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Johnny Voodoo Hardcover – October 1, 1996

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It's hard to be the new girl in town. The other kids tease Diedre--calling her Yankee, making fun of her flat chest, letting her know that she'll never fit in. Diedre feels alone and miserable ... until she meets Johnny. They call him Johnny Voodoo, and he casts quite a spell on Diedre. In her first novel, Dakota Lane brews a complicated, surprising tale of the love that grows between these two characters. Mature readers will appreciate the unpredictable turns in the story and the insight the author uses to explore how love changes over time.

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Deftly conjuring the steamy atmosphere of bayou country, debut novelist Lane assuredly captures the quixotic passions of first love and the intricacies of high school social dynamics. Lonely and out of place in the little Louisiana town where her artist father has impetuously moved from Manhattan after her mother's death, narrator Deirdre, 16, is inexorably drawn to enigmatic drifter Johnny Vouchamps. Though they meet sporadically, the two quickly form an insular, almost intoxicated relationship, intensified by Deirdre's alienation from her cliquish schoolmates and violently moody father. But the magic of new love evaporates abruptly in the presence of outsiders; and after he blows up at a party at her house, Deirdre rejects Johnny as wholeheartedly as she had initially welcomed him. Lane maps out the complexities of Deirdre's school and home with the same precision and imagination as she conveys Deirdre's state of mind; at the same time, she honors the ambiguities in her characters' experiences. The plotting here may not be airtight, but the mood is perfect. Ages 12-up.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385322305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385322300
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,832,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I read Johnny Voodoo for my 2nd period English class. I thought that it was one, if not the best book that I have ever read. It is about two outcasts who are brought together through love. It is more of a romantice book and some people are not in to them but if you are I think that you would enjoy this book. The two outcasts are Deirdre and Johnny and the story takes place in Charmette, Louisiana. Deirdre moves to Charmette from New York and she is very lonely there until she meets Johnny who is a homeless teenager. Deirdre classmates see them together one day and they make fun of her because some of the girls think that Johnny is good looking and they are jealous of Deirdre. So, she does not have many friends in Charmette. Deirdre has one other thing that upsets her and it is her father. He is not the nicest person to her and her mother died when she was little. But, like I said it is more of a romance so if your in to that I recommend that you read this.
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Format: Hardcover
First of all, I am not a teenager, but a high school librarian who WAS a teenager when this book was written. I found this gem hiding in my dusty stacks and decided to give it a quick read before deciding whether to find it a new home or bring it back into the limelight. I truly wish that I'd known about this author when I was 16--back when I was obsessed with anything Louisiana, and was nearly as lonely, heartsick, and downtrodden as the main character. I really could have used a Johnny Vouchamp of my own.

The ending was bittersweet, and though I cringed at some of Diedre's actions, which led to so much heartache at the end, I still loved the book for the vivid pictures it painted and the raw emotion it evoked. My only real disappointment is the feeling that I wanted more and wasn't going to get it.

I don't handle open-ended very well, even as an adult. I miss Johnny. 0_0
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Format: Hardcover
Johnny VooDoo was by far one of the best books I have read. Not many books will get me reading to the point where I don't want to stop until it's finished. Dierdre is an outcast in her town. She just moved there and she has no friends. She feels all alone between her home and school worlds and her mother had died years before. Then she meets Johnny and everyhting changes for Dierdre and she learns a valuable lesson. True love always lasts. But is the love between her and Johnny true love or is it just a game. Will their love last?
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By Aubrey on December 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was very intriuing. I was so interested and fascinated with it that I read it in one day. I highly recommend it. Two thumbs up!
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Format: Hardcover
As a new freshman at West Albany High School, I can relate to the main character in this story, Johny Voodoo. A girl moves from the city to a small and really stcks out. She meets a boy and they fall in love. Many mistakes ti lead to dissaperance of the boy. This book is easy reading and keeps your attention the whole time. This book differs from other books because it has and open ended conclusion, it ends up leaving you thinking and thriving for the answers that were not answered.I would highly recomend this book to all tennagers. It will open your eyes to things that you never would of thought of before. I really loved this book!!!
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Format: Hardcover
Moving away and starting over must be hard. For Diedre its even harder. Deidre's mother died and her father,Curtis is someone who doesn't really do much of anything. One day Diedre meets a boy, Johnney. Who changes the way she looks at life and the way she takes it for granted. Johnney and Diedre's whole relationship unfortunately takes a turn that shakes their whole relationship. Johnney must then leave to help his brother and leaves Deidre suddenly realizing how much she needs and loves Johnney as much as he needs her. This book, Johnney Voodoo leaves you breathless with its twists and turns and an ending you'll never guess!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a great surprise for a hot and steamy afternoon! I picked the book up to kill some time, maybe half hour or so... I mean, it is a book for young adults, and I am a 40 year old "adult." But I didn't put it down until midnight, the sun set, the moon rose, I forgot to eat dinner, and when I closed it, It was starving, and sleepy. And feeling fulfilled.
I highly suggest this book, especially to young women, and even young men, it has some great insight on the tenderness of the heart.

Going to recommend it to my son in a couple of years when he is heading into high school...
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Format: Hardcover
This is the most amazing, heartfelt piece of literature I have ever read in my fourteen years. I have read and re-read thousands of books, but never has one left me as speechless nor as breathless as Johnny Voodoo. I reccomend this novel to anyone who is in dire need of a good cry, or just wants to read something out of the ordinary, and something so incredibly written that it stops your heart, if only for a second with the many words forming such an experiance, such an indescribable tale. It is one of the best, if not the best novel you will ever let your eyes wander on.
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