Cha-Ching!

Cha-Ching!




Press Reviews

Shameless

"Liebegott's poetic prose delivers the narrative in vivid detail, and although the novel grapples with the difficult issues of addiction, depression, poverty and homophobia, the reader is still left sharing Theo's inexorable optimism about the possibilities of starting over."--Katie Ungard, Shameless


Bomb

"Ali Liebegott's books evoke a life-affirming sensation that comes from embracing the pendular. Her ability to hit the right tone is scientific, almost violent in its precision—a single word or observation, well-placed, can have a reader crying or laughing aloud."—Evan Karp, Bomb


Gay & Lesbian Review

"Ali Liebegott's fiction is in a direct line of descent from the road trip novels of the Beat Generation, the writers who chronicled the lives of outsiders in the conservatives 1950s. In Liebegott's work, the marginalized status of her characters is directly related to their gender fluidity and sexual nonconformity. . . . The persistence of love and hope prevent this novel from being a journey through hell, and the author's narrative skill carries the reader along for the ride.˛—Jean Roberta, The Gay and Lesbian Review


Autostraddle

"Liebegott has the unique ability to make the world feel so heavy that it could crush you, yet also make the assertion that a solid pair of dapper boots make the month better . . . If you ever feel unlucky or lucky, you should read this book. The words in it are both beautiful and real."-- Carmen, Autostraddle 


Lambda Literary

"Cha-Ching! captures brilliantly chaos and uncertainty that comes when one is perhaps a little too old to be a youth, but hasn't figured out how to be an adult either. This is a story whose greatest strength is the way it unflinching demands that readers sit with their own discomfort  . . .  Liebegott is an exquisite storyteller bringing us into Theo’s world without casting judgment, reminding us that life is a gamble, and everything: home, sobriety, success, love ultimately hangs in the balance. This is a story about margins and uncertainties, of fisting a girl you barely know on dirty hotel carpet, and losing the last of your cash on the alcohol you quit, and slot machines praying to get lucky again, and promising if you do, not to blow it this time."—Sassafras Lowrey, Lambda Literary


Bitch

"While it's true that Cha Ching! tackles heavy subject matter like addiction, suicide, and unhealthy relationships, Liebegott has a talent for finding humor and hope in the madness."-- T.V, Bitch 


Philly.com

"The biggest pleasure of this book, besides the companionship of the sensitive Theo, is its language. Liebegott's style is mordant and naturalistic - seemingly effortless - and shot through with the most incredible sadness."--Katie Haegele, Philly.com 


ZYZZYVA

". . . fresh and compelling . . . the novel offers a subtle and compassionate depiction of addiction and its cycle of despair-and-hope, too."


Down and Out

"What makes this novel so powerful is it presents poverty, addiction, and being gay in a time when it wasn't accepted even in big cities like New York, without shame, remorse, or apology. This novel vividly shows you the rats in the wall, the cocaine in the strip club, the feeling of destitution and loneliness. And it shows you all of these things while you laugh tirelessly at the absurdity of it all. "


New York Journal of Books

"Ali Liebegott chronicles the ups and downs of Theo's life, which should resonate with everybody—the time in your life when you felt the need for wild abandon—also, unfortunately, the time when you couldn't stand up for yourself very well."


Diva Mag

"It features compulsive gambling, a pitbull called Cary Grant being thrown off a roof, and a filthy cockroach-infested apartment, but Cha-Ching!, a new book from Sister Spit's Ali Leibegott, is ultimately an upbeat, hopeful novel."


Art Animal Mag

"In her honest, raw and, at times, tenderly humorous narrative, Liebegott leaves the reader asking the question: how much is it all really worth?"


Bad at Sports

"I loved Theo like I loved Craig Finn's Holly and Charlemagne, and two-thirds of the way through, when Liebegott flips from Theo’s thoughts to the thoughts of Marisol, a girl Theo’s dating, the book got bigger than its protagonist and I teared up on the bus."


Bay Area Reporter

"Theo is a marvel of confusion, discovery, hope and deflated glee; a likeable, quick-witted girl who seems haunted by her vices, yet who always angles for something bigger, better, and brighter...There is a lot to relate to in Liebegott's cleverly addictive novel."


Shelf Awareness

"Liebegott . . .  writes with easy-going, straightforward style and without a whiff of pretension. Theo and her ragtag friends are all very flawed but ultimately good people for whom one can't help but root. . . . Set in depressing casinos and grimy apartments, Cha-Ching! is a surprisingly optimistic, sweetly funny tale--and Theo is a heroine you might have more in common with than you think."


Cult Montreal

Cha-Ching! is a rare novel, a smart page-turner which honestly delves deep into the screwed-up heart of one young working-class dyke. At a moment when novels about social outcasts and the downwardly mobile are rarely published, Liebgott has hit a home run with this tender, funny, and moving book, which examines the profound difficulties of being young and gay, and carving out a new home in an indifferent world.


Verbicide Magazine

"Cha-Ching! is about being young, looking for love, trying to build a future, losing everything a few times, and praying for luck in Atlantic City. It's also a witty, engaging read that deserves to be called a must-read."


The Rumpus

". . . frank, funny and painfully realistic . . . part road novel, part portrait of a would-be artist as a young woman and part unabashed romance."


Velvet Park

"Addictive . . .  Cha-Ching! is a quick, sober read. . . . the narrative focus is placed on the description of the translation of Theo's cognition to her actions"


Review Fix

"Cha-Ching is a moving coming-of-age tale, funny and heartbreaking, compassionate and real. . . [a] well-paced, well-written, and well-conceived story."


Andrei Codrescu

"In the game of American-life-on-the-go hopscotch, Ali Liebegott's heroine Theo just jumped a square ahead of Dean Moriarty. Dean's neverending  hustle that energized the existentially desperate young of the 50s, has pretty much gone mainstream. Pills, booze, drunken sex, pick-your-own-reality-TV, and brushes with a fairly humanized welfare system, have despirited the young now even more. At least Kerouac's dharma bums had their anger at the injustices of criminalized homosexuality, illegal drugs, and institutionalized racism, to fuel them. It is now half a century later, and Theo's charming innocence is fully invested in a system that's made freedom just another game. She's a lesbian, but it's no big deal, because she's in every other way, a young urban American desperado. She is also a gambler who excels in the understanding of this royal addiction, which she is trying to kick along with cigarettes, booze, and bars, all legal now. The author's fine writing about gambling is as good as I ever read, including Dostoevski's and the Barthelme Bros. In the end, love, in whatever twisted, pallid form, a love that has little to do with sexuality, is the only answer. In the Fifties as Now there is no other solution for the young. "Suicide and murder/but that's dumb," Ted Berrigan said. Theo and her (maybe) girlfriend, consider both. They come up with the old Beatles song. Wonderful book."


Amos Lassen

"Her language is haunting."