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3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  124 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
From the start of Elizabeth McKenzie’s beguiling fiction debut, we are drawn into the offbeat worldview of sharp-eyed, intrepid Ann Ransom. Stop That Girl chronicles Ann’s colorful coming-of-age travails, from her childhood in a disjointed family through her tender adolescence and beyond. Along the way, she discovers the absurdities that lurk around every corner of a young ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published February 15th 2005)
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Paul Andrew
Sep 02, 2012 Paul Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: creative writers
You have to read this book!! It's magic

Just to add to that comment... Reading from a Creative Writer's point of view. What strikes me most about it is the dazzling writing... you don't get any better than this... I've been teaching creative writing for many years and loved every turn of phrase every metaphor in this book. Just open the book at any page and read aloud and you'll see what I mean.... let me try.. ummm page 123 "the water turned the color of old broccoli..." Marvellous.

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Pilar
May 14, 2015 Pilar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great I didn't understand at first because they skip a few things but if you reread what you read then you will understand. I will recommend this book to someone that likes mostly drama about family. The main character is that type of person that will be your friend forever and stay by your side.
Sophie Brookover
Sep 19, 2007 Sophie Brookover rated it really liked it
Shelves: grown-up-novels
A GSTBA would-be nominee. Compulsively readable, with a truly winning, messed-up heroine. A small gem.
kb
Jan 01, 2011 kb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This read much more of a memoir than a supposedly fictitious coming-of-age novel but I enjoy both so there really was no problem liking this book. Ann's story, which started when she was eight years old with a baby sister coming her way, a moody mother, and a crazy grandma chasing her around and went up to her dealing with first love in high school and to growing up to life in and after college then having kids of her own, is convincing enough to get you into it. The not-so-good bit, however, is ...more
Cheryl
Jul 08, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was very engaging. Though it is a work of fiction, it reads like a memoir and is just crazy enough to be believable.
Shannoncc
Dec 28, 2015 Shannoncc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it 4 stars but it really should be 3.5. It was really good for most of it, a great story with really interesting characters I felt invested in. And then when the main character was an adult it just sort of petered out. I was really disappointed when I realized I was actually at the end since it really felt like it wasn't an ending.
Jenni
Jun 21, 2007 Jenni rated it it was ok
The whole story felt unresolved and anti-climactic. It bordered on boring. I felt like I should like it due to the pages of "great reviews" prior to the first chapter, but that didn't even sway my opinion. The main character, Ann, came from a dysfunctional family, which came from a dysfunctional family, and then created her own dysfunctional family. These characters seemed to pass on a fear of commitment, paranoia, etc. like a family heirloom to each other. The style of writing felt scattered an ...more
Venessa
Jan 05, 2008 Venessa rated it liked it
Connecting stories, with Ann Ransom as our unceasingly funny heroine in one oddball caper to the next, starting with a boring trip to Europe with her grandmother, called Dr. Frost by everyone in her family and to her face, where Ann watches as the good Doctor flirts with her professor boyfriend. The stories take us through Ann’s life from pre-middle school to a traditional adulthood with husband and children; good as stories I was still left with wanting more, a fuller, more complete novel. Mayb ...more
Kori
Dec 15, 2009 Kori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't LOVE it, but will give it four stars because I think the things I didn't love had more to do with aesthetics than the quality of the writing. The stories were great and the linkages were a lot of fun - it was fascinating to see the family dynamic evolve as the main character and her sister age. I read it mainly, as has been the case for a lot of my books of late, as a study in novels in stories, and structure and contentwise, it didn't do a ton for me. But I much enjoyed it anyway.
Cindy
Mar 26, 2009 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this with the library book group and the author came to speak to us. She said the book was largely autobiographical and described how many of her relatives were just, well, weird. Read dysfunctional here. The book was disjointed but it made sense when the author said it was originally a series of stories but the publisher had her unify them to be about one person. Lots of humor but not a compelling read.
Bianca
Aug 21, 2010 Bianca rated it liked it
There were some funny parts but really, this book was kind of depressing to me. A series of dysfunctional adults passing on their neurosis to their children. Kidnapping, depression, agoraphobia, psychotic episodes, issues with men, the list could go on. I was really looking forward to more of a light, comedic read. Maybe next time...
Lauren
Jul 07, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and somewhat inconsequential read...I'd seen good reviews a while back of this memoir via short stories, and picked it up for half price at Green Apple. It entertained me through my two recent flights, but in the end was not terribly memorable. I think it's out of print now, so perhaps this review is also inconsequential...
Nicola
Jan 14, 2009 Nicola rated it really liked it
Got this book for xmas--it's definitely entertaining--if you like good writing, and it is a story of a girl growing up that I could relate to. My niece(a high school junior) is reading it now
Jennifer
Nov 16, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I couldn't stand that book. It was touted as hilarious and original in reviews, but I thought it was just odd, disjointed, and completely uninteresting.
Melissa Duvall
I dont have a rating for this book. Not my favorite but I didn't hate it.
Books Inc. in Mountain View
Sep 20, 2009 Books Inc. in Mountain View rated it really liked it
Funny, poignant, full of the absurdities of life-- a great coming-of-age novel.
Jon-michael
Feb 07, 2008 Jon-michael rated it did not like it
the begging tells it all.
Caitlin
Aug 29, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
no comment.
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