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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438216440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438216447
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,186,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Katherine Marple was born and raised in suburbia Connecticut. She struggled through her young and adolescent years and used journaling to organize her thoughts. She continues to embrace what challenges life tosses her way and she chronicles them for others to explore. Though her stories are fiction, there are many real elements involved that capture the hearts of readers. Katherine Marple is helping to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and is working on her seventh book. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.

More About the Author

Katherine Marple has been writing since the ripe age of ten. In her elementary school yearbook, she wrote simply: "I want to be an author when I grow up." She used to spend her summers reading and writing so much that her fingers grew calluses and paper cuts.

At the age of fourteen, "I even took time to bind my first books - murder mysteries, if you'd believe it- with glue and construction paper. I was so proud to see my books like 'real books.' Even now that I have six published books under my belt, nothing will ever top the feeling when I held my first 'bound' book in my hands. It was called: This is Now. It was a little misshapen and sticky... but it was mine."

Her first work was originally written as a screenplay, but was converted to novel format in 2008 for her book titled "Okay."

Her most notable work is the novel "Wretched (this is my sorry)" about a young woman struggling to control her diabetes, while juggling love and family relationships. A follow up to that fictional story is her very personal poetry compilation "Deathly Sweet: a type 1 collection."

Katherine Marple resides in Connecticut. She travels between New York City and Boston frequently "for the love of the cities, the bustle, the people, and the magnificence of all those buildings!"

She gave birth to two beautiful little girls and wrote about her difficult pregnancies in articles for Diabetes Health magazine. She is active in the race to cure type 1 diabetes and was featured in No Sugar Added Poetry by Diabetes Hands Foundation.

She has many interests, though "I wouldn't call them 'talents.'" She enjoys serenading (badly) on her violin, attending photo shoots for modeling, singing heavy metal, fundraising for the cure of Type 1 Diabetes, writing medical magazine articles from personal experience, pretending she's fashionable, and (of course) writing many many different versions of her stories until the "voices quiet down. That's when I know I've got it right... I'm not crazy, I promise."

But, mostly, if you're looking for Ms Marple, you would find her sitting outside while reading a book or playing with her two kids. "As geeky as that may make me sound, I thoroughly enjoy my life. This is what I've worked so hard for."

You may contact Katherine Marple at her website: www.KatherineMarple.com
She loves to hear from her fans and will respond personally.

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Marple keeps me reading, hoping things will turn out... Okay.
Ray Holland
I found the writing here to be strong and the character very sympathetic, and never pathetic or self-pitying (which is a deal-breaker for me).
J. Knox
The first book from her i have read..and am looking forward to reading another..
Amanda

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray Holland on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I suppose I'm not in the target audience for this novel, but in general I'm a sucker for gritty stories of street life and things of that nature.

In "Okay," we have the story of a teenage runaway who leaves home with her friend London because of an abusive father. Marple's writing has an immediacy and attention to detail that makes this girl, and the world she lives in, feel authentic. Marple knows her character well, and even if I want to grab this girl when she's making one of her several stupid decisions and shake her and shout in her face, "THINK about what you're doing," it feels real. Marple keeps me reading, hoping things will turn out... Okay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SassyBanjo on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is well-written and I was shocked to discover it was penned by Katherine Marple when she was fifteen.

It's a very vivid and realistic story of a teenage girl's inner struggle to deal with the past and hope for her future. The dynamic she experienced with London was deeper than friendship and romance. It was true love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on January 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
The first word that comes to mind when describing Katherine Marple's latest work, "Okay," is POWERFUL! Once again, Miss Marple shows the depth of her insight when dealing with tragedy and misfortune. Her characters virtually leap off the page, and the storytelling is so real as to be painful. Great read on a snow night. This is a "chick" book no doubt, but guys might want to give it a shot - just to find out what the other side is really like...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Schaub on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Katherine delivers yet another addition to her already growing library of success. This story is based on a young girl who searches for comfort in her friend London. It tells a tale of abuse, which her alcoholic father brings upon her. Very difficult to put down. The way Katherine writes is so visionary, that you almost feel you are right there with her. I definitly suggest this book!! You wont be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.E. Campbell on July 12, 2010
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Katherine Marple's novel, actually, more of a novella, was one of the best things I have read from a relatively new published writer in recent memory. I read most of it in one sitting, because, when the story starts to unfold (which does not take long), I needed to know what happened next. The story is of a troubled young women fleeing her alcoholic father and going across the country from New England to California. At times, it read a little like "Girl, Interrupted" on a road trip; the tone can be quite stark and dark, but I like my literature to be full of any genuine emotion. At the heart of the story is the relationship between the young protaganist and her male best friend. Without giving away too much, I will just say, it's complicated.
In the beginning of the book Marple mentions that she developed the idea for the story as a teenager, envisioning it as a screenplay for a film. It never got made, but the book is sufficient. That the tale started as a screenplay certainly makes sense, as the propulsive nature of the pacing is something well-suited for film. If you are in the mood for a quick, but very emotional read, than I would certainly recommend this one. I'm glad I discovered this talented writer, I will be reading more of her work in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Knox on May 8, 2010
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This is a book about identity, a girl who seems to rebel against being defined by the things that happen to her rather than who she really is-which, she sets out to find out. I suppose this is what is meant by the term coming-of-age in the truest sense, by defining onesself for onesself. Although the character does not identify herself by name, she comes to identify herself as one who endures.

I found the writing here to be strong and the character very sympathetic, and never pathetic or self-pitying (which is a deal-breaker for me). I felt I was befriending this girl, and I empathized with her, rather than sympathizing for her. My only suggestion is that some of the exposition be a little shorter as it bordered occassionally on being repetitive. But this is a small thing, and it doesn't detract from a great read by a promising young author, whose works I will continue to read, I have the feeling, for years to come. This book caused me to put Wretched, Marple's other work of fiction, on my shortlist, and I look forward to reading and reviewing it soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LK Gardner-Griffie on January 15, 2010
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Sixteen is a pivotal age, stranded between childhood and adulthood. At sixteen life ranges from ecstasy to despair and the cause of the emotion can be trivial or momentous. I remember wanting to be taken seriously, to be treated more as an adult than a child. To be free to make my own decisions for the course of my life. But of course, along with the freedom of decision, comes responsibility and consequences for those choices.

In Katherine Marple's novel, Okay, the sixteen-year-old unnamed female protagonist makes choices which swiftly alter the course of her life, and takes her best friend, and protector, London with her. After setting up the pair as best friends, living in the same neighborhood, in the same style homes, the differences are revealed. London has a loving, supportive family to come home to, while the protagonist fears her alcoholic, abusive father. Coming home late from a graduation party with London, the protagonist attempts to sneak into the house avoiding her father's wrath, unsuccessfully. When he has beaten and choked her, and threatened her with more abuse and potential rape, the protagonist runs to her best friend to enlist his help.

"Please," I begged. "Let's go now."
He solemnly nodded his head, stroked my hair, and whispered, "Okay."

Having convinced London to abandon his loving home, his college career, and essentially his future to run away with her, the protagonist wastes no time in making bad decision after bad decision along the way. Drugs, alcohol, and sex with relative strangers, and all the while London is there to pick up the pieces. The protagonist is on a roller coaster of emotion from the freedom of living a life she has never known before to the despair over some of the choices she has made.
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