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Confessions of a Teen Sleuth: A Parody [NOOK Book]

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America's favorite girl detective is back to set the record straight. According to our titian-haired heroine, she was not in fact a fictional character, but an intrepid real-life sleuth who investigated some of the twentieth century's biggest mysteries. And the famous series she starred in was not cooked up by a team of writers, but plagiarized from her exploits by her nosy college roommate Carolyn-who, not surprisingly, got a whole lot wrong.
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Overview

America's favorite girl detective is back to set the record straight. According to our titian-haired heroine, she was not in fact a fictional character, but an intrepid real-life sleuth who investigated some of the twentieth century's biggest mysteries. And the famous series she starred in was not cooked up by a team of writers, but plagiarized from her exploits by her nosy college roommate Carolyn-who, not surprisingly, got a whole lot wrong.
Here are the daring escapes, brilliant hunches, and dependable stock characters, including interlopers from numerous other beloved series, that have delighted generations of fans. And here, also, are the details of teen-sleuth life that you never saw: the secret romances, reckless driving, minor drinking problems, political action, and domestic drama that have, up till now, remained hidden from these brave detectives' adoring public.
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Editorial Reviews

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"I can't remember when I've laughed aloud so frequently during the reading of a book…A wonderful send-up of the Nancy Drew novels."--Nancy Pearl, NPR

"Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody Confessions of a Teen Sleuth affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery, sending up and yet saluting America's favorite girl detective. All the unspoken truths about money, social status and teenage identity crises ordinarily crammed between the lines of her adventures are outrageously exposed, and the book is no less endearing for it."--New York Times Book Review

"A loving parody…breezy fun with a heart of gold."--Onion

"Irresistible, hilarious…Cain is a brilliant parodist."--Oregonian

"Wondrous fun…An immensely enjoyable re-visioning of the much-loved Nancy Drew, and the best kind of guilty pleasure."--PortlandMercury

New York Times Book Review

"Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery."
Nancy Pearl

"A wonderful send-up of the Nancy Drew novels…tremendously entertaining reading."
The Onion

"[A] loving parody…breezy fun with a heart of gold."
Oregonian

"Irresistible, hilarious…Cain is a brilliant parodist…Drew fans will be inspired by Cain to revisit their old faves."
Portland Mercury

"Wondrous fun… An immensely enjoyable re-visioning of the much-loved Nancy Drew, and the best kind of guilty pleasure."
Seattle Times

"A slim and delicious parody…Cain nails the tone of the vintage books with affection and wit."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596917354
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/18/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 480,622
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain is a longtime teen sleuth enthusiast and the author of The Hippie Handbook, the memoir Dharma Girl, and the forthcoming thriller Heartsick. She edited the anthology Wild Child, about daughters of the counterculture. She has written for a wide variety of publications and is currently a humor columnist for the Oregonian. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Warning: Only for Nancy Drew fans with a sense of humor!

    Sometimes a bit far-fetched, but I must say, I laughed out loud at alot of it! Ever wonder what happened to Nancy as she grew older? Ned? George or Bess? Ms. Cain is happy to illuminate you with this tongue-in-cheek look at Nancy Drew, wife and mother.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

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    Totally disappointed. Not because it's a terrible book but because...

    Our book group does not read appliances. We read books. You know, those things with glossy, feel good covers, clean pages, new book smell...hopefully complete with great stories. As an author, you know about the five senses thing.
    Well, we wanted to experience this tome as our book group cut our teeth on Nancy Drew (wrote a few mysteries myself) but--
    Come on Ms. Cain, head to booklocker and get thyself in print. Let us know when you do. Meantime, we're going to have to find a good old-fashioned mystery to read. One with glossy, feel good covers, clean pages...

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    pretty good

    The book was good, but it had a few twists that I wasn't expecting. It's an autobiography written by nancy about her life. It includes all the rest of the usuall people but she ends up married to one of the Hardy brothers and her son is a hippi in the 60's which i never pictured before, seeing as how her original series was written in the 1930's and she seemed so prim and propper. Nevertheless every Nancy Drew fan should try and read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Confused

    Did this happen.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Disrespectful

    I have a good sense of humor but to remix keens awesome book series into a ##### is way over the top.
    Ok,fine,if your rude enough to write something like this-dont publish it ok?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    Chelsea Cain has done a wonderful job of taking my favorite characters from my youth--Nancy Drew, Ned Nickerson, the Hardy Boys (Joe & Frank), the Bobbsey Twins, and several more--and turning them into a 21st-century novel that had me laughing out loud throughout the entire story. <BR/><BR/>Granted, THIS story is probably not for the teen-set, unless your son or daughter is more mature. The Nancy and friends of THIS book drink and smoke, make out, have sex and even an affair, and in general aren't as perfect as their former counterparts. That said, however, CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN SLEUTH is a thoroughly enjoyable book that reads as a series of mysteries solved, of course, by the aging Nancy Drew. She starts out as the teen sleuth of the 1920's, and ends up an octogenarian in her 80's in the 1990's. <BR/><BR/>Very funny and amusing, I'm glad I picked up a copy of this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Hilarious Parody that Reads Like a Nancy Drew Novel

    Chelsea Cain has done a wonderful job of taking my favorite characters from my youth--Nancy Drew, Ned Nickerson, the Hardy Boys (Joe & Frank), the Bobbsey Twins, and several more--and turning them into a 21st-century novel that had me laughing out loud throughout the entire story. Granted, THIS story is probably not for the teen-set, unless your son or daughter is more mature. The Nancy and friends of THIS book drink and smoke, make out, have sex and even an affair, and in general aren't as perfect as their former counterparts. That said, however, CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN SLEUTH is a thoroughly enjoyable book that reads as a series of mysteries solved, of course, by the aging Nancy Drew. She starts out as the teen sleuth of the 1920's, and ends up an octogenarian in her 80's in the 1990's. Very funny and amusing, I'm glad I picked up a copy of this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

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    I found this book to be entirely too self-obsessed. Nancy comes across as being very stuck on herself and her superority really got to me. I had to stop before my childhood Nancy Drew was ruined for me

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2007

    Nancy Drew Did What?

    Ok, I'll confess too. I don't like Nancy Drew. I tried to read her growing up, and just could not connect with the beautiful, titian-haired, rich, perfect teen. No, I was a Trixie Belden girl. I could identify with her. I too was short, 'sturdy,' opened my mouth before thinking, and was definitely not rich nor perfect. I picked up Confessions of a Teen Sleuth not because it was about Nancy Drew, but because of the opening paragraph of the introduction. 'If you are reading this, then I am gone and this manuscript, per my instruction, has been delivered to the writer Chelsea Cain for publication as she sees fit. I chose Ms. Cain as my editor based on the merits of her four-volume Trixie Belden biography, which won the National Book Award last year.' That got my attention. Alas, there is no such biography (I looked-maybe she'll write it someday), but I decided to read the book anyway-perhaps Trixie would show up somewhere (she doesn't, but her daughter does.). That being said, Confessions is a witty little book (it's only 160 pages-a nice easy evening's read), based on the idea that Nancy Drew was a real person (and Carolyn Keene merely a jealous college roommate who made a living off of Nancy's experiences). It's written in the style of the old mysteries, complete with over-blown details of who wore what and words like 'Jeepers.' I probably missed a lot of the inside jokes, but those I did catch were amusing. Quite a few of the classic teen sleuths show up: the Hardy boys, Cherry Ames (who does not get along with Nancy at all), Tom Swift, Vicki Barr, and many others. A note of caution. This is not a book I'd recommend for preteens/teens (especially ones who already love Nancy Drew). Like much fanfic, one of the main plots is definitely adult (and adulterous) in nature (and that's all I can reveal). Despite the slight tarnishing of the characters' squeaky-clean images, Confessions is still an enjoyable little parody.

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    Posted September 25, 2011

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