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"To read JUST KIDS is to be struck by how powerfully the two, especially Smith, believed in the power of art....Despite her music's angry clamor, despite his sometimes revolting images, Smith and Mapplethorpe retain, in her telling, a primal, childlike innocence."--Dallas Morning News

"Smith lovingly depicts the denizens of the Chelsea Hotel - is that Janis Joplin at the bar? - and the rock club CBGB, all the while pondering how to be an uncompromising artist who nonetheless needs to pay the rent."--Boston Globe

"Terrifically evocative and splendidly titled...the most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late '60s and early '70s that any alumnus has committed to print....This enchanting book is a reminder that not all youthful vainglory is silly; sometimes it's preparation."--New York Times Book Review

"A heartbreakingly sweet recollection of just that sort of vanished Bohemian life...Just as [Smith] stands out as an artiste in a movement based on collectivism, her singular voice gleams among rock memoirs as a work of literature."--Boston Globe

"A moving portrait of the artist as a young woman, and a vibrant profile of Smith's onetime boyfriend and lifelong muse, Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989...JUST KIDS is ultimately a wonderful portal into the dawn of Smith's art."--Los Angeles Times

"[JUST KIDS] offers a revealing account of the fears and insecurities harbored by even the most incendiary artists, as well as their capacity for reverence and tenderness."--USA Today

"[Just Kids] reminds us that innocence, utopian ideals, beauty and revolt are enlightenment's guiding stars in the human journey. Her book recalls, without blinking or faltering, a collective memory -- one that guides us through the present and into the future."--Michael Stipe, Time magazine

"A revelation. In a spellbinding memoir as notable for its restraint as for its lucidity, its wit as well as its grace, Smith tells the story of how she and Robert Mapplethorpe found each other... beautifully crafted, vivid, and indelible."--Booklist

"A shockingly beautiful book...a classic, a romance about becoming an artist in the city, written in a spare, simple style of boyhood memoirs like Frank Conroy's 'Stop Time.'"--New York Magazine

"A remarkable book --sweet and charming and many other words you wouldn't expect to apply to a punk-rock icon."--Newsday

"[JUST KIDS] is funny and sad but always exhilarating."--Tampa Tribune

"[A] beautifully crafted love letter to [Robert Mapplethorpe]...Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York...[a] tender and tough memoir...[an] elegant eulogy."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A spellbinding portrait of bohemian New York in the late 1960s and early '70s."--New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row

"An utterly charming, captivating, intimate portrait of a late 1960s and early 1970s period of intense artistic ferment in downtown Manhattan significantly shaped and keenly observed by rock firebrand Smith."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"A touching tale of love and devotion."--Associated Press

"Just Kids shows how Smith integrated the romance of her twenty-year friendship with Mapplethorpe with her historical preoccupations, elevating them to an almost sacred status. The past, for Smith, has always driven her life forward. If only we could all be so free-spirited."--The Rumpus

"More than 30 years after its release, Horses still has the power to shock and inspire young musicians to express themselves with unbridled passion. Now she brings the same raw, lyrical quality to her first book of prose."--Clive Davis, Vanity Fair

"Captivating....a poignant requiem...and a radiant celebration of life. Grade: A."--Entertainment Weekly

"One of the best things I've ever read in my life."--Don Imus

"In the end, [JUST KIDS is] not just an ode to Mapplethorpe, but a love letter to New York City's '70s art scene itself."--Time Out New York

"JUST KIDS describes [Smith and Mapplethorpe's] ascent with a forthright sweetness that will ring true to anyone who knows her work."--Bloomberg.com

"Astonishing on many levels, most notably for Smith's lapidary prose....[JUST KIDS] is simply one of the best memoirs to be published in recent years: inspiring, sad, wise and beautifully written."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Funny, fascinating, oddly tender."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"Deeply affecting...a vivid portrayal of a bygone New York that could support a countercultural artistic firmament...the power of this book comes from [Smith's] ability to recall lucid memories in straightforward prose."--BookForum

"Composed of incandescent sentences more revelatory than anything from Patti Smith's poems or songs, her romantic memoir also reveals what blunt narrative instruments the earlier career bios of her and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe have been."--Village Voice, Best Books of 2010 Round-Up

"Patti Smith's telling of the years she spent with Robert Mapplethorpe is full of optimism sprinkled with humor...JUST KIDS...is sorely lacking in irony or cynicism; Smith's worldview is infectious. She's a jumble of influences, but that's part of her charm."--Austin American-Statesman

"One of the best books ever written on becoming an artist...Jesus may have died for somebody's sins, but Patti Smith lives and writes and sings for all of us."--Washington Post

"Patti Smith's memoir of her youth with Robert Mapplethorpe testifies to a rare and ferocious innocence...'Just Kids' is a book utterly lacking in irony or sophisticated cynicism."--Salon.com

"Poetically written and vividly remembered. [Smith] reminded me of the idealism of art."--Matthew Weiner, creator of MAD MEN, in New York magazine

"Reading rocker Smith's account of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it's hard not to believe in fate. How else to explain the chance encounter that threw them together, allowing both to blossom? Quirky and spellbinding."--People, Top 10 Books of 2010

"Remarkable, evocative... JUST KIDS is more than just a gift to [Smith's] ex-lover; it's a gift to everyone who has ever been touched by their art, and to everyone who's ever been in love. Like the best of Smith's music and Mapplethorpe's art, this book is haunting and unforgettable."--NPR Boston

"Riveting and exquisitely crafted."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

" A story of art, identity, devotion, discovery, and love, the book is [Smith's] first prose work...[it] conjures up the passionate collaboration--as lovers, friends, soul mates, and creators--that she and Mapplethorpe embarked on from the summer they met in Brooklyn in 1967."--Elle

"The most enchantingly evocative memoir of funky-but-chic New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s that any alumnus has yet committed to print."--Janet Maslin's top 10 books of 2010, New York Times

"The most compelling memoir by a rock artist since Bob Dylan's 'Chronicles: Volume One, ' written with intimacy and grace...."--Chicago Tribune

"Smith's writing about her early days with Mapplethorpe is fervid and incantatory but never falls into incoherence."--The Oregonian (Portland)

"Sometimes there is justice in the world. That was my first thought when I heard that Patti Smith had won the National Book Award this fall for her glorious memoir, Just Kids."--Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of 2010, NPR's Fresh Air

"Smith's beautifully crafted love letter to her friend Robert Mapplethorpe functions as a memento mori of a relationship fueled by passion for art and writing. Her elegant eulogy lays bare the chaos and the creativity so embedded in that earlier time and in Mapplethorpe's life and work."--Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of the Year

From the Back Cover

Fearless, smoking hot, and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it's their bad luck in love that makes them legendary.

News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn't be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they're both convinced they're perfectly wrong for each other. But when Melissa's matchmaking grandmother wins her a date with Brody at a Bachelor auction . . .

Sparks fly. Passion flares. Heat rises. (You get the picture.)

Add a curse, a conniving nightly news anchor, a stunningly handsome daredevil fireman, a brave little boy, a couple of exes, and one giant fire to the mix, and Melissa and Brody's love may not be the only thing that burns.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062088963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062088963
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By feysidhe VINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
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I love contemporary romances, and as far as I am concerned there aren't nearly enough of them out there, so I snatched this one up as soon as I saw it. (Also, I am married to a firefighter, so I got a kick out of the title.) I read the book within a few hours; there's nothing difficult about it and it's not the kind of story you need to put aside for any reason.

I liked Brody and Melissa. They were a good couple with similar outlooks. Unlike with many romances, you got the feeling that this was a couple who could actually make it together for the long haul.

I liked the other guys in the firehouse. Their relationships with each other seemed quite real with the teasing and name-calling.

I liked Melissa's relationship with her family. Her father, in particular, touched me.

BUT...both Melissa and Brody have exes who appear in the book, and both are completely flat, cardboard characters. They are bad, bad, bad, selfish, selfish, selfish people with no redeeming qualities. This is, admittedly, a pet peeve of mine, but it weakens the book overall since it detracts from the characterizations of the others.

Another peeve: the "big misunderstanding." The one that begins about halfway into this book lasts far too long. If it was necessary at all, which I don't really think it was--this could have been a grade-A, five star novella--it should have been kept short.

So..I am ambivalent about this book. Yes, it was a fun, easy read. But there were things that really nagged at me. If you're addicted to contemporaries as I am, you'll probably want to read this one just because there's not all that much else out there in this vein and it *is* a quick, fun read.
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The lead character in this story is Melissa McGuire. I got hooked immediatley when I discovered that Melissa is lured to a charity bachelor auction by her sassy grandmother. When she discovered that her grandma "won" a date with a handsome blue eyed firefighter and was going to back out of the date as she didnt feel well and sent Melissa in her place. What makes this fun is that on the other end the hunky firefighter has doubts about going on a date with an old lady and convinces the boss to show up in his place. Melissa ends up on the "date" with Fire Captain Harry Brody. What I didnt expect was that these two would have sparks and chemestry. Did not see that coming. I liked that the author was able to make this a more enjoyable read and not necessarily where you knew what was going to happen next. We had a self centered new anchor, a recovering alcoholic, a couple of exes, and some foster care issues thrown in the mix to make this a well down book.

The main characters Brody and Melissa. They were awesome. I loved how the author developed them throughout the book.

Grandma (Nelly) - she stole the show. I loved all the intereactions and plot development around her. She tugged at my heart strings.

The one big change I would make is the lack of follow through with the social worker issue/foster care problem. This seemed like a serious issue that kept getting on the back burner by being forgotten. Once was fine, the next 2 or 3 times was a tad annoying.

I am already looking forward to the next book in this series. I wonder who it will be. I think Ryan would be the next logical choice but as I mentioned this book kept me guessing as to what would happen next. So I think Ryan would be to easy of a next in the series.... We shall see!
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Start with a over zealous dying grandma trying to make sure her granddaughter love life is settle before she goes, add a Firefighters Bachelors Auction and get ready to have fun and enjoy and delightful romantic story.

Melissa Maguire is a serious T. V. Producer, who is tasked with making sure the obnoxious Ella Joy always looks good for the station, even if it means for her to be subservient to the witch. Things go from bad to worse when her Grandma's meddling puts Ella in the mood for a story with the sexy Firemen Bachelors and she has to deal with their gorgeous Captain, who just happens to hate reporters.

Captain Harry Brody remembers very well what a zoo his Firehouse became after a Firefighter bachelors story ran previously. Suddenly he is faced with having to relieve the nightmare after Grandma Nellie makes a big auction donation for a sexy fireman and her granddaughter wants to focus on the firehouse's curse. Too bad her granddaughter doesn't appear to be as happy about the win and the situation she ends up in. Add to that a lot of other complications and let the fun begin.

Will Melissa get her hearts desire? Will Ella?
Can Brody overcome the firehouse's curse?
Read on and have fun while you find out and enjoy the sexy firemen that will make this series a must read for you.
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3.5 stars.

Jennifer Bernard's debut novel The Fireman Who Loved Me is a sweet romance with a dash of spicy lovemaking. A matchmaking Grandma, a sassy heroine and a battalion of sexy firemen are the perfect ingredients for one hot read.

Burned by her former boss and love interest, Melissa McGuire is concentrating on her career not her love life. She reluctantly agrees to go on a date with the bachelor her grandmother bids on at a charity auction. Although he is not her type, Melissa is instantly attracted to the sexy Captain Brody. Thrown together through her job, Melissa and Brody's romance heats up until their pasts threaten their future.

Melissa and Brody are fun yet flawed main characters. Melissa's dysfunctional childhood plays a big role in her personal and professional lives. Her relationship with her father is strained and practically non-existent. She is close to her feisty and lovable Grans and their interactions are absolutely delightful and one of the highlights of the novel. The sexual chemistry between Melissa and Brody leaps off the pages and it is a enjoyable watching their romance build. However, Melissa's self-doubts undermine both her relationship with Brody and her career.

Brody is a commanding presence and his entire crew has a deep respect for their awe-inspiring captain. With a painful divorce in his past, Brody is not interested in a relationship. Although Brody is cool, calm and collected under pressure, he is surprised when Melissa manages to get under his skin. He is an honorable man whose good intentions inadvertently cause problems in his and Melissa's relationship.

The relationship between Brody and Melissa begins as a friendship and slowly becomes romantic. Their lovemaking is smoking hot and quite passionate.
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