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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441492240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441492241
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,303,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A highly respected playwright, author and media executive, Gary Morgenstein is the author of three other sensational novels.

More About the Author

Now that my play "Right on Target" finished a successful run at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, I'm returning to writing a novel. Stay tuned.

My previous books are "Jesse's Girl," a thriller about a widowed Brooklyn father who searches for his adopted teenage son, who has run away from a Montana wilderness drug treatment program to find his biological sister in Kentucky. In the romantic triangle "Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman," a divorced middle-aged man falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic woman rabbi, while still in love with his ex-wife. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," a political baseball novel -- baseball and bailouts, as American as appple pie --follows a Cinderella baseball team led by a ruthless owner with political ambitions. "The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees" is a baseball Rocky. All are available on Amazon.

My previous plays were "Ponzi Man," "Mad Mel and the Marradians" and "A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx." I'm also executive producer/creator of the web series "Acts of Love," about relationships, which can be found at mediablvdmagazine.com

And remember to join me Thursdays at 9PM/ET for my radio show, "Purple Haze" at blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd. The number is 347-205-9801.

My dating and relationship book, "How to Find a Woman...Or Not" provides a comic guide to finding true love anywhere on Planet Earth -- in the gym, on the street, riding mass transit, waiting to get your teeth cleaned, visiting a friend in the hospital, buying a book or lamb chops -- or dating online.


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The story line was good, the characters were wonderful and well balanced.
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I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great movie with all the elements to entertain but it's a book.
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Another aspect of this book that I found a bit annoying was that the same thing happened over and over again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Ramirez on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I received Jesse's Girl by Gary Morgenstein for review yesterday. While I was intrigued, I wasn't particularly hopeful that it was going to be much of a page-turner. Was I ever wrong. I really got into the story from the very beginning. As I come from a family that has had its own issues with addiction and chemical dependence, it is possible that I was able to better relate to the characters in this novel, thus making it more real to me.

The premise of the book centers on Teddy Mentor and his sixteen year old adopted son, Jesse. Jesse has been sent away to a wilderness program in rural Montana in a last ditch effort to put an end to the drug problems that have plagued him for years. The problems escalated after the death of his adopted mother (and Teddy's soon to be ex wife), and had reached a point where Teddy had to admit he was incapable of controlling or protecting his child. With nowhere else to turn, he entrusts his only child to the professionals at the Mountain Wilderness Center.

Big mistake. Not two weeks later he gets a 1AM phone call. His son is missing. Risking his job, he books a flight away from Brooklyn and towards his son. After a couple days of searching, he gets the break he needs and tracks his son to a bus stop in Illinois, en route to Kentucky to meet his long-lost birth sister (whom Jesse leads Teddy to believe is his long-distance girlfriend). Jesse swears up and down that he is done with the drugs; in that convincing way all users seem to have. However, it isn't long before Teddy notices that he is missing some of his antidepressants and that his son occasionally reeks of beer. Jesse's lies come to a head when he OD's on heroin in the middle of the night while sharing a hotel room with his dad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Domino on March 27, 2012
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I have not finished this book, but the mistakes are just killing me. Morgantown is not the capitol of WV (Charleston duh) and Carter Caves is not in Carter National Park. It is Carter Caves State Park in Kentucky. Has this author ever even been to this part of the country? The park doesn't have tour guides through the caves, they have park rangers. And of course, stereotypes abound. I am from there and I have never lived in a trailer park or had a husband I referred to as my brother, etc. etc.
I am going to finish the book because I want to see the development of the relationships, which is good so far, but please, try a fact checker, an editor, or write about a place you actually know! Oh, and Theresa is practically illiterate, but that would be an oddity in an area that is filled with colleges and universities, she is like a character from some past time (little dumb southern girl with a cute butt in her Daisy Duke shorts) ERG. I might change my star to a 1.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Book Faery Reviews on August 4, 2009
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As a parent of 3 children (3, 8,9) this book had me thinking about and of course worrying about the things my kids might get into when they get older. I wonder, while I know I would love them without a doubt regardless of their choices in life, how far will I go for them? Teddy, Jesse's adopted father, reminded me of my own dad and step-dad who loved me unconditionally no matter how frustrating I may have been at times growing up. I highly recommend this book filled with raw emotions to any pa...more As a parent of 3 children (3, 8,9) this book had me thinking about and of course worrying about the things my kids might get into when they get older. I wonder, while I know I would love them without a doubt regardless of their choices in life, how far will I go for them? Teddy, Jesse's adopted father, reminded me of my own dad and step-dad who loved me unconditionally no matter how frustrating I may have been at times growing up. I highly recommend this book filled with raw emotions to any parent struggling with doubt of their abilities while loving their older kids. (WARNING...there is foul language in this novel.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Wilson on January 10, 2010
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This book started off good right from the beginning. Teddy Mentor gets a phone call that his son has run away from the wilderness program which deals with substance abuse problems. After getting this call Teddy goes off to look for his son Jesse. They don't have the best relationship after Teddy's wife dies and Teddy deals with the fact that Jesse is adopted and feels he will never get love from him like a real father and son relationship does. He also does with the fear of something terrible happening to his son with all of the drugs and drinking that he does. They just have a real tough relationship with each other.
Then after Teddy finds Jesse, Jesse tells his dad about a girl that he was running away to see. I have to say that after reading the back of the book I was confused on who Theresa was. A little more than half way through the story completely changes and then it started to come together. Teddy and Jesse's relationship gets a little better after they meet up with Theresa. Theresa is fun in the book. Her mouth runs non stop, she has humor, and she is just a fun character in the book. After Teddy finds out who Beau really is, the pieces of why Jesse wanted to see Theresa so bad comes together.
Theresa and Jesse's relationship puzzled me. After reading the back of the book it said that Jesse goes off to meet his sister. But the way they act in the beginning of the book it seemed like they were boyfriend and girlfriend. They had a close relationship, Jesse listened to everything Theresa said and they grew close. Theresa didn't act bad in the beginning of the book. She reminded me of a trailer trash version of the girl next door.
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