The Trials and Tribulations of Suburban Life

chicago suburb from the airI have a love/hate relationship with the suburbs. Having spent some time living in suburban and planned communities, I have grown to truly detest the homogeneity, the predominance of big-box chain stores, and the Stepford Wives-like creepiness that some suburban environments seem prone to breed in their residence. But, then again, I wouldn’t be the fabulous person I am today having not had the American suburban experience. Below I’ve listed some titles I have enjoyed that feature the suburbs (some in a creepy way, others as merely a backdrop to the action). What do you love or hate about the ‘burbs?
 

Mer’s Suburban Reads:

candor bookjacketvast fields of ordinary bookjacketthe plain janes bookjacketbrutal bookjacket
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

how to steal a car bookjacketalibi junior high bookjacketbreathe my name bookjacketbig mouth and ugly girl bookjacket

 

 

 

 

 

last safe place on earth bookjacketi was a non-blonde cheerleader bookjacketconfessions of a teenage drama queen bookjackettales from outer suburbia bookjacket

 

 

 

 

Flickr CC: Chicago suburbs from the air Photo by: Scorpions and Centaurs