Ok, I finished the book, and I change my mind, I did like the book. At first the concept of the "dolls", was a little weird. After reading more of the book, I realized the dolls, especially "Tiki girl" and "LaSamba", symbolize ...more
I feel like I've read a lot of ...more
This is the only McMahon book I had yet to read. It has the feel of being her very first book, though, at least in terms of publishing history, it is not. (Perhaps it was written first.) It's billed as her turn to YA after some psychological suspense fiction. But much of her psychological suspense fiction has a YA feel. And this book sneaks in some psychological suspense and even supernatural horror, which is the metier of McMah ...more
Maggie Keller's life turned upside down the day she forgot Toto. In eighth grade, Maggie was cast as Dorothy, the lead in The Wizard of Oz. As her mom is driving her to rehearsal, Maggie shouts out that she forgot the stuffed dog at home. Her mom, without checking the traffic around them, turns the car around and causes an accident.
Maggie was once the most popular girl in her class. But after the accident, she has a deformed leg, and considers herself the ...more
Maggie has become a outcast by her own free will. After a car accident that killed her mom, she is ...more
Jennifer McMahon is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of her books so far, and 3 1/2 stars would have been a better rating for this book. All of her books are eccentric, bizarre, strange, and slightly twisted, which I think is the main reason I like them. I always feel like I'm in some sort of perverted circus world a little bit when I read them (Is that weird?). And this one was no different, however I feel that her first attempt at a young adult novel was a little bit too provocativ...more
Enter Dahlia. Dahlia lives with her mentally ill mother in the not-so-nice part of town. Maggie soon finds herself ...more
In Grade 10, a new girl appears to be the answer to Maggie's search for someone who will understand her. Dahlia Wainright is beautiful, but she doesn't follow f ...more
There are several things I appreciate in 'My Tiki Girl': a complete cast of characters from the popular kids through a variety of 'misfits'; realistic dialogue and teenage attitudes; tough topics tackled from the impact of family tragedy to sexual identity; and the positive but non-fluff ending.
I'd definitely recommend this well-written YA novel.
its a coming of age novel and maybe it was because I am past that stage in life but I felt it never really went anywhere or got terribly interesting. most of her books I cannot wait to read the ending and finish it in a couple of days this took forever to go somewhere and never quite mad ...more
McMahon has a talent for writing in such a way where you become so interested in the characters that you keep turning the page to what's going to happen to them.
I didn't realize this book was going to address topics of teenage sexuality and homosexuality in the way that it did, because I was so focused on Maggie's tragic loss of her mother, but McMahon did it in a tactful and ...more