Becoming Bobbie

by R. J. Stevens | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0758204108 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Roostopia of Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on 3/26/2004
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Roostopia from Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Friday, March 26, 2004
didn't put it down until i finished reading it completely

Journal Entry 2 by Erbie from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, April 12, 2004
Got this as a boomerang release from GenderQ.
She described it as 'Lesbian Chicklit'!

As a gay man, it's great to read this book about gay women. VERY recognisable storyline, and a book I can just NOT put down. Very entertaining writing, lovable character, overall, great read.

Got this in my house for 48 hours and finished a quarter already. That's a lot, for my standards!

Journal Entry 3 by Erbie from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, April 15, 2004
Finished it in record time.

When a book moves me so much, that tear are in my eyes (they actually rolled down my cheeks, the last 30 pages), it's a good one.

It's not, as GQ said, Lesbian Chicklit. It's a great coming out story, followed though to adulthood. The story takes you through about 25 years of the life of Bobbie, with all the ups and downs in it.

The way the author links time with the song that were popular then is a wonderful way to make the reader get a feel for the setting.

Overall a compelling read, a story that I kept on wanting to get back to, if only for a few minutes.... which then almost always stretched too long... Slept less, this week, but for a book that lingers in the mind, that's ok.

It's by the door, next time I'm in town, I'll return it to you, GQ! Thanks again for boomerang-releasing this one to me!

Journal Entry 4 by E-mile from Almere, Flevoland Netherlands on Saturday, April 24, 2004
The boomerang release has an extra stop......
After hearing Erbie about the book I asked GQ if I could read it too, so here it goes......
Thanks GQ; it's on top of my TBR-pile, so when I'm done reading "the Da Vinci Code" (which will be very soon), I'm going to read it!!

Journal Entry 5 by E-mile from Almere, Flevoland Netherlands on Sunday, June 06, 2004
Wow!!!!!!

What a book!!
Just like Erbie, I'm very touched by the book and also my tears were running.
I've read a few good books lately, but none of those touched me like this one did.
I never thought gayman and lesbians had so much in common.
Or, as Bobbie would call it, My Great Revelation with this book was:

***** Lesbians are gay too *****

Yes; a great book which I will remember and tell people about for long time!!

Thanks for sharing the book with me GenderQ!
And thank you Erbie for telling me about it!

Love you both,

E-mile xxx

Journal Entry 6 by E-mile at on Sunday, June 13, 2004
Released on Sunday, June 13, 2004 at another bookcrosser in a controlled release, n/a Controlled Releases.

gaat mee naar Castricum voor MaaikeB die door ons enthousiasme over het boek is aangestoken...

Journal Entry 7 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, June 14, 2004
Looking forward to this one. There will be less recognition for me as a non-gay, but for a well written novel that shouldn't be an obstacle. Thanks for sharing, GenderQ!

Journal Entry 8 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, June 28, 2004
Wow, I started reading yesterday and finished this afternoon (and mind you, today is a Monday, so I really had to work...), but I had to read on. Great story! It hurt to read about the awful things people do to eachother, but it was great to see how Bobbie managed to cope with it all. The musical references were lost on me (I know most of the titles of the songs, but not the songs themselves) and I wasn't too wild about the style of the author, but there were tears in my eyes as well and if a book moves you that much, it definitely is worth reading! Thanks, E-mile for drawing my attention to it and Gender-Q, thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 9 by muizz from Nieuwegein, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, July 01, 2004
I found this book today when I came home. I've never heard from the author or the book, but after reading the enthusiastic reactions of the previous readers I decided that I wanted to read this book.
Thank you MaaikeB for sending this book to me. And I really love the postcard! I don't look like the woman on the image, but otherwise it could have been me, totally lost in a book....

After me, this book is going to:

Suzy26
nrrdgrrl
Olifant
powerhouse
biba89
maupi

Journal Entry 10 by muizz from Nieuwegein, Utrecht Netherlands on Tuesday, August 03, 2004
'Becoming Bobby' was an eye-opener for me. I never realised how difficult it must have been for a lesbian teenager in the seventies in the USA. I wonder if it would have been different if she had grown up in the Netherlands, since we are supposed to be more tolerant. But I think that narrow minded people live everywhere...
I liked the way the book was written, in a very casual style. And allthough in the beginning of the book we learned that she wrote this book because of Stella, we have to wait till the end of the book to find out who this Stella is.
But no tears for me at the end of the book. It was sad, but not everything was sad.

Tomorrow a colleague will bring this book to Suzy26.

Journal Entry 11 by wingSuzy26wing from Delft, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, August 06, 2004
Just found this novel in my mailbox. Thanks to Muizz (and her colleague!) for sending it to me. I will start on it tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by wingSuzy26wing from Delft, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, August 09, 2004
Finished it already. I really loved this book! It is an easy read and quite a moving story. Once you start reading, it is impossible to tear yourself away. I really felt for Bobbie and, much to my surprise, I found myself moved to tears just like some people before me!
As a great Springsteen fan, I especially liked all these references to Bruce's music!

Journal Entry 13 by wingSuzy26wing from Delft, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, August 12, 2004
Sent this book to nrrdgrrl yesterday.

Journal Entry 14 by nrrdgrrl from Johannesburg - Fourways, Gauteng South Africa on Tuesday, August 24, 2004
came home from stressful travels and found bobbie waiting for me. thanks suzy26! i've been eyeing this book since it first was commented on in the forum, so i'm much looking forward to reading it. thanks genderq for sharing it. i'll try and read it as soon as i can.

Journal Entry 15 by nrrdgrrl from Johannesburg - Fourways, Gauteng South Africa on Saturday, August 28, 2004
what a book. finished it yesterday after a few long sittings.
lesbian chicklit indeed. too sugary, a real tearjerker, intentional emotional turmoil in readers' head. but if it is written so skillfully that despite all this, it does make my eyes watery, who am i to comment?

many of bobbie's adventures will seem very recognizable to anyone not being a wasp in a conservative region. then again, it only enhances the chances of being touched by the story.
well done and i'd like to read more of this author.

RELEASE NOTES:

i kept thinking i'd be in utrecht one of these days. but now it's taking too long. bobbie travels by mail.

Journal Entry 17 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, September 04, 2004
Nicely wrapped, safely arrived in Utrecht. Going to read this one as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 18 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, September 06, 2004
So there’s my story. If you expected a big bang at the end, I guess I’m going to disappoint you. If you’re reading this, you might think I’ve had some rough times. Maybe I have, but I don’t look at it that way. I don’t think it’s been any worse than anyone else had, and better than a lot. And I think I’ve been blessed.

That’s it, the book is about Bobbie’s life. It’s very descriptive. Growing up, learning lessons about life and living, getting to terms with. For me the book was like reading an interview in a magazine about somebody’s life. Interesting but as a novel too sentimental and superficial (the way it's written, not Bobbies life as such).

Thanks GenderQ for sharing this book!

Journal Entry 19 by powerhouse from Culemborg, Gelderland Netherlands on Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Surprise, surprise, forgot all about you, book.

Journal Entry 20 by powerhouse from Culemborg, Gelderland Netherlands on Thursday, October 14, 2004
In an attempt to release myself (and I'm not even registered) of guilt and stress I'm sending this no doubt wonderful book to the next in line. Without reading it. Sorry, book.

Journal Entry 21 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, October 17, 2004
I do not have anything new to add to these earlier journals. I as a heterosexual found it very interesting to read about the life of a gay woman, trying to survive against bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Very sad, the attitude of the mother especially. And I very much enjoyed reading about someone who showed this much courage to become a whole and happy person.
I read it in two days.
It goes off to Maupi.

Released on Friday, November 26, 2004 at about 12:00:00 PM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Controlled Release in Controlled Release, Controlled Release Controlled Releases.

RELEASE NOTES:

Bobbie goes to Maupi this evening.

Journal Entry 23 by HHX-328595 on Saturday, November 27, 2004
Got it! Thanks Biba and all readers preceding you. No rush, I guess, last in line. Not that I do not want to read it, but rings, priority, that kind of stuff.

Journal Entry 24 by HHX-328595 on Thursday, February 02, 2006
Finally read this one, read it in two goes, have to agree with some of nrrdgrrl's remarks: sugary, lesbian chicklit, tearjerker, intentional emotional pressure. Have to disagree about the skillfulness, sorry, what awful writing. Style, ouch, and some illogicalities in the storyline which were really annoying.
It's partly my problem, I cannot forget about the bad writing, even if the story is good in part. I'm glad I read it though, heard a lot about it and I do understand why the story touches people. Still, nag nag, why do you think Goddess created editors?
Well, GenderQ, Bobby can finally travel home! After such a long time.

Journal Entry 25 by HHX-328595 on Monday, March 06, 2006
en dan nu echt huiswaarts ...

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