Growing up, Varian Johnson couldn't decide whether he wanted to be an engineer or a writer, so he decided to do both. His first novel A Red Polka Dot In A World Full of Plaid made the Essence Magazine bestseller list in March 2006. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two cocker spaniels.
A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaidby Varian Johnson
Maxine is as sarcastic and cynical as they come. She's an expert at using her quick wit and sharp tongue to mask her true feelings. However, her emotions get the best of her when she learns the father she thought dead is alive and that her mother has been lying about his death for Maxine's entire life. On impulse, Maxine sets out cross-country for the small town where her father lives. But instead of finding the father of her dreams, Maxine meets a man that is nothing like she expected. Can Maxine learn to accept her father, even with his faults? And in the process, can she learn to accept herself?
From first time author Varian Johnson comes a clever novel about a headstrong young adult and the makeshift family that forces her to open her heart, whether she wants to or not.
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Maxine's story is an excellent one for parents and young adults to read. For parents, the story is a reminder of how we sometimes overlook the impact our choices will have on our children. For teens, finally, a writer sheds real-world light on just how challenging growing up can be. Uniquely about this book, the female characters and their experiences are written expertly by a man--a very married man. Red Polka Dot is an easy read. It flows along smoothly, without a hitch, the plot is solidly designed, as if by blueprint, and overall, the story is an eye-opening sensation to read! Buy two and share one! You will enjoy it!