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The Girl in the Italian Bakery

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,399 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
Life didnt do Kenny Tingle any favors. In The Girl in the Italian Bakery, follow his journey from childhood in a tough housing project north of Boston, the abduction and disappearance of a childhood friend, to the complete destruction of a family. His introduction to crime and the years he spent in foster homes. The poor choices he made in high school and the startling cli ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises
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Apr 29, 2009 Tara rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I found this book kind of boring. I enjoy reading local stories because I think it's fun when I recognize the places that are talked about. That was the best part of the book for me. This book is basically episode after episode of one punk's life in the tough city. As much as I wanted to like Kenny, I had a really hard time doing so.

Oh, and the girl in the bakery isn't introduced until the last maybe 60 pages or so. It's a huge letdown and honestly, if I were Tingle's wife, I think I'd be mad th
Jul 21, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
Maybe a better title would have been "The bible in the drawer" cause it seemed to be the point of the memoir and definitely got more mention than the girl in the Italian bakery. I really enjoyed the majority of this book. I didn't grow up in the projects but I was a child of the 70's and remember that the ultimate put~down was telling someone they bought something at Goodwill, and the freedom we had to run around the neighborhood. So everything was going along smoothly until the last part of the ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Wow. I purchased this book as a Kindle "deal of the day". I will admit that I was attracted to the title, because one of my great grandparents was the "maestro di panetteria" in the Sicilian village where my grandparents were born.

Kenneth Tingle's memoir of his life growing up in the projects of Lawrence, Massachusetts is beautifully told. At times heartbreaking, and at times hilarious, it held my attention from beginning to end. He has the gift of writing about his childhood experiences with s
Aug 21, 2011 Maryjoamani rated it it was ok
Amazon has the book at a 5 star rating which is hard to believe. It IS a sweet story about one boy/man's triumph over difficult times but it is so poorly written with no insight--almost like an early reader for older kids who don't read well but even then, do we assume they don't want a minimum standard of quality literature? I feel bad giving it such a low rating and might even give it a 1 except the author does do a good job of communicating an upbeat kind of nature in face of adversity--or it ...more
Andrea (Dre)
Apr 23, 2013 Andrea (Dre) rated it liked it
I wish that I could give half stars because I would give 3.5 stars. The beginning started off slow for me and I wanted to give up but I picked this out with a book buddy and kept going. I felt overly bombarded with so much detail from the author that I was very overwhelmed. Every few pages I was introduced to other characters and they only lasted for a brief time. This was my only gripe of the story. This story surrounded a boy and his life growing up in the mean streets, put in foster care, dea ...more
Carla Brown
Sep 29, 2009 Carla Brown rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carla by: a friend
I thought this book was very interesting. I think it is a book about hope. A kid from the inner city grows up in the projects, has a bunch of bad breaks, but finds his way out. He does something with his life. I grew up a few towns away and reading about the local sites was a great addition for me.
I have recommended this book to many of my friends and they loved it. One of my friends said her library had a long waiting list for the book but she went to the author's website and was able to order
I really wish this book had been aptly titled. The girl in the bakery was such a nonevent in the overall scheme of things, and really irrelevant to the overall plot. The amazing survival instinct of a boy from the projects in Lawrence, MA, who was able to see something in himself worthwhile and lovable was a story unto itself. The girl in the bakery was a distraction and unnecessary.

Why would someone who had overcome so much and who had finally created the loving family unit that he pined for g
Nov 25, 2011 Duveen rated it did not like it
I tried and tried, and read it to the end, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was reading a very long high school essay.
Aug 29, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Interesting memoir that takes place in Lawrence, MA, and other local communities in my area.
Mar 29, 2011 Joan rated it really liked it
This memoir held my attention till the very end. As I was reading sometimes I felt a story line would end abruptly, but then I would realize that continuing the line of thought probably would not have added more substance to the story & I came to appreciate the lack of "fluff." Though the actual girl in the Italian bakery never becomes the center of the story-line, I think she is one of Kenny's first dreams. A dream "out of his league" that he comes to realize wasn't above him but just beyon ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Man401dy rated it did not like it
This book should have been titled the trials and tribulations of kenny tingle. It was long and tedious. I keep reading from pure persistence and wanting to know when the title- theme connection kicked in, and that was not until 3/4 of the way through.
This book would make a good lifetime movie or serialized family channel tv show, but as a read, it was over- long with too little substance. Others have written on the theme more effectively and touchingly. It might have bee cathartic for the author
Jeff S.
Jul 31, 2010 Jeff S. rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a lot. I think that anyone who grew up in the city can relate to some of Ken's hijinks. There are some things that are specific to the Boston area that bring back memories like playing muckle, "sledding" on cardboard, and Riley's. Even in the cities without Riley's there were Bill & Bob's or some other late night roast beef joint to find trouble at. The fights were an everyday event for boys growing up in the inner city in the 70's and 80's. We all seem to have a sto ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Krystal rated it it was ok
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John Lester
Sep 18, 2012 John Lester rated it did not like it
Started off with good writing and a interesting story line. We follow Tingle's life as he bounces through living in poverty,the projects,institutions, and foster homes. He makes bad choices which lead to criminal escapades. Try as he might, he just can't get his life together. The last chapters read like they were tacked on and use the standard cop out of "reading the bible, joining the Marines, and finding a wife" with little of the detail show in the preceeding chapters.
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Taymara Stephania  Jagmohan
This is a simple, yet excellent book. It is wrapped in a simple love story, that is considered true in the eyes of a wonderer, and im sure once you discover the wonders with which this promising young author has to offer, you'll just be loving what you are reading. It made me realise a series of scenarios that i never thought possible. Despite not being in love, i understand what the author really feels, why he feels them and for whom this spark has been ignited for. It is just that simple. :) Y ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
As a story bordered on boring and if it were fiction I would abandon it at the first few chapters. But as a memoir, it was likable. I enjoyed the laid back style that Kenny used to tell about his childhood, and the life lessons he learned the hard way. But I think there was way too much detail, things that could have been left out.
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree with some of the reviewers that thought the girl in the Italian Bakery was going to be a
Aug 16, 2014 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
First of all, the title of this book is very misleading. I purchased this book because I assumed this was a love story set in Italy involving a young woman working in a bakery. The girl in the bakery is introduced to the reader more than half way through the book, and then does not really appear for the remainder of the book. I kept reading hoping there was more to her involvement in the plot, but there wasn't. Why the author titled the book in this manner is beyond me.

This book read like a high
Laura Myers
May 03, 2012 Laura Myers rated it liked it

I was very excited to read this book as I heard many good things about it but I just want to say that I'm glad I did not buy it.
It's a good read but it's not anything special and not really titled the best as I was reading it on my kindle and the girl in the italian bakery was mentioned at 63% and then not again until the end of the book. I kept waiting for it but it never came.

Read it for free.
But it? Nope
Jul 11, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I got this book as a freebie on my Kindle. I really enjoyed this memoir of a boy born and raised in difficult circumstances who ultimately rose up and made a success of his life. I thought this was a feel-good story of hope and triumph and that despite your circumstace, life truly is what you ultimately make of it.
Aug 27, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I gave it 2 stars only b/c I managed to make it all the way through (thanks mostly to Hurricane Irene). I have no idea how Amazon gives this 5 stars. I get the feeling the guy just wanted to write a book even though he didn't have anything to say!
Apr 20, 2013 Alice rated it liked it

Actually a 3.5- it just moved very slowly at times The ending chapters were much better- however maybe that had to do with the specific chapters settings?? Life in the projects in my opinion was portrayed as very mundane most of the time.
Nov 13, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
I found this to be a very readable book. I congratulate Mr. Tingle for surviving such a childhood and becoming the person he is today and for his outlook on life.

Mar 16, 2012 Anita rated it it was amazing
Great account of Kenny Tingle's childhood and life lessons. Inspires me to get up, stop complaining, and make the best of what I've got.
Michelle pillsbury
May 24, 2010 Michelle pillsbury rated it it was amazing
Loved this read....just the story of his life, but could not put it down.
May 20, 2010 Gina rated it did not like it
I tried. I just couldn't get into it.
Jan 01, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Memoirs are a funny thing: some tell about an idyllic life where the main person was born with the proverbial silver spoon and grew up to be a wonderful person who appreciated his or her life and status, while others tell of hardships that the person had to escape and crawl out of to become a productive and (preferably) happy member of society. The latter seems to make the better reading . Kenneth Tingle's The Girl In The Italian Bakery falls into this second category.

Tingle was the youngest of
Feb 14, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I read this kinda on a whim - because of the title I believed I was going to read something 'foodie' which I needed for a challenge task. I soon figured out that the title had misled me, but I was into the story and wanted to read on.
Kenneth grew up in about the same time period as I had, but in a very different environment. He was growing up poor in the projects out East while I was a midwestern only child with both parents present. I never had opportunities to see kids in any other
Feb 15, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it
I came upon this and thought of reading its reviews which I found interesting and all the more its based out in Lawrence,MA which is kind of close to the place where I'm residing these days.Hence I decide to read it.

The book is about Kenny Tingle and his family which comprises to of his two elder brothers Gary , Tommy and his mom.He is raised by single mother in Lawrence , MA .Their mother finds it difficult to cater to all their needs because of financial difficulties and with no support from
Rob Swan
Apr 27, 2011 Rob Swan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Overview - The Girl in the Italian BakeryProduct DetailsPub. Date: March 2011Publisher: Kenneth TingleSold By: Barnes & NobleFormat: NOOK Book (eBook) Sales Rank: 137,573File Size: 186 KBBNID: 2940012319425These items ship to U.S, APO/FPO and U.S. Protectorate addresses only.

Kenny Tingle any favors. In The Girl in the Italian Bakery, follow his journey from childhood in a tough housing project north of Boston, the abduction and disappearance of a childhood friend, to the
Jun 19, 2012 Tosha rated it liked it
If you have read "The Glass Castle" and you enjoyed it, this book is similar, but told in a young boys voice. He is 6 years old boy growing up in the projects of Massachusetts with his single mother and two older brothers. He doesn't mention a word about "The girl in the Italian bakery" until chapter 9 and then nothing again until the last chapter 13. I enjoyed the story and thought it was well written and even chuckled several times at the mayhem. My four start rating went down in the last chap ...more
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