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Virgin Territory

2.75  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Virgin Territory explores the power of faith and our need to believe in miracles. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Flack is uprooted from his cozy life in New York City by the death of his mother of cancer the night before 9/ll. He finds himself transplanted to Jupiter, Florida, and in the chaos of the move discovers that his father has lost their treasured collection of family phot ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jody Sparks
Jan 09, 2010 Jody Sparks rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-debuts
This is the first book I've read by Lecesne. Now that I know his first one was a Morris Award nominee, I'll be hoping to read that, as well. This book was rich with metaphors and layered with imagery I enjoyed. That probably makes it seems purply-prosey, but make no mistake, the voice of the book is strongly male, and swift in it's descriptions. I love books that brush up against religion, which this one did, making it seem like setting, but actually being more. If you are a believer in reality ...more
Jul 23, 2017 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Dylan didn't want to move to Florida from New York City, but after his mom died, his dad made the decision. It was supposed to be temporary but Dylan's grandmother escapes from her nursing home and Dylan's father wants to be close by. Dylan works as a caddy at a local golf course, a golf course that becomes famous for an image of the Virgin Mary in a tree. Now the course is shut down and Dylan makes some new friends, The Virgin Club. He gets sucked in by Angela, the dare devil of the group and s ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Maria rated it liked it
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E. Anderson
Jul 23, 2010 E. Anderson rated it really liked it
We’ve all heard of the people who find Jesus or The Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese or a slice of toast. We’ve heard of these things becoming internet phenomena, being sold on eBay, attracting millions.

VIRGIN TERRITORY, the latest from James Lecesne, is the story of a guy who gets wrapped up in the latest Blessed Virgin Mary hullabaloo when her face supposedly appears on a tree at the half-rate golf course where he works as a caddy. Of course, Dylan — named for Bob Dylan, his mom’s favorite poet
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

You've seen the reports on the news -- the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary appears on a grain elevator or on a grilled cheese sandwich. Well, it has happened on a Florida golf course where Dylan Flack works as a caddy, and the whole thing is about to throw his life into a tailspin.

Dylan and his dad left New York City after his mother's death. It wasn't his idea, but his dad thought it would be good to start over somewhere new. Mr.
Apr 29, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
I was reading the ARC, so the things I am complaining about may not be the same as what I read.

First off, Dylan seems to have a VERY vivid memory of his mother for someone who was only six years old when she passed away. Maybe my memory isn't all that great, but I can't recall all that much from age six.

There is also a very strange speed up in time halfway through the book. Up until this point, the story moves along at a relatively even pace, but suddenly it skips over what I can only assume ar
Jul 30, 2010 Cara rated it it was ok
Let me just start off by saying I didn't finish this book. I made it to maybe page fifty before I could no longer take it.

I really don't know how to sum up this book, since I didn't experience much of it, but alas, I will attempt... It was boring. The MC, Dylan, was boring. The descriptions were boring. Just boring. I really think this has the potential of being a John Green-esque self discovery novel, but I couldn't connect with it enough to find out.

Let's meet the MC:

Dylan: Rough home life, a
May 05, 2010 Laura rated it did not like it
So, yeah. I had a really hard time with this book. It sounded like an interesting premise about faith, redemption, love, and longing. That's what it was about, in the end, but the execution was very poor. I felt like the author was trying to make Dylan deeper than he really was and that all Dylan's crazy thinking was just a distraction from the non-story. The tone was so jumpy from one extreme to the next that I had a hard time keeping up. Not to mention that Angela just frustrated me beyond bel ...more
Dec 19, 2010 Claudia rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-books
Not sure what Lecesne's purpose was in this one...I see the issues: identity, grief and loss, loss of innocence, magic realism, belief...but for some reason in my heart and mind they never gelled into a story I believed in.

Dylan and his father Doug work hard to avoid dealing with the death of Dylan's mother, Doug's wife, Kat. They move away from their home; they deliberately build walls, run away from their talents. They seem to be punishing themselves for surviving when Kat didn't.

Add Doug's mo
Jun 16, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
The title isn’t what you think. Dylan lives in Florida, almost against his will. He and his dad moved from New York City and he still hasn’t really adjusted. They live in his grandmother’s house. His dad works as a landscaper and he works as a caddy at local golf course after his dad threatens to take him to work with him during the summer break. Then an image of the Virgin Mary is seen on a tree at the golf course and everything changes. Suddenly all kinds of people show up and gather the golf ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This book had a great premise-- the story is about a kid, Dylan, who is named after his mom's favorite singer. The story arc is great and the ending satisfies. I enjoyed the book. I just wish the author didn't insist on almost hip taglines like "she as teflon. Nothing stuck" when he was trying to get a nursing home attendant to do something he wanted her to do. There were little jarring notes like that, but overall the book was a good read and I will most likely be buying it for my library.
Jun 13, 2010 Brenda rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf
This was not at all what I expected. I'm not sure exactly what I expected it to be about, but what I got wasn't something that interested me at all. It just wasn't my style. I got more than 100 pages in, so I read almost half of the book, and at that point it seemed like not a lot was happening. I probably wouldn't recommend this one, unless you have a completely opposite reading style from mine, and then I'd say go for it!
Kayla Giuliani
Mar 18, 2012 Kayla Giuliani rated it it was ok
I wouldn't say that this was a bad book, but I also wouldn't say that this was a good book. I honestly wish that I wouldn't have taken so long to read it.. I feel like despite involving religion, it is fairly relatable to many.. It touches on the topic of parental death, fleeing, unrequited, desinigrating relationships...
Oct 19, 2010 Colleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I didn't like the ending of this book. It was well written and original, and I thought at least that the character although emotionally stunted in the begining made some progress into growing up. Speculations on the appearance of the Virgin Mary, miracles, and the universe in general added depth but perhaps not quite enough.
Jan 05, 2011 Ricki rated it did not like it
It hurts my heart to rank a book one star, but I just couldn't connect with this one. It was all over the place. I'm just going to stop there.

I am most disappointed because I enjoyed ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS.
I thought this was a really good,fast read.I just wish there had been more Virgin Mary action.
Scott Freeman
Nov 01, 2011 Scott Freeman rated it it was ok
Jul 02, 2010 Lisa added it
OLG on the cover - what's not to like?
Dec 06, 2010 Ann rated it it was ok
This started out pretty decent and then dragged on and on. I never really connected with any of the characters.
Mary Louise Sanchez
Jan 10, 2011 Mary Louise Sanchez rated it it was ok
Thought it would be more spiritual but it was OK because the protagonist finds out what he wants in life.
Aug 08, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok
Not really memorable and too didactic.
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