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Freaky Green Eyes

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  2,640 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
Later, I would think of it as crossing over. From a known territory into an unknown. From a place where people know you to a place where people only think they know you. It began with me a year ago this past July. A few weeks after my fourteenth birthday. When Freaky Green Eyes came into my heart.

When her parents separate, Franky Pierson has no trouble deciding whose side
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by HarperTempest (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 08, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Franky Pierson's dark side "Freaky Green Eyes" shows herself after a college boy tries to rape her at one of her dad's ritzy parties and she defends herself. Franky notices that her family is falling apart and that her mother is distancing herself from them after her father threatens her. It is up to her and "Freaky Green Eyes" to find out the truth about what happened to her mother before her family gets hurt. Want to read more? Check out this book for yourself and find out.

This is Joyce Carol
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Mark Frye, author and reviewer for

Prolific author Joyce Carol Oates delivers yet again with FREAKY GREEN EYES. With a plot that gradually unfolds to expose a family's destructive private life, this book covers a topic touched upon by many but seldom handled so artfully.

As in her previous novels, such as WE WERE THE MULVANEYS, Oates unveils a family that is picture-perfect to the world at large but dysfunctional and horrific behind closed doors.

The narrator -- Frank
Apr 13, 2009 Tracie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library_book
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Melissa Pilakowski
At 100 pages in, it's disappointing, especially for a Joyce Carol Oates. The protagonist's voice seems to pop in and out of character, and overall Franky/Freaky is just plain flat. It's a struggle to finish it. Another reviewer compared it to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's not in the same league. I honestly think it's another example of an author dipping into the YA without having read much in the genre, which is a mistake. Francine Prose, whom I admire as much as Joyce Carol Oates, seems ...more
Tianna Richardson
Divorce would be hard for any child, but what happens when your famous, former football star dad and artistic mom suddenly agree in a "mutual separation"?

Freaky Green Eyes is a book revolving around the main character, and oldest daughter in the Pierson family, Francesca "freaky" Pierson. At the beginning of the book Franky is at a party when she is in a sticky situation with a drunk boy where she has to think on her feet and be aggressive...this event is the birth of Frankys alter ego, Freaky
I would compare reading ”Freaky Green Eyes” to eating your favorite dessert. It’s simply exquisite.

I first read “Freaky Green Eyes” back in 2004, when I was 11, and it haunted me for several years. I absolutely loved it.

I sadly forgot the title and the author, and I then spent a couple of years trying to find “Freaky Green Eyes” again. That captivating, amazing book that I read in one sitting, with my heart in my throat. I became quite obsessed with finding it, honestly. After a bit of luck I fo
Jul 10, 2011 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #34 for 2011 - I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I started it yesterday while my kids were napping, read it after they went to bed last night and got up early this morning to finish it! Meet Francesca (aka "Franky" and "Freaky Green Eyes") - she lives in Seattle with her mother, father (who is a famous sportscaster, sister and step-brother.) Her father is a highly respected man in their community, however, Franky's family is not what everyone thinks it is. When her mother moves away to a near ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All around good book.
In the beginning Franky fought off a rapist finding her inner self (Freaky Green Eyes). She went through a lot of problems going on in her family and thought her mom gave up on their family. She visited her mom one time that helped her figure out a big secret. I like how strong Franky was in the book. I was fascinated that in the beginning Franky was able to fight off a big dude that was trying to rape her. "Cameron's weight is on me but I'm able to slide out from beneath hi
Oct 12, 2011 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly an amazing, touching story. The novel provided suspense and thrill. When I found out why the mom had disappeared I had chills sent up my back! This novel made me tear up, get scared, and be happy at the same time! "Freaky Green Eyes" touched my heart, and I would recommend this novel to pretty much anyone who likes suspense or mystery. A must-read!
Mariano Hortal
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Monstruo de ojos verdes de Joyce Carol Oates. Violencia de género para jóvenes

Aprovechando la lectura de Sexy de la misma autora, ya comenté por aquí la faceta de la autora relacionada con la creación de libros para jóvenes; libros que aprovecha para contar temas controvertidos en clave más accesible a nivel de estilo pero con el suficiente fondo para que valgan la pena. El tratamiento que realiza la autora va encaminado a hacer conscientes a
Jennifer Mangler
Feb 14, 2015 Jennifer Mangler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Reading this book on Valentine's Day is more than a little messed up, I admit, but in my defense I started it without really realizing what the book would be about, and by the time I did (it didn't take long) I was kind of hooked in a horrified way.

From the outside, Franky's family appears to be perfect. But the reality is so far from that it's scary. The way that everything and everyone revolved around Reid Pierson was sickening. The way that the kids blamed their mother for making their dad an
Dee Brecke
Dec 13, 2011 Dee Brecke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true psychological thriller, Freaky Green Eyes really blew me away! Francesca, who prefers to be called "Franky," is the daughter of a famous sportscaster who is a former Seattle Seahawk, Reid Pierson. Reid Pierson is very strong, charismatic and controlling. He hates weakness, and has to always be right. 15-year-old Franky adores him and sees her mother's sensitivity as shameful weakness. Her mother, scared to death of Reid, pursues her own art and spends a few days a week at her cabin out of ...more
Kylie Addison
May 22, 2013 Kylie Addison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freaky Green Eyes is a book with many things going on all at once. Franky, the main character, has to deal with her parents, and all of their family issues. Franky's parents say that they are getting along fine, that they will love each other forever and will never get a divorce. But her parents are never home at the same time.
Franky's father is away most of the time on business, and her mother is away at their old summer house in Skagit Harbor.
Franky and her father go through much conflict w
Jun 16, 2013 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I've been wanting to read something by Joyce Carol Oates for a while and when I came across this in the library, I figured it would be perfect. My understanding is that this was Oates first YA piece and somewhat shorter than her other novels (ie shorter investment), and thus a good place to start.

I liked this, however, I struggled between giving this 3 or 4 stars. This is definitely not something I would recommend for the under 14 age group due to content, that starts with a "date rape" scene, w
Feb 18, 2009 Lara rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ya
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Jul 22, 2009 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Messiah ayala
Oct 01, 2014 Messiah ayala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Spolier Alert**
Sitting here wondering why my mom vanished.My book is fantasy fiction.This was the best book i ever read because i like how the author tells me that the dad might be hitting the mother.

My Story is called FREAKY GREEN EYES the setting in my story is Yarrow Heights and in Skagit Harbor.In this book the main character is Francesca the older daughter in the story.This story is mostly about Francesca family and the problems.This is because Francesca has a part in her body that is
Mar 05, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-literature
This came across my desk and I have enjoyed Joyce Carol Oates in the past so I read it. Right away there is an almost rape scene with a party where everyone is drinking. This would make me uncomfortable to have 6th and 7th graders read it so I would not recommend it to them. Only a very mature 8th grader. There is some language and some domestic violence. I liked the way the story was told and it had some interesting narrations through email, journal, and court testimony. I also liked how realis ...more
Read in an evening, though not as earth shattering as I remember from when I first read it in middle school, still a solid book.
Dec 08, 2011 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Solid but unremarkable. Oates creates a believable first-person protagonist, but she tries (and fails) to create some sort of tension behind the character's sensible side and the burgeoning rebellious side that lurks beneath her placid, good-girl surface. It's a half-hearted push and pull that seems like an even bigger failure since it's this supposed tension that gives the book its title. Anyway. It doesn't actually pick up until the second half when it leaves the teen angst behind and turns in ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a riveting and fast-moving book with a strong narrative voice. I really liked the "Freaky Green Eyes" device which is framed as a kind of alter ego at the beginning but we eventually see is perhaps the narrator's true self. This novel also does an exceptional job of showing the gas-lighting and manipulation common in domestic abuse situations.
Diana S
Oct 11, 2012 Diana S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Once I had time to really get into this book. I couldn't put it down. I finished around 3 am. I tried to get some sleep but couldn't . I had to find out how Franky/Freaky was going to handle the situations surrounding her family. Was the truth being told to her? Did her mother really abandoned the family? Freaky knew! Was Franky going to open her eyes to reality and listen to Freaky? This book was suspenseful, full of heartache, and you felt such relief when justice was received! A good read! I ...more
Savannah Flynn
May 11, 2015 Savannah Flynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Savannah by: My teacher
Oates has said that the O.J Simpson case and the amount of media coverage it received inspired her to write "Freaky Green Eyes." The novel's two primary themes, domestic violence and life in the media spotlight, raised questions about social taboo, teen anxiety and the relationship between silence and truth. While Franky is the narrator, there are times in which the reader hears from someone else: Freaky, Franky's alter-ego. Throughout the novel, Franky tries to cope with and understand the whol ...more
This was my third encounter with Joyce Carol Oates and what I suspect it to be my last as I couldn't bring myself to finish one of her books and was not impressed with the other two. This was the first of her "YA" books that I read.

Did anyone reading this actually identify with Franky? If anyone in all the years that this book has been out, was helped by the book and learned what is acceptable as "discipline" & what isn't, then I can't find fault with that but I do have to say that when the
Jun 09, 2014 Cheyanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this book, there is a girl named Fransesca, who is a very strong willed girl, that fights for what she wants and believes in. She lives in a very large house in Seattle that her dad bought. Before that she lived in a smaller house then she had to move, "I had lots of friends there and hated to move. (And I hated the new house. I cried and sulked for days.)" (oats,68) She describes it as too big and she hated living there, so did her sister, Samantha. Her mom as well hated living there, she w
Joyce Carol Oates es una muy buena escritora. A estas alturas, eso está ya fuera de toda duda. Y virtud es también el saber adaptarse al lector, como sucede en este caso, pues nos encontramos ante una novela juvenil.

La historia se aproxima de forma respetuosa y seria, pero asequible para las mentes jóvenes, al tema de los malos tratos en el hogar, tanto físicos como psicológicos, tratando también temas como el SAP (Síndrome de Alienación Parental) y las consecuencias del divorcio o, al menos, in
Aug 26, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry, dark-ya
I really like this book and was quite surprised when it came to the context and the relevation. But what I found a bit weird is the title and the emphasis on 'Freaky'. I don't really understand what the author tried to do with this person/persona 'Freaky'. At first I thought that maybe Franky is schizophrenic and developed 'Freaky' as an alter ego in order to cope with difficult situations, but 'Freaky' can't really be described. I thought she is the mean side of Franky, but there were scenes wh ...more
Ella Hensley
Oct 13, 2015 Ella Hensley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Objective- this book was about a girl who's parents are always fighting and after a fight they will not speak to each other for a long time. Whenever the dad is away for work, the mom comes home to see the kids. And when the dad gets home she goes back to Skagit Harbor, which is where she owns a small cabin that she stays in most of the time. The parents are always arguing about things, and the dad sometimes beats the mother. The daughter,Franky, who is 15, doesn't know who to blame for the figh ...more
Freaky Green Eyes is about a girl her real name is Francesca but she has another side called Freaky that helps her through things. Her parents separated and then her mother disappeared. Everything Franky was told she thought it was the truth. She thought her mother tried to disappear and hide from her family. Freaky new something was wrong but Franky didn’t want to believe it.

I really liked the book Freaky Green Eyes. The main character’s name is Francesca but she likes to be called Freaky/Frank
Sarah Crawford
Feb 10, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a happy book, not by any stretch of the imagination. The novel centers around Franky (Francesca) Pierson, daughter of a renowned sports caster-and-former football professional. Her mother has been the perfect adjunct to her father, appearing at all the parties, etc.

But no longer. Problems seem to have arisen between her mother and her father with her mother ending up going off to live part-time (growing to be basically full-time) at a place where she is surrounded by her artistic fr
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure ...more
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