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The New Girl

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Rachel, Julia and Chicky have been friends all their lives. One summer, Miranda, a city girl who's not all she seems, forces them to confront who they are and what they want from life. The girls discover that they all want different things.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Picador (first published April 6th 2001)
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James Perkins
Dec 20, 2012 James Perkins rated it liked it
Author Emily Perkins (no relation) has written a coming-of-age novel about naivety, wisdom, and how things are not always as we think they are. Set in an unnamed, generic small town, and then in an unnamed, generic large city, the story centres around three friends: Julia, the talkative intellectual, Chicky, the buxom floozy, and Rachel, the quiet waif. The mix of types makes one wonder what they see in each other, but it's probably that they are all ostracized by their peers, and they found com ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Lee rated it liked it
Doesn't have quite the verve and tension of Perkins' "Novel About My Wife." But still, enjoyable characterization. I guess this is the kind of story you'd call a "slice of life" sort...which can be good, but occasionally doesn't really take you anywhere. It was very readable, but felt pretty anti-climactic at it's finish. The small town setting is interesting, and the author successfully conveys a sense of suffocation. (so so hand gesture)
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Nov 24, 2012 Dora Okeyo rated it it was ok
I got bored in the middle of this book and had to set it aside for three days. It felt like Julia was busy trying to be Miranda, and Chiky couldn't stop cursing at everyone- and that made me lose trail of the story.When I continued, it felt okay.
Apr 26, 2009 Monica rated it did not like it
Not as enjoyable for me as her previous work and I don't quite know what the point was of this book. The boredom of adolescence?
Sep 08, 2012 Sarelle rated it it was ok
Thought that this was OK, though not great. I haven't read anything else of hers though would still be keen to do so.
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The writing reminds me of an unpolished Siri Hustvedt... will read more of Perkins' work that's for sure.
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Emily Perkins is a writer of contemporary fiction, and the success of her first collection of stories, not her real name and other stories, established her early on as an important writer of her generation. Perkins has written novels, as well as short fiction, and her writing has won and been shortlisted for a number of significant awards and prizes. She was the 2006 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow ...more
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