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On Mermaid Avenue

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Published (first published 1992)
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Steven
Jul 05, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young women and lovers of coming of age
Recommended to Steven by: Meghan
Shelves: novels
I read this book because my daughter Meghan loves it. It is a female Catcher in the Rye. It was so realistic that I was able to use Meghan’s voice for Monarose. Jessica Kubitsky, a friend from her teenage years, was the voice of Edie. Both were very apt voicings.

It seemed as though the girls were able to make the most out of little. First it was in school and then later in early adult life. But for them it wasn’t early adult life; it was merely an extension of school without school. This approac
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Meghan
Apr 08, 2008 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who would like their chick literature to be a bit deeper or truer to life
I loved loved loved this book, so much that those who have borrowed it from me get the benefit of my wierdo notes in the margin and highlighting (no, I didn't read it for a class). This is one of the best coming-of-age story of girl's friendships I have ever read, bar none. The precarious nature of friendships when they come into contact with other relationships, especially romantic ones, is captured so well here. When one character's best girl friend wants to get married, she just feels betraye ...more
David Jay
Well written, and I would like to read something else by this author. But this specific story, about a codependent relationship between two college girls, was not particularly memorable. I think this type of fiction has been done before, and done better.
Stefany
Feb 03, 2010 Stefany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just... bad.
Richard
Mar 20, 2007 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14 year old girls
It's not really all that good, but it's a sentimental favorite.
Anne
Nov 09, 2007 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
that old friends and memories are to cherished
V
Jan 12, 2016 V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great female characters - I love everything by this author.
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Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of two short story collections, six novels, and numerous essays and reviews. Her work is noted for its humorous and ribald prose, which often disguises themes of human loneliness and the yearning for connection. Her heroines are usually urban, very smart, and chastened by lifetimes of unwelcome surprises. Kirshenbaum has been published in German, French, Hebrew, Tu ...more
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