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My Life as a Girl

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
It's the long, hot summer between high school and college, and Jaime Cody is working a double shift. Days at a greasy spoon called Franklin's All-American Diner; night at the Phoenix, a restaurant at a glitzy resort. She's hoping to earn the college money her father stole from her -- and leave herself no time to think.

A whole country lies between where Jaime is -- Arizona
Paperback, 204 pages
Published May 23rd 2000 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published May 18th 1999)
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Jan 08, 2012 Dewitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first person narrative of Jaime’s seeking redemption at Bryn Mawr College, as she leaves behind a life of waitressing and coming of age with a local “bad” boy in Arizona, may speak to teenage readers on the brink of self-realization; but this is also a fully imagined novel with the cultural resonance and alertness of Frank Conroy’s classic STOP TIME (young Frank, of course, reaches his purchase at Haverford College). The boy in question, Buddy, has his particular energy and complexity on the ...more
Jan 19, 2009 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I liked it. I'm not much for romance, so I won't lay it on with what I did/didn't like about it. It's about lost love, college romance, and "bad boys"--all encountered by Bryn Marter Jaime Cody. Some people think it's boring--I, on the other hand, found it interesting. Those who thought it dragged--why? Mosier excellently crafts her piece and has rich character development. The plot is simple--basically a bunch of Jaime's flashbacks, but that's no reason to not enjoy it. Of course, thos ...more
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Oct 02, 2011 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was weird. The writing on the surface was great. The author knows how to write a gramatically correct and descriptive sentance but is fell flat in the story department. I didn't feel connected to the characters and I don't think I ever got a true sense of who they were and what they wanted. The plot was disjointed and the major portion of the novel was an unexplained flashback and I felt several key plot points were left hanging. I think this was an atempt to be artsy, and coy gone wro ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Joyce rated it it was amazing
I read this book after I met the author at a book signing. I thought it was terrific. It was beautifully written coming of age novel. I cared about all of the carefully crafted characters (including a sassy best friend-supporting character!) Recommended it to a number of more mature young readers. Each loved it. Got some nifty insight from the author when I e-mailed her after finishing the book too. Cool!
Jun 19, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far this book is pretty engrossing. It started off rather slow, as a girl at her all women's college talks of the woes of her past life in Phoenix. Then, by the second chapter, we are taken back in time to when she was living in Phoenix, working double shifts at two restaurants, trying to get money in order to get to Bryn Mawr, the all girls college she wants to attend in Philadelphia. I havent finished it yet, but i can already connect to it and see it as being a great book
May 15, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A first love. A searing hot summer. A girl trying to figure out who she is and where she really belongs. All that and wonderful crisp writing make MY LIFE AS A GIRL a must read.

If you love books by Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han and Deb Caletti, you'll love Mosier's novel too. I picked it up, devoured it in two sittings, and was sorry when it was done. Highly recommended!
Apr 12, 2011 skein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, 2011
One of those intensely personal coming-of-age novels that only tries too damn hard and then loses itself, suddenly, falling into abrupt intimacy and pain.

Rather like reading a stolen diary: and then you realize the handwriting is your own.

Borrowed from the work "library" and returned to same.
(4-11 to 4-12).
Feb 10, 2011 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-100
I was happy with the ending but i had to get through a lot of the book to start to like it.
Feb 25, 2009 Christine is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Still reading -- and enjoying -- this book about a young college student struggling with a troubled past. Great writing.
Feb 04, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Beautifully written; definitely one of those books that blurs the line between YA and adult.
Dec 28, 2015 Britt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
I've no memory of these books from 3havo xD
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Elizabeth Mosier is the author of the novel, My Life as a Girl (Random House),and numerous short stories and essays, which have appeared in magazines including Seventeen, Child, Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine and Poets and Writers. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she has taught fiction and nonfiction writing to audiences from ...more
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