A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu – Book Review

Jena Chung was a child prodigy, playing violin across the globe, until she had an on-stage breakdown. Now, in her early twenties, she’s returned to the violin and is auditioning for various different roles, but is finding that the skills she had as a soloist may not translate well to group performance. In addition to this, she’s having a lot of sex with a lot of men and it’s hard to tell if she has an issue with this or not.

I mostly enjoyed this book. Jena is struggling to find her path, and this leads to self-destructive behaviour. I’m not a fan of having casual sex with multiple partners as a symptom because it’s close to (if not outright) slut-shaming, but Tu painted Jena as a fuller character. This is the first novel from Jessie Tu and I think it’s definitely worth looking out for more from her.

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