Book Review: Weird Girl and What’s His Name, Meagan Brothers (2015)

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Mulder, it’s me.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received an electronic ARC for review though Edelweiss. Trigger warning for rape.)

Sometimes you can’t see how the stuff you do spirals out, like octopus arms, destroying everything in its path and … okay, that’s a crappy metaphor. Octopuses don’t really destroy anything. I had to do a report on octopuses once. Octopi. Anyway, they’re actually really smart, loving animals, even if they do look like blobs. I’m no octopus. I’m more like a … like a big dumb puppy. Whipping around with its tail and its giant paws, making a mess, destroying everything without even meaning to, just trying to jump on everybody’s lap and see who loves me best.

“You’ve seen one unrequited white hetero love story, you’ve seen ’em all.”

Tallulah “Lula” Monroe and Theodore “Rory” Callahan have been best friends for as long as they can (or care to) remember. Fellow misfits at Hawthorne High – she’s the “weird girl” to his “what’s-his-name?” – they bond over their absentee fathers, mediocre mothers, shared appreciation for the male form, general bookishness, and – of course – their unadulterated love of The X-Files, which originally aired when they were just toddlers. Every Friday night at 9PM, they get together at Lula’s grandparents’ retirement condo to watch exactly one episode – their best effort to replicate the original viewing experience – and then dissect it on their shared blog, SpookyKid and BloomOrphan’s Incomplete Guide to The X-Files.

Their seemingly rock-solid friendship is upended, however, when Lula discovers that Rory’s been having an “affair” with his boss, the much-older (and still mostly-closeted) Andy Barnett. Scare quotes because Rory is seventeen and the relationship is described multiple times as statutory rape. Angry that her best friend has been keeping secrets from her (and maybe a little in love with Rory herself), Lula confronts him…only to go missing the next day.

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