Combining elements of memoir, criticism, fiction and non-fiction, the book's essays create a portrait of "white girls", a category in which Als includes everyone from Truman Capote to Flannery O’Connor and even Malcolm X. The book explores themes of identity, otherness, commonality, and interpersonal relationships as a kind of "twinship".
- Ulin, David L. (November 8, 2013). "Hilton Als blurs the lines in 'White Girls'". Los Angeles Times.
- Battleground, Andrea (December 4, 2013). "Hilton Als' White Girls is ingenious provocation". The A.V. Club.
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