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The Girl from Charnelle

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  15 reviews
It's 1960 in the Panhandle town of Charnelle, Texas—a year and a half since sixteen-year-old Laura Tate's mother boarded a bus and mysteriously disappeared. Assuming responsibility for the Tate household, Laura cares for her father and three brothers and outwardly maintains a sense of calm. But her balance is upset and the repercussions of her family's struggles are reveal ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Harper Perennial (first published April 1st 2006)
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Sara Strand
The quick and dirty of this book is that it focuses around a family of 5 kids, specifically the middle child, Laura Tate. The mother leaves- which is the catalyst for lots of things in Laura's life specifically her relationship with a married man. One she babysits for no less. But what is amazing about this book is that you really kind of root for Laura and John, even though you know that it's wrong. You sympathize with Laura because at the tender age of 16 she doesn't really understand that eve ...more
I just can't rate this book. Here's what I can say: I'm glad I'm finished with it.

I was interested in how the book turned out, mostly because I was waiting on Laura and John to get caught, one of the older family members who knew about the affair to do something about it, or for someone to put an end to it. As I put the book down each evening, I felt scuzzy about even reading it. I mean, who writes (or reads) a book about a married man in his 30s carrying on with a 16 year old girl for a year (
First of all, let me say that I do not condone the behaviors in this book. In fact, they made me squirm! That being said, this book is NOT about the right and wrong of the behaviors! If that is all you focus on, you will think it an abomination! This book centers on sixteen-year-old, Laura. It explores how the choices of the "adults" (and I have to really stretch to call them that) in her life ultimately funnel down and affect her. You will find yourself wanting to protect this girl as you witne ...more
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I won this book online on a blog that I had visited, and to be honest, that is why I chose to read this book -- it was free, and it was on my bookshelf. The book was an easy read, and I enjoyed reading it. I found myself having a hard time putting it down. It was one of those books where I wanted to get to the end of each chapter and then start immediately on the next just to see what would happen next. Laura Tate, the main character in the book, has an affair with a married man, and at times, I ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Nan rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I HATED this book. It received a lot of positive reviews and was described as a coming-of-age story set in the Texas panhandle. I don't know who the hell's definition of coming-of-age involves statutory rape, some good old fashion date rape, and a totally implausible lead character. Laura is 16 and has filled her mother's role in cooking, cleaning, and providing child care to her 3 brothers after her mother and older sister abandon the family. So, logically, she decides to have a sexual relation ...more
I enjoyed this book partly because I lived in Amarillo for 11 years and could therefore relate to all of the panhandle references, but it is also just a good coming of age story. It's worth the read.
Imagine a baseball game in which the pitcher throws the same pitch to every batter for all 9 innings. Imagine a concert in which the orchestra plays the same note from beginning to end. Imagine a novel in which an older man makes love (rapes, actually) a teenage girl from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. OK< that's why i gave the book one star.
Sent to me by my good friend Jo. I had never heard of it, but I trusted her taste and it looked interesting, so I tried it. Really, really good. About a teenage girl who has a long affair with a married man who is friends with her father, as she tries to take care of her family after her mother deserts them at the beginning of the story. Good ending as well.
A heartbreaking story about a young girl whose mother runs off and leaves her and her three brothers with their father. She has to assume the role of mother in the family and thus starts to see herself as older than she truly is. In the midst of all of this she begins an affair with a married man. It is a story that leaves you sad but it is worth reading.
There were some harsh scenes in this novel, but also moments of pure tenderness. It was a wild ride, that's for sure. I really enjoyed reading it.
While I got a real feel for the book and I am sure the writing would be considered excellent, there was a major part I found disturbing.
16 yr old has affair with married man in 1960's. Hard to get into but hard to put down. Didn't like ending.
I had to read this for school. Kenny is one of my instructors. The dog scene is especially delicious.
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