Little Miss Smarty-Pantsby Suzanne Kopoulos
Little Miss Smarty-Pants is the true coming-of-age tale of a wallflower-turned-wiseass. Her journey from a dateless, geeky Barry Manilow fan in high school to a butt-kicking warrior begins in the 1980s when she meets her gay boyfriend in college. Their once-in-a-lifetime friendship is just the spark she needs to blossom into a sarcastic, sassy smarty-pants.
Her experiences take her far from her sheltered, suburban childhood as she discovers a world of gay bars, drag queens, disastrous blind dates, deadbeat boyfriends, and the freakiest co-workers on the planet.
Dr. Love, Balloon Animal Guy, Malcolm the Super Freak, The Tuscaloosa Turd, Joe Trailer, and Closet Girl are just a few of the characters who inhabit, and forever change, the world of Little Miss Smarty-Pants.
- Cold Tree Press
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Little Miss Smarty-Pants follows the author from her awkward teenage years in Chicago through her relationship with Jack, her gay boyfriend. Along the way she encounters deadbeat boyfriends, drag queens, and oddball co-workers. Kopoulos' memoir bounces between the bizzare, the comical, and heartbreaking real life with deft precision. Anyone who has been lucky enough to have that one special friend will understand the value of this book and the courage it took to put inexplicable feelings into words.
This is a coming-of-age, self-discovery, of a shy, geeky, sheltered suburban girl. Upon entering college, she meets a gay boy, Jack, and they become best friends. He introduced her the gay side of Chicago. Even dressing her in male clothing in order to get her into the gay bars he frequented. Through him she becomes self-assured, sassy, and able to 'kick ass.' This is an outstanding read.
Little Miss Smarty-Pants is first the memoir I have laughed my way through most of. Suzanne Kopoulos really lets it all hang out. She didn't hold much, if anything, back. As you might expect, she did change the names. I give her a lot of credit. Granted I didn't have as diverse a life as Suzanne, but I couldn't sit down and write about my life like she has. Give Suzanne Kopoulos a gold star for guts! She may be about 10 years older than I am, but I could relate to a lot of what she talks about in Little Miss Smarty-Pants. From a high-school boyfriend she calls Joe Trailer, whose only perceivable ambition in life was to own a double-wide trailer, to dying her hair the same orange-red as Lucille Ball. Suzanne develops a close friendship with a guy, Jack aka Pookie, while in her first year of college in 1982 a friendship that lasts to this day. Giving this book 5 stars was easy. A book that keeps me reading until well past 10pm (I didn¿t close the book until 1:30am the first night/early morning) is rare. Suzanne made me cry, feel her pain (Dr. Love), laugh and a few other emotions all in 320 pages. Please give this book a chance!