The Creamsickle



The Creamsickle Meet The Crew Georgie A Hopeless Romantic With A Weakness For Punk Rock Girls Even If They Consistently Trample Her Heart Cruzer A Mexican American Photographer, The Tough Kid, Who Chases Love All The Way To The East Coast Soda A Gender Queer Heartthrob From The Midwest, Who Dreams Of Pirate Ships, Moustaches And Femme Foxes Welcome To The Creamsickle, The Ultimate Bachelor Pad, A Lopsided Victorian In The Mission District, Home To This Rascally Crew Of Charming Skater Bois Who Hop From One Bed To Another In Pursuit Of Sex, Love Or Just The Next New Thrill This Is A San Francisco You Have Never Seen, An Eclectic Landscape Of Dyke Clubs And Dyke Havens, Along With The Exotic Minxy, A Wonderland Where Baby Butch Georgie Enters The Femme Centric World Of Strippers For The Most Comical Gender Bending Education Of All Discover Today S World Of Young Queers, A World Where Personal Identity Is In Constant Flux, Where Gender Exploration Can Be Performance Or A Life Saving Transition Beneath The Sex, Music, Drugs And Drama, You Ll Find Something True And Timeless A Search For Love, For Queer Family, For Meaning, For Connection, And Affirmation

10 thoughts on “The Creamsickle

  1. says:

    Pros a person of color who isn t an obnoxious racist stereotype mentions of queer history through the house commentary on gentrification, cops, and other things Gay Inc and the HRC set don t want queers to talk aboutCons dyke drama and sexcapade navel gazing I could have just gotten that for free from my friends and roommates butch bois unironically doing the same misogynistic shit as hetero dudebros without any serious critique or challenges to their behavior even when the author prov Pros a person of color who isn t an obnoxious racist stereotype mentions of queer history through the house commentary on gentrification, cops, and other things Gay Inc and the HRC set don t want queers to talk aboutCons dyke drama and sexcapade navel gazing I could have just gotten that for free from my friends and roommates butch bois unironically doing the same misogynistic shit as hetero dudebros without any serious critique or challenges to their behavior even when the author provides the opportunities static and shallow main character the only character who points out that trans men are men gets shot downI would have liked the book better had Argo focusedon the house and the history of the people who lived there through the decades but I realize that would have been a very different book I just couldn t get invested enough in these characters to enjoy the book

  2. says:

    to be fair, this is probablyof a 2.5, my rating is extremely subjective as far as my personal tastes go, this book was just okay, because i am not especially interested in the life times of queer skater bois living in a ramshackle victorian in san francisco at some indeterminate time period in the fairly recent past the characters are exactly the kind of people i have to put up with all the time in my everyday life by virture of hanging out with punk queers, they re exactly the k to be fair, this is probablyof a 2.5, my rating is extremely subjective as far as my personal tastes go, this book was just okay, because i am not especially interested in the life times of queer skater bois living in a ramshackle victorian in san francisco at some indeterminate time period in the fairly recent past the characters are exactly the kind of people i have to put up with all the time in my everyday life by virture of hanging out with punk queers, they re exactly the kind of people i d rather not spend my time on so reading a book about their romantic financial woes wasn t really something that appealed to me but for punk rock queers with a high tolerance for romantic drama, this is probably an awesome book.how did this book come into my possession if it featured characters i didn t really want to read about i told a friend i wanted to write something that basically amounted to punk rock YA serial fiction for weirdo anarcha feminist ex riot grrrl grown ups such as myself, she suggested we do a book trade she swapped me her copy of the creamsickle in exchange for bottle rocket hearts in all fairness, i think i got the better deal i did think the creamsickle was better than bottle rocket hearts, it was also better than i expected but considering that all it did was surpass a bar so low it may as well have been in the basement, this isn t exactly luxurious praise.the whole time i was reading, i was thinking that you could basically put the entire michelle tea oeuvre into a blender this book would pop out we ve got drugs, dramatic ex girlfriends, gender trouble, san francisco, sex work, an essentially plotless narrative seeing as i don t care for michelle tea s books at all, this obviously wasn t something i was going to enjoy someone who does like michelle tea would probably feel differently this book does have somewhatplot than the average michelle tea book it follows the events that transpire between the three primary roommates of the creamsickle, from the time that the main character, georgie, moves in, until the house is evicted because it s been sold for re development into high end luxury condos during this time, georgie gets over a girl starts dating a new girl, only to lose her when the old girl comes back into town she also starts working at a very thinly veiled version of the lusty lady her roommate soda breaks some hearts starts T her other roommate, cruzer, moves to philly for a girl there s not a whole hell of a lot happening in the terms of character growth development.my primary aggravation with this book, however, was the horrifying copyediting every sentence was all, hey fuck you said cruzer i wouldn t do that if i were you soda, i said man i don t know what to do about this problem georgie do you see what i m talking about it s like proper punctuation took a serious fucking holiday i doubt it was actually a stylistic choice, because it s so jarring, there are so many commas sprinkled everywhere they don t need to be i couldn t wait to finish the book return to a land where commas are not so horrifically abused i also found the font completely objectionable how much either of these things can actually be blamed on the author, how much was the choice of the publisher who knows but you can t say you weren t warned

  3. says:

    I have a genuine affection for this book and its characters There are few representations of queers like the ones I know and love in literature, and all too often I find them breezy and smug Georgie and the Crew display the requisite jadedness that pervades the culture, but Argo slowly cracks open their facades to expose the love on which the culture is built.Particularly good the in stride handling of gender change and the depiction of Georgie in love.

  4. says:

    Disclosure I got this free from the Lambda Literary Foundation I guess I made a big enough donation It won a Lammy for debut novel The writing is quite good and it would make an interesting companion piece to Stone Butch Blues Set in today s San Francisco, it tells the story of three bois and the ice cream colored house of the title that they live in It might be what SBB would have been if set today On the other hand, it pales by comparison It s almost like the author liked her character Disclosure I got this free from the Lambda Literary Foundation I guess I made a big enough donation It won a Lammy for debut novel The writing is quite good and it would make an interesting companion piece to Stone Butch Blues Set in today s San Francisco, it tells the story of three bois and the ice cream colored house of the title that they live in It might be what SBB would have been if set today On the other hand, it pales by comparison It s almost like the author liked her characters too much to have anything really bad happen to them While I learned a lot about boi femme culture yeah, butch femme is alive and well, just queered , skate culture, and stripping, overall, nothing happens There s no arc to the story Most of the characters do not change from beginning to end One does rather dramatically, but that s not the point of the story There isn t really a point And many scenes end abruptly and next thing you now Georgie, the narrator, is waking up with a hangover or a girl in her bed, or something and we ve missed the details It feels superficial, like skateboarding down a hill you fly along and everything blurs Maybe that s her point She narrates in present tense with very long backstories in past tense well enough written not to be info dumps, but still way too long.This is one year in the life of a 22 year old who drinks too much, takes drugs that don t seem to have any major consequences in her life, flits from job to job, loves to skate and f k women and that s about it I found myself quite frustrated and finally skipped to the end to see if I had anything to look forward to Nope I did go back and read the rest If the story had been of the house, which had quite a storied history, that would have been one thing, but really it s just the place they crash and their attachment to it saysabout their immaturity than about the iconography of the house It seemed there were a lot of themes that could have been explored but weren t The kids come from dysfunctional homes, which probably explains their lost state But they made me cringe to think this is the generation that s going to take over for us Part of what made SBB so good was that it took us across so many years and through so much This is one year in the lives of these kids and my 22nd year wouldn t have been anyinteresting But this is fiction, so it should have been.One reviewer implies you d best be under 40 to appreciate this So maybe that s my problem

  5. says:

    It s unusual to encounter literary lesbian fiction that s also a guilty pleasure, but both terms apply fairly to this book The Creamsickle itself is full of trash it s an unheated, lopsided flophouse in the Mission district of San Francisco that has an ever revolving door Over the years, it s been occupied by revolutionaries, hippie fags and fairies, grunge lesbians, and now The Crew, three 20 something skateboarding bois who have made the house their ultimate bachelor pad Their proces It s unusual to encounter literary lesbian fiction that s also a guilty pleasure, but both terms apply fairly to this book The Creamsickle itself is full of trash it s an unheated, lopsided flophouse in the Mission district of San Francisco that has an ever revolving door Over the years, it s been occupied by revolutionaries, hippie fags and fairies, grunge lesbians, and now The Crew, three 20 something skateboarding bois who have made the house their ultimate bachelor pad Their procession of lovers are not mere lipsticks lesbians but fierce girls, the tough bunch of femmes with razor heels and sharp tongues who can handle the neighborhood The novel isabout queer family creating it and maintaining it than about individual relationships, and the house plays a Mansfield Park like role in the story.Poetry loving Georgie is the most romantic and also the most sensible of the three bois We meet her when she s lovesick over a heroin addicted girl, but she s smart and strong enough to move on soon She makes wise beyond her years observations about herself and her friends, often wry or hilarious, like this one that made me LOL heartily in recognition of myself and a previous partner Soda was the ultimate subletter of heartsthe first three months Soda was the best live in lover a girl could possibly have She usually didn t have a job so whatever girl she was currently fucking became her part time employment Girls would try to promote her to full time or permanent status, but she made sure to keep herself at entry level Georgie s literal transformation in the novel comes when, unemployed and broke, she adopts an outwardly femme identity and warily takes a job dancing in a strip club People in my demographic 50 ish, suburbanite may need to read this novel with a cyberdictionary of urban slang and a cyberglossary of skateboarding terms at hand The effort was worth it to me in order to get inside a world of young queer women who divide themselves into bois and girls, tops and bottoms except when they don t Georgie sets a good example for readers in acknowledging that she doesn t understand all the family dynamics, notably the feelings of my favorite character, a friend of hers who is considering transitioning becomingfully biologically male I appreciated her discussions with that friend and from other characters who have conversations along the lines of I don t get dating a transboy I mean, what s the difference from a man Most of these characters are working poor and are just getting launched in life For example, the official end of Georgie s relationships is simply the divvying up of the sex toys, and in an 8 speaker argument about same sex marriage, no one comes close to imagining why most older couples want it But the only thing that made me feel apart from the characters was their constant alcohol and drug abuse, which after a while just seems sad and boring Georgie is not an addict, though, and she relieves the irritation with self aware comments like I find a direct link to the amount of coke everyone is doing to how dramatic they all are being Argo avoids all the mistakes that too many lesbian writers make with regard to sex saving it for one or two dramatic scenes, only alluding to it, describing it almost clinically, or ignoring it altogether References to sex start on page 1, and Argo often covers a lot of ground in a single sentence that contains the verb fuck The book s only major flaw is disjointedness Some of it reads like performance pieces or stories strung together, with characters appearing on the scene and leaving again with no strong narrative thread However, this didn t keep me from staying keenly interested in what happens to the 3 main characters and to the house

  6. says:

    It s kind of a punk beach read Like teen fiction for people who just stopped being teens Or for people who are 30 like me but forget they aren t 21 Anyhow, loved it, very well written and the characters are adorable and well rounded.

  7. says:

    This story transcends demographics, time and space Argo s style is immediate and smart, full of the poetry of being alive.

  8. says:

    Also Es gibt ja schon einige sehr coole Dinge daran, aber insgesamt ist es mir einfach sehr unsympathisch Ich hab das halbe Buch gebraucht, um mich in die Geschichte reinzufinden, und der machohafte Erz hltonfall macht das alles so unsch n zu lesen Und irgendwie werden genau die Dinge zelebriert, die ich an queeren Szenen irgendwie schei e finde Gegen Ende sind halt alle zu fertig, um weiter ganz so schei e zu sein, und Georgie hat gelernt, dass Femmes auch Gef hle haben, juhu.

  9. says:

    Urch.Neee.Hatte mich vor ein paar Jahren so gefreut, mal ein nicht allzu tiefgr ndiges, queeres Buch mit trans Charas zu lesen aber dann war es nicht nur sterbenslangweilig, sondern prim r misogyn und femme femininit tsfeindlich, dass ich zwischendurch meinen Augen nicht traute Nee, mit Feminismus hat das nichts zu tun und Bois, die ihre maskuline Identit t nur durch Abwertung von Femininit t leben k nnen, braucht auch wirklich kein Mensch.

  10. says:

    While some of the gender stuff in here was interesting femme for pay etc I wasn t very invested in any of the main characters except for Mia a little bit I think I found it hard to empathise with all the femmephobia misogyny kicking off I liked that the Creamsickle had a queer history that we got to find out a bit about, but I wish that had been exploredExcessive use of the t slur, zero trans women and unexamined approach to trans guys somehow not being guys bothered me Also I pe While some of the gender stuff in here was interesting femme for pay etc I wasn t very invested in any of the main characters except for Mia a little bit I think I found it hard to empathise with all the femmephobia misogyny kicking off I liked that the Creamsickle had a queer history that we got to find out a bit about, but I wish that had been exploredExcessive use of the t slur, zero trans women and unexamined approach to trans guys somehow not being guys bothered me Also I personally struggled with the amount of drinking and drug use in this book that s not a flaw per se, or unrealistic, but as a recovering addict it gave me a run for my money that I wasn t expecting, although perhaps I should have been I enjoyed Girls I Have Run Away With MUCHthan this, but that makes sense since GIRAW was written later

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