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Okay, let's face it. My mom and I are never going to have a "normal" mother-daughter relationship because my mom isn't just my mother, she's my best friend. She would do anything for me, including asking her parents for the tuition money to send me to Chilton, this prestigious prep school that just accepted me. That was probably one of the toughest things she's ever done, although agreeing to weekly dinners in exchange for the loan probably runs a close second. My mom's just miserable at the mere thought of this....
Okay, let's face it. My mom and I are never going to have a "normal" mother-daughter relationship because my mom isn't just my mother, she's my best friend. She would do anything for me, including asking her parents for the tuition money to send me to Chilton, this prestigious prep school that just accepted me. That was probably one of the toughest things she's ever done, although agreeing to weekly dinners in exchange for the loan probably runs a close second. My mom's just miserable at the mere thought of this. But the way I look at it? — I'd just say life is going to get a lot more interesting.
My best friend, Lane Kim, gets dressed as she's walking to school. She basically adjusts her wardrobe so that it's a little more hip. For instance, this morning, she was wearing a pink thermal T-shirt when I first saw her. Nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't Lane. So she unfolded this tie-dye T-shirt that was stuffed into her massive backpack and pulled it on over the pink shirt. Now instead of saying, “cute little innocent girl,” she was saying, “Woodstock '99.”
Lane's been doing this almost as long as we've been going to school together, since the first grade. “When are you going to let your parents know you listen to the evil rock music?” I asked Lane as I walked beside her, carrying her jean jacket and her backpack while she changed her shirt. “You're an American teenager, for God's sake.”
Lane shook her head. “Rory, if my parents still get upset about the obscene portion size of American food, I seriously doubt I'm gonna make any inroads with Eminem.”
We stopped in front of a sign advertising a “teen hayride” as Lane put her jean jacket back on. “I have to go to that,” Lane said, pointing to the sign as she pulled on her coat.
“The hayride? You're kidding,” I said. Our town -- Stars Hollow, Connecticut -- was founded in 1779 and it's incredibly quaint and has nice old architecture and cobbled sidewalks and lots of charming, old-fashioned traditions, like hayrides.
“My parents set me up with the son of a business associate. He's gonna be a doctor.” Lane smiled as she said this, but I knew all these blind dates herparents kept setting up were a nightmare for her. Lane slung her backpack over her shoulder and we continued toward school.
“How old is he?” I asked her.
“Sixteen,” Lane said as she pulled her shoulder-length black hair out from under the collar of her jacket.
“So, he's going to be a doctor in a hundred years,” I said.
“Well, my parents like to plan ahead,” she joked.
I smiled. “And you have to go on the hayride with him?”
“And his older brother,” she said.
“Oh, now you're kidding,” I said.
She shook her head. “Koreans never joke about future doctors. So, I guess you're not going, huh?” Lane asked me.
“No. I'm still fuzzy on what's fun about sitting in the cold for two hours with a bundle of sticks up your butt,” I said as we walked up the stone steps into Stars Hollow High.
“Well, don't expect me to clear it up for you,” Lane said.
We headed for our lockers, then I went to my first class, American lit. “For those of you who have not finished the final chapters of Huckleberry Finn, you may use this time to do so,” Mrs. Traister said. “For those who have, you may start your essay now. Whichever task you choose, do it silently.”
Naturally, I started working on my paper.
The three girls who sit in front of me started putting on nail polish.
Hey, we all have our priorities.
I want to get into Harvard. They want to get into a dance club near Harvard.
After a few minutes, I could feel them all staring at me, but I kept writing.
“Maybe it's a love letter,” one girl whispered.
“Or her diary,” another said.
“Could be a slam book,” the girl in front of me added.
Sophie Larson, who sits next to me, actually got out of her chair a little so she could look over at my notebook. “It's the assignment,” she said in a semidisgusted tone.
They stared at me for a second, then they turned around and went back to their nail polish.
I smiled and kept writing about Huck. I don't mind being different. I actually sort of like it.
“Was the nail polish a good color, at least?” Lane asked as we walked up to her house after getting out of school that afternoon.
“It had sparkles in it,” I told her. “And it smelled like bubble gum.”
“Well, there's no way Mark Twain could compete with that,” Lane said as we walked through her front door. “Mom? We're home!” she called.
The first floor of Lane's house is their very cool antique shop: Kim's Antiques. It is unbelievably crowded with furniture and lamps and glass cases of collectibles, and you feel like a rat in a maze when you walk through. Lane and her mother kept calling out trying to locate each other.
“Look, we'll meet you in the kitchen,” Lane finally told her mother.
“What?” Mrs. Kim called from what sounded like deep inside an oak wardrobe.
“The kitchen!” I said more loudly.
“Who's that?” Mrs. Kim asked.
“It's Rory, Mom,” Lane called to her.
This deflated and unexcited “Oh” came back to us.
Mrs. Kim is never going to like me. “Wow, I could hear the disappointment from here,” I said.
“Come on, stop it,” Lane said.
I ducked to avoid a hanging chandelier. “It sucks that after all these years your mom still hates me.”
“She doesn't hate you,” Lane said.
“She hates my mother,” I reminded her.
“She doesn't trust unmarried women,” she replied.
“You're unmarried,” I pointed out.
“I'm hayriding with a future proctologist. I have potential,” Lane said as we rounded the corner into the kitchen.
“Go upstairs,” Mrs. Kim said when she saw us. She's not the warmest person in the world when I'm around, and she's pretty strict and traditional. It's hard for me not to feel bad for Lane sometimes. Besides hiding her clothes from her mom, she has to store her CDs under the floorboards in her bedroom.
“Tea is ready,” Mrs. Kim said. “I...”Gilmore Girls. Copyright © by Catherine Clark. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Posted September 17, 2013
Adapted by Catherine Clark, “Like Mother, Like Daughter” is the first in a series of four young adult novels based on the “Gilmore Girls” television series starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. All four books are related in the first person by Rory Gilmore, and the story line follows that of the first few episodes of the television series, using exact quotations from the dialogue. The eight pages of photos located in the center of each book are captioned and are taken from “Gilmore Girls” as well. With that said, these book adaptations will not surprise anyone who is familiar with the television series, the only divergence being that they are told entirely from Rory’s point of view. In “Like Mother, Like Daughter,” readers follow Rory as she begins attending Chilton and has her first kiss from Dean, her first boyfriend. The humor that is such a hallmark of “Gilmore Girls” has been employed here as well. For serious fans of the show, this four-book series makes a nice supplement and recap summary of the beginning of the TV series, but don’t expect any surprises.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This is a GREAT book. It's smart, witty, and cute- an awesome combo. It's ideal for pre-teen girls, it keeps their attention, as it's a clean, approproiate book. I encourage all girls to read this, and especially if you like the show, which airs Tuesdays on the WB at 8.00 pm. I just can't rave about this book enough!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2006
Posted November 13, 2005
These girls rule!! I wish me and my mom were that close,but unfortunately, we aren't.I have been watching their shows since I can remember.I love their shows. Some make me cry and others make me feel so happy and good about myself.I strongly recommende everybody to see the show and/or read their books.!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2005
gilmore girls is the best show ever!!!!!!!! i highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan! and if your not a fan, well you NEED to be! because gilmore girls will change your life forever! oh and remember luke and lorelai BELONG together!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2005
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Posted January 30, 2003
I have'nt read the book yet but I am definitly going to get it tomorrow I love Gilmore Girls it's a lot like me and my mom ! I have never missed a show and I am just like Rory I can seriously say it's the best show ever!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2003
I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan and when the T.V. series came out on book, I grabbed it the first day and I have read this book so many times now along with, I Love You, You Idiot, I do, Don't I, and The Other Side Of Summer. This first book of the series tells you all about 32-year old Lorelai Gilmore and her 16-year old daughter, Rory Gilmore, and about where they live in Stars Hollow, CT. I recommend this highly for anybody! The wonderful T.V. show comes on at 8/7c p.m. Tuesday nights on the WB and also Gilmore Girls: Beginnings comes on at 7/6c p.m. every Sunday. Bottom Line: READ THIS BOOK!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2002
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Posted June 30, 2002
I really liked it. The reading wasnt very challenging, but it was entertaining. i enjoy the visuals it paints, though it is only putting part of the first season in words. if you really like gilmore girls you should check out gilmore-girls.net, stars-hollow.net, gilmoregirls.org. they are great sites. there are two other books that are coming out. i have listed them below.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2002
for all you other obsessed gilmore girls fans out there, this book is just for you! if you yearn for another episode after each one ends, reading books about the show will surely feed your craving while you wait for the next episode. this is a really great book! so go out and buy it..NOW! hahaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2002