When Cyd gets home to her family for the summer holidays she is in a very 'teenage' state of mind! Boyfriend troubles, parent troubles, little brother troubles. When she meets the lovely 'Shrimp' her mother finally decides she has had enough of her troublesome teenage daughter and sends her to holiday with her 'real' father in New York. The break ...
When Cyd gets home to her family for the summer holidays she is in a very 'teenage' state of mind! Boyfriend troubles, parent troubles, little brother troubles. When she meets the lovely 'Shrimp' her mother finally decides she has had enough of her troublesome teenage daughter and sends her to holiday with her 'real' father in New York. The break does Cyd a lot of good - she meets a brother and a sister she didn't know she had, she finds a little romance and she comes to terms with some troubles of a different and deeper sort which have been hidden for some time. Cyd Charise has a secret buried and it is only through getting to know herself better is she finally able to tell those nearest to her what has really gone on in her life. Not for a long time has such a lovely and quirky girl been brought to life in a book. Her passion for life, her humour and her irrepressible energy will make this book required reading for every teenager.
?Girl, you look like trouble.? That girl is Cyd Charisse, the protagonist of Rachel Cohn?s book Gingerbread, the first novel of a two-book series. Cyd?s biological father, or as she calls him ?Frank-real-dad,? lives in New York with his two children. Cyd barely rmembers him; she's only even met him once. ow she is faced with many problems and her boyfriend, her friend Sugar Pie, and Gingerbread are all she?s got. When Cyd?s mom finally has enough of her antics, she sends Cyd to New York to spend three weeks with Frank-real-dad. While there, she finally discovers the truth about her father, her family, and love. The question is, does she like it? Rachel Cohn did an outstanding job creating the characters in this book. I felt that I was experiencing every scene as though I was right there with them. The characters were very realistic because the transitions that they made throughout the book were believable. I loved Gingerbread because while I was reading it, I felt like I knew Cyd and her family not as a reader, but as a friend. The characters emotions were written in an animated and realistic style. The result is a kinetic energy that keeps the pages turning. While I was reading Gingerbread I felt happy, sad, outraged, humbled, and even overjoyed at times. Any book that can make you feel all those things qualifies as a classic. Gingerbread is a great read for any teen girl looking for a unique teen read.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-01-21 The 16-year-old "recovering hellion" (as her stepfather refers to her) who narrates Cohn's debut novel, breathes a joie de vivre into this story of her bicoastal family. Cyd Charisse (named for the dancer/actress), a wealthy and wild love child, begins her story after being booted out of boarding school. Nearly the first half of the novel is set in San Francisco, where she's having trouble settling back into life with a mother obsessed with weight and a perfect house, and a boyfriend, Shrimp, who suddenly wants his space. Her mother and stepdad agree to send her to her biological father in New York City, whom she's only met once (when he gave her Gingerbread, a still-treasured rag doll). Cohn creates a vivid sense of place and culture on both coasts and, although Cyd doesn't find the perfect family in either place, she is able to find a more mature version of herself. Plus, she learns to appreciate both sides of her family; she's even able to finally tell her mother about her secret abortion. Cohn covers a lot of ground, from prep school flashbacks to Cyd's discovery of the secrets on her father's side of the family. Some of the characters and plot points are more developed than others; for instance, Cyd's elderly hip and clairvoyant friend, Sugar Pie, and Shrimp may seem more vivid to readers than Cyd's younger West Coast half-siblings. In the end, it's Cyd's creativity and energy that keep the story on course, and her magnetic narrative will keep readers hooked. Ages 13-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-05-12 "The 16-year-old `recovering hellion' (as her stepfather refers to her), who narrates this debut novel, breathes a joie de vivre into this story of her bicoastal family," wrote PW in a starred review. "Her magnetic narrative will keep readers hooked." Ages 14-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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