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Preview — Chasing Nirvana by Ellyn Oaksmith
Fran Worth is just another girl trying to make it through senior year in Aberdeen, Washington. But it's 1993 and Fran is gay. Her comfortably off the radar life turns vividly public when a student nominates Fran for prom queen. When confronted by angry parents Fran refuses to back down, promising to deliver her hometown heroes ...more
This is such a beautiful story. I don't know how to write a review of this.
*takes huge gulp of water
I think I'm ready now.
I finished reading this book last night (or should I say morning, because it was 1 AM). And guess what, I still remember everything about it. Surprise!
I'm the kind of person who forgets everything almost immediately after finishing a boo ...more
FYI: Bigotry, Slurs, Hate Crimes, Rape threats and attempt, Japanese stereotypes, brief mentions of the song "Rape Me".
Aberdeen reminds me SO MUCH of where I grew up in Michigan with closed mills and factories. With Fr...more
Chasing Nirvana is fast paced and engaging! It is spectacularly edgy and full of wild twists and turns! For anyone who has never quite fit in, this one will touch your soul!
Oh man, did I love this one! It was gritty and emotional with a true 90's feel! It was gripping and thought provoking, and definitely surprising!
The plot was so rich and satisfying! The idea of the road trip to a N ...more
"Single mothers who let their douche bag boyfriends move into the house and allow said douche bag boyfriends to completely take over parenting."
I know this story takes place in 1993, but seriously?! The douche boyfriend wants to send Fran to a Teen Life held at a church - ...more
Set in the 90's!!
Gay main character!!
2 characters of color!!
Remembered some old Nirvana songs I hadn't listened to in a while
Now here are the cons:
The Asian characters were often fetishized especially by the character Nikki
Dwayne was often racist and was never called out for it
'Freaking' and 'like' were so overused it was not realistic that teenagers would say it as often as Nikki did.
Also the writing was not very good. I felt as if each character's drama ...more
After winning a graduate fellowship at the American Film Institute in screenwriting, Ellyn worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, learning to rewrite, pitch movies and navigate the Los Angeles freeways before Google Maps. Meeting movie stars was a fun perk ...more