The Girls From Corona Del Mar

Thorpe, Rufi

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Girls From Corona Del Mar
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Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend's life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further-and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both. A staggeringly arresting, honest novel of love, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship that moves us to ask ourselves just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2014
Edition: First American Edition
ISBN: 9780385351966
0385351968
Branch Call Number: FICTION THORP...R
Characteristics: 241 pages
Notes: "THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK."

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Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immun... Read More »


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Jan 03, 2015

Though the author has a modicum of talent, this is a very raw, amateurish work that needed a quality editor. If you choose to go with a first person narrator, that person had better be a solid human being, not a borderline head case like the young woman in this book. She goes from being mentally ill enough to (spoiler alert) smash her own foot to a few pages later talking about how she "loves the ablative in Greek". What? Oh, she's telling us (as opposed to showing us) what a brilliant scholar she's become, and light years away from the nut job who hammers her own feet. This book is a mess.

Nov 29, 2014
  • kelliyfults rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was reminded of the awkwardness and glory in being a teenage girl. There were no all-good girls when I was growing up, and no all-bad ones either. This story is so REAL... I almost feel it has been filed away as 'memories' rather than a tale I happened to read...

Sep 06, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was a little unsure of reading this book as I usually are not interested in coming of age angst between teenage girls. But I am glad I did as the teenage segments of their friendship was mostly told in a flashback style with most of the story focusing on the present day situation between them. A tale of perception and how our memory plays tricks on us as to what we think the reality of our past was verses the truth of what has been. I was totally engrossed in it by half way through. For a debut it is brilliant. I will keep an eye out for her next one.

Sep 04, 2014
  • TracyGuza rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow - amazing book about two young women, friendship and how life can take unexpected turns.

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