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Brave New Girl Paperback – February 1, 2001
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From the Back Cover
But when her older sister begins dating a bewildering twenty-one-year-old named Matthew, Doreen must confront feelings she never knew she possessed. Forced into adulthood kicking and screaming (not to mention swearing), Doreen ultimately impels her troubled family to forge a new understanding of the world -- and, maybe more surprisingly, of one another.
High school is bad enough; it's worse when you have only one friend in the world and a family that just doesn't get it. This breathless coming-of-age novel explores the alienation of adolescence and introduces a bold and shimmering new voice in fiction.
Top Customer Reviews
Her descriptions evoked for me not merely an idea of what Doreen's life is like, but the actual feeling in the pit of my stomach of the corresponding episodes in my own life. Even when I didn't relate to Doreen's specific experiences, I had the feeling that when I was young I expected my life to be like Doreen's, and I think this is because the book has a sort of universal coming-of-age feel that another reviewer (mistakenly) called cliched. This coming-of-age appeal can be described as the intensity of The Wonder Years' nostalgia mixed with the irreverence and balanced good-bad truth of Catcher in the Rye.
I expected this to be about on par with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as it was published by MTV press at about the same time. While it is a good companion piece (could be the female-version of Chboksy's novel), the writing far surpasses Perks as Luna has a talent for evoking exact and specific emotions that few contemporary writers of young adult fiction can approach. Very very highly reccomended...
As a library school student focusing on young adult literature and services, I felt the strength of this book was the credibility given to the readers. Luna trusts teens to be able to handle tough dialog, feelings and situations. The angst that is portrayed is not overdramatic or misplaced, but strikingly honest.Doreen is a captivating protagonist whose inner struggles are translated by a very gifted new author. I am excited to read other MTV books and hope to hear more from this author in the future.
The most interesting thing about this novel is the way that Doreen reacts to a certain circumstance that occurs in the story; like most young girls her insecurities take over and she blames herself for what has happened, when really she was only an innocent, young girl trying to find her place in this world, thinking she was following her heart.The ending of this story is outstanding, it definatly pulled the whole thing together.
Although this novel is small, I gave it 5 stars because the emotion was so true, and something I could relate to, and i found myself thinking about Doreen even when I put the book down. I imagine its not for everyone, but if you enjoy coming of age stories about young females trying to find a place for themeselves, I would highly recommened Brave New Girl.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite books on the planet. The narrator is so honest and tough and sarcastic and sad. Gave this to my 15-year-old niece because it helped me get through high school.Published 10 months ago by Afair
One of my favorite books of all time is the perks of being a wallflower. If you like that book, you will probably enjoy brave. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by M. Cooper
Brave New Girl is a gritty, raw punch in the guts. It runs the gamut of "objectionable elements," from language (the f-word makes its debut in the first sentence), to drugs, to... Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Nathan Robinson
As a 15 year old girl I was able to relate to the main character Doreen. This book covers a vast majority of important topics I believe every teenage girl know. Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by Rita Bennett
Brave New Girl is really good. I read it in just a couple hours! I wouldn't suggest it to someone who can't stand cussing because GUESS WHAT! Read morePublished on July 22, 2009
there's a solid 100 page book here, the rest is typical banal padding.
the communication divide between parents and kids is explored in depth. Read more
I read this book in a matter of 2 days. I ordered it off Amazon as well too. This book is great for the average Pixies fan, or just someone that doesn't fit into the "norm". Read morePublished on June 17, 2007 by E. Logan
This book left me totally confused, I didn't even know she was raped for most of it. Almost every other word is f*** and I know real teens dont talk like that. Read morePublished on September 19, 2006 by Beautiful
"The brave new girl" was a very well written book. I couldn't put it down and read it non-stop in one day. Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by Kelli Nelson