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Like Mandarin

by Hubbard, Kirsten.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hubbard
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Hubbard
It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin. When they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their Badlands town. Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Grace Carpenter first felt Mandarin Ramsey's pull, she was 6 years old. Now, eight years later, Grace envies 17-year-old Mandarin's beauty and tough-talking, fast-and-loose fearlessness. Grace feels isolated and alone, both at school, where she is the youngest in her class, and at home, where her single mom is obsessed with Grace's younger sister, a beauty-pageant competitor. When a school project pairs Grace and Mandarin, they develop a unique bond and friendship, sharing edgy, exhilarating moments, as well as a plan to escape their small Wyoming town. But as she is increasingly drawn into Mandarin's world, Grace finds that her idol is not who she thought she was. Grace is well drawn and engaging, and her intimate, introspective, frank, and droll narrative zeros in on top teen concerns, from self-esteem and family complexities to peer pressure, loyalty, and fitting in. YAs will appreciate this sensitive portrayal of the ambiguities of relationships and the challenges of growing up.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Best friends -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Dysfunctional families -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Wyoming -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Family life -- Wyoming -- Fiction.
Wyoming -- Juvenile fiction.
Wyoming -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Audience 013-up.
Language English
Description 308 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780385739351 (hbk.)
0385739354 (hbk.)
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