Girl

Girl Welcome to the world of Portland teenager Andrea Marr the bold sexy shy often confused but always resilient heroine of Girl Told in a voice that reads like the intimate diary of a young woman abou

  • Title: Girl
  • Author: Blake Nelson
  • ISBN: 9780671897079
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to the world of Portland teenager Andrea Marr, the bold, sexy, shy, often confused but always resilient heroine of Girl Told in a voice that reads like the intimate diary of a young woman about to take life on full throttle, this wonderful debut novel chronicles Andrea s jittery journey from suburban mall to Portland s thriving underground rock scene and back agWelcome to the world of Portland teenager Andrea Marr, the bold, sexy, shy, often confused but always resilient heroine of Girl Told in a voice that reads like the intimate diary of a young woman about to take life on full throttle, this wonderful debut novel chronicles Andrea s jittery journey from suburban mall to Portland s thriving underground rock scene and back again, as she discovers sex, betrayal, and even love A Catcher in the Rye for the Grunge generation, this instant classic will speak to anyone who has ever had to choose between the suffocation of conformity and the perils of rebellion.

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    • Diana Welsch says:

      I I wanted to use Girl for a Teen book display on music, but found that it was catalogued as Adult fiction. Huh? I had heard that it was a coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl who gets involved in her local grunge music scene in Portland in the 90s. So I read it to find out why it was in Adult.Now, I suppose I can see why it was. While no adult could ever enjoy reading this book, it does contain quite a bit of graphic sex. So much, in fact, that it struck me as unrealistic. Did normal teenag [...]

    • Aviva says:

      I really liked the book, to be honest. This is a book that I will reread once every few years just because it's like one long deja vu trip. Andrea's voice is strong and honest and the entire book is told in a kind of stream of conscious that doesn't so much feel like we're reading the story as it happens, but that it's being recounted later. Either over coffee years after the fact, or because we found her diary helping her move.I'm not sure who this book was originally supposed to be marketed to [...]

    • Karen says:

      BUTT ROCK!!!!!

    • dearlittledeer says:

      "Even when I did bad things, they were the RIGHT bad things, the NORMAL bad things, like drinking or staying out late or having sex with boys."This is Andrea Marr. She's a smart girl, a cool girl, a kind of bad girl, a complicated girl. She's in love with a rock star, and goes for fro-yo with her friends, and she doesn't always know what she wants.I wanted to give this 4.5 stars. Like, 'really really liked it.' But it wasn't so hard to bump it up to 5.I was 13 when this was published, so I didn' [...]

    • Katie says:

      I skipped school in seventh grade because I could not put this book down. I’d read it again today if someone mailed me a copy (it’s like 99¢ off marketplace), and most likely laugh through fits of nostalgia. Accurate in its 'teenspeak' (though slightly unimaginative in its style/form/content) Girl is the unsurprising product of a male writer for Details aiming his howitzer at the wanna-be-jezebel readers of Sassy magazine. Cute, fun, brazen but not quite 'art'.

    • Taylor Nawrocki says:

      I had read an interview with the author of this novel and he seemed like a pretty cool guy, so I picked up this book. My expectations dropped as I read the back cover and the first few pages, and my expectations were met without exceeding them. The choppy sentence structure bothered me at first, but grew on me as I read. I will say that until I got near the end I didn't think Andrea was the brightest. Her narration was very flat and dull and simple. Not that there's anything particularly wrong w [...]

    • Izzy says:

      A few years ago, I experienced an incredibly debauched New Year's Eve with my hetero lifemate best friend. Just the two of us, in a whirl of: BK warehouse parties, heavy metal bars full of losers and go-go girls, $40 cabs to Harlem, a pale pink snowflake dawn. One persistent takeaway from that night, imprinted onto my brain for all of posterity, is the wholly absurd sight of dozens of mini-trampolines flying in every direction. Once lining every spare inch of labyrinthine cement floor, they succ [...]

    • Sheyenne says:

      This story is really good. I was scared that I wouldn't like it but I really enjoyed it. I don't know why but I have an obsession with the 90s maybe because I was born in the 90s but after I saw this book I knew I had to read it. Being that I was a baby during this time I don't really remember it but if it was anything like this for girls growing up I'm glad I was just a kid.Summary: Andrea Marr is a teenage girl growing up in the 90s. She's obsessed with indie rock and the rock band The Color G [...]

    • Amanda Kennedy says:

      I have read Girl no less than 75 times since the first time I sat down as a high school student and entered the mind of Anrea Marr. Now a 31-year old woman, I still pick up this book on occasion and relive my youth. I have passed this book along to all of my friends and they have all loved it as much as I do, it is easily one of my favorite booksever. If you are a super fan like me, I suggest you email Blake Nelson and tell him so, and he might just reward you by replying with the never-publishe [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I read this book in high school and still maintain that it is one of my favorites. Even though by then the book was older, I still related to Andrea and was impressed at how a man got into the mind of a teenage girl trying to fit in and be part of a scene. I recommed this to any teen or young adult female.

    • MariNaomi says:

      I seriously could not put this down, and there were several moments in the book where I excitedly exclaimed things like, "Wow, that Blake Nelson can really write!" and "Holy crap, Blake Nelson is a genius!" I may not be a young adult (in fact, I'm far from it), but you don't have to be YA to appreciate what this book has to offer.

    • Hillary says:

      High school teen Andrea Marr's last two years of high school: she's adorable, insecure, smart, getting to know herself, exploring her identity and sexuality. First person story where Andrea observes high school culture with age-appropriate insight. Entertaining, funny, and surprisingly identifiable.I always appreciate how thoroughly Blake Nelson embodies the teen voice. Though written in 1994, despite obvious dating in terms of technology and the such, the adolescent interactions and perceptions [...]

    • Ella says:

      So today I went in this bookstore and I was wearing this really cute dress and I had my hair in a bun but the lady at the desk was giving me these weird looks and I guess she must have been jealous because I was young and have a boyfriend and she's almost forty and has to dust books off all day. And then my friend came in and it was so random we began hopping around. And then everyone was looking at us so we ran behind a bookshelf and I knocked a book off because I was so excited and it turned o [...]

    • Jac says:

      I wish I could tell you that I finished this book. I can't even say for sure how far I did make it; but I was 15 or 16 when I attempted and even after all the silly formulaic boy-drama YA books I've also, for whatever reason, tried, this is still the one that insulted me as a teenager the most.The reason I picked it up at all was because I watched the movie on TV the summer previous and actually really, really enjoyed that, if just for something kinda campy to watch on a 100 degree day. Movie An [...]

    • Jason Gacek says:

      The early Nineties alternative music scene as seen through the eyes of Andrea Marr, a Portland, Oregon, teenager who lives out in the suburbs: Girl goes to shows, shops at thrift stores, obsesses about boys, and eats a lot of frozen yogurt. Andrea provides the voice for the narration, and it reads like a long string of events and activities over a three-year period covering her sophomore through senior years. There is no traditional dialogue in the book; rather Andrea reports what she does and w [...]

    • Caitlin Constantine says:

      I was reading some blog that was all nostalgia for the 90s and someone mentioned this novel, so I ordered it on PaperbackSwap, then I was feeling sick so I decided to read this because I didn't have to think too hard about it, which was fine because I was jacked up on Sudafed which meant I couldn't think hard even if I wanted to anyway.Whew! That sentence I just typed? Yeah, that was pretty much how this entire book was written. Imagine reading 250 pages of that. But this is the thing, it actual [...]

    • Emi Bevacqua says:

      It's the early 90s and main character Andrea Marr is a straight-A student, we only know that because the author says so - we never see her study, or do anything schoolwork related. We read about Andrea's friendships and extra-curriculars as she turns 16, 17, and 18 but never see her engaging positively with her family, just getting the car from "my stupid parents" or off-handedly mentioning them with derision: "and my parents were getting old, especially my mom." I don't understand why author Bl [...]

    • Madelynne says:

      I started this book at a request from one of my friends, who said that it was "pretty good". Usually, the books she recommends me ARE, in fact, good, quick reads (more often than not, quite to my surprise.). This, however, was NOT one of those books. The very first paragraph erased any interest I might have had in the book - it was a thick, BLOCK paragraph, where every sentence ran on without stopping and contained at LEAST 3 "and"'s. (this format, by the way, did not change throughout the book [...]

    • Natty Soltesz says:

      When I first read "Girl" I was fifteen, gay, closeted, and more than a little sexually repressed. Each month my friend Laurie would lend me the latest issue of "Sassy" - I think she lent me this book, too. I remember finding Andrea's behavior shocking, and so far removed from my own high school experience that I wasn't sure if I believed it.So it was pretty fun re-reading this book at age thirty. And kind of interesting to note that one of the central relationships in the book - that of Andrea a [...]

    • Ashley says:

      I read this book wayyyy before I should have. I had borrowed it from my local library, after discovering the new-to-me "Young Adult" section of the library.I'm guessing the year was around 1998 because after reading it I was at my grandparents' with my Mom and we had rented the movie Girl, Interrupted on VHS. One of the previews included the trailer for Girl. Which I had NO idea had was turned into a movie (a straight to VHS movie that is). For the longest time I searched and searched but could [...]

    • Kat says:

      Why didn't I read this in the 90's while in middle school or high school? I probably would've loved itOr maybe I would've been too cool and totally hated it and thought it was for "posers". But the point is, reading it now as an adult, I loved the way that this book captured the experience of a teen who gets caught up in her local music scene (even if it was the early 90'sa bit earlier than my own experience), and all the funny rituals involved in becoming "cool". While definately corny at times [...]

    • Knightpanda Lees says:

      I wanted to like this book, the ideas were solid, the character the less interesting hanger-on, with cool interesting friends. It was like every YA story of it's kind. Which was what I was looking for, a little escapism, a little nostalgia back into Nineties Portland. But the writing, OH, the writing!I felt I had stumbled into the poor girls diary, and I desperately wanted her to take a English class, BECAUSE, GIRL, RUN-ON SENTENCES ARE EXHAUSTING. And, and, and. It never ended. I knew everythin [...]

    • Heather Ormsby says:

      Thanks to Cheryl and Venessa for recommending this book. I'm maybe a little to "X" generation to completely empathize with this "bottom of the X to Y" generation book but Blake Nelson hit the bullseye in his exploration of the interior mind of a teenaged girl. The narrative was so honest it blew me away.

    • Heaether says:

      I read this book when I was in high school and I have to admit it was the definitive description of my life at the time and being in high school in 90's. I have seen the movie (good) and re-read this book multiple times and it still rings true and fills me with flannel ridden nostalgia.

    • Amber says:

      This was my guidebook to adolescence. I read an excerpt of it in SASSY magazine and then trolled the bookstores for it. This is the one and only time I've ever chased a book down like that. To this day, I send people copies of this book. I just think it rocks.

    • Amy says:

      The nineties were awesome. Teenagers are hilarious. Henry rules.

    • Erin says:

      Good portrayal of the early 90's scene. MUCH better than the crappy movie. LOL.

    • Anina says:

      Just very enjoyable.

    • Lee says:

      I haven't shared this book with anyone in a long time. It was my first and favorite book to share in the hallways of school. Must be time to re-read it again. :D Oh and yes BUTT ROCK <3

    • Kristen says:

      Being a music junkie, I was excited to read this book: the premise sounded promising & was basically right up my alley [regarding setting, time period, etc.] with early 90s, music, grungeI was left, however, slightly disappointed due to•Writing Style: The #1 thing that irked me the most was the author’s writing style. It read like one HUGE run-on sentence throughout the ENTIRE book! You could almost hear Andrea Marr gasping for air as she rambles on and on. Mr. Nelson didn't pause to all [...]

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