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Malibu Carmie Hardcover – May 10, 2005

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Gr. 6-8. Chick lit jumps the wave (it may have jumped the shark) in this tale of a girl whose mother was a top surfer in a former life. Carmie only knows her mother, Elaine, as a hard-working single parent who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, but a fortuitous trip to Malibu gets Elaine back on board and in contact with the legendary surfer crowd with whom she used to hang (10). Included in this group is Elaine's surfer boyfriend, Moondohgie. (Yes, like Moondoggie in the Gidget movies. Apparently, there's only one name for surfer dudes). Surfer lingo soaks the pages: Carmie is "stoked"; events are "righteous." And why not? "Surf's up," so nothing is a "bummer." There are so many quick transitions here, it's hard to hold on to the plot, but the ambience will sweep away girls--especially the landlocked, who will feel free to romanticize. A story that's as light as sea foam. Ilene Cooper
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"This is a really wonderful book about finding your self esteem and your way.  I loved the mother.  I loved Carmie.  They were so real and vulnerable and right on.  It made me long for Malibu and mother-daughter relationships and the days the surfer legends had at easier, softer times.  I sent it to my God-daughter who has struggled with self esteem and I said, "here it is, Babe.  Your summer read.  Read this!""
--Jamie Lee Curtis

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385731728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385731720
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,908,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kris on August 26, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was going to be a really good summer read. Well, it is not very good. Its a book tht's meant for, well, little girls i would say. It's meant for pre-teens or anyone who is about 11-13. The language is so juvenile, and the way the girls act is really young and immature like children. I was disappointed because I thought it would be a good read for older teens, but i was very wrong. It reminds me of how young and nieve the pre-teen girl is by how attached Carmie is to her mother (she can't go anywhere witout her, drive, or anything and all she does is worry about her mother).
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