Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy is a coming-of-age story that is poignantly raw and genuine.
I was quickly taken back in time to the early 80s as Sherri Taylor, nineteen and recently orphaned, finds herself interviewing at the Playboy resort in Wisconsin close to her hometown of East Troy. Sherri wants to break out of her small town, experience anything and everything, and sees the Playboy resort as a means to an end. I can’t say that I liked Sherri, as she didn’t give me anything to like, but I did sympathize with her naïveté and found the conclusion to be very satisfying. If I had more time with present-day Sherri, I would have found her more relatable and a character with which I could connect.
Nineteen-year-old Sherri, though, is a hot mess. Her story provides a look into the Playboy world, which has an air of mysterious naughtiness even today. I enjoyed the uncompromisingly honest narration of this gripping tale and the information I gained about the period and the setting.
This book is perfect for anyone intrigued by the Playboy world and what happened to all those young women who once made a career of serving resort guests in a tight corseted costume with a fluffy tail and a headband with bunny ears.