The Girls From Corona Del Mar

The Girls From Corona Del Mar

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“Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat-up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her? Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard? Yes, we were jealous of her, and yet we did not hate her. She was never so much as teased by us, we roaming and bratty girls of Corona del Mar, thieves of corn nuts and orange soda, abusers of lip gloss and foul language.”

An astonishing debut about friendships made in youth, The Girls from Corona del Maris a fiercely beautiful novel about how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or endure.

Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further—and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, brave, fair Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is, and what that question means about them both.

A staggeringly honest, deeply felt novel of family, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship,The Girls from Corona del Mar asks just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.

Baker & Taylor
The lifelong bond between hard-hearted Mia and kind Lorrie Ann is tested by the challenges of Mia's dysfunctional family and the tragic losses that transform Lorrie Ann's personality in ways that make Mia question her views about family and loyalty.

Baker
& Taylor

The lifelong bond between hard-hearted Mia and kind Lorrie Ann is tested by the challenges of Mia's dysfunctional family and the tragic losses that transform Lorrie Ann's personality in ways that make Mia question her views about family and loyalty. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First American Edition
ISBN: 9780385351966
0385351968
Branch Call Number: Fiction Thorpe
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 25 cm

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sinister31
Jan 03, 2015

Though the author has a modicum of talent, this is a very raw, amateurish work that needed a quality editor. If you choose to go with a first person narrator, that person had better be a solid human being, not a borderline head case like the young woman in this book. She goes from being mentally ill enough to (spoiler alert) smash her own foot to a few pages later talking about how she "loves the ablative in Greek". What? Oh, she's telling us (as opposed to showing us) what a brilliant scholar she's become, and light years away from the nut job who hammers her own feet. This book is a mess.

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kelliyfults
Nov 29, 2014

I was reminded of the awkwardness and glory in being a teenage girl. There were no all-good girls when I was growing up, and no all-bad ones either. This story is so REAL... I almost feel it has been filed away as 'memories' rather than a tale I happened to read...

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bookwormjeph
Sep 06, 2014

I was a little unsure of reading this book as I usually are not interested in coming of age angst between teenage girls. But I am glad I did as the teenage segments of their friendship was mostly told in a flashback style with most of the story focusing on the present day situation between them. A tale of perception and how our memory plays tricks on us as to what we think the reality of our past was verses the truth of what has been. I was totally engrossed in it by half way through. For a debut it is brilliant. I will keep an eye out for her next one.

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TracyGuza
Sep 04, 2014

Wow - amazing book about two young women, friendship and how life can take unexpected turns.

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