Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for letting me be a part of the blog tour for ‘Sourpuss’ by Merricat Mulwray.
You see those words written on the top of the cover?
The authors mean it. Oh, they really do.
‘Sourpuss’ is Dark.
It is not just a glimpse but a nose dive plunge into all the darkness that humankind can conjure.
Violence and Lust
You name it. Sourpuss has it. And all within a college campus.
Before we talk about the story, it is important to understand this:
The protagonist created by Merricat Mulwray, Mallory Wahl was not designed to be liked.
She was created (if I have been able to understand the perspective of the authors) to convey that oftentimes, in a dark and murky environment the only choice one sees to be able to survive, is to wear that darkness as a mask and blend in.
It is not a question of right or wrong. It just is.
And I will be completely honest. This is not my kind of genre. I mostly keep the dark ones in my book list to a bare minimum.
But I have always believed that when you are reviewing a book, you should not let your ‘genre bias‘ keep you from seeing both the good and bad sides of a book.
Would I still recommend this book?
Yes if you’re a reader who wants to be familiar with all the variety this bookish world has to offer including the grim and unpleasant.
That being established, let me tell you about the story.
Mallory Wahl is a talented athlete. and rapidly catching up to huge success. She has already achieved a celebrity status in her college.
However, that status has also made her feel, no scratch that, believe she has the right to to consider herself better than anyone else.
In Mallory’s mind she is the only one who knows how things should be done.
Everyone else… simply exist.
To what purpose?
Well you need people to clap for you, don’t you?
As you might have guessed Mallory has it all.
A bloated sense of entitlement
A Superiority complex.
She is highly judgemental and an opportunist.
Sourpuss’s main protagonist Mallory is irritating.
Necessary to tell you a story of the reality we try to sweep under our rugs.
Mallory Wahl is on her way to the Olympics. She definitely has the talent, the determination and the willingness to do everything that gets her closer to her goals. Winning the Olympics would be the undeniable proof that she is indeed better than everyone else.
But she meets with an accident during a race. If she doesn’t recover soon, Mallory’s dreams of the Olympics might just vanish into nothingness.
That is when Graham Patterson struts in. He is a student intern, a really good one, in the physiotherapy programme and is Mallory’s best choice to get back in top form.
Graham is also the leader of the most famous fraternally on the college campus and has an attitude to match.
Mallory however, hates fraternities with all her heart and brain. The reason would eventually be clear to you when you read ‘Sourpuss’.
Both Mallory and Graham are the best characters to show to what extent societal and peer pressures can drive a person to the very depth of darkness.
Both these characters deal with the pressure in their own way.
While Mallory builds a wall of false self assurances around to separate herself from the rest of the world,
Graham, despite having excellent skills that can make him shine as an individual chooses to be only known by the company he keeps.
Surrounding these two are a melangé of other characters in varying shades of grey. All struggling to survive in the chaos.
Even though I cannot say I enjoyed the story with it’s harsh( yet true) depiction of reality,
I will definitely admit that the duo of Merricat Mulwray have done a splendid job at exploring the psychological issues and contradictions of these characters and how their conditioned choices effect their mental well being.
Ther is no denying that ‘Sourpuss’ is heartbreakingly real. And sometimes you do need to be reminded of the darkness while you are basking in the light.
Darkness can be a necessity sometimes. What do you think?
Do you believe that the dark needs to be confronted?
Sourpuss is a blistering satire of the depraved and entitled culture that pervades college campuses.
Mallory Wahl loathes the campus party scene . . .
She’s sprinting through her senior year obsessed with winning a spot on the US Olympic track team. But she runs straight into a hurdle in the form of fraternity president Graham Patterson, an intern assigned to help her recover from an injury – one she blames on him .
Once Graham’s therapies begin to work, Mallory pretends to fall in love but traps herself in her own scheme and tailspins deep into his debauched world. When a scandal erupts which threatens to shatter her Olympic dreams once and for all, Mallory must finally face the dark truth she’s been running from since freshman year.
Merricat Mulwray is the collaboration of two sisters. They live in Los Angeles
where they hatch plans and develop schemes, sometimes these turn into novels.
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Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
- Signed copy of Sourpuss
Publication date: January 20, 2019
Publisher: Haigh 38 Press
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–Birdie’s Bibliotheca >> Review
–My Fiction Nook >> Top 10 List
–The Avid Reader >> Excerpt
–JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder >> Guest post
–Wilted Pages >> Excerpt