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A Girl Named Charlie Lester

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"The razory hip Charlie sallies forth from a hateful adolescence to find sex, self-awareness and then, in its many guises, the thing called love.

Early in Halston's tale, Charlie has a black sheep tattooed on her back, but that's more a wish than a reality. Living with an abusive aunt after the death of her parents, she is a smart, reflective creature--post-Goth, baleful an
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 19th 2007 by Aforementioned Productions
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Steve
Aug 17, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
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An absolutely brilliant novel about identity, sexuality, gender, and growing up. In the novel Halston explores the ways in which "what do I want to do with my life?" frequently belies the deeper question of "who am I?" The flashback framework shows us Charlie as a well-rounded adult in contrast to Charlie the messed-up, angst-ridden post-teen. Charlie's not always easy to love in these flashbacks, and she doesn't always make the wisest choices. But these mistakes shape her, and in the end every ...more
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Aug 12, 2008 Johnflynch rated it really liked it
This story is both compelling and uncomfortable. The title character's life decisions are fascinatingly human. Her story reads with the honesty of a personal diary; sex, confusion, and emotions intact. The pacing is intentionally designed to keep your happiness level in-check, and holds back any real sense of relaxation until the last possible moment.
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May 03, 2011 Nelson rated it liked it
A really enjoyable read--got through it in a sitting. The bookstore stuff was pretty priceless. The flashback structure works well. Only complaint was that the refrains about Charlie's acting didn't seem developed earlier so the allusions to that skill sometimes felt like something retained from an earlier draft. That's a relatively small complaint--this was a lot of fun.
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Carissa Halston is a fiction writer. Her award-winning stories have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Fourteen Hills, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Boston where she runs a small press called Aforementioned, edits a literary journal called apt, and is currently at work on a novel.
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