No Boys Allowed Reviews is five girls who went to college together, separated by time and space. This blog is our way to keep in touch and reconnect.
Each reviewer has chosen an old nursery rhyme, typically associated with old-fashioned ideas and gender stereotypes, to structure her reviews. In this way, we’re reworking the rhymes, claiming them as our own, and showing that not only are girls made of “sugar, and spice, and everything nice,” but we (and all girls who are worth a damn) are made of wit, and strength, and spirit and thought, and big ol’ brains, too! And chick-lit can be made of that stuff, as well.
There was a little girl / who had a little curl / right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good, she was very, very good / but when she was bad, she was horrid.
Alyisha works in a Children’s Library, where she reads stories to 3-year olds and plays with glitter & googly eyes. She majored in English Literature & Religion. Her favorite book is “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman. Her favorite god is Shiva. She loves peep-toe pumps, and dreams of a happily-ever-after, complete with a tall, dark & handsome hunk & a diamond ring; but she also loves the color blue, punk rock music, and science-fiction. She’d like to say something cool, like “she knows how to hot-wire a car,” or, “she can do 25 chin-ups,” but she’d be lying. On both counts. (She’s got arms like limp noodles and doesn’t even know how to drive a stick shift). But she could still kick your ass… at Scrabble. Alyisha adopted a house bunny this year, named Moxie Crimefighter. Moxie (more magical being than ordinary rabbit) writes a gender-neutral book review blog called The Pooka Picks.
Girls rule / boys drool.
Arianne thinks that talking in the third person is weird, but is doing so for the sake of continuity. A walking contradiction, she’s an MBA working in non-profit, a cat lady with no cats, and an artist with a penchant for engineering. She wants to save the world, but will settle for traveling as much as possible. Her latest obsession is decorating her kitchen in retro turquoise furniture and accessories found at antique stores. She loves to read, but mainly sticks to historical fiction, fantasy, and YA trash, which is perfectly suitable for lounging on the beach, incidentally, one of her favorite pastimes. An enigmatic libertarian who owns far too many shoes, Arianne doesn’t know how to finish this sentence.
I like coffee, I like tea / I like the boys and the boys like me.
Kristin’s love of books and reading led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in library science. She loves to talk about libraries to anyone who will listen, which is why she leads tours of a beautiful library in her home city, Chicago. She firmly believes that everyone should read E.M. Forster’s A Room With a View as soon as possible. Her avocations include watching HGTV and trying to get Thomas Pynchon to go out more; she also appreciates semi-colon usage.
Georgie Porgie, pudding pie / kissed the girls and made them cry.
Megan was born in the wrong decade. Her affinity for all things Jane Austen or from the first half of the 20th century suggests she missed her appropriate time period, and explains why the majority of her reading material is historical. Megan supports her book obsession (as the number of boxes of books recently moved attests, and the fact that custom bookcases need to happen) by teaching and by haunting all book sales that come within her orbit. Her free time is spent acquiring things that are green, sparkly, and/or shoes. She refuses to read anything sad, and tries to avoid all depressing things.
I’m a little sailor girl, dressed in yellow./ This is the way I treat my fellow./
I kiss him and I hug him/ And I kick him in the pants./ That is the end of my romance.
Victoria Rose thinks that using her middle name might be pretentious but not so pretentious that she won’t play it off as casually cool. She holds approximately 12 jobs at any given time but is most proud of working as an Artistic Associate at the largest Shakespeare company in Boston, MA (teaching, directing, acting, playing, and producing Shakespeare for 100,000 people outdoors each year, and generally not sleeping). As she attempts to avoid being an actually-starving-artist, Victoria supplements living her dream by freelancing as: a director and actor, child-wrangler for the ballet, conservatory opera director, after-school arts teacher, practice patient testing medical students, educational audio book editor, church childcare provider, Mother Goose at the local farm and you guessed it….tiny hat-wearing birthday clown (ask her to make a bicycle…I dare you). She can’t believe she found time to write this bio. Love to her co-writers, the ever-astoundingly-intelligent SMC girls who despite miles, mortgages, marriages, and more never really left 4th floor Joyce.