In Reading Mode: A Very Special Friendship

Reading Mode: A Very Special Friendship

UPGRADE DAY

Of all the back-to-school books, this is probably the one we were waiting for with the most impatience. Because since the publication of the third and last volume of Vernon Subutex, Virginie Despentes signs here her first novel.

With Frenchwoman Virginie Despentes, expect anything. From one novel to another, she always has a knack for surprising and making an impression. But since the time we have been following her, we would never have imagined that one day she would offer us an epistolary novel. And yet… 

It's all going to start with an Instagram post. Oscar Jayack, a novelist who rose to fame a good ten years earlier, is not going to hesitate to speak ill of actress Rebecca Latté, whose beauty would only be a vague memory. At least according to him. Because unable to let this pass, the main interested party will not mince words to put the man in his place with an email beginning with “Dear asshole”. 

Liberating writings

Even if she left under very bad auspices, their epistolary relationship will quickly take a completely different turn. Throughout the pages, Oscar will speak, for example, of his polydrug addiction or his misadventures with Zoé, a former press officer who has just “metooized” him because he once courted her a little too intensely. Zoé is now at the head of a feminist blog with more than 100,000 subscribers, so Rebecca will be the first to admit that this woman could not have been better placed to cause her maximum harm. 

As it's Despentes, it reads on its own. That said, the exchanges are often long and sometimes difficult to distinguish (same tone, same style). But to say that we didn't like it, there is a margin.

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