What They're Saying About Marie...
"This seems clichéd and pedantic, I know, but Ms Simas has an engaging, if blunt and painfully honest, voice that makes the whole thing works. It is easy to get caught up in the heartbreak and the whole layers of hurt in her childhood, only to cheer the author on as she tries to shake off the shackles of her past. And yet, despite the painfully raw emotions that scorch the pages, this story also manages to tell the tale of a young lady who manages to rise above the rampant and violent misogyny in her neighborhood to carve her out own life and make peace with the demons in her past."
-Mrs. Giggles Reviews
"I may not agree with everything the author says, but I definitely understand where she is coming from. I have a feeling that this book was a catharsis for the author; a way of exorcising her demons--her anger and despair. She also has a mordant sense of humor that probably saved her life. You may find yourself crying one minute and laughing the next. This book is brutally honest."
-The Literary Lioness
"I enjoyed this book greatly. It's not something I would probably go into a bookstore and buy, but for the price I thought it was worth downloading. Marie's story is gripping. At times funny and in most parts quite touching. I felt for her in regards to the upbringing she tells about. The relationships she has with people range raised different emotions within myself. I felt extremely moved by the relationships she had with her parents. The sadness of her mother and the cruelty of her father made me reflect on my own relationships, both with my parents and with my own children. Definately worth a read."
"School shouldn't leave you with more questions than answers. "Do Tampons Take Your Virginity?: A Catholic Girl's Memoir" tells of Mari Simas' upbringing in the sheltered and repressive life of Catholicism. With humor and much honesty, she provides quite the read and will prove quite enlightening and entertaining. "Do Tampons Take Your Virginity?" is a top pick for memoir collections, highly recommended."
-The Midwest Book Review
"The intensity of Marie Simas's father's reactions to her head-strong behavior is so often disturbing. Yet, she is irrepressible. Read it. Get it. You won't regret it."
--Carol Leonard, Author of Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart
"A most entertaining collection of childhood stories that will both shock and delight you."
—Patricia Fry, Bestselling Author
"Bawdy and brutal, sweet and sad, this is a memoir of growing up Portuguese Catholic in America, the product of a belt-wielding father and a mother who really did believe that good Catholic girls don't use tampons -- and this not in the 1950s but in the 1980s. The book had me alternately holding my breath in horror and laughing out loud. Despite the fear and the shame of her upbringing, Simas manages to find dark humor in the ironies of the adults around her. She ends on an optimistic note: "Don't regret your choices . . . don't despair. . . . Just put one foot in front of the other, and you'll do just fine."
-TRUE SMALL CAPS Religion and Spirituality Reviews