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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2002)
  • ASIN: B005FME068
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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The great wish of my adolescence was to be diagnosed with scoliosis. Then I would be like Deenie. I LOVED the book "Deenie" by Judy Blume. I wanted to look like Deenie; I wanted her disease; I even wanted to live in Deenie's town, Elizabeth, New Jersey, a short hop from my dream destination, New York City. Although now that I live in Manhattan as an adult (with a fairly normal spine, I'm told), Elizabeth, New Jersey is more known to me as the place with the long lines at IKEA instead of as the hometown of Deenie. Like Deenie, my priorities eventually shifted.
I never did get that scoliosis diagnosis, but from my favorite childhood authors such as Judy Blume, E.L. Konigsburg and Ellen Conford, I did get inspiration for another goal: to write. I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to create stories. When I started seriously writing fiction, I didn't set out to write specifically for young adults, but as my writing matured, it became clear that when I got stuck writing in teen voices, it was a good place to be stuck. The author question I get asked most often now is how I am able to write from the perspective of a teenager, as if I were in that character's head. The honest answer is, I don't know. I try not to think about it too much, for fear of ruining it. But I do feel like I can readily channel my own teenage self and tap into those feelings, and that's something I try to convey through the written word.
When teen readers write to me now telling me how much they relate to characters I've created -- Cyd Charisse in "Gingerbread" and "Shrimp," Annabel and Lucy in "The Steps" and "Two Steps Forward," or Wonder in "Pop Princess" -- I think, I relate, too: I wanted to be Deenie!

Customer Reviews

All through the book she is a very interesting character.
Sarah Ludwig
I really think she had a good prespective on life and thats one this I loved about this book.
I really enjoyed this book and I think any person would enjoy reading this book.
Andy Masud

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Sue Harris VINE VOICE on September 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Add a rebellious teenager named Cyd Charisse to parents named Sid and Nancy. Throw in a biological father on another coast, a brooding surfing/artist boyfriend whose brother runs several fine coffee shops, a tarot reading best friend in a nursing home, and a doll named Gingerbread -- all that, and you're still not going to get a good story unless the author knows her stuff. Even a splash of a hot-hot-hot ex boyfriend and a boarding school scandal won't do it, unless the author knows how to capture characters on the written page. This, gentle readers, is an incredible book by a fabulous author.
While Cid in "Gingerbread" isn't quite one's typical teenager (she's got a bit more money than most), the trials and tribulations are incredibly real with this obviously brilliant character. There are no minor characters in this book; everyone is very much alive.
I first heard of Gingerbread, which is mentioned in a chapter of the 2002 Children's Writers & Illustrators Market (available on The description is good enough that, instead of going to another library to do research on homework this weekend, I made a trip to a library with a children's and young adults' room specifically so that I could take this book off the shelf to read. I read it in under two hours. (It was a welcome relief from legal tomes! Furthermore, even though I'm now going to have to spend Sunday in the law library, meaning that I won't have any days off, giving up an afternoon to read something THIS delightful was worth it.)
This book will make a unique gift for a teenage girl or boy who isn't quite as angelic as the Bobbsey Twins -- or perhaps for the parent of such a young adult. I am desperately hoping for a sequel, and I'm in my early 30s.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was extremely excited to see Gingerbread at the library ... I started it last night and finished it this morning and loved it. ...Cyd Charisse is a 16 year old who's had sex, lived across the country from half her family, and just experienced life completely differently from me. But she's a great character that you grow to care about with her coffee obsession and her boyfriend Shrimp that you want things to work out with. She has some more serious issues with the dad she's never known, and the boyfriend who abandoned her when she was pregnant. Ever constant is Cyd Charisse's special perfect place where she would like to retreat's interesting to see how this place changes as her life changes. All in all there is a happy way it all comes together, but I'm hoping for a sequel because I love the author's style of writing! Anyways, I might not be articulating this well, but go read it because it may be a quick read, but it also really makes you smile and think about the little things in life!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on April 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Gingerbread is about a 16 year old girl dealing with teenage problems. Her biological father lives in New York, while she lives in San Francisco with her mother and step-father. She doesn't get along with her mother very well and she has practically no friends. Her closest friend is an elderly woman living in a nursing home. Gingerbread will keep you interested because it deals with teenage problems of love, hate, sex, lies, and confrontation with the parental units. If you are a teenager, especially a young girl, you could probably relate to many of the issues that this book talks about.
Gingerbread is an interesting book because it is written in the form of a diary. Its, kind of like you are going into the main character�s mind. The paragraphs and sentences are random, and some don't have anything to do with the previous one, but that's what makes it so interesting. I thought this was a really good book and it was easy to relate to. The only thing I had a problem with was the ending. It just didn't seem like the right time or place to end the story. It seems like there should be more to it, and I think that a sequel is definitely needed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richie Partington VINE VOICE on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"My so-called parents hate my boyfriend, Shrimp. I'm not sure they even
believe he is my boyfriend. They take one look at his five-foot-five,
surfer-shirt-wearin', baggy-jeans-slouchin', Pop Tart-eatin',
spiked-hair-head self and you can just see confusion firebombs exploding in
their heads, like they are thinking, Oh no, Cyd Charisse, that young man is
not your homes.
"Dig this: He is."
GINGERBREAD is the exuberant and delightful story of Cyd Charisse. (Her
namesake was the beautiful dancer/actress from Singing in the Rain fame.)
Cyd Charisse is called by her full name so as not to be confused with her
stepfather Sid. (Her '"society wife" mother is named Nancy.) Anyway, Cyd
Charisse has been booted out of boarding school for getting caught in bed
with her blue-blood jock boyfriend. In addition to sex, Cyd Charisse had
become involved with alcohol, drugs, and shoplifting for the sake of
maintaining her "dream" relationship with the big man on campus.
Now she is spending the summer back in San Fran, living with her family, but
hanging with Shrimp. She met him while they were both doing mandatory
community service at a nursing home. Shrimp lives with his brother, a young
specialty coffee mogul named Java the Hut.
Her best friend is Sugar Pie, a wise old lady who resides at the nursing home.
Cyd Charisse has only met her biological father once. It was at an airport
when she was five, and he bought her the doll she named Gingerbread, who is
still her constant companion as well as her alter ego.
Cyd Charisse's world caves in once again when she is grounded indefinitely
for staying out too late at Shrimp's.
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