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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Meet Roanne Chappell -- definitely not your ordinary teenage girl. A product of the loving but decidedly unorthodox guardianship of her mother, Del, Roanne is a fascinating study in contrasts. Equal parts bold seductress and wide-eyed innocent, smart-ass teenager and wizened sage, she is an outlandish, charismatic, and wholly inspired creation. Unabashedly outspoken (and a ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 7th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1999)
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Kitty Marie
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book ten years ago so I may remember some things wrongly. What I remember most is that I enjoyed it a lot, hence the high rating. The plot is basically what happens when a promiscuous woman who says whatever random thing she thinks and does whatever reckless thing comes to mind raises a daughter with zero level-headed outside influences or boundaries. So begins Roanne's story, a young girl who ends up in one outrageous situation after another.

I agree with the phrase "Don't judge a b
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007, fiction

I came across this book completely by accident and I couldn't have guessed or imaginged what it would be about. Although fiction, the story in parts seems utterly unbelieveable, yet, plausibly imaginable. You tell yourself, "it could happen." There are new characters every few chapters, yet the story comes around full circle in the end. In final, I enjoyed the story, and the main character Roanne you can't help but adore. Will look into the author in the future.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is one of the weirdest, most inappropriate books I have ever read. It's a coming-of-age tale with some very dark twists. I think I actually read it two times in a row, just because it was so strange. ...more
Heather Friedman
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great, whimsical coming of age journey
Rob Foster
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The term "coming of age" seems inadequate for this modern, somewhat psychedelic Wizard of Oz story. Colorful characters and situations deliver a landscape of endless paths to many possible futures, but the main character, Roanne, has a lot of reluctant growing up ahead of her. ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, top-10, top-5
This is BY FAR my favorite book EVER. I have read it several times, and I think about the characters and some of the lines in this book all the time. It is totally unrealistic, yet totally believable and that is part of the magic. I bought it on a whim in a sale bin for just a few dollars. I wish I would have bought the whole bin to give to every friend I have. It is very funny, very sad, but you can relate and fall in love with not only the main characters, but all of the characters. The person ...more
Cathleen Ash
A current day LA fairy/cinderella tale with a main character who runs away to sleep with a gay dwarf in the woods, before continuing on to find her place in the Hollywood scene. Rampant sexuality (implied and explicit!) but humorous, touching, and so unrealistic as to be fairy-tale like in its reading. There is no confusion about whether or not this 'could' happen to you - it won't! The character's strength, values, outlook and willingness to reveal herself to the reader are to positives of this ...more
Jun 23, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: folks who need some light reading
Shelves: fiction
I read this book after it was donated to a book drive I was running for the county jail. The jail didn't accept hard cover books, and this was one, so I decided to read it before I tried to sell it.

The main character is a likeable, precocious teenager. The book is about her adventures.

I recommend it for reading at the beach or by the pool or before falling asleep.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Great characters, unique story, fun read!
Nov 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Pretty decent read for the most part. But at the end, it seemed very "oh, crap, time to wrap it up in two cheesy pages." ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really good book.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Started out interesting though gross, then I got tired of all the changing characters and the miserable attempts at humor made by the author.
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
An extremely endearing main character, laugh aloud funny in parts, but some of the themes are just too jeebly for 5 stars (for instance, a road trip to Mexico for an abortion)
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