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The Popcorn Girl [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Vaughn
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Book Description

When the owner of an atheist bookshop falls for the girl who works in the moviehouse across the street, he has no idea what he's getting into. Jasmina is the survivor of a toxically religious upbringing, and has managed to escape only by losing her original identity and, when the pressure gets too much, etching a staircase of cuts into her arm. When Paul discovers a missing person flyer with a picture of a twelve-year-old Jasmina, the psychological fireworks are about the begin. A mind-bending thriller from the author of "Billy Saddle."


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  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GO4HBA
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read...I definitely recommend this one! July 4, 2012
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Beautifully written novel with so many compelling elements...where to start? Yes, the mystery kept me on my toes. There were so many surprises, it felt like Christmas, albeit a twisted Christmas (it is a psychological thriller after all!) The characters have a depth and charm that really drew me in. There is even a very sweet romance. Interwoven throughout is a thought-provoking exploration of religion and atheism. I've read other books by Michael J. Vaughn; The Popcorn Girl is without doubt my favorite.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Religion and Identity September 4, 2012
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As a Catholic school veteran turned Agnostic, I found "Popcorn Girl" fascinating on a number of levels. The story says a lot about the impact of religious upbringing on identity. Can we ever really escape the iconography and the theology embossed in our young minds? Even rebelling against it somehow ties you to your religious background. People, like the characters in Vaughn's book, can wrestle with it their whole lives, sometimes without being aware of it. And the people in "Popcorn Girl" are dealing with religious baggage that made mine feel very light indeed. I loved the main character, Paul, a recovering Jehovah's Witness and vigorous Atheist whose knowledge of religious history would put a holy roller to shame. His efforts to help the tormented Jasmina sort out her murky past while carrying on a fairly torrid romance makes for a great story, with many a shock along the way. As always with Michael Vaughn, the characters are well developed, the story is rewarding, and the dialogue is fluid and clever. I need to reread it, because I think I read the book it in two hours.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unapologetic August 24, 2014
By CSLowe
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Michael J. Vaughn’s THE POPCORN GIRL is a tremendously complex and bittersweet novel masterfully researched and honed. Vaughn
is to be congratulated on untangling the “knots” deeply rooted in religious hypocrisy and its oftentimes ancillary manifestation in the abuse of children, who may, in turn, self-mutilate, act out in sexually deviant ways, or fall prey to dissociative disorders to better cope with the aftermath of their traumas. This book is tempered by tremendous compassion and fraught with tension and revelatory psychological wisdom. Moreover, it is set against a backdrop of welcomed razzle-dazzle rock band hijinx, (go ahead and ask me what a dachshund slipper is), descriptions of breathtakingly gorgeous California vistas, and impassioned debates over organized religion, destructive cults, and the legalization of marijuana. As if these elements are insufficient enough to mesmerize a reader, they are all further enhanced by depictions of enough mouth-watering culinary repasts to rival any mealtime scenes lovingly tucked inside the pages of a Dickensian novel.

In an era when one in four women will be molested before they reach 18 and one in six men, Vaughn has navigated some difficult and frightening territory in creating this novel. That said, everyone who reads it no doubt has suffered personally from such incidents or knows a friend or family member who has been victimized by sexual predators and/or religious sociopaths. This is but one reason why THE POPCORN GIRL needs to reach a wider audience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! December 22, 2013
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I think this book deserves all the credit. Very well written and thorough. It brings up issues that we all question in the back of our minds. What a lovely novel, great characters, and gripping story! It is definitely worth buying and reading it. It's interesting, riveting, and challenging. A great reading experience full of unexpected turns, and a book that makes you think. It is witty, intellectual, has depth and a deep message that everyone should read. A very well rounded description of a damaged, indoctrinated person's mind, thought, and feeling. Thanks for the great experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kinda Confusing at Times March 3, 2013
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This book was rather confusing at first, switching back and forth between viewpoints and skipping some chunks in time. I eventually got used to it, however, and came to enjoy the story. I give this story only 4/5 stars because of the confusion, but also because of the ending. A lot more could have been said, but I suppose the story must end somewhere. Overall it was a great read and I am glad I found it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the references to my atheist heroes September 8, 2012
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I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction--focusing on books about atheism and science--but the idea of reading a story in which the main players were atheist was irresistible. I'm glad I didn't resist. The book was engaging, well written, and quite a satisfying treat. Thank you, Michael J. Vaughn.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book January 14, 2014
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I have downloaded several hundred books from Amazon.
I have read probably 80-100 of them.
This is the one I liked the best!
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More About the Author

Michael J. Vaughn is the author of sixteen books, most recently a 20th anniversary re-issue of his popular choral novel, Frozen Music, from California's Dragonfly Press. He is a competitions judge for Writer's Digest, a thirty-year opera critic, and drummer for the San Francisco rock band Exit Wonderland.

Vaughn is also an active poet, with more than 100 poems published in journals both off- and on-line. He graduated from San Jose State with a journalism degree and a classical voice minor. He was born in Brunswick, Maine, and spent much of his childhood shuttling around the country, courtesy of his father Harold's career as a pilot with the US Navy.

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