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3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  179 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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Who abandoned Baby Grace?

A farmer’s discovery in his cornfield thrusts a small farm town into a raging media frenzy—and Kelly Louise into a new home. Who knew a person could feel so completely stranded somewhere with national news coverage?

How is Kelly Louise supposed to shed her virginal status when the baby in th
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published May 21st 2010)
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J.T. Dutton
May 18, 2010 J.T. Dutton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
OK, I wrote it. I love myself.
This was one of my random picks off the library shelf. It was initially the beautiful cover that brought me in. The size of the book was also convenient, it was smaller in height than most. After reading the jacket I decided to check it out and see how it was.

I'm glad I did, because this book was pretty good. The quirkiness of Kelly seriously had me rolling in laughter at a few parts of the book! She was such a blunt and honest character. I have to say that she's one of my favorite coming-of-age
Well, giving my thoughts on this read is going to be difficult. Obviously this wasn't the book for me. About half way through though I wanted to find out what would happen to Kelly Louise.

This book wasn't connected, I didn't see what Baby Grace really had to do with what she was talking about. Maybe I am just dense. I really didn't care for any of the characters.

Also, it bothered me how at such a young age this girl would be thinking and talking and possibly having sex. Talk about dysfunction j

Definable, sprightly characters, a blend of serious and humorous, and a strong setting are the most notable aspects of Stranded. The drastic changes Kelly Louise is suddenly pushed into provide a driving force for both the plot and development with her own character, and the overall way things play out runs smoothly. A great YA voice that brings life to Kelly Louise while still being something likable for a range of readers also embolden this book.

Kelly Louise is as unique as her name, a city gi
Melissa Mcavoy
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At first, I was curious bout the story -- what'll happen when the townspeople find out about the truth. I also like the cover which is why I bought this book in the first place.

Then, I met Kelly Louise. I wasn't really pleased with her but I think she's the typical curious/rebel teenager. I kept on reading even if her dialogue was unbearable at times. So self-centered, this girl.

I also found it funny that Natalie is at least above average in her class -- she seemed smarter compared to her peers
Jennifer Wardrip
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Kelly Louise is forced to move away from her friends and fabulous life in Des Moines temporarily, according to her mother, to go live with her grandmother and her completely perfect cousin, Natalie. She doesn't really know why they're moving to Heaven, Iowa. Her mom might have gotten behind on the rent or gotten sick of the job she always complains about.

Nothing big, or so Kelly Louise believes. If anything, she'll simply die of boredom.

However, Heav
The quirky thoughts of the protagonist had me cringing the whole read, but by the end I was stratified and content. Here the end is greater than the means.

Kelly Louise comes from a pretty dysfunctional family. Her and her mom move around a lot usually because rent is due. The latest move though is to her Nana’s house, and Kelly Louise can’t seem to figure out why. What entails is the realization that a big secret can emotionally tear a family a part.

Like I mentioned earlier Kelly Louise had lots
Kelly Marie is forced to move back to her mom's hometown of Heaven, Iowa. Adjustment is not as easy as she would like. Her Nana is obsessed with keeping a clean house, and Kelly is forced to share a bedroom with her bible-loving cousin, Natalie. The town of Heaven is so rural, Kelly is worried she may die of boredom. Police discover a dead infant who was abandoned in local fields, and Natalie suspects her own mom may know more about the scandal than she's letting on. Hard to follow, unrealistic ...more
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The story did not flow at all. I kept waiting for something to HAPPEN, but nothing ever really did. I probably would never have read it if I hadn't received a free, pre-published copy. Don't waste your time.
a scattered book -- the plot was so disjointed and the ending was anticlimactic. The baby daddy story could have been developed. alternating Natalie's point of view would have enhanced the story. And her losing her virginity was odd. I
Aug 17, 2010 Sydney added it
I am such a fan of JT's writing. This book is filled with delicious sentences AND makes you think. One of my favorites this summer!

I couldn't even get past the first chapter...
Kris Englund
Oct 31, 2010 Kris Englund rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kris by: J.T. Dutton!
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With great reluctance, fifteen year old Kelly Louise and her mother are leaving Des Moines for her mother's hometown of Heaven, Ohio.

Kelly Louise -- named for Tina Louise, of Gilligan's Island fame -- tells of being dragged back to the small town her teen mother escaped from years ago, to live with her cleaning-obsessed Nana and religion-obsessed cousin Natalie. Natalie, fifteen, seems to love unicorns and Jesus equally. Her mother promises it's just temporary, but it's the middle of the school
Stranded is one of the weirdest novels I’ve ever read, but I mean that in the best way possible. With religious and moral-filled characters involved in a shocking, worldwide scandal, Stranded is like a Lifetime movie on drugs. Once again, best way possible.

Kelly Louise was so entertaining to read; sex-obsessed at fifteen, sarcastic, stubborn and way too outspoken and obnoxious for the tiny town of Heaven, Iowa. Her arrival at her Nana’s house sheds a new kind of light on her seemingly perfect co
Kathleen Rock
Stranded by J.T Dutton wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it wasn't the worst either. For picking a random book off the library shelf, I would say I was slightly disappointed.
The story is about a girl named Kelly Louise, who moves in with her grandma and cousin Natalie in Iowa. Her cousin, Natalie, is a perfect, christian, does nothing wrong kind of girl. Meanwhile, Kelly Louise is really focused on being rebellious and doesn't want to follow any rules. The main plot line of the story is
This book was okay. I beginning didn't grasp my attention that well, and the middle was pretty slow. The characters were not very likable. I'm not really a fan of books in which the main character's, Kelly's, goal is to have sex at 14. I don't think that's very realistic for very many 14 year olds. I didn't really get how the characters fit in with Baby Grace. The "preview" of the book made me think Baby Grace would be the focus of the story, but there wasn't really a focus. The focus shifted a ...more
This book is one of those you cant judge a book by its cover for me. The intro to this book had me wanting more, the body of the book had me wondering where the intro came from. The storyline could have been developed more. What I got from the book instead, was a basic outline that got lost in the background to the meat of the story which was about a self absorbed narrator with her unceasing drive to offend and shock with sexual references. I was left wanting more of the underlying story, and le ...more
A Self-centered and funny main character Kelly Louise struggles having to move to a new town in the middle of her school year. But there's so much things going on that makes Kelly Louise feel lost and confused. Theres a secret hiding behind her cousin. It was a secret that only Kelly and her mother knew and had to act as if none of it has happened. Her cousins pregnant and shes trying to hid the pregnancy until kelly and her mother found out. My favorite part of the book is about how Kellys cous ...more
This was a short, quick book. I never felt really connected to the character, like the narrative voice keeps the reader at arm's length. The main character kind of reminded me of a 14 year-old version of Hannah from the HBO show Girls, which I kind of liked, but also kind of didn't.
Sydney  Kreutzmann
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The BookWhisperer
The original book description that I read for this book was not the one listed above. When I read the description about this book I thought I was a little different for me, but worth a shot. Having read this description above I don’t think that I would have attempted to read this book due to its subject content. Though, I can tell you that I have read and completed the book, but I was far from impressed. In no reference to that author this was just not a were entertaining book. While I have been ...more
Dannielle Buckley
The characters in one were hard to like. The only one I slightly cared about was the main character Kelly Louise but she kept on wanting to lose her virginity and was only 14! I didn't really care about her until half-way through and the only reason I kept reading was to find out what happens to her. I sort of liked Natalie too... until I learned her secret. [return][return]This one has a boring plotline and the absolute worst lost-your-virginity scene I've ever read in a book. It was completely ...more
Kelly Louise and her mom leave Des Moines, Iowa for the small town of Heaven, Iowa to stay with her grandmother and cousin Natalie for a while. Kelly Louise isn't really happy about the move as her cousin appears to be obsessed with Jesus while Kelly is obsessed with sex. Things are not completely dull in Heaven, though, as an infant is abandoned and dies by some huts in a field, plus there seems to be quite a big drug scene there as well.
Kelly Louise is extremely self-centered and selfish with
Peter Converse
I read it in one sitting. Kelly Louise is an unforgettable character and I was with her from the first page. Fearless and irreverent but meditative and kind too. JT Dutton is gifted at keeping the tenderness in a character while not being afraid to have them do kind of ugly, teenage/human things. The fish out of water theme in STRANDED is very strong, and I love how the book explores how being a cliched 'good girl' is not what really makes a person good. Natalie is believable too and I liked how ...more
Mr. Mullins
I agree with many of the reviews that say it moves slow, but then I take this more as a character driven piece with a quirky narrator always stumbling into some awkward situation to "grow up". Yes some of the parts and other characters are cliche cut-outs but then the writer hits you with some good lines. Also, I do believe it sells itself in the blurb as a mystery to uncover but that is not the case at all. It's more about the secrets we keep and the facades people work so hard to fashion. Ulti ...more
Courtney Bullman
I really liked this book. It was about a teenage girl who was moved to Heaven, Iowa to live with her cousin, grandma and mother. She finds out that a baby who died in a field belonged to a family member. The secrets she uncovers and the way that she deals with them was very surprising. I liked the plot because it was realistic fiction, and explains the pressures on teenagers today and what the consequences are. I would recommend this book to teenage girls,or guys, who like a realistic book with ...more
Stranded is about Kelly Louise going with her mother to live in Heaven, Iowa with her grandmother and cousin, Natalie. However, Natalie is involved with the big mystery: Baby Grace. Nobody knows who left Baby Grace in that cornfield to die, but everyone is convinced the bad boy Kenny has somthing to do with it. While Kelly Louise is finding her way around the town and people, she is slowly discovering and puting together the puzzle peices of the mystery herself. Can she keep the secret? For how ...more
I don't have much experience with small-town Iowa, but I really loved the strange reaction that Kelly Louise stirred up in Heaven. Usually I see people falling over their feet to impress the "city girl" in books or maybe coolly look at her and deem her approachable, but for Kelly to remain an outsider was a new and interesting approach. Stranded is more of a real-life piece of work - no over-the-top drama, no sizzling romance - just honest-to-goodness life and what comes of it.
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