The IHOP Papers - Reception


The IHOP Papers received a positive review in Publishers Weekly. The reviewer called the novel "a coming-of-age coming-out in the tradition of Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle" with "strikingly lyrical moments in an otherwise frank narrative of a writer teetering between adolescence and adulthood." Writing for Booklist, said Liebegott's book had "an easy charm sure to win her fans." In a review by Entertainment Weekly, Katia Hetter commented, "Francesca's reminders that she's 'writing' the book can get annoying, but her story is a vivid reminder of how painful diner meals and coming out can be." The San Diego Union-Tribune said the novel was "for everyone who's been a struggling, syrup-stained, chain-smoking, journal-writing, romantic fool, lesbian or otherwise."

Authors Michelle Tea, Eileen Myles, and Sarah Shun-lien contributed positive comments for the novel's front and back covers.

The novel won the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Literature in 2008.

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