Franco American Dreams

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Her name is Abbie. She is nineteen and she has had it with guys. Especially the wrong guys. 'Cause that's all she ever seems to meet. Oh, she likes guys just fine -- and they are kind of necessary, in a Mother Nature sort of way -- but she is just over it with the ones who drink all the time, and are forever taking pills and drifting off into their own little private Idaho. Abbie will just concentrate on getting through this final year of schooling in fashion design, because once outta here she is off to make her...
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Overview

Her name is Abbie. She is nineteen and she has had it with guys. Especially the wrong guys. 'Cause that's all she ever seems to meet. Oh, she likes guys just fine -- and they are kind of necessary, in a Mother Nature sort of way -- but she is just over it with the ones who drink all the time, and are forever taking pills and drifting off into their own little private Idaho. Abbie will just concentrate on getting through this final year of schooling in fashion design, because once outta here she is off to make her name. She's got her roommate Georgette and her best friend Pat, and they will be all the companionship she needs.

And then she meets Franco.

Dream on, Abbie. Dream on.

In a style so fresh and original that it seems to practically reinvent prose, and with an energy that grabs the reader from the very outset, first-time novelist Julie Taylor succeeds with Franco American Dreams in bringing to life characters that defy you not to love them, no matter what your age. They and their story are funny, fabulous, far-out ... and so very, very real.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Plucked from the slush pile, 25-year-old Taylor's first novel revels in the chatty puppy-angst of Gen-Xers groping their way into adulthood and through the final semester of fashion design school in Dallas. Narrating and looking for love is 19-year-old Abbie MacPherson. The novel captures the lives, loves and wardrobes of Abbie and her convivial group of friends as they try to reconcile their hopes and dreams to the real world. No sooner does Abbie swear off dating boys who do drugs than she falls in love with Franco, who is infamous for his drug habit. She struggles, gives in, struggles again and finally must make a decision. Around her spins an entourage fit for a sitcom: her roommate, Georgette, who goes from schoolgirl to showgirl by getting breast implants and renaming herself Gigi; her best friend, Pat, who's gay and having man problems; and Fredrique, design instructor from hell. Lighthearted and riddled with pop-culture references, the book is being compared by the publisher to Clueless, and indeed the similarities to that film are blatant. Abbie even says that when the movie of her life is made, Alicia Silverstone should play her part. Abbie's world is about being seenpreferably with the good-looking guy: "Cruising with Franco in the passenger's seat," she says, "I felt about as tasty as a frosted Pop-Tart." Abbie is Everygirl as seen through the lens of an MTV camera, and although the story has a surface charm, when you're done you half-expect to look up and see the credits rolling. Film rights to Horizon Pictures and Fox 2000. July
Kirkus Reviews
A fun, frantic, and energetic first novel that shows genuine promise.

Fledgling fashion designer (and Dallas Design Institute student) Abbie McPherson, who narrates, is 20, single, and ready—after the usual bad experiences with the wrong kinds of men—to tackle life as a "free woman." Unfortunately for her resolution, however, she quickly meets a wasted but utterly hot guy named Franco Richards at a New Year's party. Abbie knows Franco's not what she's promised herself she'd look for in her next relationship, but she's smitten hard and therefore willing, yet again, to overlook Franco's neglect, boozing, and lack of ambition. Meanwhile, her final project—a 30-outfit fashion show—is due by the end of the semester; Georgette, her roommate, has decided she's now "Gigi," complete with breast implants, a wardrobe transformation, and a whole new look; and her best friend, the flamboyantly gay Pat, is being cheated on by his gorgeous boyfriend Sal. It doesn't help that Abbie is still a smidgen hung-up on her Franco-like ex, Parker, or that Franco turns out to have a deep, dark secret in his own closet. With flair, gumption, and a lot of hard work, Abbie manages to be there for Pat and Gigi, maintain her close family ties, come up with a to-die-for collection, and deal with Franco, ultimately, in the way he deserves.

Taylor's debut is rough in spots and trite in others, but her voice is honest and refreshing and her whirlwind, conversational style a breath of fresh air.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684830926
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 7/3/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    Not My Usual book, but I loved it!

    For whatever reason, this book was so good. The writing was great, too bad I haven't been able to find anything else by this author! The characters were people you know, and the plot was kind of relatable. It all flowed so nicely, I don't know. I don't usually like the fluffy books, but this one was exceptional. Read it, you will be surprised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    A Must Read for Girls AND Guys!!!

    I first read this book when it was reviewed by Mademoiselle as a 'must' for summer reading back in 1997. It is now 2001 and I have gone through 4 copies of this book due to losing it, giving it to friends, or having it fall victim to your dog's insatiable habit of chewing. Every time I have replaced it because I read this book two or three times a year. I feel as if Julie Taylor has gotten inside my head and recorded every thought. Sometimes it was scary to read about the main character, Abbie, saying some of the exact things my friends or I have said. If you're a Gen-X'er and cannot relate to this book, where have you been for the past ten years? Not only have I recommended this book to girl friends but to guy friends, also. I told them, 'If you ever want to know what is going on in a girl's head, read this.' And every girl has had their 'Franco.' That beautiful guy who no matter what he does, will always make your heart race. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    I Love Franco!

    Franco American Dreams is the BEST book i have ever read in my life. i could totally, 100 percent relate to everything Abbie was going through. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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