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1989 – zwei Wochen nach dem Fall der Mauer. Mauerblümchen erzählt die Geschichte einer Liebe auf den ersten Blick, den sich die 16-jährige Deutsch-Amerikanerin Molly – Typ Mauerblümchen, 186 cm groß, Schuhgröße 44 – und die 19-jährige Ostpflanze Mick – Schauspielstudent, cool, schillernd, einfühlsam – auf einer S- und U-Bahnfahrt von West nach Ost zuwerfen. Molly will nur ...more
160 pages
Published 2011 by Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verl (first published January 1st 2009)
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Elii Vela
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Amé Wallflower!

Molly es el patito feo, vive en Berlín Este porque su papá, un químico, trabaja ahí. Estando tan cerca de regresar a Nueva York, decide visitar la casa donde su mamá pasó su niñez, y revivir esas viejas historias que le contaba. En ese viaje en metro conoce a Mick, un chico espontáneo que la lleva a hacer el gran viaje de su vida, en el metro de Berlín.

Después de la muerte de su madre, y a una edad tan difícil, Molly lucha por encontrar su lugar en el mundo. Ella p
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A Book Vacation
Wallflower is a powerful novel examining the history of Germany and the Berlin Wall, which is, unfortunately, a subject that many young people are unfamiliar with today. The Berlin Wall, it’s construction and destruction, is not something that many history textbooks get to throughout the year, and when I asked my students what the Berlin Wall was, they really didn’t know a whole lot about it. As I teach a 10th grade world literature class, I think Wallflower is a wonderful novella that my studen ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Molly Lenzfeld always considered herself a wallflower. She said no one ever asked her to dance or paid attention to her since she was so tall. Coming from New York City and being in Berlin while her father was working as a theoretical chemist was an adventure for her in more than one way.

On Thanksgiving Day, she was on her way to see where her mother had lived as a child. She was not to be gone the entire day, but as she rode the subway system, a handsome young man caught her fancy and she caugh
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Heidi
Thanks to Dr. Eva Schweitzer of Berlinica Publishing for this review copy.

Molly is 16, living in Berlin with her scientist father. It is 1989, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In two days, Molly will be returning to the United States. Her mission: visit the East Berlin birthplace of her deceased mother; this wonderful story follows the teen through four hours on that day.

I see my students in Molly’s character, or perhaps it is Molly’s character I see in my students—the anxiety about wan
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Autumn Blues Reviews
A sweet tale of discovered teenage love along the cold oppressive Wall of Berlin.

Wallflower is a short delightful novel, 138 pages of pure fun. This book is a witty and charming Berlin love story you will want to read in one sitting. It is so engaging and Rahlens writing style is so easy to read and quite comical. The main character is 16 year old Molly a rather tall girl who is very self conscious about all the things that make her special. Molly struggles with these insecurities like most teen
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Heather
Wallflower was sent to me by Dr. Eva Schweitzer of Berlinica Publishing for review. My copy says it is an uncorrected proof though this book is already released for purchase. I don't know if you can tell what's on the cover but it is what I presume is the Berlin Wall before it was taken down from the Western view. It's spray painted and graffitied and actually looks like a work of art. I'm sure it never felt like that. It's not pretty when you remember it's purpose.







Wallflower is a YA novel set
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Lizzie
It’s Thursday 23rd November 1989 - Thanksgiving Day – and the Berlin Wall has been down for two weeks. The protagonist of the story is sixteen year old Molly Lenzfeld, a New Yorker who has gone back to Berlin with her German born father, a theoretical chemist, who has been awarded a 12 month research grant at the Free University in Dahlem.

Molly is just days away from returning to the US and has decided to visit the house where here mother, Leonora; who died five years previously, had lived with
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Britta
This review is hard for me to write, because this books was just okay for me, so I don't really have much to say. There was nothing I really liked, nothing I really hated. I feel like it has a small target audience, and people in that audience will like this book, but it just so happens that I am not in the target audience. I felt sort of out of the loop. Let me explain... The book takes place over a couple of hours in Berlin, right after the fall of the Berlin wall. In the story, the main chara ...more
Candy
Being 16 is hard, even if you are the most popular, pretty, out-going girl in the school. And it is especially hard when you are taller than the other kids, shy, and in a strange country. The latter is the situation that Molly Lenzfeld finds herself in.

The story takes place in 1989, two weeks after the toppling of the Berlin Wall. It is a type of coming of age story, as well as a tale of how one can find themselves in the strangest of places. What starts off as a mission to visit her dead mothe
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L.A.
Article first published as Book Review: Wallflower by Holly-Jane Rahlens on Blogcritics.


Serendipity is a wonderful word and an even more interesting meaning. Making desirable discoveries by accident, good fortune, or luck, coincide in with finding something unexpected. Any way you look at it, the word has wonderful connotations.

In Wallflower, a novel by Holly-Jane Rahlens, we follow the life of Molly Beth Lenzfeld as she makes a stab at living the life she thinks she is looking for. Spending tim
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Riina
Diese Buch habe ich schon fast 2 Jahre auf meiner Buchwunschliste stehen. Es war also schon ganz lange ein Wunsch von mir dieses zu lesen.

Zum Inhalt:

Molly Beth Lenzfeld ist vor einem Jahr mit ihrem Vater, einem Chemiker, aus Amerika nach Deutschland gekommen. Jedoch gefällt es ihr in Westberlin überhaupt nicht und sie fühlt sich hier auch nicht wohl, weshalb sie beschlossen hat wieder zurück nach Amerika zu gehen. Am Tag vor ihrem Abflug möchte sie allerdings noch eine letzte „Mission“ erfüllen
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Kari
Wallflower is a pretty quick read. I read it in an afternoon. It takes place soon after the fall of the Berlin wall. Molly is an American who is in Germany with her father. She is planning on leaving and returning to America soon because she is feeling lost and doesn't fit in. Before she leaves she sets out on a trip to East Germany to find the house her mother grew up in. During this quest, she meets Mick, as in Jagger, and it is like, or maybe love, at first sight. During the 4 hours they spen ...more
Hanna
"Mauerblümchen" erzählt die Geschichte einer 17jährigen Deutsch-Amerikanerin, die 2 Wochen nach dem Mauerfall sich nach Ostberlin wagt um das Geburtshaus ihrer Mutter zu besuchen und sich dabei in den Ostdeutschen Schauspielstudenten Mick verliebt.
Ich habe das Buch als sehr authentisch empfunden und musste über die junge Liebe oft schmunzeln. Ich glaube, die Gefühle einer 17jährigen, die überdurchschnittlich groß ist und in einem fremden Land lebt, sind sehr gut getroffen. In die Liebesgeschicht
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Mrtfalls
I know I only gave this book one star, for the reasons that its story is stereotypical and it portrays 17 year old girls as having low self-esteem, no self-confidence and being overly self-conscious.
Despite all this I do feel it has some merit, it did give quite a realistic view of a West German's (although the main character is American) outlook on East Germany.

I would recommend this to: people who have low self-esteem, no self confidence and who are overly self conscious.
People who are interes
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Christina
I'd really like to give this 3 and a half stars. It's a cute teenage romance that takes place in Berlin in 1989, just a few weeks after the wall fell. I love Germany and Berlin and it was fun to learn about the stark differences between East and West during that period. The writing is good, and overall I enjoyed it. I just wasn't blown away, and I thought the narrator was a little annoying.

Here's my full review: http://thebluebookcase.blogspot.com/2...
Jule
Ein sehr schönes Buch über die Zeit nach dem Fall der Mauer in Berlin, verknüpft mit einer schönen Liebesgeschichte. Ich finde das Buch war sehr authentisch und das eine oder andere Mal musste ich auch schmunzeln, wenn ich Dinge las, von denen mir meine Eltern schon so oft erzählt haben. Meine Mama wird das Buch als nächste lesen, ich habe sie neugierig gemacht, sie kann mir dann auch gleich sagen, ob das Buch wirklich so authentisch ist, wie ich vermute.
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
I absolutely loved this book! It reads less like a novel and more like reading someone's journal. The writing is clever and the storytelling makes you not want to put the book down!
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