Thursday, September 16, 2021

Boy Parts by Eliza Clark


Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men she persuades to model for her, scouted from the streets of Newcastle. Placed on sabbatical from her dead-end bar job, she is offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, promising to revive her career in the art world and offering an escape from her rut of drugs, alcohol, and extreme cinema. The news triggers a self-destructive tailspin, centred around Irina's relationship with her obsessive best-friend, and a shy young man from her local supermarket who has attracted her attention.

I read this as a buddy read with my fab pal Kath (go check out her review on her Bookstagram account kathvbooks). I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Kath sporadically throughout reading this and can’t wait to do another buddy read with her. I was drawn to this after reading that its set in my home town.

So at first I wasn’t sure on how I was feeling about this one. Irving talks photographs of male models she finds in Newcastle, the photos range from topless to full on erotic poses. Irina has some issues, there is a lot of drug taking, drinking, and just plain nastiness . She isn’t a dry nice person at all and you can tell she wants things her own way or no way. She’s a bully to her friends, and manipulates the guys she photographs into doing whatever she wants.

Kath mentions Eddie in her review, and I agree that we both fell for him, and he just seemed so sweet. He just wanted to be liked and unfortunately the friend he met and made was Irina.

There was a lot of has someone been killed or not throughout the book and it had us quite confused at times. But I actually enjoyed the book, and after the first few chapters I got quite addicted to finding out what was going on! A different read, but well written and a good book.

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