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Gr 7-10-Faye, 14, feels worthless and oppressed. Her father, a struggling musician, left her and her mother years earlier, her mother is full of anger and takes it out on the teen, and her two neighborhood friends have convinced her that if you aren't attractive, the only way to make it in life is to take what you want. The novel, which is set in 1984 Brooklyn, opens with Faye and her friends staking out a former movie star's apartment so they can take her money. The robbery goes awry and the elderly lady ends up sprawled across the floor. Faye finds herself returning to the scene of the crime a few days later. What ensues is a journey to find herself. Faye befriends the old woman and begins to question her life choices. Faye's mother is realistically flawed, as are all of the adults in the novel, and Blythe offers no easy solutions for turning one's life around. The tough-talking Faye slips up and her road to maturity isn't smooth. This realistic portrayal of emotions, decisions, and hardships will appeal to teens who are also struggling with their identities.-Tammy Turner, Centennial High School, Frisco, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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If beauty is on the inside, Faye certainly doesn’t have much going for her at the start of this book, set in Brooklyn in the mid-1980s. She and her friends rob an elderly woman who they believe was once a movie star. During the robbery, Faye accidentally injures Evelyn quite severely. Haunted by guilt, and desperate to find a way to escape her mother’s abusive home as much as she can, Faye returns to the apartment to check on Evelyn, and the two develop the most unlikely of friendships. This is a classic coming-of-age story wherein Faye must face her own burden of responsibility and break free from the detrimental expectations of others. Peppered with ’80s pop-culture references, but otherwise untethered to the era, the book sometimes feels dated instead of retro. But Faye’s personal growth and her eventual escape from a dark home life are rewarding, as is the quirky friendship between Faye and Evelyn, from which Faye learns much about responsibility and individuality. Grades 6-9. --Heather Booth --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037599081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375990816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,354,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on May 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Faye is on the lookout for the woman she and her friends plan to rob. Their ring-leader, bossy Caroline, planned the heist after she learned there was a retired movie actress living in this Brooklyn apartment. A famous actress should have tons of cash, and the other girls are very excited. Faye's feeling reluctant. It's a bit different when they've stolen from mean, privileged teens, who flaunt their good looks and possessions in Faye's face. Gillian, the third person of their team, spots the actress on her way, but says, "...I gotta tell you, though, she doesn't look like a movie star to me."

When Faye spots their intended victim trudging up the stairs to the vestibule, she sees what Gillian means. This is a tiny, ancient lady with a hump on her back and white cotton-candy hair. She isn't dressed well and doesn't look like she belongs in this swanky apartment building, which happens to be not far from Faye's home but is an entire world apart in terms of classiness. This woman looks like she would fit in the shabby apartment Faye shares with her mother. From the old lady's appearance, she could even be homeless. Now Caroline insists on carrying the woman's bag of groceries into her apartment. When Faye and Gillian enter, their victim is propped against the wall with the groceries strewn over the floor. She insists she only has the few dollars that were in her purse, but the girls search her apartment. Caroline, frustrated, goes berserk, throwing crockery against the floor. After the old lady hands over bills hidden in a cookbook, Faye idly picks up a framed photograph. The woman lunges at Faye, who pulls back, accidentally knocking her down. The elderly lady hits her head on the edge of the table and slides to the floor.
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Blythe was so amazing in how she captured the voice of each of her characters. I was crying at the end...but loved every tear.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola King on May 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book

The story of a young girl faced with problems at school and at home who finds a friend in a very unlikely person.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashiina on June 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This sucked! It starts out robbing an old lady, killing her! It was totally racist as well. The main character is black and hates all whites.
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