Carmen

Carmen

by Carole Frechette
     
 

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"Today . . . I want . . . I . . . I want to be loved."

On a gray Valentine's Day, fifteen year-old Carmen's world is turned upside down. She must give a presentation in class, and her fear of public speaking is making her sick. To make matters worse, Carmen is convinced today is the day she'll die of shame. If only she hadn't put that note in Simon

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Overview

"Today . . . I want . . . I . . . I want to be loved."

On a gray Valentine's Day, fifteen year-old Carmen's world is turned upside down. She must give a presentation in class, and her fear of public speaking is making her sick. To make matters worse, Carmen is convinced today is the day she'll die of shame. If only she hadn't put that note in Simon Krasinski's locker asking him to the school dance!

Instead of going to school, Carmen runs the other way into an adventure she could never have imagined. When she meets a local rock star at a laundromat, Carmen is propelled into a journey of self-discovery where maybe, just maybe, she'll find the elusive love she so desires.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A powerful, poignant novel that should resonate with teen readers."

Quill & Quire

"The novel is hypnotizing; from the first line to the last page."

Calgary Herald

"..[a] quirky, disarming novel . . . a journey that Fréchette charts with an all-seeing eye, a pitch-perfect ear and a voice that will resonate with readers."

The Globe and Mail

"Carmen is a mature, wistful narrative that captures the nuances of an adolescent girl's angst about love and identity. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"This slim volume is full of angst and self-discovery. Fans of Laurie Lalse Anderson's Speak will relate to this layered character."

School Library Journal

"Fréchette has crafted an entertaining coming-of-age story that is both funny and poignant."

The United Church Observer

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-While the cover looks like a trendy romance novel, this is a story of an insecure, almost 15-year-old Canadian girl named Carmen (after the opera heroine). It is Valentine's Day and she feels invisible, so, on impulse, she sticks a note in her crush's locker. Thinking about the consequences, she panics, runs away, and is stopped by a reporter who asks what she wants for the holiday. Her face and confession, "I want to be loved," are plastered all over the news. More confused than ever, she wonders what caused her to make such a pronouncement. She thinks about how many people it takes to feel loved. Wandering into a Laundromat, she spots and follows on-the-verge rock star Manu Gris. Drawn into his strange life and exhilarated by the experience, she begins to open up. Manu, she discovers, is even more desperate to be loved than she is and so self-centered that he doesn't listen when she offers advice. Armed with new self-confidence, Carmen returns to school, her day both a dream come true and a painful truth. This slim volume is full of angst and self-discovery. The Canadian names and places might be unfamiliar, but they do not take away from the glittery magic or the intense realism. Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak (Farrar, 1999) will relate to this layered character.-Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889953659
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
07/10/2006
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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