Press & Reviews for Red Star Tattoo


Metro News  –   Sonja Larsen pens memoir about being a teenage revolutionary  – January 12 2016“…For Sonja Larsen, rebellion meant joining a radical left-wing political party and becoming the youngest member of its militia, an astonishing experience she chronicles in her new memoir, Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary, published by Random House Canada. “

Toronto Star – Tuning in, turning on and dropping out, age 9  –  Wednesday January 13 2016 “In an eloquent, stranger-than-fiction memoir, Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary, Vancouver’s Sonja Larsen recollects her traumatic experiences with one version of dropping out.”

The Globe and Mail – Sonja Larsen’s Red Star Tattoo is an engrossing memoir of a transient childhood  –  Friday January 15th “I picked up the book in an afternoon and – each page turned in steady anticipation – did not put it down until I was finished.”

 National Post – Putting the ‘commune’ in community – Saturday January 23rd 2016 “A triumphant affirmation of the story teller’s art.”

NOW Toronto Magazine – Cult Following – January 27 2016 “an engrossing memoir detailing the art of grotesque seduction.”

Vancouver Sun – The revolution that never was – January 29th 2016 “an insightful and moving memoir.”

Vancouver Province – Feb 12 2016 ‘Everyone knew a kid was better than a dog or a woman for hitchhiking’: don’t call Sonja Larsen a survivor

National Post – The NP99: The best books of the year, vol. 4 (24–2) – December 8 2016 “Larsen’s memoir is a mesmerizing story of an often-forgotten part of history.”

NOW Toronto –  The 10 best books of 2016- December 13 2016 “Raised in a hippie commune, a teen winds up in a revolutionary collective in Brooklyn where the charismatic leader’s sexual abuse doesn’t reduce her revolutionary fervour. Sounds like some wild fiction, but it’s actually a memoir told with startling candour.”

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