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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  11 reviews
New to London, Jessica Tye is alarmingly obsessed with MARINA, a lush West End stage musical. With its storyline, its music -- and its sensational boy lead singer, Kennedy Orr, who won a TV talent show to land the role. She's often composed letters to him, in her head. When she finally puts pen to paper, it's for an emotional outpouring only, not for posting......until, su ...more
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published May 20th 2012 by Straw Hat
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Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
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Jessica Tye is a 17-year old who needs to find a place in the world. She is a floundering soul and has no confidence in herself, which is evident in the following excerpt, "Sometimes she had the illogical feeling that when people looked in her direction all they saw was space." The one thing that brings her to life is the musical Marina and the lead actor/singer, Kennedy Orr. She writes Kennedy Orr a letter that she never intends to send. Her boyfriend Steve en
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh this book! It was impossible to put down; I just had to know what happens next! The tone of this book switched constantly – from the unusual to the romantic, to the ordinary, to the menacing – it was a mesmerizing control of narrative because it was impossible to predict anything. At times I might liken the story to Cinderella or Bluebeard, or even Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. But it is its own tale, complete with solid three-dimensional characters and a plot balanced between the ordinary and ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Marina in a Green Dress by Alan Davidson is an alluring thriller whose main character is star struck by a famous singer who just may have a sinister agenda.

Jessica is 17 year-old and struggling to find her way in London when she becomes obbsessed with the musical Marina and the lead singer Kennedy Orr. Jessica writes Kennedy Orr a letter with no intention of mailing it, but in jest her boyfriend, Steve, takes the letter to the post office. To Jessica's surprise Kennedy Orr responds to her lette
Melinda Matthews
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not at all what you'd expect... Such a unique story. At first it seemed it might be predictably moving toward a typical dark ending and that's where so many authors would have taken it, but it twisted and wove around and took on a surprising depth and left me happy to have taken the journey. I enjoyed discovering Jessica's integrity, and her transformation was unexpectedly sweet. I really enjoyed this book.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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17-year-old Jessica is living in London, working a job that she hates, has a boyfriend who can’t spend an hour away from his beloved TV, and is desperately trying to do A-levels through evening classes, even though her parents forced her to finish school after her GCSE’s.
London is not fun for Jessica, the only thing she really loves is a musical – ‘Marina’, and just once she decides to open up about her feelings to Kennedy Orr – the male lead in ‘Ma
Melanie Adkins
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seventeen year old Jessica has moved from her small town to London. Her life there is okay but the one thing keeping her going was Kennedy Orr. Jessica has a boyfriend, Steve, but he's always wanting to watch television. Jessica's fantasies get richer and fuller each time she sees Kennedy Orr perform in Marina in a Green Dress. Feeling she knows Kennedy so well, Jessica writes a letter to him one evening while at Steve's house. Steve get jealous and decides to teach Jessica a lesson. He mails t ...more
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I was not as impressed with this book as I was with other Alan Davidson stories. It was slow, though the ending was better. Still, I'm a tad disappointed.

In the Bewitching of Alison Allbright, I was immediately taken because even though the book seems normal at first, you know something creepy is going on. And that's kind of what happened with Marina, too, at first. But then you realize...the book isn't creepy at all. It's just a misunderstand
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Jessica Tye is new to London. Her parents don’t believe in her going to University and since she has to support herself and get a job, she decides to go to London to do it. She gets a crappy job, a crappy room in a boarding room and a so-so boyfriend. She becomes fascinated with a West End stage musical called MARINA and she’s even more fascinated with the lead Kennedy Orr. She writes a long letter to him that she has no intention of posting, but her boyfriend gets miffed and posts it to teach h ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What a weird little book! It was unusual and romantic and slightly creepy. It was hard to put down. I don't think I've ever read anything similar.

Alan Davidson is a fantastic writer. He developed a complex and fascinating story in Marina in a Green Dress. The little book blurb doesn't do the book justice at all.

My only complaint is that the book started out a little slow. Once it picked up speed, though, it went full steam ahead.

* This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a quick but unusual read and almost has a Shakespeare touch to it; not with the language, but the fact that it is a story of a play, being played out in the story.

The suspense keeps the reader on the edge of their seat to see if the play being played will end as the stage production. Along with that is a certain amount of awwww factor.....for Steve ( the forgotten boyfriend) and Mark (supportive friend of said Boyfriend)... proof that friends are always there when you need them most.

I l
Just couldn't finish this - it started out OK but then.... well it just faltered and lost my interest. I could see (very clearly) where the book was going and it was not a place I wanted to go.
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A British children's author whose work has been compared to that of Richmal Crompton, Alan Davidson is of Scots descent, and was born in Langholm. He was educated at Thorne Grammar School, and pursued a career in the Civil Service, before turning to editing and writing. His first children's novel was published in 1978, under the pseudonym A.D. Langholm, undoubtedly chosen to honor his birth-place. ...more