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My Beautiful Hippie

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  24 reviews
It's 1967 and Joanne's San Francisco neighborhood has become inundated with hippies for the "Summer of Love" which thrills her but appalls the rest of her family. In the midst of preparations for her sister's wedding, Joanne meets Martin, an enigmatic and irresistible hippie, and begins to see him secretly. Over the course of the next year, Joanne discovers a world of drug ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Holiday House
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is exactly the book one of my students wanted-- what it was like to grow up during the 1960s. This had so many great details about how ordinary people lived during that time that the contrast with the "hippies" was great. Joanne lives in Haight-Ashbury, and her parents are not happy about the influx of the "undesirable" elements. There are several things going on-- Joanne's sister Denise gets married and struggles to get used to the idea when her husband is old fashioned and demanding about ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story of Joanne begins in Haight-Ashbury in 1967, The Summer of Love. But Joanne is not one of the typical flower children.
“I was in a hurry as usual, rushing down the hill on Ashbury Street. Only minutes before Denise’s bridal shower was about to start, my mother had sent me to the Sunrise Market for a tub of Cool Whip. I turned the corner on Haight Street and smacked right into him.”
Joanne has lived in this neighborhood all of her 15 years and this is how she meets Martin, her “beautifu
The first part of this novel had some exposition that felt a bit clunky and did not ring true for the voice of a 15 year old, and it made me want to go back and read YA that was not only set in 1967, but written then, as well. But as the story progressed from the middle of 1967 through 1968, I enjoyed Joanne's story more, as well as the subplots with her brother and the draft, and her sister and her marriage. The novel moved from light explanations of hippie culture in San Francisco to the more ...more
Marina Schulz
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm usually not that into writing book reviews but I've finally stopped being in shock about the end so I think I better start.
A/N: I won't be revising what I write as a stylistic choice. I prefer to keep my opinions fresh and unedited.

The story is about a girl, Joni, and her family, as they live and adapt to the socio-cultural changes brought on by the 1960s. This is, of course a YA book and therefore don't expect uber profound reflection or a psychologic evaluation or anything though.
Being a Y
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Beautiful Hippie is the engaging coming of age story of Joanne, who is fifteen during the summer of love (1967) and living in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The book is a YA novel, and for the first chapter or so I tried to imagine myself as one of today’s young adults reading about this legendary period of time in our nation’s history—massive protests against the Viet Nam war, hippies sleeping on the streets, widespread experimentation with marijuana and LSD, free love and the ...more
Dawn Moews
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
OK, if Joanne were a living person, I would be almost exactly one year older than she. We grew up in the same time period but in two very different environments. 16 year old Joanne has lived all her life in a nice middle class neighborhood in San Francisco. But in 1967, otherwise known as the Summer of Love, hippies and tourists have flooded into the Haight Ashbury neigborhood just a few blocks from her house.

Even though I have definitely reached a "mature stage" in my life, I guess I'm pretty n
Megan (The Book Babe)
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I have to admit-- this wasn't exactly what I expected. I had myself psyched out about this book, because I thought that there was no way it could end on a good note. Thankfully, I was wrong, and it ended on a fairly good note. But for some reason, I had it in my head that when Joni met Martin-- well, I figured Martin wasn't as hippie as we'd like to think. Turns out that he was, though. Which was nice, because I was afraid
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the author’s ability to bring me into the '60's without handing out the same old canned psychedelic drugs and crazy clothes. As the story unfolds, it is a very sweet coming of age journey which happens to take place near the Haight-Ashbury district of the early 1960's as it blossoms from a working middle-class San Francisco neighborhood into the hot-bed of hippie culture, which fades almost as quickly as a high school crush. The real discovery here for readers is t ...more
It's 1967, the Summer of Love, in San Francisco, and sixteen-year-old Joanne Donnelly lives right on the edge of the action in Haight-Ashbury. Her middle class upbringing causes its own problems, and for the most part, Joanne is unable to recognize the security her upbringing has provided to her. When she meets Martin, a hippie panhandling on the street, she is drawn to him and his particular lifestyle even while fearing that he will be unfaithful to her and leave her. Readers will know almost f ...more
Diane Ferbrache
1967, San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury, the Summer of Love. Joanne is 16 and on the brink of something. When she spots a “beautiful” hippie who smiles at her on the street, she immediately falls in love. It’s a time of great change and Joanne is beginning to rethink all she has been taught.

The first few chapters of this coming of age story are tedious and actually pretty annoying. The author is trying way too hard to set the time and place and she really goes overboard describing clothes, music,
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Groovy! Just groovy! Well, not really. This book is about a girl who grows up in the late 60's, during the age of hippies. Joanne is walking down the street and she falls in love with Martin, who is a real life hippie. Her family doesn't want her hanging out with him, but of course, she tries to anyhow. This is a coming of age story set in the late 60's, in which a girl deals with the normal life issues that a girl her age does; her parents, falling in love, and dealing with friendship. This boo ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I know this book was written for the "young adult" category but I loved it!! I love reading about the 60's in general but this was a great story about the life of a "normal" teenage girl living in that time! And I love how it took place in San of my favorite cities! I wished there was more about her and her "beautiful hippie" Martin but I also liked how it the story tied in with what her brother was going through with the war and also her sister and the woman's lib movement! I re ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
+ Points for 1. not being a typical YA romance, 2. not being set in the present day or the future, 3. incorporating actual events into a plot.
- Points for strong connection to anything whatsoever. If this short book had had a little more meat on its bones, I might have cared a little more about what eventually happens to Joanne or Martin or anyone at all. 2. Kind of being a typical angsty YA romance. Is that a little contradictory of me? Yes, and I don't care.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I enjoyed this book. I liked the take of a normal kid growing up right in haight Ashbury district during the summer of love, with her "straight" parents, the women's liberation movement, war protests and everything happening at once, while still having something to connect to with today's teens, your first crush.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Right now, I am beyond consolation. I love the character development, despite it being a tad rushed. But, I chose this as a light read, which it is, but I got so emotionally invested in the characters... I just need closure!

When you're in mourning after reading a book. The everlasting emotional abuse readers go through
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the characters in this book. They were a little stereotyped but still quite engaging.

Great 60's atmosphere. I thought the author got sidetracked a few times--the road trip to LA to see Bobby Kennedy was an example. It seemed to be there only so the author could include an event from that time, not because it had much to do with Joanne.

Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, ya-lit, 1960s
This was a fun and quick read about Joanne meets a hippie near where she lives in San Francisco during the summer of love (1967). There were lots of references to fashion, politics and music. Teens should read this to see how different things were less than 50 years ago! (I don't know if they will believe how little power women had and how big a divide there was between the races).
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Narrative - pedestrian. Atmosphere -groovy, man, make love not war, far far out.
May 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
3.30. had potential but this book sucked.
Lisa Nocita
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: heartland-2015
Summer of '67 in Haight Ashbury and a young girl's coming of age. Definitely for older readers. Nice peek into life in the 60's.
Grace Lee
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Mediocre. There were defiantly some great quirks but the whole plot was Joni whining and her conservative family making her whine.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, I've been picking through a list of books set in the 60s. But this one was only meh. In it, typical Mary-Sue/Good Girl Joanne falls head over heels for Martin, a free-spirited hippie who is temporarily crashing with a relative in a nearby neighborhood. The author tried to be historically accurate, peppering the story with period details (like love beads, feminism, acid tests) and attempting to stick to dialogue and slang that would have been used by ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! Everything about it was amazing.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Middle class family living through the hippie period in San Francisco. Main character falls in love with a hippie, does some stupid stuff, then cries when he leaves. The more interested arcs where a draft dodging brother and an older sister who gets her MRS degree only to regret it. Good historical fiction.
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Janet Nichols Lynch’s most recent novels are COMMIE PINKO, about the McCarthy era and teen life in Berkeley, CA, in the 1950s; WHEEL OF FIRE, about a teen trying to free another teen from a destructive cult; MY BEAUTIFUL HIPPIE, about growing up in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and RACING CALIFORNIA, about the Amgen Tour of California. She is the author of the novels ADDICTED TO HER, MESSED UP ...more

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