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Liz Pardue-Schultz

Traveler. Pen pal. Mother. Former English professor. Street artist. Writer. Yoga student. Journalist. Delinquent. "BUST" subscriber. Innovator. Creative parker.

Story: The Girl

Reviews

Lisa Rose

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This was a very interesting story and I liked how she was on the outside looking in at the end. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

VivianMac

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Disturbing and interesting. A skilled writer.

H&M

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Pardue-Schulz is an author with the command of an orchestra conductor. Her deft use of language, tension, setting and characters weave effortlessly together to create a symphony of astounding (yet classily understated) proportions. The piece does not make a guns and trumpets entrance, but rather sneaks in the back door and makes itself at home. A piece de resistance of accessible yet standout literature.

paperrhino

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Beautiful read that was equally haunting and compelling. Hope to read more!

Alias

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I can't say anything positive that hasn't already been said, but I'd buy a whole volume of stories like these if given the chance. MORE!

Aunt Flo

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A simple allegory that makes fantastic use of mechanical manipulations, this piece's pacing seems right on-par to me; showing a rapidly-changing reality with a shared perspective from the narrator.

Elia Winters

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I enjoyed many aspects of this story, including the rather unlikable - yet sympathetic - narrator. The pacing seemed a little off; it seemed to take a while to develop the tension it had toward the end, and I wanted Liz to take more time with the last part and make it clearer. There are some wonderful details and descriptions in this story, and I think it shows a lot of promise.

RoxeighRox

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A great read, I was definitely wanting more at the end of it! I will admit that about 2/3 of the way through, my heart caught in my throat and stayed there... Not because of the story, but because Liz coincedentally used a name that is the same as a long passed friend of mine. I probably read the rest of the story after that more emotional than most, but it was an excellent read.

WabiSabiLife

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An eerie story, I eagerly devoured her carefully crafted words, waiting for the mystery to be revealed. I enjoyed it very, very much! I'm interested to read what other stories are trying to escape Liz's head!

AudraLynne

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I felt that the intro was a bit lengthy and it took me a while to get into the groove of the piece. About halfway in was when I was hooked. The author won me over and soon I hated the girl just as much as our heroine. I would like to see a little bit more of the argument at the end. There was so much detail in the beginning and I feel that some of it could've been skipped and added instead to the grand finale. Otherwise, I think it was a good read and it left me wanting more.

englishteacher

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I think it is has a lot of potential. I'd like to see a little more.

SaraS

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An incredibly raw, and captivating story that leaves you wanting more at the end. You ache and sympathize with the characters as they are exposed for who they are and simultaneously question why it is that you relate so readily. Writing at it's very best.

Salsa

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I'm not surprised that this story is as fantastic as it is. Liz's writing has always captivated me. She is a true writer and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!

razreads

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I loved the imagery and the dialogue. The conversation between teenage girls about how philosophical and Bohemian she must be amused me because I could see my friends and myself having that talk at that age. The story did take a bit to draw me in but once it did I wanted to know and understand. I liked that it left it somewhat up to interpretation. I think that how we interpret this says something about each of us.

Psylocke921

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You don't have to "get" a story for it to be good. More so, even if LPS meant something specific in the story, it's still open to your interpretation. I found it amazing.

KBuck

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Great read! Completely haunting and nuanced. Loved it!

Soulnova

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Fantastic read. A great story and I cant wait to read some more.

Crazyscfool

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I've always been a huge fan of Liz's writing! This did not disappoint! Loved it!!! She is so creative and has a wonderful way with words.

Nooknerd

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Haunting, dark and deliciously written. Her words are skillfully crafted and gripped me at a visceral level. The dark and twisty turn around really resonated with me and sent true chillbumps up my spine. I really like what the story says about how women treat other women and ourselves. Excellent. I will read anything she writes.

Zip, Mistress of Bushwhacking

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"The Girl" is a great read, completely not what I expected at the end. I would have liked a little more in between their big fight and the shift to her sitting in the tree, though. Unless the author meant that shift to be jolting, in which case great job. I also really liked how she worked in details without being straightforward about it (e.g. her dress is grey, the house is blue, etc.).

penny4thots

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f'n A!! The ending came straight from left field and conked me on the head. Great layout, build up and ending. /Standing ovation. Encore?

Yaz

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I love Liz's writing. It's insightful, witty, and deliciously insane. I can't wait to read more!!

iammyown.jamie

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Love reading Liz's writing, it pulls you in and makes you want more. I agree with Haylee and Allison's reviews, her writing is compelling and crafted with beautiful intentions.

LMH

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The story really picked up speed as it moved forward and I found myself curious and waiting for the reveal of who this girl was, how she was there, why everyone so readily accepted her into their lives. Much of the dialogue was really snappy and I would like to hear even more of their voices.

Sandra C.

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LOVED IT! What an amazing piece. The atmosphere is as great as the story. Looking forward to more...

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