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The Boy on Cinnamon Street

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,946 ratings  ·  389 reviews
A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won't give up on her.

7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school's gymnastics team - but she isn't. She's fun and cute and should have lots of friends - but she doesn't. And there's a dreamy boy who has a crush on her - but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her - so what is it that's holding h
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Tooth-achingly sweet and incredibly sad.

It's a story about a thirteen year old girl who has gone through a traumatic event that her mind blocked most of her treasured memories and with it, most of her former identity. Cartwheels used to be as natural as walking for Louise, but ever since that day, she quit gymnastics altogether. She used to write poetry, but now she's just bitter most of the time. This is a story about a girl who had become but a shadow of her former self and a boy who would do
3.5 stars

Sometimes to get the best reading experience you just need to go into a book with no expectations what so ever. That way when you fall for the book so hard and fast it leaves you with an unforgettable reading experience. Show me a pretty cover and I go weak at the knees; I want the book straight away without even reading the blurb. That’s what I did with The Boy on Cinnamon Street, I saw the gorgeous cover and decided spur of the moment to buy a copy. So when picking it up I was surpris
Apr 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: general
I DO NOT get the love for this book. Louise is a seventh grader who looks like a fourth grader but also talks, thinks and acts like a fourth grader. She's not very interesting or bright or insightful. Because the book is narrated in first person through her perspective, this was problematic for me. I don't want to read a story written by an immature, dim-witted fourth/seventh-grader. Overall the writing was uninspired and, at times, annoying. I found all of the dialogue to be really awkward, so ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since a book brought tears to my eyes, but this beautiful book struck a chord with me and down my cheeks they fell. Louise begins her story by telling the reader that she has changed her name to Thumbelina. Both characters are known for being small and this is how she chooses to identify herself. A note delivered with her pizza sends Louise on a quest to figure out the identity of her secret admirer.

On the surface this story is light and fun as Louise/Thumbelina and her frie
Abby Johnson
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay, to be fair, this book started off putting a bad taste in my mouth when Louise's best friend, a fat girl, is described as wearing this: "Her T-Shirt is a Gap XL and across the front are the printed words LOVE ME ANYWAY?" (page 24)

This is a powerful story of a girl dealing with trauma that's caused memory loss and the boy who starts her path to recovering her memories and dealing with them. But I got bogged down in details like being confused about whether she used to live in South Pottsvill
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, solid
Oh mannnn.... this was so good. :D I loved that Henderson kid, but I loved Thumb so much too... and I loved Grandpa and Grandma and Reni too... I'm full of love right now lol. I even loved her mom... only I did not at all like her dad or that bullying kid or even the rest of the Elliots that much either. So I guess I'm not that full of love.

Still... Mmmhhhh... *happy sigh*

(Also: kissing with eyes? Too cute!)

(Even though Islamically and therefore according to my principles I don't agree with a
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
My sister told me about this book but I really didn’t really know what I was getting into when I started this book. I’m glad she put it on my radar because I loved it. It such a cute, fun and touching story that every person will enjoy.

Louise is a very cute character. She’s short (but hated that she’s short), bitter and sad… you can say she’s a little depressed. I could not blame her; she went through a lot for a seventh grader. She lost her mother and her father doesn’t live with her. She lives
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although the book is sad, it wasn't presented very well. I half-forced myself to finish this book (because I hate not finishing books I start) and only when I reached Chapter 21 did I get into it. I think it has a lot of potential, but ultimately, it's downfall was that the main character Louise/Thumbelina was very uninteresting, until it came to her background of course. I couldn't connect with her. In fact, I felt like I connected more with one of the other characters, Henderson. At the end, I ...more
I love how poetic this author is. She has a way of ending every chapter that makes you need to keep going. She makes the ordinary things into a poem.
There were a couple mentions of things like Evolution, and such which I didn't love, but it to be expected in a secular book. I didn't take anything off my rating for that.
The reason I only rated this book three (and a half) stars was because most of the book is spent with the main character trying to decide weather she had a crush on someone. Now
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
My rating: 3/5 stars
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Louise is a seventh grader, living with her grandparents. She wants to be called Thumbelina, because she's just as tiny. She has a best friend, Reni, who has huge crush on Justin Bieber. Yeah, I don't get it either.
Reni has a brother, Henderson, who is smart and also a friend of Louise.
One day, boy called Benny brings a pizza to Louise and she can't shake this feeling that there's something special about this boy.
Her frie
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is the story about a girl who used to be someone different. Who used to feel alive, loved gymnastics, being with her friends and writing poetry. It's a story about a girl who dealt with something so traumatic it changed her completely. This is the story about a boy who loves this broken girl and will do anything to make her feel whole again. This is a poignant story about love, forgiveness and finding the strength to move on.

If being in 7th grade wasn't already hard enough, think of how ha
Very average. A 7th grade girl, small for her age, has given up gymnastics and her old life, because something terrible happened to her mother. She finds a note from a secret admirer, and her best friend is convinced it's the pizza delivery boy. Figuring it out causes her to confront her past.

A lot of things didn't ring true for me in this story, like the girl deciding to change her name to Thumbelina. One of her two best friends is accepted to a program for young writers in another state and le
Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Stone, Phoebe. The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Louise is living with her free spirited grandparents, but she’s not happy. She would rather be in her house on Cinnamon Street with her mother, but her mother has passed away, and her father is living in the city with a new family. She has given up on gymnastics, at which she was a star, and most of her old friends. When she gets a note from a secret admirer, she starts to connect more with some new friends, including Benny, whom she th
Natalie Meadors
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a seventh grade girl named Thumbelina, who has been receiving love notes from a secret admirer who she thinks is the pizza delivery boy. The problem is that he's in high and she's only in middle school and looks like she should be in fourth. As the story progresses she begins to remember about what happened to her mom and gets closer to figuring out if the notes really were from the pizza boy. This is a great romance book as well as mystery. I would recommend it to all the gir ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book. I would purpose this book to middle school readers as it has some big words to help expand their vocabulary. It has such a good plot, I have read it at least 5 times and I had my mother read it also. It is very emotional and a bit sad but it adds so much to the story when a book is emotional.
Alex  Baugh
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Louise Terrance is a seventh grader in pain. She has suffered the traumatic loss of her mother and she just can't own it the circumstances surrounding her death. Instead, Louise has cut herself off from most of her friends, quit gymnastics and protects herself with a snarky attitude. Since her mother's death, Louise has been living with her grandparents, two free spirits doing their best to try to help Louise with her problems. But Louise won't be helped, by them or her best friend Reni, or even ...more
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
“Reni and Henderson are the only friends that I have in the entire universe. That includes all the millions and billions of solar systems and all the trillions and jillions of light-years and black holes and meteor showers that Henderson loves to talk about...”


A very heartbreaking story yet filled with a large dose of hope. Though the pretty and sweet cover does not speak to the depth of the book itself with its deep and dark subject accompanied with loss, survival and memories, this book w
Vikki VanSickle
can’t say I’ve read a lot of books in which the narrator has repressed memories about a parent’s suicide. Even if I did, I doubt they would be as well-rounded, empathetic and hopeful as The Boy on Cinnamon Street. Louise (or Thumb, as Henderson calls her) is irrepressible, even in the states of denial, grief, and anger she experiences throughout the book. She is self-effacing but also totally hopeful, latching on to the idea of the pizza boy as her secret admirer so wholeheartedly that you can’ ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
After I read Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone, I wanted to read more of this author’s work. Although appropriate for middle graders, the two books that I have read so far are by no means unappealing for adults.

Louisa Terrace is 13, lives with her grandparents, and is going to a new school this year. At first, we aren’t sure why any of this is the case, except we know she is withdrawn and angry, doesn’t feel anything except resentment toward her grandparents, and has a big blockage in her memory. Even
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Published by:Athur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Genre: realistic fiction
Louise or Thumbelina (as she likes to go by because she is so small) lives with her grandparents on a road called Cinnamon Street. One day as she was working at her indoor garage sale in the middle of winter, she gets this note saying, " I'm you're biggest fan", but of course she is so confused. She doesn't know who wrote it, and she doesn't know what it means. Thankfully she ha
Kathy Martin
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first thing I want to say about this book is that the author has a seventh grader's voice pitch perfect. Louise, who has changed her name to Thumbelina because she is so small, lives with her grandparents after some sort of trauma in her family. Her best friends are brother and sister Henderson and Reni. She has recently moved in with her grandparents - who are certainly unique individuals - and changed schools. She used to love gymnastics but doesn't do them anymore because she is being har ...more
Giselle U.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you may think a certain person did something but ask if they did it then just thinking they did because you may be wrong.

This is book about a girl who thinks she got a love letter from a guy who she didn't expect to get a love letter from. She believes she got it from Benny.The setting of the book is in her neighborhood, school, and her friends house. The book is being told by Louise, but she wants people to call her Thumbelina. The other characters you are gonna read about are Reni,
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
In The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone, Louise was once a girl who was the life of the party, star of the gymnastics teams, had many friends and wrote poetry. But a traumatic event completely changed her that she locks it all away deep insider herself and pushes everyone and everything away. She’s in the 7th grade, moved to a new school, quit gymnastics, cut-off her friends, and now living with her grandparents. Although she has distant herself from everything, her grandparents, sister, a ...more
Louise used to be the top gymnast on the team. But now she isn't even out for gymnastics. Louise used to live with her mom and dad in a little house on Cinnamon Street. Now she lives with her grandparents in a condo across town. Someone has a crush on Louise. He's leaving her notes and signs everywhere. Is it really the pizza boy or is there someone else out there for her?

This turned out to be a better read than I thought when I first started it. The beginning was somewhat confusing because of
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, heart-felt
This book was really good. I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other. This book is a little corky, but in the end I kind of think that that's what makes it good and interesting. I love how it has this innocents, but yet insightfulness about the story too. It has a lot of truth to it, but you really don't see that about the story until it gets close to the end. However, when you do your heart just melts and you see how insightful this book really is. It is a little unbelievab ...more
Rosalie Wasser
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The Boy on Cinnamon Street, by Phoebe Stone, is a quirky young-adult romance book. A girl named Louise (she prefers to be called Thumbelina, because she's short) should still be the best on the gymnastics team, but she's not. She's not even on the team anymore, because she has a dark past. Extremely dark. Louise lives with her grandparents in an apartment, and one day, she ordered pizza as usual. After it was delivered by a cute boy named Benny, Louise found a note under the doormat that said: ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
"My own stupidity caused me to lose what I didn't even know I had. I was blindfolded, baffled, and blundering." --Louise/Thumbelina.

This quote reminds me of the things we taken for granted. Sometimes there are times that are in front of us but still we are looking beyond and never appreciates their presence. It is true that when they were gone, you only see their worth and have regrets that you shouldn't have to feel at all.

I cried at the part where Louise found out that Henderson was the one wh
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Super sweet, super sad. Made me cry for both reasons.
Two things:
1. It makes me sad that the main characters are only in 7th grade. I know that the amazingly cute love story behind it will not last. Because, yes, I think about things like this... What happens to the characters after the book ends? Do they get married, become rich and travel the world, become Olympic gymnasts, etc? Well, with 7th graders, you know they date for like a week and then move on. Maybe remain friends, but probably not.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ugh. Terrible. Slow reveals were super annoying. THUMB's obliviousness got old quick. "Oh, why is he looking at me like that while I prance about in my dress?" Naive and traumatized does not have to equal cluelessly dumb.

And she decided on PAGE 151 that she is STARTING to crush Benny? Who even says "crush" like that? Who goes to writer's camp in the middle of spring semester? Who gets to randomly show up at a different school for lunch? Why didn't Reni know where she lived before if they were s
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Before concentrating on creating books for children and young adults, Phoebe Stone had a very successful career established as a fine art's painter. During that time, she received two Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowships in painting and exhibited her work in many museums and galleries all around New England and New York City, and influenced many New England artists with her unique, brightly col ...more

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