Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz


Not Otherwise Specified
Title : Not Otherwise Specified
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ISBN : 1481405985
Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 304

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.Everywhere she turns, someone feels she s too fringe for the fringe Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion and not sick enough to look anorexic partially thanks to recovery Etta doesn t fit anywhere until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta s therapy group Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska Bianca seems like Etta s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.


Not Otherwise Specified Reviews


  • Emma Giordano

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK For years, I have been saying I want a book about a girl in eating disorder recovery who is in the process of regaining her relationship with food and has gained weight back as a result, while ALSO still struggling having trouble not wishing for the past behaviors to return Welp, I found it And it was everything I wanted it to be.I m so thankful that this book exists I can t tell you how wonderful it is for me to say This book relates to how I currently fe I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK For years, I have been saying I want a book about a girl in eating disorder recovery who is in the process of regaining her relationship with food and has gained weight back as a result, while ALSO still struggling having trouble not wishing for the past behaviors to return Welp, I found it And it was everything I wanted it to be.I m so thankful that this book exists I can t tell you how wonderful it is for me to say This book relates to how I currently feel, instead of This book relates to how I felt 5 years ago In my opinion, this book has fantastic representation for eating disorders Not only does it show an eating disorder that isn t always recognized in fiction Otherwise Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder , but it was a very realistic portrayal of some of the experiences one might have in recovery Virtually any scene that involved Etta s feelings about her body or her ED really spoke to me I also think it s great because it did not feel as triggering to me as many other books about eating disorders, even ones that involve recovery It s great that a lot of ED books are able to capture the rawness of what it s like to suffer from these illnesses, but it can be very harmful by putting you back in this mindset I think Not Otherwise Specified handles eating disorders in a realistic yet positive, healthy way I would highly highly recommend it for this reason.I can t really speak for the other pieces of diversity in this book, but I will say it was super awesome to see a bisexual black main character instead of a straight while girl like most eating disorder stories Any bouts of biphobia included in this book are immediately shut down and in my opinion, it showcases an LGBT teen who is confident accepting of herself, and I think it is important that we highlight stories like this often Etta is a really unique, strong character and it was a pleasure getting to experience her story.Ultimately, this book was fab It is definitely one of my new auto recommends for people looking for diverse books with realistic, yet distinctive characters, hard hitting stories, and extremely pleasant writing I m so glad I decided to give it a chance

  • Hannah

    You know all those snarky narrators Etta is the opposite She s pretty much Robyn.Appropriately, the playlist Cry When You Get Older RobynShips in the Night Mat KearneyWe Dance to the Beat RobynBeverly Hills WeezerI Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous Frank TurnerRead My Mind Like Rebel Diamonds mix The KillersMean Taylor SwiftDancing On My Own RobynAt The Ballet A Chorus Line, new cast recordingAt The Ballet A Chorus Line, original broadway recordingWhite Horse You know all those snarky narrators Etta is the opposite She s pretty much Robyn.Appropriately, the playlist Cry When You Get Older RobynShips in the Night Mat KearneyWe Dance to the Beat RobynBeverly Hills WeezerI Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous Frank TurnerRead My Mind Like Rebel Diamonds mix The KillersMean Taylor SwiftDancing On My Own RobynAt The Ballet A Chorus Line, new cast recordingAt The Ballet A Chorus Line, original broadway recordingWhite Horse Taylor SwiftIn The Sun Joseph Arthur

  • Bekka

    OH MY GOD.Please tell me there will be a sequel This book This book is pretty much the closest thing I ve found to the perfect contemporary It is the contemporary of my dreams The contemporary we all deserve I ve been waiting so long to find a bisexual protagonist, it s unbelievable I mean, there have been a few Love in the Time of Global Warming comes to mind immediately but none have really addressed what it s like to be bisexual in a contemporary society full of people on both ends o OH MY GOD.Please tell me there will be a sequel This book This book is pretty much the closest thing I ve found to the perfect contemporary It is the contemporary of my dreams The contemporary we all deserve I ve been waiting so long to find a bisexual protagonist, it s unbelievable I mean, there have been a few Love in the Time of Global Warming comes to mind immediately but none have really addressed what it s like to be bisexual in a contemporary society full of people on both ends of the sexuality spectrum telling you that you don t know yourself well enough to make that decision for yourself, or that your sexuality doesn t actually exist, or you re greedy, you re a slut, etc, etc, etc Not Otherwise Specified shoves its middle finger right in the air and gives a big fuck you to the sexual orientation binary I mean, this book does a lot of other things too, and it does them almost perfectly, but goddamn I have been waiting for this book and it s finally here.Etta, the protagonist, is amazing She s been cast out by her friend group who call themselves The Dykes The Dykes, as you can imagine, are a group of lesbians who attend Etta s school, and honestly the only real thing they have in common in an attraction to other girls But as you can imagine, it s not easy being not straight and in Etta s case, also black in the middle of whiter and white, straighter than straight Nebraska, so Etta has latched onto them But they abandon her when she dates a boy It s not like she lied to them she has always been clear about her bisexuality, but The Dykes see this as a political move and use this opportunity to shun her and to bully her Etta takes this all in stride she s got confidence issues just like all of us, but she s still so fucking strong and she KNOWS this isn t right I love, love, absolutely love how Etta stands up for herself and how she internally processes all of this hatred toward bisexual people The shit I ve been working through for years is already apparent to Etta And you have no idea how happy it makes me It is so excited to see the word bisexual and to have a character call out another character when they refuse to acknowledge it Like, this shit speaks directly to my soul this book is screaming out loud all the things that I care about so passionately.And Etta s voice you guys I have never read a book where the character felt so authentic She is a real person she talks and acts like an actual teenager, she speaks just like all of us, do Her brain is full of run on sentences and sarcasm and complete derailments from what s going on right in the now She goes off on tangents, she sorts through her feelings, she has this great internal stream of consciousness that is 100% real and 100% Etta You re going to know within the first two pages whether or not this book is for you when it comes to the writing style It was hard for me to follow at first but once I got into Etta s rhythm, I was all there.I mean, seriously, this book has it all There are a thousand and one theater references, there is racial diversity and sexual diversity like you wouldn t believe but actually you would because hello this book is actually set in the real world The eating disorder angle is handled so honestly between that and the bisexuality, I found myself basically just nodding my head vigorously every third sentence There are sexy times There are frank references to past sexy times There is family, there is overcoming what you ve always been told to believe, there is unconditional love, THERE ARE PARALLELS.I had two teeny tiny issues with this book that obviously did nothing to lessen my enjoyment One the use of heterophobe Look There s no such thing as heterophobia, okay Stop trying to make it a thing Etta s ex best friend was acting like a leaking asshole because Etta dated a boy and Etta said she was being a heterophobe Nope What she was doing was perpetuating Biphobia She could have use biphobe or even misogynist Asshole works nicely here, too Also Etta s current friends with benefits compares Etta s race with her friend s sexuality, saying that the cis, white male who is gay is living a worse experience than Etta because at least Etta s family is black so she has someone who understands her This seriously rubbed me the wrong way Etta attempts to call him out on this after all, James is still a white male and Etta can never do anything that makes her not black I mean, this conversation is a lengthy one, and obviously I can t speak for black people, specifically black women and the misogyny they face, but I felt this part of the book would have been better if it hadn t been included at all.Listen, we can talk all day about WeNeedDiverseBooks, but none of that truly matters until we put our money where our mouth is I know I m trying to get better at diversifying my reading If you are, too, and even if you re not in which case, you need it even than I thought you need this book This is laugh out loud, this is righteous anger, this is excitement and wanting to wrap your protagonist up in a giant hug Not Otherwise Specified is such an important book a book that would have saved teenage Bekka a lot of heartache

  • isa

    HOLY fuck i mean, props for a black bisexual protagonist, that s iconic but the lesbophobia in this book was so..what the fuck you mean to tell me every lesbian in the school is in a clique called the Dykes who would basically subject their former friend to psychological torture for dating a man are you fucking kidding me fuck you.

  • Kat Kennedy

    Not Otherwise Specified is the story of Ella, a girl struggling with all the labels in her life Bi, eating disorder, dancing, black, etc.Not Otherwise Specified was a breathless read In that, no really, I felt breathless a lot of the time The Narration was like an unending stream of consciousness funnelling you right into Ella s every uncensored thought.You ll find all the hallmarks of a great Moskowitz novel here Thorough characterisation, relationship heavy, stunning writing, heartbreak.Bu Not Otherwise Specified is the story of Ella, a girl struggling with all the labels in her life Bi, eating disorder, dancing, black, etc.Not Otherwise Specified was a breathless read In that, no really, I felt breathless a lot of the time The Narration was like an unending stream of consciousness funnelling you right into Ella s every uncensored thought.You ll find all the hallmarks of a great Moskowitz novel here Thorough characterisation, relationship heavy, stunning writing, heartbreak.But what you ll also find it that there s nothing really new here either Ella worries, in the novel, that the theatre auditioners would know her bag of tricks and I think it s the same for this novel Moskowitz has a bag of tricks great tricks, beautiful tricks, heart touching tricks, but they can start to also feel a little tired.I didn t feel like Not Otherwise Specified was a stretch for Moskowitz Teeth was deeper Gone Gone Gone heartbreaking, Marco Impossible fun Not Otherwise Specified felt, in comparison, like a nice book And that s what I can say of it I know I m being unfair because writing about the eating disorder stuff and the bulling stuff must have been a real struggle for Moskowitz She really reached deep for those.And if anyone else had written it, I think I would have been impressed, to be honest But because it was a Moskowitz book, I expected from it.But this is where my excitement ramps up because A History of Glitter and Blood sounds very very different to the contemporaries that Moskowitz has written in the past So Moskowitz is already expanding on her bag of tricks it seems, and I am so, so excited to see what she comes up for for that

  • Dahlia

    Oh man, the VOICE In books where the voice is this strong, whether you enjoy the character whose head you re in or not is everything, and I loved hanging out with Etta I loved her humor and her strength and her honesty and her pride and her journey I loved that she tried to succeed and was willing to fail There s no area of her life in which she s unilaterally one thing even when it comes to something like letting other people dictate who she is, she both does and doesn t She s so fabulous Oh man, the VOICE In books where the voice is this strong, whether you enjoy the character whose head you re in or not is everything, and I loved hanging out with Etta I loved her humor and her strength and her honesty and her pride and her journey I loved that she tried to succeed and was willing to fail There s no area of her life in which she s unilaterally one thing even when it comes to something like letting other people dictate who she is, she both does and doesn t She s so fabulously ever changing, so remarkably and authentically adolescent, you just know that as unique as she is, there are going to be so many teen readers who are grateful to see themselves in her, and adult readers who needed to when they were teens This goes firmly on my list of Books I m Glad Exist But man, there s not a lot I wouldn t do for a prequel novella about Etta and Rachel

  • Chiara

    A copy of this novel was provided by Simon Schuster for review via Edelweiss.Not Otherwise Specified manages to tackle a lot of important and real issues without being an issue book , which is so important I m pretty much going to talk about the main themes that stood out to me when reading Not Otherwise Specified, because that s how I roll.1 Etta is bisexual, and open about it She s not hiding it from anyone, she s open about ogling pretty boys and pretty girls alike And I LOVED this A copy of this novel was provided by Simon Schuster for review via Edelweiss.Not Otherwise Specified manages to tackle a lot of important and real issues without being an issue book , which is so important I m pretty much going to talk about the main themes that stood out to me when reading Not Otherwise Specified, because that s how I roll.1 Etta is bisexual, and open about it She s not hiding it from anyone, she s open about ogling pretty boys and pretty girls alike And I LOVED this But Etta s acceptance of herself, and the fact that she owns her sexuality in no way means that it was easy for her Her friends ditched her because they re lesbians and don t believe Etta is gay enough to hang out with them It was pretty petty and cruel, and makes Etta question herself, and think about how being bi is different to being gay and straight, because there are assumptions made based on whoever she s with She has a lot of painful thoughts about this, and how if she marries a guy the queer community won t want her any This broke my heart into pieces.2 Etta is also recovering from an eating disorder, but being in recovery doesn t mean that everything is better She s worried about her weight, and food but she s also happy with herself And I think this is pretty accurate, whether or not you re recovering from an eating disorder Sometimes you feel good in your own skin, and sometimes you re overwhelmed with fear about how you re perceived by others.3 Etta s sexually active and owns it Likes it And I think this is SO IMPORTANT I think way too often in YA girls are supposed to be these precious little creatures who ve never even thought about sex, let alone wanted it and liked it And it s such complete bullshit that I was happy to finally have a female YA character that wanted and liked sex cheers all round 4 Bianca is struggling with her brother, James CUE ALL THE LOVE , being gay, and her religion Whilst I couldn t relate to this at all being not at all religious , I appreciated this thread of the story She loves her brother, and she doesn t condemn him for being who he is, but she s been taught all these things by the religion that she also loves So it s hard for her to come to terms with it all, but she tries and that s the thing I took away from this That even though she was uncomfortable and scared she loves and supports James anyway I was proud of her for this.5 Be yourself and unapologetic about it Etta has her insecurities, but she also knows who she is, and owns it like her sexual activity and bisexuality Her dancing plays a huge role in this, also with respect to her weight, and the way she comes to terms with it in the last few chapters is beautiful I really wanted to be Etta s best friend, to be honest, because she has such an effect on everyone around her, and I think that if I had a friend like that I could learn from her Because she s flawed and amazing all at the same time She s insecure and proud She s such an enigmatic and real character, and it was great.Now there are things I haven t even mentioned here like Etta and Rachel her best friend and how incredibly intense and confusing their relationship is like Bianca being right in the throes of her eating disorder, and how everyone acts about that, and how it isn t right but they re trying so hard like how there s bullying, and it s disgusting like how Etta realises the things she s done wrong most with respect to her sister throughout the book and ACKNOWLEDGES them and how the person that Etta is in love with isn t even a character, and you don t know ANYTHING about her, and how that s completely awesome.There s so much in this book, and so much of it is done so well Not Otherwise Specified is a freaking great novel It s fabulous Go read it 2015, Chiara Books for a Delicate Eternity All rights reserved

  • shady boots |

    Yaaaaasssss, Hannah, yaaaaaaaaaaasssssss gurl This book made me feel my oats.

  • Andrew

    Review to come.I really wanted to love this, I really did I mean, a bisexual girl of color trying to get through school, being told she doesn t fit into the lesbian or straight community because she likes both, trying to find new friends It sounds great doesn t it Well, it was far from that I could not get through this I could not get into the writing style, I could not get into how angsty, angry and completely whiney the main character was I did not enjoy the conflict between Etta and the Review to come.I really wanted to love this, I really did I mean, a bisexual girl of color trying to get through school, being told she doesn t fit into the lesbian or straight community because she likes both, trying to find new friends It sounds great doesn t it Well, it was far from that I could not get through this I could not get into the writing style, I could not get into how angsty, angry and completely whiney the main character was I did not enjoy the conflict between Etta and the dyke s club , you know how everyone likes a bit of drama I did not enjoy how one of the character s seemed just thrown in there for Etta to be able to stare googly eyed at and I m pretty sure will just be there for Etta to have sex with later on I did not enjoy the fact that Etta fantasized about stick skinny figure girls or how she saw Bianca, and thought how it might feel to be with someone that skinny, despite Bianca being 14 and Etta 17 I didn t like Mason s comment of if Etta s ever thought of Bianca in that way before It s honestly really creepy I did not enjoy how high and mighty Etta was and how she acted with her eating disorder, because to me, it felt like she was better than the other girls and two boys who went to the group meeting She kept saying how she chose to be there which came across as I want this so I m better than you lot and it didn t sit with me right.I m sorry, but this is just not for me It just felt like everything was a whiny, b romanticized sexualized and c horrible, just plain horrible, especially the conflict with everyone.Also, apparently gay men have a certain way of holding forks now I didn t know that one.Anyway, this obviously isn t for me, I don t know if I ll give Moskowitz another try

  • Lilian Halcombe

    The author appears to hate lesbians with a real passion.