Book Review: ‘Amy Goes Pop,’ by Poppy Goodhead

4-stars for ‘Amy Goes Pop’ by Poppy Goodhead

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‘Stylistic and Playful’

I have no reservation saying, that with all the reading I’ve done before and since college, the two genres I’ve neglected most are horror and erotica. Not for any specific reason, The Complete Adventures of Amymind you. I state, without hesitation, that I am one person on this nutty rock swimming about in space not burdened with any congenital or developmental morality issues. Thank God! There’s just a lot to read in the genres I enjoy and write most. Those being Science Fiction, Adventure, Romantic Comedies, Satire, Historical Fiction and Classics.

In an effort to expand my horizons, something I excel at and do often – simply because I excel at it, I decided to pick out a piece by an erotica writer I found at Twitter (I believe in supporting my fellow writers, BTW – As we all do, right?) and explore this genre and share my review.

So, what did I find with Poppy Goodhead’s AMY GOES POP?

What intrigued me most about this story was that it actually had one. And it was well-devised and well-written too. It also has a subtle wit and youthful playfulness about it I found distinctly enjoyable.

Amy Goes Pop is a fun, often mischievous, piece that along with the vivid sex scenes, has a well-developed sense of humour craftily planted just beneath the surface. Ms Goodhead, I believe, wanted her readers to enjoy themselves while skimming along with Amy and not take her sexual escapades too seriously.

The writer created believable characters, placed them into convincing settings, and allowed her characters to drive the plot forward. This is a standard screenwriting technique, and if I’m correct, Ms Goodhead, if not actively writing for film, has studied the screenwriting craft.

The Story

Amy Summers, the main character, is a between jobs cellist trying to find her way in the Amy Goes Popworld who has also discovered her sexuality. And has consciously chosen to explore it unabashedly.

She’s high-spirited, sharp, introspective, young and impulsive. She rarely questions her sexual desires, and when she does, it’s seldom whether she should or shouldn’t engage with others, it’s whether her overt interests in the engagements will be accepted.

Very noticeable is Ms Goodhead’s crisp, witty writing style. This is revealed early and carried on throughout. She’s clever with her literary devices, understands the need to add conflict in her scenes, and is equally competent with the broad and the more detailed strokes.

What I liked most:

The breezy, playful style.

As I stated above, I believe the author wanted her book to be a fun and slightly frivolous read with a smart sense of humour. i.e. Don’t take Amy too seriously. She’s a high-spirited girl enjoying her sexuality and wanting you the reader to enjoy it along with her.

Criticisms:

One that kept me from giving this a 5-Star rating.

Though the main character, Amy, is well developed, others, in my opinion, were not. A little more work on the secondary and ancillary characters would have added additional depth to this work and awarded the author the chance to develop additional conflict. And, as we all know, conflict = story.

Recommendation:

This is certainly not a book or genre for everyone. It’s well-written, Ms Goodhead is a talented writer who would produce fine lit in any genre she chose, but the sex scenes are explicit, and there will obviously be those who would find this material offensive.

For those of you without those ‘Inherent Morality Issues’ I spoke of, this is an enjoyable read. I give Amy Goes Pop 4-Stars and a High Recommendation.

Review by T. E. Mark – Writer / Screenwriter

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