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Confessions of a Teen Sleuth Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 10, 2005
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“I can't remember when I've laughed aloud so frequently during the reading of a book…A wonderful send-up of the Nancy Drew novels.” ―Nancy Pearl, NPR
“Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody Confessions of a Teen Sleuth affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery, sending up and yet saluting America's favorite girl detective. All the unspoken truths about money, social status and teenage identity crises ordinarily crammed between the lines of her adventures are outrageously exposed, and the book is no less endearing for it.” ―New York Times Book Review
“A loving parody…breezy fun with a heart of gold.” ―Onion
“Irresistible, hilarious…Cain is a brilliant parodist.” ―Oregonian
“Wondrous fun…An immensely enjoyable re-visioning of the much-loved Nancy Drew, and the best kind of guilty pleasure.” ―Portland Mercury--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Chelsea Cain is a longtime teen sleuth enthusiast and the author of The Hippie Handbook, the memoir Dharma Girl, and the forthcoming thriller Heartsick. She edited the anthology Wild Child, about daughters of the counterculture. She has written for a wide variety of publications and is currently a humor columnist for the Oregonian. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Did you read Nancy Drew way back then? Hardy Boys? Bobsey Twins? If so, you will really get a kick out of this book, CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN SLEUTH (Chelsea Cain). I heard a review on NPR and just had to read it. I found it in the youth section of the library, but believe me, it is not a book for youth (even the jacket would make one think it is for young girls). I hope a young girl wouldn't understand the allusions, or at least be so bored as to put it down. This purports to be Nancy Drew's posthumously published autobiography, with the truth, not the inane imaginings of Carolyn Keene, her one time roomie at Bryn Mar. With some estimated dates I figure she was born around 1910, maybe a little later. It is sooo camp: it will elicit a guffaw on almost every page. She grew up to marry her "special friend," Ned, but she really loved Frank Hardy, the father of Ned Junior. And even in her eighties she carries her trademark Hummer of a magnifying glass and a torch for Frank. You will learn the fates of the Bobsey twins, Frank & Joe Hardy, and all of their friends, some of whom appear in her later day capers. You will also see how she interacted with Eisenhower and Nixon. Pick this one up for a one day load lightener.
Barbara Kerr Scott
If you are looking for a more serious hommage to Nancy, try Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her. That book is rich with details about her and is a nice, comprehensive account of the girl detective that was an important part of countless childhoods.
This book is a fun read that is even a bit shocking at times- Nancy wasn't as naive as we thought she was! I recommend it for more mature readers who are familiar with the original stories and want to take a quick, entertaining trip down memory lane.