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In fact, Gretel and her family and friends are so compelling, so endearing, that the reader wishes Hoffman had chosen to give the Samuelsons a novel instead of this series of stories. In reading about Jason's descent from A student with an acceptance letter from Harvard to working in the produce section at the local supermarket and shooting heroin, for example, one can't help but feel that a lot of his motivations happen between stories; and Gretel's difficult relationship (or lack thereof) with her father and new stepmother functions mainly as a plot device, leaving the reader wanting so much more. And yet, if one is to judge the success of a book by the reader's reluctance to be done with it, then Local Girls is successful, for Hoffman has created a world so enticing that one is willing to overlook the minor flaws. At the end of the title story, as the now-grown Gretel and Jill discuss two teenage girls in the neighborhood who recently committed suicide, Jill remarks: "They should have just waited. That's all they had to do. They would have grown up and everything would have been all right." The same might be said of reading Local Girls. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was just that...a novel put together on short stories.
Instead of cramming everything she can into each of the short stories that make up this book, Alice Hoffman lets the tales unfold on their own time.
I enjoyed this book tremendously and will recommend it to anyone looking for a very good book to read.
Gretel and Jill are best friends, growing up in Rhode Island. This novel explores the affect that love has on us all. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Kathryn C. Hogan
"Local Girls" was assigned as our last required reading assignment in my tenth grade English class just before summer vacation. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Mia
Local Girls is not a perfect book, by any means. There are gaps in characterization and frustrating absences of information. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Jennifer Leigh
This was one of those magical little books that you come across once in a blue moon.
Local Girls is a short novel divided into little snippets of stories. Read more
Local girls was promising, but ended up being a flop. Maybe it was because there were other, better books awaiting me, but the book just wasn't very great. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Patricia Lauro
I really loved this short book and it was exactly what I have come to expect from Alice Hoffman. I read some of the other reviews that stated that the characters were not well... Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Blacktoastintolerate
As a mother to a teenager, I try to read everything on her 'must-read' list. I didn't care for LOCAL GIRLS. It was depressing. Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by Patsy Stone
I read this book fairly quickly. The short chapters(stories)go quickly.
Most of the book was good, but it got kind of boring in the last 1/4.