Short Story Review: ‘Looking up Vagina’ by Jon McGregor

Story Title: Looking up Vagina
Collection/Anthology?: This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You (Bloomsbury)
Date Read: Wednesday 27th June 2012
Briefly: Smithy is vaguely optimistic that the appearance of pubic hair is going raise his status among his peers, and cut down on the amount that he’s bullied.
Afterthoughts: A short tale from McGregor but one that’s beautifully engineered. As the summary illustrates, this is a story that centres around puberty, and the painful world of playground bullying. It’s a story that goes from optimism to let down, and back to optimism again. And on the way the dictionary is featured, with McGregor cleverly throwing in (not as haphazard as it sounds), as many ‘v’ words as he can. It’s a clever idea, and it really works!

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Jon McGregor short story collection, This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title, or to take a trip over to the publisher page for this book.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).