Night Terrors by Ashley Cardiff
Sex, Dating, Puberty, and Other Alarming Things

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If readers can get past Cardiff’s irritating efforts to constantly demonstrate her own cleverness, they may find some interesting observations about human sexual foibles, but not much else.
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From getting kicked out of Bible study to metaphysics with strippers—a misanthrope's wickedly witty observations about the ridiculous, raunchy, and frequently disturbing impulses that propel human existence.

With the wit of David Sedaris and the analytical sharpshooting of Sloane Crosley, Ashley Cardiff spares no one—least of all herself—in an absurd and relentlessly funny journey of sexual development.

Cardiff reflects on her introverted, awkward and too-smart teenage years to her slightly bolder (but still uncomfortable) adult relationships, all while exploring the rich anthropological terrain of sex and love. Expounding on dating Mormons, the inherent weirdness of adolescent development, sexual nightmare-fantasies about Prince, family members' sex tapes, and narrowly avoiding a teenage orgy, Cardiff recognizes sexuality for the anxiety-making force it is. Weaving adept analysis with hilarious anecdotes, she goes for something much deeper than a rant, crafting satire that's as smart as it is ruthless.

Delivering fresh, unapologetic views from the perspective of a precise and ferociously irreverent young female writer, Night Terrors is a rollicking manifesto on the agonies of modern life and love.
 

About Ashley Cardiff

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Ashley Cardiff is the deputy editor of The Gloss. She holds a degree in Classics and lives in Brooklyn for lack of imagination.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Avery. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 01 2013

It's to Cardiff's credit that these feelings, no matter how overwrought they were at the time, are remembered here with humor, sensitivity, and wisdom.

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Kirkus

Below average
on May 15 2013

If readers can get past Cardiff’s irritating efforts to constantly demonstrate her own cleverness, they may find some interesting observations about human sexual foibles, but not much else.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle Martinez on Jul 01 2013

...Night Terrors could have benefitted from a few less dramatic flourishes, but is still enjoyable as a memoir.

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