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When the owner of an atheist bookshop falls for the girl who works in the moviehouse across the street, he has no idea what he's getting into. Jasmina is the survivor of a toxically religious upbringing, and has managed to escape only by losing her original identity and, when the pressure gets too much, etching a staircase of cuts into her arm. When Paul discovers a ...more
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published June 30th 2012
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Amy Lynch
Nov 20, 2016 Amy Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG

The Popcorn Girl is AMAZING! Excellent character development, convoluted story line, and a super twisty ending. Read it when you have time too finish it!
Calder Lowe
Aug 26, 2014 Calder Lowe rated it it was amazing
Michael J. Vaughn’s THE POPCORN GIRL is a tremendously complex and bittersweet novel masterfully researched and honed.
Vaughn is to be congratulated on untangling the “knots” deeply rooted in religious hypocrisy and its oftentimes ancillary manifestation in the abuse of children, who may, in turn, self-mutilate, act out in sexually deviant ways, or fall prey to dissociative disorders to better cope with the aftermath of their traumas. This book is tempered by tremendous compassion and fraught wi
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Jo Notary
Feb 15, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read
334p When the owner of an atheist bookshop falls for the girl who works in the movie house across the street, he has no idea what he's getting into. Jasmina is the survivor of a toxically religious upbringing, and has managed to escape only by losing her original identity and, when the pressure gets too much, etching a staircase of cuts into her arm. When Paul discovers a missing person flyer with a picture of a twelve-year-old Jasmina, the psychological fireworks are about the begin. A ...more
Diana
Feb 27, 2013 Diana rated it it was amazing
wow! ex-Jehovah Witness atheist bookstore owner meets orthodox Serbian refugee hooker and find true love. interesting characters combined with a stunning plot with lots of twists, made this one of the best books I've read in a while.
Rita
Nov 07, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it
Loss of identity, lost love, loss of faith ... all are examined in this novel about the relationship between a troubled young woman and the owner of an atheist book store. The story moves well, the settings are vivid and the characters are well drawn. All in all, it's a fun read.
Angel
Oct 01, 2015 Angel rated it did not like it
Horrible book. The story line went no where, hated all of the characters too. I gave it one star for the mere fact it contained words, lol. Don't even waste your time looking at the cover. Yuck.
Katrena
May 21, 2016 Katrena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly different

At first I didn't think this book was for me, but as Jasmina and Paul's story unfolded, I became more engaged.
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Michael J. Vaughn is the author of thirteen novels, including The Popcorn Girl and Operaville. He is a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest, and a 25-year performing arts journalist. His poetry has appeared in more than fifty journals, including Skidrow Penthouse, Confrontation and The Chaffin Journal. He lives in San Jose, California, and plays drums for the San Francisco rock band Exit ...more
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