Ticket to Ride
"It was August. For years it was August . . . . There was heat like wet gauze and a high, white sky and music coming from everywhere at once."
In the long, hot Illinois summer of 1973, insecure, motherless Jamie falls under the dangerous spell of her older, more worldly cousin Fawn, who's come to stay with Jamie and her uncle as penance for committing an "unmentionable act....more
During the summer of 1973, Jamie and her cousin, Fawn, who has come to stay for the summer, spend their days sunbathing, listening to great music, and getting into trouble. Jamie lives with her uncle, Raymond, and is excited to have someone to spend the long days with. Fawn is older, very manipulative and quite self absorbed. Jamie is only 14 and still not sure about who she is and what is important to her. She is very impressionable, and wants so much to...more
It is here that Jamie and Fawn go too far, getting involved in a rape, a faked kidnapping, and eventually one of their friends ends up missing...more
For Jamie, the exploration is about a motherless girl searching for approval and acceptance, which is why she is so willing to follow the lead of her cousin Fawn, who has ended up in Moline, Illinois because she is trouble personified. Fawn's version of the events that brought her to Illinois casts her in the most positive light possible. And...more
I think that this is one of the most entertaining books to read and it has in my opinion one of the best writing styles I have ever come across I really made a conection with the main charecter Jamie and how she was quite but then she met Fawn when she moved in with them because she was too muc of a hand full for her own parents and the suspenseful moments as you gradualy watch Jamie become more and more attached to fawn eventhough she knows that she is bad and how she is ruining her...more
Enter Fawn...The wild child. Jamie adores Fawn. Idolizes her. Wants to be more like her. Fawn steps into Jamie's life and things begin to go downhill from there. Jamie is an impressionable girl who wa...more
I found "A Ticket to Ride" too florid and almost overwhelming in its beautiful poetic language for the first half of the novel that I was very close to putting...more
Fawn is beautiful, manipulative, and determined to have a good time. When Fawn comes to live with Jamie and her Uncle Raymond for the summer, Jamie becomes enamored with Fawn and her lifestyle, and lets Fawn completely transform not only how she looks but her behavior as well. Fawn is a selfish, troubled girl, wh...more
I also found myself getting irritated with the main character and her inability to be herself and stand up for herself.
The book is about a young girl who is now living with her uncle (after living with her grandparents) as her mother w...more
An easy, but high-quality read.
And, the author's agent is my cousin Julie Barer (so proud of her!!!), and I am always happy to buy her clients books in hardcover.
I also thought it was a great idea to name the chapters after popular songs of the era.
The novel wasn't too deep or life-changing, but I found it to be an excellent portrait of midwestern and teenage life.
An evocative start: "It was August. For years it was August."
And an equally profound (near)end line: "Was there anything sadder than starting your life?"
Paula McLain is also a poet. I can't wait to read her poems.