The Debutante

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Annie McRae has her whole senior year planned out. Early acceptance to Brown University, a field hockey scholarship to pay the bills, and days spent with her best friend Jamie and her boyfriend Jake. It is going to be perfect. Then her parents ruin it all by moving—to Alabama. Now, Annie finds herself in an unfamiliar world where she isn't even sure she speaks the same language. To top it off, she discovers that if she ever wants to escape back to her comfortable Yankee life, she will have to become a debutante. ...

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Overview

Annie McRae has her whole senior year planned out. Early acceptance to Brown University, a field hockey scholarship to pay the bills, and days spent with her best friend Jamie and her boyfriend Jake. It is going to be perfect. Then her parents ruin it all by moving—to Alabama. Now, Annie finds herself in an unfamiliar world where she isn't even sure she speaks the same language. To top it off, she discovers that if she ever wants to escape back to her comfortable Yankee life, she will have to become a debutante. As in white-dress-wearing, perfect-manners-practicing, curtsying girly-girl. Fighting every step of the way, Annie spends the year learning to be a lady. Along the way, she discovers that friends can come from the most unlikely of places and that change is not always a bad thing...

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Sweet if thin, Williams's first novel centers on fish-out-of-water Annie MacRae, furious because her parents have moved the family from Connecticut to her father's hometown of Beaufort, Ala., just before her senior year. Even worse, her grandmother insists she make her social debut at the Magnolia Ball-or forget about having her college tuition paid. With the conflict set, the story devolves into one stereotype after another: the South is a land of two first names, tractor pulls, football and okra; the North is full of cynics who lack manners and respect for others. Occasionally the culture clash is funny: when Annie asks what a Moon Pie is, her new friend Mary Katherine squeals, "Only the sweetest little bit of prepackaged heaven you'll ever put in your mouth!" But however much Annie complains about debutante rituals, Williams's enthusiasm for them is obvious; she goes heavy on the parties, charity work and rewards of etiquette, and skates across the elitist and discriminatory practices. (Annie's Jewish mother's discomfort is mentioned but quickly dropped.) Readers won't come to this book looking for realism, though, and they'll leave with what they came for-a very happy ending. Ages 12-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
Just weeks before her senior year of high school, Annie Macrae is taken from her well loved Connecticut surroundings and transplanted to Beaufort, Alabama: "I was pretty sure that in some circles that qualified as child abuse." Making matters worse, she is reunited with her wealthy, hard-to-please grandmother. Worst of all, Gran will cover Annie's college tuition only if Annie attends the debutante ball. Try as she may to get out of it, Annie ultimately has no choice but to submit to seven months' worth of preparation for The Big Event. And so, in the midst of forging new friendships (and learning that "Coke" is a generic term for any kind of soda), Annie also finds herself learning which fork to use and mastering the art of curtseying. This classic fish-out-of-water tale gets a mixed review. The writing is strong and funny: "The pathos… was worthy of an ancient Greek tragedy. I was this close to plucking out my own eyes." Annie is a well developed character, and the little-known debutante world is a captivating and unusual subject. There are a few problems, however. The first part of the novel is much stronger than the second because things fall into place too easily and smoothly. Annie immediately finds a group of friends who welcome her into their circle; her feelings for a cute guy are reciprocated almost effortlessly. Another issue is that Annie and her friends are often indulging in beer (or something stronger) with no ramifications or consequences for the impressionable reader. Reviewer: Naomi Milliner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423100454
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Williams is a freelance writer and editor. Born below the Mason-Dixon line, she spent the last few years in New York City. Recently, she returned to her Southern roots and now lives in Nashville, TN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Howdy there! What a debut!

    Annie McRae is upset, and not without good reason. It's her senior year of high school, and her parents are forcing her to move with them from Connecticut, the state where she grew up, to not-so-sweet-home-Alabama. To make matters worse, her boyfriend dumped her, her supposed best friend is hooking up with her now ex-boyfriend, and her grandmother is forcing her to 'deb' in order to pay for college. At first, Annie refuses, thinking that she can just get a scholarship, but when she doesn't get it, it seems that she will have to deb after all. Annie struggles to accept the move throughout the whole book. She also has difficulty forgetting her best friend's betrayal. But despite the fact that Annie is unwilling to make an effort to accept her new life, she does make new friends among the other debs. And there's nothing like a new crush to make you forget about that cheating ex-boyfriend. The Debutante was a short and sweet read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading from Annie's perspective, because she is very witty. I especially enjoyed reading about Annie's stereotypes and watching her learn to accept that her life wasn't so bad after all. My only complaint was that the time span seemed a little awkward. There would be one event, a little jump in time, and then another event. It did eliminate awkward slow spots in the novel, but it also made Annie's senior year in high school pass rather quickly. The Debutante is a slight twist on the classic tale of girl is forced to move and boyfriend dumps her, but I loved it nonetheless. I recommend this novel for fans of How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    Delicious Slice of Life

    A cleverly crafted tale rife with details that truly 'put you there'!
    A scrumptuous sliver of exactly how it smelled, tasted & felt to be a young woman sorting out her world. Rightly brimming with heart-flutterings, confusion, new freedoms & the social angst that make up the drama called young adulthood.

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