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Misfit McCabe: (A Misfit McCabe Novel) Paperback – September 26, 2009
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I had trouble settling into the story and noticed a few awkward phrases, but after the first few pages, I was hooked. Katie McCabe is a troublemaker, and she knows it. What sets her apart though, is that she doesn't mean to make a mess of things: it just happens. The story starts fast, like a jump into a cool lake. Katie is smoking and drinking with her best friend Timmy out in a shed.
Gardner-Griffie shows us Katie at her weakest and strongest. Katie does not get away with anything she does, and yet I cheered on almost all of her decisions, though as bad as some were, it felt good to see her stand up to a bully--and in this case the bully isn't some low brow jock, an interesting twist. Katie McCabe, not living up to the traditions of her family name, doesn't know what she's in for when she starts a ripple through the town with her arrival.
Katie is faced with tough choices, and she has to mature rapidly in her ever-changing world. She is dumped from the hands of her frustrated, loving (and sick) father, to her unsuspecting Uncle Charley. Throughout the book Katie zips from one emotion to the next. One minute I was jubilant, the next, I wanted to cry, and right after, I wanted to punch someone: I felt like a teenager again.
This story isn't for those who want to read fluff.Read more ›
Misfit McCabe is the story of 14 year old Katie McCabe. Katie's mother died when she was very young and her father has his hands full with her mischievous behavior. After Katie and her best friend Timmy burn down a shed, her father sends her to live with his brother Charlie and his family. To make matters worse, Katie's father is ill and is going to the hospital for tests.
Katie does not want to be with Uncle Charlie, his two sons Matt and Mark, and Charlie's niece Sarah. She feels like an outsider in a house full of rules and she plots to make them send her back to her father. To make matters worse, she makes an enemy in record time-- Harvey, Jr. Harvey, Jr.'s father owns the bank and most to the town. Harvey, Jr. wastes no time in throwing this in Katie's face and insulting Katie's family. Katie, not one to back down from a challenge, punches Harvey Jr. in the park-- right in front of 3 football players.
Just as Katie begins to settle into her new home and get a new boyfriend, Tom- one of the football players, she finds out that her father died. With her entire world ripped out from underneath her, Katie struggles to find her place in her new life while struggling to deal with her grief.
I loved this book. Misfit McCabe portrays a 14 year old in accurate light. As the mother of multiple teens, I am qualified to say this. ;-) What I loved about this book is that it was a wonderful story. Although Katie does have a love interest, it is not the entire premise of the book, unlike several book series my 12 year old reads. The true test was whether or not my 12 year old enjoyed the book. She loved it too.Read more ›
Have you ever looked at your own teen and wondered, why are you so contrary? Just what is in that head of yours?
I couldn't help but like Katie McCabe even though she is about as contrary as a teen can be. The teen years are terribly complex, while they try to cope with emotional and physical changes and conflicting feelings. I think teens who read Misfit McCabe will identify with her.
I won't go into the plot as other reviewers have already outlined it. I will say that in Misfit McCabe, Katie's world is turned upside down and she must learn to live with a terrible loss, learn to accept the solace and friendship she is offered, and is plunged into many difficult and, at times, dangerous situations. Through it all, Katie grows as a person.
Misfit McCabe is beautifully written and Katie is an engaging central character. LK Gardner-Griffie truly understands young teens and takes you into their world, with all their insecurities and uncertainties.
I'm sure that more adventures await Katie, more "growing pains" and more lessons from life, in the coming sequel to Misfit McCabe. I can't wait to read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book Title: "Misfit McCabe" & "Nowhere Feels Like Home"
Author: L.K. Gardner-Griffie
Published By: Shanlian Wordlit Press
Age Recommended: 14+
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A story brimming with all the right ingredients for that `awkward' age: growing up, relationships, finding a place in the world... Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by Julie Elizabeth Powell
Although this is a YA novel and I am no longer a young adult, I really enjoyed LK Gardner-Griffie's book, "Misfit McCabe. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
It is a story with a strong moral storyline, which is that the people who love you will stand by you no matter what. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Cheryl M-M
You all know the drill... teen protagonist makes a mistake, suffers the consequences, learns a tidy life lesson and they all live happily every after. This isn't that book. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Dan Marvin