BOOBS: A Tale of American Politics and a Girl by Simon Plaster

Reviewed by Ronnie Alvarado
boobsA biting, unapologetic, and at times hilarious satire of modern American culture and society, Boobs: A Tale of American Politics and a Girl by Simon Plaster, is a witty read for anyone who is fed up by the at times oxymoronic particularities of the current culture.

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The protagonist of Plaster’s satirical work is the tireless Henryetta Herbert, a newspaper reporter and life-long denizen of the small town of Henryetta, Oklahoma. The unconventional spelling of Henryetta’s name has long been a thorn in her side, and has often led her to question her true sexual orientation. Adding even more uncertainty to her sexual identity is the recent “coming out” of her high-school boyfriend, Dallas Cowboy Gaylord Goodhart to his team mate Billy Ray Williams. Adding insult to injury, Gaylie has now even asked Henryetta to be his best man, complete with a tuxedo.

But Henryetta, and the town that serves as her namesake, has even bigger issues than the recent ‘discovery’ of its most famous celebrity. The upcoming mayoral election, usually a calm, uncontested race, may serve to completely alter the town’s entire identity. Returning for a high school reunion, ardent feminist and self-styled Hillary Clinton wannabe, Hildegard Bottomly, returns to her hometown with a vengeance. Hildy proclaims that the town’s moniker is chauvinist, and part of a Republican plot to further suppress women’s rights in its long-standing War on Women. Not only does she want to rechristen Henryetta “Etta,” but she also calls for a renaming of the town’s mascot to the “Fighting Hens,” a truly feminist poultry. Miss Bottomly’s opponents include the clueless, and all-to-realistic, mayor Buford Bailey, who simply wants to keep the status quo of his little Oklahoma town, and Henryetta’s richest inhabitant Jonathan Henry, who, as undeniably masculine as they come and with a deep sexual attraction to Ann Coulter of Fox News fame, calls to rename the town plain old “Henry.”

What ensues is an epic and deservingly biting look at the often times ridiculous nature of modern American politics and elections. As the star reporter for the town’s newspaper, Henryetta is on the front lines of the entire ruckus, hoping that her coverage may win her a long desired Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

Ending with several chapters that scathingly portray the final debate between the three mayoral candidates—complete with the various ludicrous cheers from their respective supporters—Boobs: A Tale of American Politics and a Girl is not for any reader easily offended or staunchly political, and may, in several instances, even be unpalatable for the most liberal-minded of readers. But ultimately, Plaster’s work is a courageous and witty satire of current American culture. It will be enjoyed by readers tired of the constant contradictions of society, and that are looking for a laugh.

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