is admirable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Appleby-Dean

    This might look like a pulp novel in concept but it's surprisingly heartfelt and wistful in execution, neither holding back from the darker implications of its heroine's journey nor showing any guilt about the positives. The prose is excellent, too - Autumn Christian is pithy and insightful in her characters, and bluntly poetic in her descriptions, while keeping the whole thing fast-paced and very readable. In fact my only problem with the book is how lightning-fast it moves - Beverley keeps bein This might look like a pulp novel in concept but it's surprisingly heartfelt and wistful in execution, neither holding back from the darker implications of its heroine's journey nor showing any guilt about the positives. The prose is excellent, too - Autumn Christian is pithy and insightful in her characters, and bluntly poetic in her descriptions, while keeping the whole thing fast-paced and very readable. In fact my only problem with the book is how lightning-fast it moves - Beverley keeps being bouncing from situation to situation rather than developing them in any detail, when there are several parts of her journey (particularly the small-town religion created around her) I'd have liked to spend a little more time exploring. A blunt, unapologetic and vivid piece of work.

  14. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    The Girl with the Magic Hoo Hah... So, I'm still actually uncertain what to think of this book. It's very odd. It's kind of magical realism with graphic sex, violence, and...self-improvement? I liked that the author didn't keep everything rosy. Things get quite dark and at times, the sex gets boring. The funny/absolutely right part of this is that when the reader gets bored with the sex, so does our main character. When we want something more, so does she. The book is bold, well written, and absolut The Girl with the Magic Hoo Hah... So, I'm still actually uncertain what to think of this book. It's very odd. It's kind of magical realism with graphic sex, violence, and...self-improvement? I liked that the author didn't keep everything rosy. Things get quite dark and at times, the sex gets boring. The funny/absolutely right part of this is that when the reader gets bored with the sex, so does our main character. When we want something more, so does she. The book is bold, well written, and absolutely original. At times I wanted more building of other characters - especially more with the mother. I wanted to explore more about how she learned and how she felt about her daughters...um...special talent. I think the book is definitely worth reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    NotTheProtagonist

    I want sexual superpowers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diamond

    Beverly Sykes is attracted to bad boys and troubled girls. She begins to notice her past sexual partners seem to be undergoing drastic changes--overcoming their internal struggles and working on becoming the best versions of themselves. After a brutal encounter with a teacher results in him committing suicide, Beverly leaves town to cultivate her power with the hopes of changing the world. To say Autumn Christian has a way with words feels lazy, but since I can't think of a better turn of phrase Beverly Sykes is attracted to bad boys and troubled girls. She begins to notice her past sexual partners seem to be undergoing drastic changes--overcoming their internal struggles and working on becoming the best versions of themselves. After a brutal encounter with a teacher results in him committing suicide, Beverly leaves town to cultivate her power with the hopes of changing the world. To say Autumn Christian has a way with words feels lazy, but since I can't think of a better turn of phrase (I'm a hack) I'm going to plagiarize the wonderful Zé Burns--she is the undisputed queen of the unexpected metaphor. The imagery and moods are one of a kind and effortless without getting distracting, and for a storyline driven by sex it never felt pornographic (but don't worry, the sex scenes are plentiful). The greatest success for me though was the creation of Beverly Sykes, who is now one of my top 5 favorite protagonists of all time. In fact, I was so impressed by Beverly that this is probably less of a book review, and more of ramble about what a great character she is, so sorry about that (not sorry at all). Maybe I need to read more widely, but I'm struggling to think of another character like Beverly Sykes. I've seen the badass chick with a chip on her shoulder that can fight anyone, and I've seen the cold but brilliant woman that can outsmart anyone--there are plenty of stoic protagonists that accomplish their goals via violence or manipulation to go around. So seeing a protagonist who's power is sex (but who isn't a femme fatale) use it not to destroy, but to improve and enlighten, was incredible to say the least. That's not say Girl Like a Bomb is without a body count, but change is sought over destruction (but sometimes destruction is inevitable). While Beverly's story follows the typical superhero arc in many ways, it subverts expectations left and right. This was my first read from Christian, and certainly won't be my last. If you want an actually fresh take on superheroes, this is it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    What a fantastic book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charles Chadwick!

    I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel that graphic sex scenes do nothing but distract and weigh down art. Be it a book or a movie, it always feels tacked on and gratuitous, no matter how it’s done. Even if it’s “classy”, or brief. If I wanted to see sex I’d watch pornography (and I hear this internet thing has a little of that floating around). This book could not exist without a lot of graphic sex. And what’s more: it works. GIRL LIKE A BOMB focuses on a young woman who I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel that graphic sex scenes do nothing but distract and weigh down art. Be it a book or a movie, it always feels tacked on and gratuitous, no matter how it’s done. Even if it’s “classy”, or brief. If I wanted to see sex I’d watch pornography (and I hear this internet thing has a little of that floating around). This book could not exist without a lot of graphic sex. And what’s more: it works. GIRL LIKE A BOMB focuses on a young woman who finds she has the power to make people better, just by having sex with them. From the young thug who first takes her virginity, to world leaders and the events in their wake. Ultimately, she has to answer the question: do you continue to use your powers to help the world, while ignoring yourself? After all, “what she hadn’t mentioned was that a tide was always rising somewhere.” I am a huge fan of Christian’s other two novels. Her prose is always excellent, darkness and nihilism painted in hopeful strokes. This book reads differently, but in the same engaging way. This is probably the most fluid of the three novels, and certainly the most cheerful (which I mean in the politest and best way). At times I burst out laughing, and read the last few pages with a big smile. Christian’s work just keeps getting better. Despite having a lot of other books stacked up in my too-read pile, I’m already looking forward to reading this again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Sure, this book is a bout sex. But it's about much more. About what makes a good life. About balance. About how much you can give before you need to take care of yourself. Autumn Christian writes prose with an edge, a human quality that's massive in its core. It's unflinching, unforgiving, and unnerving. It's unlike anything you'll ever read. Sure, this book is a bout sex. But it's about much more. About what makes a good life. About balance. About how much you can give before you need to take care of yourself. Autumn Christian writes prose with an edge, a human quality that's massive in its core. It's unflinching, unforgiving, and unnerving. It's unlike anything you'll ever read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    A book like no other: However kinda reminded me of ‘Candy’ by Terry Southern if it was pushed through the science fiction saw mills of Mick Farren and the 70s crime pulp of George C. Chesbro. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Bow

    Holy shit. This book is different. In all the best ways. We have a young woman who has the need to have sex. An aching to get it out of the way just to say she did it. She does it and the story booms from there. She discovers she has the ability to change people from her climaxes. A biological bomb detonates and from that we have a fantastic, dark, sexual, magical story. Absolutely loved it from start to end and I blush when I tell people about the pages within.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Jackson

    Enjoyed the trashy bizarro vibe but could’ve easily traded some of its earthly relatable themes for a bit more of We Are Wormwood’s tripped-out dreamworld imagery. Two completely different books though so not even so much a negative. All in all, a fun fast beach read, which is just what I needed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ak

    This is definitely one of the weirdest books I‘ve ever read. And quick disclaimer: If you hate reading explicit sex scenes, don‘t pick this up. I’m actually surprised how generous most reviewers are because I was expecting way more backlash - if not only because this is graphic and the first quarter depicts a teenage girl having, well, a lot of action. I was expecting this to be a lot like Teeth (2007) and even if I wasn‘t completely wrong, it took a different turn. While Dawn is villainized for This is definitely one of the weirdest books I‘ve ever read. And quick disclaimer: If you hate reading explicit sex scenes, don‘t pick this up. I’m actually surprised how generous most reviewers are because I was expecting way more backlash - if not only because this is graphic and the first quarter depicts a teenage girl having, well, a lot of action. I was expecting this to be a lot like Teeth (2007) and even if I wasn‘t completely wrong, it took a different turn. While Dawn is villainized for her mutation (I‘m team Dawn all the way, but... makes sense), Beverly‘s power helps the people she sleeps with. Like, she literally makes them better people. This comes with a twist. Not just because it changes her whole life, but because there’s more to it. I wanted to read this because I immediately enjoyed Autumn Christian’s writing style. I love simple, plot-driven writing with occasional pretty prose. She did that. This book never turns into a showcase about what a great writer she is, it always puts its lead character first. I’m here for that. So many books are written in a way that feels like flexing certain skills more than telling a good story. Also, I love me a story that’s a little bit bananas. A little bit is an understatement here. But in the end, this is a coming of age story, a story about growing up. And it is a superhero story - checks every necessary box. Girl feels different and realizes she has a great gift. Girl is wronged and traumatized and exploited because of it. She gets famous for it and treated like a goddess/monster. This is superhero 101. I loved Beverly as a character. Christian takes the the empowered strong girl thing to such interesting levels. Bev is cocky, headstrong and snarky, but she’s not an actual asshole. It’s hard to describe her without spoiling the book because in the end this is completely her story. I love her relationship with her friends in high school, but one of the strongest parts in this book is her relationship with her mom. Now, I liked this book and 4-stars seem more right for me than 3, because this story could’ve been handled so much worse. I stopped caring about the sex scenes after like, the third and I actually think they were well written - I rather have it simplistic and explicit than overwritten and too romanticized. I still felt like this book could’ve worked without a sex scene every chapter. Some of them simply weren’t necessary for the plot (though yes, most of them actually were) But there was a certain twist in this I didn’t like and that twist ate up the last quarter of the story. I still haven’t completely processed this story, but the ending just made me feel a little bit “eh”. Lots of people would completely hate this and I see why. I enjoyed it and basically read it in two sittings. Give me a weird premise and most of the time, I’ll go for it. I haven’t regret buying this book at all. But I’m not sure I’d ever recommend it to anyone - the same way I wouldn’t tell people to go and watch Teeth. Even if I personally thought that film was hilarious and deserves to be the cult classic it is. This is already the longest review I ever wrote on here, so I’ll shut up before this turns into a feminist rant. I’m excited to check out more of Autumn Christian’s work!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    Autumn Christian’s latest novel manages to be entertaining while at the same time feeling like an important work for these troubled times. The story follows Beverly Sykes through fifteen years of her life as she discovers the advantages and disadvantages of having, what is essentially, a sexual superpower. The novel engages with notions of sexuality, fame, male entitlement, and the complicated relationship between prudishness and prurience. Christian does an excellent job balancing the story’s t Autumn Christian’s latest novel manages to be entertaining while at the same time feeling like an important work for these troubled times. The story follows Beverly Sykes through fifteen years of her life as she discovers the advantages and disadvantages of having, what is essentially, a sexual superpower. The novel engages with notions of sexuality, fame, male entitlement, and the complicated relationship between prudishness and prurience. Christian does an excellent job balancing the story’s tone, veering expertly between sequences of extreme darkness and unexpected optimism. She’s also skilled at crafting a sentence. Some of them even feel like self-contained lines of poetry. Needless to say, I loved this book. It’s extremely gratifying to watch Beverly grow and evolve over the course of its pages. My only problem is the ending. It’s not bad, only unexpected. Without spoiling anything, I expected more ambiguity considering the nuisance and weight of everything that came before it. But that’s probably just me, and it’s only a minor criticism. I wholeheartedly recommend Girl Like a Bomb to anyone interested in reading powerful and evocative works of fiction.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eleanore

    This was a fun, sexy, wild one; quite unapologetically indulgent, which felt refreshing. It reads quick in that it carries you along, the way I wish more fiction would these days, and the concept, though fantastic, is unique and engaging. Beverly is, in many ways, a fuck-up, but really no more so than most of us, and she's saddled with a very unusual gift to contribute to her otherwise familiar neuroses. I got a real kick reading about her adventures, whether she was seeking out bad boys to fuck This was a fun, sexy, wild one; quite unapologetically indulgent, which felt refreshing. It reads quick in that it carries you along, the way I wish more fiction would these days, and the concept, though fantastic, is unique and engaging. Beverly is, in many ways, a fuck-up, but really no more so than most of us, and she's saddled with a very unusual gift to contribute to her otherwise familiar neuroses. I got a real kick reading about her adventures, whether she was seeking out bad boys to fuck on purpose, accidentally establishing a small town religion while doing strip tease, or consulting with the President, and all the other tastes in between. She may start out young, but -- much like anyone who has experience working in retail (and really, Bev is, too; it just so happens that her trade is supernatural sex) -- she has a very clear-eyed perspective on people, and reads them for filth rather quickly, particularly men and their attempts to use and utilize women to their own ends, and learns quite a lot about herself while observing everyone else, and how they use what she has to give.

  26. 5 out of 5

    P.T.

    A great read. It moves at a snappy pace, and is unexpectedly sweet, classy, and heartwarming for a book about magic sex. The writing is phenomenal, with little metaphors that electrify every page. My only quibble is that it could’ve used some more editing. There are writing slip-ups here and there, and the ebook has some formatting errors. Easy enough to ignore and/or fix in future editions though.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Smart

    An original story, with a beautiful ending. I've never read anything quite like this novel before, and will certainly be reading more novels by Autumn Christian. Excellent! An original story, with a beautiful ending. I've never read anything quite like this novel before, and will certainly be reading more novels by Autumn Christian. Excellent!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Blanchard

    Girl Like a Bomb is one of those books where you take a simple and almost insane idea, work with it, mold it, and see where it goes. From there you step it up a notch and another notch and another and take the ride of your life. Simply Girl Like a Bomb is an erotic fantasy that's daring in its approach. The simple and almost insane idea centers around Beverly Sykes who at age 15 is out to lose her virginity. She chooses a social outlaw Spider. The experience is earth shattering and awakens her i Girl Like a Bomb is one of those books where you take a simple and almost insane idea, work with it, mold it, and see where it goes. From there you step it up a notch and another notch and another and take the ride of your life. Simply Girl Like a Bomb is an erotic fantasy that's daring in its approach. The simple and almost insane idea centers around Beverly Sykes who at age 15 is out to lose her virginity. She chooses a social outlaw Spider. The experience is earth shattering and awakens her innate sexuality in a Big way. Other partners follow and a reputation is built. Bev is a girl with a magic vagina who can change the lives of her partners for the good, taking out whatever is holding them back and making their lives thru sex. It's here that some will stop reading, but do yourself a favor and stay with it. She and the structure of the story begin at age 15 learning some of the negatives of her gift and jumping to later ages where the experience gets bigger and more complicated. Still, the central focus is her and her mission to save the people of the world thru sex. Like any super hero she will be facing her Dr. Doom and still retain who she is. Girl Like a Bomb is not a story with a lot of morals involved which will drive away some readers, but that's their scene. Humor, some religious, is also a part of the story. This is Beverly Sykes "growing up" and still remaining a free spirit. Gifts don't always turn out good and she has her challenges. Still, going back to the first statements here - Autumn Christian takes a simple and almost insane idea, rides with it, has fun, and we get to see life in another light.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Dawe

    Girl Like A Bomb is body horror in a way no once else thought to write it. The story is captivating and will pull you in from the very first page. When a teenager finds out she has a gift inside of her that helps change the lives of those she has sex’s with, she goes from sex crazed teen to earthbound goddess. I loved that the story jumps to different parts of her life instead of being centered around the same age. It gives a better perspective on what the protagonist was truly capable of, going Girl Like A Bomb is body horror in a way no once else thought to write it. The story is captivating and will pull you in from the very first page. When a teenager finds out she has a gift inside of her that helps change the lives of those she has sex’s with, she goes from sex crazed teen to earthbound goddess. I loved that the story jumps to different parts of her life instead of being centered around the same age. It gives a better perspective on what the protagonist was truly capable of, going from turning burnout’s lives around to helping politicians and terrorists better the whole world. Christian’s similes and metaphors are top notch, making things up that are completely original and make sense. I’ve previously read her other book, “Crooked God Machine”, and I was really hoping to see those unorthodox comparisons make a comeback in this story. Girl Like A Bomb is one hell of a book, I cannot stress this enough. There’s something about it that grabs your attention and makes you crave more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ace Boggess

    What a fascinating and compelling book. From the description, I pictured a novel like Terry Southern's classic Candy, about sexual exploration, though replacing the hippie free-love theme with the more modern millennial views of sex. While the latter part is certainly true, this is no frolic. It adds the unusual notion of sex as a super power with the ability to heal all emotional wounds. It follows many roads, some bright and beautiful, others tormented and dark. It uses this superhuman idea of What a fascinating and compelling book. From the description, I pictured a novel like Terry Southern's classic Candy, about sexual exploration, though replacing the hippie free-love theme with the more modern millennial views of sex. While the latter part is certainly true, this is no frolic. It adds the unusual notion of sex as a super power with the ability to heal all emotional wounds. It follows many roads, some bright and beautiful, others tormented and dark. It uses this superhuman idea of sex to explore what it means to be human. The book offers so many insights that it's worth reading just for that. It brings more to the party, though. It has solid story, sharp dialogue, and a fresh look at the modern world. It's a book you won't want to put down, even when it feels uncomfortable to keep going. Give it a shot.

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