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Incense and Peppermints

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties. A musical revolution, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an aut ...more
Published March 10th 2017
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Alicia Huxtable
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started this book but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a hard to put down book. I wanted to read more. This coming of age in the 60's story really does tell a great story, with a nice little sad but tucked in there too.
Linda Romer
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Incense and Peppermints by Cathrina Constantine

Loved, loved, loved this book. I felt like I was transported to the 1960's. Even though I wasn't born until 1965 this story brings back memories of my teenage years exploring sex, drugs and rock n roll. which was my motto!
This Author has a way of reminding us that life is a fragile thing and we should embrace the bad as well as the good.
Michael Covington, what can I say... been there, done that. What a feeling!
Marilyn (Mary) Monroe, respect is wha
Christine Rains
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is an innocent girl in the years of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. She has new friends in her older brother's girlfriend and her group. They take Mary out of her reserved shell where she meets a handsome new student, Michael Covington. He's got bad boy appeal, but there's something more to him. Mary is assaulted at a wild party, and Michael rescues her. At least, she's pretty certain he did. Or was he the one who attacked her? What's even more, the more she gets to k ...more
Jane Firebaugh
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incense and Peppermints is a warm and wonderful coming of age novel set in 1969, when "Drugs, sex and rock-n-roll" was the motto of the day.

Mary is a mixture of naivete and strength, a product of her turbulent home life, yet with an inner strength and sweetness that draw people to her like moths to flame. Michael is a young man who has been both hurt and strengthened by his own rough family life and is immediately drawn to Mary.

I won this book in a contest and I read it in one sitting, as I wa
Cheryl Miller-ritter
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. It really brought back memories for me from my high school days and how much fun they were, yet the temptations and peer pressure were very emotional. I absolutely loved the characters and the relationships between them. You will love this book, but especially if you were born in the 50s. Cathrina is a very talented author. I've read all her books thus far and hope she writes a lot more.
Elizabeth Mathis
Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties. A musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review. This book will take you back to the swiftly changing times of peace, love, sex, drugs, and rock n roll. If you're too young to remember those times, the author gives a peek of what it was like through sixteen year old Mary's eyes as she tags along with her older brother and gets deeply involved in it. It's a wild but fun ride and interesting coming of age read. It is definitely about incense and peppermints which by the way is a so ...more
Janet Graham
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incense and peppermints…
Who cares what games we choose? Little to win, but nothin' to lose.

This is an accurate look back at the late 1960’s with crazy teens, hippies and peace marches. I was about the age of the heroine of this story during this time frame. The air was filled with normal teenage angst, drugs, booze, sex, and hippies. Add in alcoholic parents, the anti-war sentiment, draft dodgers, friends dying in the front lines and you have this tale. This author does a wonderful job of catc
Frances Stoetzel
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I remember those days quite well. An accurate account of the sixties. The hardships and the joys. A moving story of a young girls growth into adulthood.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I don’t read many books in the young adult genre alone. My taste lies more toward young adult slash dystopian slash science fiction slash paranormal creature or two. But after reading the summary for Incense and Peppermints I was drawn in instantly. I loved that it was set during the Vietnam War, flower child and hippie era. I had to know where the heroine Mary Monroe fit in, in this era and how she dealt with it. I have always been interested in this time period as I was born in the sixties, ye ...more
A. Powers
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By pure coincidence, I started reading this book about a month after I had started watching reruns of "The Wonder Years" on Netflix, and the two reminded me of each other due to the crossover of real life events from the time period. Only in this book, we don't have the perfect family or the innocent children like on TV. It's more like what you would expect the Arnold family to be like AFTER the cameras were turned off, if that makes any sense. There is a bit of domestic upheaval, hippiness, dru ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this story, it takes you on a trip back to the 60's filled with peace, war, drugs and a coming of age story of some amazing characters
I immediately feel in love with Michael and Mary, wishing them together, but the talented author Catherina Constantine keeps you on roller coaster ride of emotions in this coming of age story that has everything from young love, jealousy and even taking you into the dark side of the drugs of that era.
Add in the characters of their friends and fam
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This was an incredible psychedelic journey into alcohol, drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll. I could dream and was fascinated by this story and all that happened within its magical pages. This author brought together a time that truly existed but that can from her imagination. I could just live within its pages, soaking up every moment as if it was on a wide screen TV. Everything was so vivid in my mind of each and every event that played
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incense and Peppermints by Cathrina Constantine

Set in 1969 it is the story of young Mary, her brother and Mary's friends. She is turned on to drugs by her older brother, lives in a dysfunctional family, and grows up a bit too fast. At a party she is assaulted and has to live with the day to day struggle of this horrific occurrence.

The story moves at a fast pace, with dialog from that era. Mary is very likable, and watching her handle her day to day life, was a roller coaster of emotions. Overall
Stephanie Faris
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never got to experience the 60s, but I'm old enough to remember bell bottoms! In Incense and Peppermints, we get to relive those times through the eyes of Mary Monroe (named for Marilyn, of course!), a high schooler dealing with some serious peer pressure. The gritty realism of the many struggles she deals with makes this book so compelling. Plus, just when you think you might be reading a romance, the author takes a completely surprising turn. This book is more of a coming-of-age story that k ...more
Kathy Custer
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incense and Peppermints

A book from my generation. It was a quick read capturing youth in the 60's. First love with Viet Nam threatening the teen agers in the story. It brought back high school, free wheeling hippies and families dealing with a new decade. I would recommend this for the baby boomer generation.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I give the book 4.5 /5 peppermints.

To be honest, I am not really a fan of the '60s. The decade of rock and roll, marijuana, drugs, war, and other things. It's probably the reason why I haven't read a lot about this period or there weren't a lot of books that I've come across that interested me enough. Or maybe, I just don't care about it or have understood little about it. Well, this book is different. It somehow opened my mind about that period and to the fact that teenagers, no matter what dec
Tonja Drecker
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This tale lures into the free-spirit during the late 1960's, glancing over the war and protests, while hitting much closer to home as it sinks in.

Mary, the good-girl and nerd of her family, is about to sixteen but is drawn into her brother's world thanks to his constant persistence and a little pill. Pulled into the circle of popularity, parties, beer and drugs, the freedom spirals out of her control. Finding herself in a bad situation, she's rescued by the hottest guy at school, but that introd
T.H. Hernandez
I didn't know what to expect going into this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story is a timeless teen romance that could have been set during any decade. So much of it felt contemporary but with a throwback to the days before cellphones and the internet. Sixteen-year-old Mary has it bad for new hottie, Michael, but so does a girl from her social circle who also happens to be the queen bee. To complicate matters, one of her brother's best friends has a massive crush on Mary, but her fee ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

Marilyn ‘Mary’ Monroe is growing up in the age of where there is sex, drugs, and rock and roll. She is the middle child, caught in between being a good girl and wanting to do what’s best for her. Her brother Steve tries to guide her, but Mary is determined to march along to her own beat. Mary has a few moments where she is put in horrible situations, and Michael Covington, a boy with a bad reputation saves her. Mary doesn’t know who her attacker is, and she is torn between wanting
The Pursuit Of Bookiness
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful coming of age novel set in the 60’s

I found it so engaging from the start that it only took me a couple of days to read and to me that is definitely a sign of a good book!

The main character Mary is a likeable character and you follow the ups and downs and serious peer pressure that comes at that time of life! It is a great paced story that has everything you need for a good coming of age story and without spoilers it has a sad reality that Mary must deal with that really tugs
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the 60's in living color

I received a free copy of this book, but I voluntarily reviewed it. I was a child of the 60's so I'm a bit of 60's snob so I will start with things I found off putting. This is a short list 1-the girls wore red lipstick no teen in 1969 would be caught dead in red lipstick more like white or very pale pink.2-In the fight club it was refering to a girl in the bathroom as wearing leggings we didn't wear leggings tights or opaque panty hose leggings were more of a 80's -90s t
Georgia Hunter
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Wow, I started this book in the afternoon and couldn’t put it down until I was done.
This coming of age story seriously pulls at the heartstring.
Mary Monroe is a shy, geeky sixteen year old, living with her dysfunctional family and trying to figure out the world around her in the late 60’s.

Through her older brother and his girlfriend, she’s befriended by the popular girls in the school and falls into a life that is more than she can handle. And there’s the new senior, the drool-wort
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the book. I just didn’t love it.

I loved the sixties vibe. I loved the songs that were like the soundtrack to the book. I just didn’t feel like the book took me on a journey as a whole. Mary was a typical sixteen year old girl in my point of view. She had a lot of emotions and angst. She was trying to fit in with the crowd but not entirely sure what crowd she fit into. And then there was Michael who was the older guy, the popular guy at school, who was rough around the edges.

The only thin
Bonnie Dale Keck
Kindle Unlimited, Got this book free tho says paid through a writer giveaway via authors xp. Not sure what the title has to do with the story, didn't really seem to be about that much {song/s, etcetera} and there were historical inaccuracies a bit plus really needs to tighen up on editing {have a voice reader and it was stuttering in parts and was not understandable in others, should easily/more easily be able to follow when was turned in to basically an audio book not harder} and overall it was ...more
Suzy Sims
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary is a straight and narrow student who enjoys school, maintains a low profile while her brother Steve likes to party to the fullest extent available to kids in 1969. Set in the turbulent year of 1969 is this poignant tale of growing up, growing wiser fro 16 year old Mary. Mary get drawn into the wild partying of her brother Steve and his friends. The hot new guy is charming, dashing, and so far out of her league. Michael is enchanted by the lovely and naive Mary. He is drawn to her innocence, ...more
Caroline Torbjørnsdal Engeland
1.5 stars

Yeah, this was not good... The main character was dumb and annoying, her love-interest was asshole trash and EVERY SINGLE MALE in this book was either abusive, a druggie or rapist. Every. Single. One... I hate when books do this! The main character almost gets raped at least 3 times, she gets sexually harassed on numerous occasions and drugged, and she kind of keeps blaming herself for it!
The only aspect of this book I kind of liked was the female friendships.
There wasn't really any p
Julie Hiner
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
The reader is taken back to a specific and memorable time marked by distinct music, clothing and events that even those who weren't there for it relate to. The writer beautifully immerses the reader in a world from the past.

The reader is taken on an emotional journey, deeply immersed in the struggles of the main character, Mary, at a critical time in her life.

I enjoyed the story and the well rounded array of characters that played a part in Mary's journey.

I wished for a smoother connection with
Cynthia Heyman
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Guess you'd say .... ah. That was my sophomore year of high school and we all know high school. A time of awakenings, crushes, then the draft, great music and all that went with it. I really enjoyed this offering of a time most people think things were easier and uncomplicated for kids like us. A simple story of a bunch of kids in the throughs of growing up and that it entails. Wonderful story. Thank you, Cathrina Constantine.

Elissa Mahler
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was blessed with a free copy of this book, and I have chosen of my own volition to share my review with you!

A brief glimpse into the life of a teenage girl growing up in the 1960's. The author does not hide, or gloss over, some of the darker parts of growing up in the 1960's. The characters are well developed. The story line has some twists in it.

Overall: A read that will get you thinking!
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