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Product Details

  • Series: Laura Geringer Books
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060747188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060747183
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,879,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Ephron writes with ease and agility…this is an exceptional story.”- (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))

“Readers who like a good laugh along with a healthy dose of human drama and a touch of magical realism will like this one.”- (KLIATT (starred review))

“Imaginative and insightful.”- (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Wonderful, multifaceted story weaves the best of science fiction, coming-of-age, family relationships, teenage angst, and mystery together with humor and perfect pacing.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

About the Author

Delia Ephron is a critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent book, Frannie in Pieces, received four starred reviews, was a Book Sense Pick, and was named to the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. She is also the author of Big City Eyes, Hanging Up, and How to Eat Like a Child. Her screenwriting credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You've Got Mail, Bewitched, Hanging Up, and Michael. She lives in New York City with her husband and their dog, Honey Pansy Cornflower Bernice Mambo Kass.

More About the Author

Delia G. Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright. Her movies include, You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up and The Lion is In) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and MORE, and The Huffington Post. Recently she collaborated with her sister Nora Ephron on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which has run for over two years Off Broadway, and has been performed in cities across the US as well as in cities around the world including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Manilla, and Sydney.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Keenan on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Length: 2:39 Mins
Saving the blues for last is a wonderful subtitle for this teen novel, on a number of levels. The 15-year old protagonist, Frannie, loses her father to a sudden heart attack. Amongst his belongings, she finds a 1000-piece, handmade puzzle he has left behind, presumably for her. Drawn into its mesmerizing assembly, she literally saves the hardest part - the blue pieces of the sky and water - for last, and in the process, discovers her divorced parents' love affair, works through her grief, her blues, and comes through complete. The novel makes you cry and laugh at the same time, just as Delia Ephron's famous books and films for adults have done (Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Hanging Up, and more).
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First I wanna say that the story line itself was interesting...a young girls dad dies and leaves her everything. She later discovers a hand made puzzle he made for her and begins a journey of discovery, about her father and possibly herself. She tries to deal with her dads death and is pretty snobby to those around her because they are out living their life and not moping and whining around with her. I don't wanna go in to detail though as that would spoil it. What I will say was that I hated Frannie with a passion. She was selfish and acted like a baby most of the time. I kept thinking she was nine by the way she acted but when I went back to the beginning it reminded me she was 15!!! I couldn't believe it. She thought that everything should revolve around her, she stopped talking to her best friend for awhile because her friend brought up something that had nothing to do with her dad dying. Really???? What I really couldn't figure out was why in the heck when she saw that her dad left a hand made puzzle with the number 1000 on it she didn't understand what that number meant. I am pretty sure most 15 yr olds could figure it out. This was the worst character I have ever encountered in a book and I had a really hard time getting through the book because of her. Honestly, I thought most of her thoughts and actions were dumb. As a main character she made no sense and I felt nothing for her other than she was just plain immature, and although I know most young people that age can be, I just felt her immaturity was over done.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer" on February 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What does you in-brain or heart? Frannie asks herself this question when, a week before she turns fifteen, her dad dies, leaving her suddenly deprived of the only person on Earth she feels understands her. She discovers an elegant wooden box with an inscription: Frances Anne 1000. Inside, Frannie finds one thousand hand-carved and painted puzzle pieces. Feeling broken herself, she slowly puts the puzzle together, bit by bit. But as she works, something happens. She's pulled into a foreign landscape, a place suspended in time where she discovers her father as he was B.F.-before Frannie.
This story moved like a piece of a puzzle. Confusing at first, but piece by piece the reader finally gets the whole picture of why the puzzle was so important to the father.
Frannie's emotions bounce around from page to page. I felt the author did do a good job of showing the struggle Frannie felt when her father died and trying to make sense of it all. Her friend Jenna was a little too ditsy though. What friend really blows off someone who's father just died? I didn't believe it.
A fast paced read that is hard to put down. You can't help but want to follow Frannie as she discovers not only more about her beloved father but about herself as well.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Smitty on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I admit I got this hoping it would be funny, so I was somewhat disappointed when it was more mellow. It's a good YA book in general though not very remarkable, in my opinion. I found myself a little bored, but then again I've sort of grown out of the genre now that I'm no longer in high school. I'm sure someone younger who can relate to Frannie will enjoy it more than I did.
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