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Freaky Green Eyes

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  2,206 ratings  ·  221 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 2003)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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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
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
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
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!
Dee Brecke
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
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
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
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
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Messiah ayala
***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
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
Diana S
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

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
Jeez, melodramatic much?

I liked Frankie's journey. I am amazed and impressed that she begins the book by fending off a rapist, given the violence in her home and the lack of role models who actually resist the violence. It comes across as unlikely, yet still possible that she would have that inner strength. The book also did a good job at showing how kids love their parents and crave their approval no matter what.

I read this as preparation for a unit on bullying our school does with 8th grader
Carrie Shaurette
When life for Franky gets tough, the part of her personality known as Freaky takes over in this excellently paced story of a dysfunctional family with many secrets to hide.
I would actually rate this book a 3.5-3.7.

This was a pretty good book. It was compelling and gripping. I read it quickly. One reason for that was because I spent a lot of time in the car. Also, it was just a short read.

I don't know if anyone else got it so early on, but (view spoiler)
pretty good, slow in the begining but then got better and even though i guessed the ending, it still had me wondering, not bad for summer reading
Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates is my favorite book I’ve read this year. I did not know how serious this book was when I started it, but after I finished the first section I could not put it down. Freaky Green Eyes is about a girl named Franky who is struggling with her parent’s issues and isn’t exactly sure why her family is falling apart. At their family’s lake house one summer she has a near rape experience with a drunken boy and barely manages to escape. As she’s running out of the r ...more
Kiley Drummond
I thought this book was excellent, the way it teased with my emotions, just made it great.
Terra Biblrey
I loved it. :) It reminded me of the book speak. Whichj is amazing!
Vyki (On The Shelf)
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I thought this book sounded really interesting from the synopsis. Alter ego? Missing parent? Sounds like a good story set up. Unfortunately, I was fooled. I really didn’t care for this book, even from disc 1, but I kept on trucking.

I thought Freaky was going to be almost like a different personality, like Franky was going to be someone else, but really, Freaky is sort of the voice of reason and smart aleck comments inside Franky’s head. There wasn’t anyt
A dark story of a teenage girl whose father is a sports hero to the public but physically abusive at home. When her bruised mother tries to establish some kind of life of her own, Franky sides with her father out of fear and blames her mother for "provoking him". But worse things are coming...

I thought this was probably a very realistic portrayal of what goes on in abusive families. Franky could be criticised for not being more of a hero earlier but the truth is that a lot of kids do grow up ido
As a member of the Ried Pierson household, Franscesa "Franky" Pierson is used to her father and his flare-ups. Sure, he may lose his temper every once and a while, but that's just who he is, and deep down, Franky knows he loves them. So when her father and her mother have a "separation", and her mother, Krista, moves to Skagit Harbor, her "special zone" to get away, Franky intially takes her father's side of the conflict. And why wouldn't she? Her mother is the one who abandoned them, not her f ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This is as gripping and well written as anything I've read by JCO, although she does not explore some of her typical themes of the dark side of sex as this is a YA novel. It's a convincing portrait of a young girl trying to make sense of the world, her family and herself while her parents' marriage falls apart. Problem is, her parents deny everything, her mother is of in her own 'zone', spending more and more time in her cabin in an artsy little township and dad, the former sporting hero and cha ...more
I listened to this on CD. The reader was fine, but I did get a little tired of hearing the phrase Freaky Green Eyes all the time. I also became a little annoyed with Francesca for being such a ninny toward her mother, but the book did a pretty good job of describing why she was acting that way. I also did not like the two chapters where Francesca was being interviewed by the police and all we heard was Francesca's answers. It may come across differently in print.

From School Library Journal
I didn’t realize this novel was for young adults when I bought it, however, it fits in well with all the books I keep borrowing from school. It’s a book that deals with feminist issues – spousal abuse and date rape. The main character is a fourteen year old girl who is caught between a father whose approval she craves and a mother she is upset with. A girl who suspects her father is physically abusing her mother but doesn’t want to confront it. A girl who fights off an older boy at a party; the ...more
Oh Joyce Carol Oates, you understand my deep, deep love of "ripped from the headlines!" fiction, and thus your first explicitly young adult novel is based on the OJ Simpson trial.

I cannot be more complimentary when I say this novel is uncomfortable to read (or hear as the case may be). Francesca "Franky" Pierson is the doting daughter of Reid Pierson, former Seattle Seahawk and current CBS sportscaster, and the sometimes-reluctant daughter of Krista Conner Pierson, the former trophy wife and new
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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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