Gingerbread

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"I will be as wild as I wanna be."

After getting tossed from her posh boarding school, wild, willful, and coffee addicted Cyd Charisse returns to San Francisco to live with her parents. But there's no way Cyd can survive in her parents' pristine house. Lucky for Cyd she's got Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante, and her new surfer boyfriend.

When Cyd's rebelliousness gets out of hand, her parents ship her off to New York City to ...

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Overview

"I will be as wild as I wanna be."

After getting tossed from her posh boarding school, wild, willful, and coffee addicted Cyd Charisse returns to San Francisco to live with her parents. But there's no way Cyd can survive in her parents' pristine house. Lucky for Cyd she's got Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante, and her new surfer boyfriend.

When Cyd's rebelliousness gets out of hand, her parents ship her off to New York City to spend the summer with "Frank real-dad," her biological father. Trading in her parents for New York City grunge and getting to know her bio-dad and step-sibs is what Cyd has been waiting for her whole life. But summer in the city is not what Cyd expects — and she's far from the daughter or sister that anyone could have imagined.

After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse's problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Twist Magazine Why You'll Dig it: Likeable Cyd will seem like one of your buds.

ELLEGIRL Rachel Cohn's first book, Gingerbread, takes the reader on a journey through the mind of Cyd Charisse, a troubled teenager who's trying to find herself. But this is not just Another Teen Novel: It's pretty edgy...

Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market Cohn's character was inspired by the front of a greeting card given to her by a close friend. "The figure on the card was wearing monster-sized black boots and toting a doll," says Cohn. "She was nothing like other characters I created, but I became a vehicle for who she was instantly."

Kirkus Reviews Cyd Charisse embodies the child/woman nature of adolescence as she tows her doll, Gingerbread, through life.

VOYA Newcomer Cohn's Cyd-isms — "sexy-swish hips" and "New Yorkie York" — bring to mind the funky vocabulary of Francesca Lia Block's hip heroine, Weetzie Bat....All high school and public libraries should add the irrepressible Cyd to their shelves.

Publishers Weekly [Cyd's] magnetic narrative will keep readers hooked.

School Library Journal Funny and irreverent reading with teen appeal that's right on target.

Publishers Weekly
"The 16-year-old `recovering hellion' (as her stepfather refers to her), who narrates this debut novel, breathes a joie de vivre into this story of her bicoastal family," wrote PW in a starred review. "Her magnetic narrative will keep readers hooked." Ages 14-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2002: Cyd Charisse, age 16, was named for the movie star, and she certainly has sought out drama in her own life: "I will be as wild as I wanna be," she declares. As the book opens, sassy Cyd is living in San Francisco with her mother and stepfather after being kicked out of boarding school. She is involved with a sensitive surfer named Shrimp and working at his brother's beachside café, Java the Hut. She argues ferociously with her mother, and longs to be reunited with her real father, Frank, who she hasn't seen in many years. Her parents finally decide to send Cyd off to New York City to get reacquainted with Frank. He is not quite the warm, welcoming parent of her dreams—he tries to introduce her as his niece, at first—but Cyd does connect with her kind stepbrother Danny and her initially hostile stepsister. She helps out Danny and his gay partner at their café in the Village, and makes a pass at the handsome young driver her father hired for her. She also runs into the boyfriend who was responsible for her leaving the boarding school, and for the abortion she had concealed from her family. In the end, returning to San Francisco, spoiled, naive Cyd has come to understand much more about herself and her family. Told in flip and often funny teenspeak/Californese, this is an engaging tale about a girl coming to terms with her family and her relationships. There are some memorable and warmly drawn characters here, from Sugar Pie, the elderly woman Cyd meets while doing community service, to Danny, Cyd's supportive stepbrother, whose relationship with his lover is sympathetically portrayed. The cover is an eye-catcher, featuring agirl in combat boots carting a stuffed doll. This first novel will appeal to more sophisticated teenage girls with a taste for romance and drama. Some talk of sex and drugs. (An ALA Best Book for YAs). KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2002, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 172p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
Tossed out of an expensive boarding school for being caught in a sexual situation with a fellow student, sixteen-year-old Cyd is back in San Francisco living with her mother and stepfather and younger step-siblings. Life becomes bearable again when Cyd gets a job making coffee drinks at Java the Hut and meets a new boyfriend, a surfer named Shrimp. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she gets grounded for staying out late with Shrimp and then he breaks up with her. Her mother sends her to New York City to live with her biological father, whom Cyd met only once when she was five. Getting to know her father is a letdown for Cyd, but she eventually makes new friends with both of her half-siblings. The chance meeting with her old boyfriend from boarding school is the last straw for Cyd, but she finds renewed strength and a budding relationship with—of all people—her mother, to whom she finally confesses she has had an abortion. Cyd, named for movie-star actress Cyd Charisse, is a brassy teenager, filled with vulnerabilities but shielded by a tough exterior. The voice, consistently hip, rings true to life. 2002, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $15.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Valerie O. Patterson
VOYA
Sixteen-year-old Cyd Charisse is not the usual perky California beach bunny. "I am not a mall junkie kind of girl who needs to save money for hair clips and glitter makeup and boy band CDs. Excuse me while I go retch at the thought." Back home in San Francisco, after being thrown out of boarding school for sexual indiscretions, Cyd is in hot water with her parents because of her open defiance of their curfew ordinance. Soon she is in lockdown, with only her alter ego, an ancient rag doll named Gingerbread, as company. Tired of her attitude problem, Cyd's mom and stepdad decide to let Cyd's biological father deal with her for awhile. They ship her off to New York City for the summer. There, she meets her dad and two stepsibs for the first time and really begins to think about the meaning of family and how she fits in. By vacation's end, Cyd has been through the emotional wringer: She has confessed a secret abortion to her mom, made peace with her father, and discovered that one does not have to like other family members to love them. Newcomer Cohn's Cyd-isms—"sexy-swish hips" and "New Yorkie York"—bring to mind the funky vocabulary of Francesca Lia Block's hip heroine, Weetzie Bat. Fans of the famous platinum flattop also will enjoy this funny, bicoastal story of dysfunctional family love. All high school and public libraries should add the irrepressible Cyd to their shelves. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Simon & Schuster, 176p,
— Jennifer Hubert
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-According to stepdad, Sid, Cyd Charisse is a "recovering hellion." Kicked out of boarding school, the teen returns home to San Francisco. True to her wild nature and obsession with boys, she does anything to get a rise from her parents. She is grounded in her "puke-princess bedroom" after being caught out overnight again with surfer-boyfriend, Shrimp. Finally, Sid and Nancy send her to bio-dad in NYC. Meeting her real father and family has long been Cyd's dream. Since he was married with children when her mom had an affair with him, he is virtually a stranger to her. When Cyd got in trouble at boarding school and needed money for an abortion though, she called him. He didn't remember Gingerbread, the rag doll he gave her when she was five, but he helped her out. Cyd Charisse sees herself when she meets him 11 years later. She finds excitement working in her gay half-brother's caf as a barista and exploring New York. Confrontations with her older half-sister and brief talks with her father bring Cyd more knowledge about her families on both coasts. Her strong, independent, and kinky personality; realistic take on life; and quick mind make her a memorable character. Cohn works wonders with snappy dialogue, up-to-the-minute language, and funny repartee. Her contemporary voice is tempered with humor and deals with problems across two generations. Funny and irreverent reading with teen appeal that's right on target.-Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cyd Charisse embodies the child/woman nature of adolescence as she tows her doll, Gingerbread, through life. Gingerbread was given to her by her father the last and almost only time she saw him. Readers of Francesca Lia Block will find a familiar style here, and yet a Block character is only what Cyd could wish to be. Kicked out of boarding school, Cyd returns to San Francisco failing to tell her mother about an abortion or how unsupportive the boy involved has been. She's got some sophistication, but it mainly hides her pain and allows her to live in a dreamy fantasy world with a new boyfriend. Shrimp and his brother Wallace run a coffee stand and Cyd goes to work, but mild lusting for Wallace muddies the situation. Once Mom grounds her for violating curfew, Cyd's hipness fades somewhat. Loving parents, her mother and stepfather decide to see what her birth father in New York can do for her since his wife has recently died. The considerably older half brother welcomes Cyd, and he and his partner put her to work at their bistro. Half-sister Lisbeth has a harder time accepting this unconventional member to the family, and Dad remains distant. Cyd's appreciation of her family back home grows, as does her confidence that she is lovable and valuable. Cohn is obviously familiar with the personality of both cities and has done her homework as to trendy dialogue, although it sometimes overwhelms characters and events. In spite of the relentlessly hip talk and trimmings, this is all utterly familiar, much like the spicy yet humble dessert of the title. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689860201
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 468,069
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 0.60 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn is the bestselling author of You Know Where to Find Me, Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, Pop Princess, and, with David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, as well as the tween novels The Steps and Two Steps Forward. Born in Washington, D.C., she graduated from Barnard College in New York and has lived on both coasts. She lives in New York City. Visit her at www.rachelcohn.com.

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Chapter One

My so-called parents hate my boyfriend, Shrimp. I'm not sure they even believe he is my boyfriend. They take one look at his five-foot-five, surfer-shirt-wearin', baggy-jeans-slouchin', Pop Tart-eatin', spiked-hair-head self and you can just see confusion firebombs exploding in their heads, like they are thinking, Oh no, Cyd Charisse, that young man is not your homes.

Dig this: He is.

At least Shrimp always remembers to call my mother "Mrs." instead of just grunting in her direction, like most guys my age do. And no parent could deny that hanging out with Shrimp is an improvement over Justin, my ex, from my old prep school. Justin got me into trouble, big time. I'm so over the Justin stage.

Not like Sid and Nancy care much. I have done my parents the favor of becoming more or less invisible.

Sid, my father, calls me a "recovering hellion." Sid's actually my stepfather. You could say I hardly know my real father. I met him at an airport once when I was five. He was tall and skinny and had ink black hair, like me. We ate lunch in a smoky pub at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. I did not like my hamburger so my real dad opened his briefcase and offered me a piece of homemade gingerbread he had wrapped in tinfoil.

He bought me a brown rag doll at the airport gift shop. The cashier had made the doll herself. She said she had kept the doll hidden under her cash register waiting for just the right little girl. My real dad gave the cashier a one-hundred-dollar bill and told her to keep the change. I named my dolly Gingerbread.

Nancy and I were on our way to San Francisco to become Sid's family. My real dad was on his way back to New York, to his real wife and family. They don't know about me.

I'm fairly sure that my real dad's wife would not mind that I make scissors cuts on my arms and then pick the scabs. His real wife probably makes fresh gingerbread every day and writes Things To Do lists and does her own grocery shopping instead of having a housekeeper and a driver do everything for her, like Nancy does.

Nancy only met Justin once, at the expulsion hearing. The headmaster told her Justin and I were caught fooling around in a room loaded with Jack Daniels and prescription bottles. In flagrante delicto were the words the headmaster used. I failed Latin.

Nancy said Justin was from a "wonderful Connecticut family" and how could I shame her and Sid like that. It was Justin who was selling the ecstasy out of his dorm room, not me. It was Justin who said he pulled out in time. Sid and Nancy never knew about that part.

Nancy came into my room one night after I returned home to San Francisco. Sid and my younger half-sibs were at Father's Night at their French immersion school. "I hope your friends use condoms," Nancy said, which was funny because she knows Shrimp is my only friend. She threw a box of Trojans onto the lace-trimmed four-poster bed that I hate. Shrimp is a safety boy, he takes care of those things. If it had been Shrimp back in boarding school, he would have come with me to the clinic.

"Can I have a futon on the floor instead of this stupid princess bed?" I said. The thought of my mother even knowing about contraception, much less doling it out, was beyond comprehension, much less discussion.

Nancy sighed. Sighing is what she does instead of eating. "I paid ten thousand dollars to redecorate this room while you were at boarding school. No, you may not, Cyd Charisse."

Everybody in my family calls me by my first and middle name since my dad's name is pronounced the same as my first name. When she was twenty years old and pregnant with me, Nancy thought she would eventually marry my real dad. She named me after this dancer-actress from like a million years ago who starred in this movie that Nancy and real-dad saw on their first date, before she found out he had a whole other life. The real Cyd Charisse is like this incredibly beautiful sex goddess. I am okay looking. I could never be superhuman sexy like the real Cyd Charisse. I mean there is only room for so much grace and beauty in one person named Cyd Charisse, not two.

Nancy fished a pack of Butter Rum LifeSavers out of her designer jacket and held them out to me. "Want a piece of my dinner?"

Copyright © 2002 by Rachel Cohn

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First Chapter

Chapter One

My so-called parents hate my boyfriend, Shrimp. I'm not sure they even believe he is my boyfriend. They take one look at his five-foot-five, surfer-shirt-wearin', baggy-jeans-slouchin', Pop Tart­eatin', spiked-hair-head self and you can just see confusion firebombs exploding in their heads, like they are thinking, Oh no, Cyd Charisse, that young man is not your homes.

Dig this: He is.

At least Shrimp always remembers to call my mother "Mrs." instead of just grunting in her direction, like most guys my age do. And no parent could deny that hanging out with Shrimp is an improvement over Justin, my ex, from my old prep school. Justin got me into trouble, big time. I'm so over the Justin stage.

Not like Sid and Nancy care much. I have done my parents the favor of becoming more or less invisible.

Sid, my father, calls me a "recovering hellion." Sid's actually my stepfather. You could say I hardly know my real father. I met him at an airport once when I was five. He was tall and skinny and had ink black hair, like me. We ate lunch in a smoky pub at the Dallas­Fort Worth airport. I did not like my hamburger so my real dad opened his briefcase and offered me a piece of homemade gingerbread he had wrapped in tinfoil.

He bought me a brown rag doll at the airport gift shop. The cashier had made the doll herself. She said she had kept the doll hidden under her cash register waiting for just the right little girl. My real dad gave the cashier a one-hundred-dollar bill and told her to keep the change. I named my dolly Gingerbread.

Nancy and I were on our way to San Francisco to become Sid's family. My real dad was on his way back to New York, to his real wife and family. They don't know about me.

I'm fairly sure that my real dad's wife would not mind that I make scissors cuts on my arms and then pick the scabs. His real wife probably makes fresh gingerbread every day and writes Things To Do lists and does her own grocery shopping instead of having a housekeeper and a driver do everything for her, like Nancy does.

Nancy only met Justin once, at the expulsion hearing. The headmaster told her Justin and I were caught fooling around in a room loaded with Jack Daniels and prescription bottles. In flagrante delicto were the words the headmaster used. I failed Latin.

Nancy said Justin was from a "wonderful Connecticut family" and how could I shame her and Sid like that. It was Justin who was selling the ecstasy out of his dorm room, not me. It was Justin who said he pulled out in time. Sid and Nancy never knew about that part.

Nancy came into my room one night after I returned home to San Francisco. Sid and my younger half-sibs were at Father's Night at their French immersion school. "I hope your friends use condoms," Nancy said, which was funny because she knows Shrimp is my only friend. She threw a box of Trojans onto the lace-trimmed four-poster bed that I hate. Shrimp is a safety boy, he takes care of those things. If it had been Shrimp back in boarding school, he would have come with me to the clinic.

"Can I have a futon on the floor instead of this stupid princess bed?" I said. The thought of my mother even knowing about contraception, much less doling it out, was beyond comprehension, much less discussion.

Nancy sighed. Sighing is what she does instead of eating. "I paid ten thousand dollars to redecorate this room while you were at boarding school. No, you may not, Cyd Charisse."

Everybody in my family calls me by my first and middle name since my dad's name is pronounced the same as my first name. When she was twenty years old and pregnant with me, Nancy thought she would eventually marry my real dad. She named me after this dancer-actress from like a million years ago who starred in this movie that Nancy and real-dad saw on their first date, before she found out he had a whole other life. The real Cyd Charisse is like this incredibly beautiful sex goddess. I am okay looking. I could never be superhuman sexy like the real Cyd Charisse. I mean there is only room for so much grace and beauty in one person named Cyd Charisse, not two.

Nancy fished a pack of Butter Rum LifeSavers out of her designer jacket and held them out to me. "Want a piece of my dinner?"

Copyright © 2002 by Rachel Cohn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2007

    I LOVED IT SO WILL YOU!!!!!!!!

    i started reading shrimp and got to the 4th or 5th chapter and they were recapping thing that i had never even read so i went to the library and asked about it and come to kind out the first book was gingerbread as i started to read it and i fell in love with it it had its high point when i needed it and the low points when it need the low points its easy to fall in love with shrimp and his no care surf boy attitude and the way they express there love is diffrent but sweet i just love it you just have to read it yourself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    My favorite

    For years now this is still my favorite book. Cyd charisse's character is so completely herself, a little tough on the outside, but so sweet and geniune inside. This book makes you laugh and love the characters and each dynamic between them. Even as a teen novel, it holds enough about life and sweet love that any age will enjoy it. The subsequent books are just as great.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Life is full of frogs, you just have to learn to jump over them

    When one thinks of Gingerbread, heady spices and molasses-like sweetness comes to mind, the book however was a literary equivalent of Angel Food Cake - fluffy, light and sweet enough to entertain but not overly filling. It's something that I can read in one sitting and then get up without a headache, possibly ready to begin the next book in the series. Young Adult fiction has come a long way, reading books about disgruntled sixteen year olds are certainly easier than being one all over again and even though I am no longer a teen I certainly remember how tough it was. Standing strong against the ripping winds of corruption and negative influences while dealing with feelings for boys, parents and especially how I saw myself was no walk in the beach and even though I had a blast growing up I am relieved to be done with it. <BR/><BR/>For Cyd, living with her step dad Sid and mother Nancy and her younger half siblings in San Francisco is more an a nuisance than paradise. Her richly decorated home, stylish mother, lenient step father and her relationship with her new awesome boyfriend Shrimp are slowly crumbling up into a black hole that she has dug up in her past, the spoiled relationship with her then boyfriend Justin who got her hooked on his dark lifestyle and got her pregnant without giving her any support. After her life changing decision to write her own future Cyd becomes even more cynical, witty, sarcastic and sometimes warm and human on her quest to fix her broken relations with her parents, Shrimp and her biological father in New York. Her last memory of him was when she was five years old and him giving her a doll that she named Gingerbread, carrying it with her to this day. The visit to the East coast opens her eyes in more ways than she has imagined and it's up to her to either find the light or slink away into the shadows with no helping hands to pull her up. The mystery of her parents split, her other half siblings and potential new boys are lined on up the horizon for the reader to grab onto and enjoy. It's all up to her whether she wants to grow up and change or act like a spoiled brat. <BR/><BR/>The writing was easy to read and made the book flow like an express train. I enjoyed the brief glimpse of Cyd before she was with Shrimp and how her current situation evolved. This isn't deep fiction but a fun romp though pages filled with growing pains and emerging roots of maturity. I'm all ready reading the sequel "Shrimp" and cannot wait to find out what happens when Cyd is back in San Francisco after her life changing summer in New York. This book is like a nice, light slice of cake; it's no dinner but still fills you up. <BR/><BR/>- Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    couldn't put it down

    this book was awsome i couldn't put it down!!!!! it was that good. i've never realy liked reading until i read this book! and i love how rachel writes her books! i hope i can write a book as good as she does! way to go rachel keep it up!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Amazing

    At first it took me a while to get what was so speacial about the day that she was talking about in the book, but once you get there, its amazing. Gingerbread has a lot of different topics. like abortion, like what or how you feel afterwards, what could happen with the relationship with the guy who got u preggers, new boyfriend who you r in love with, meeting ur biological father..for like the second time. and other stuff. its too complicated to write it all down. lol. but seriously....READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!! u won't regret it. i promise!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    A reviewer

    I originally wanted to read Shrimp because my friend loved it, and when i read what it was about down at the bottom it said 'sequel to Gingerbread' and i got them both at the library and loved gingerbread. really, i loved Cyd & Shrimp. ':

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Jessica - 3 Gingerbread Review

    Cyd Charisse is far from your perfect child and model student. After getting kicked out of her up scale boarding school Cyd is forced to move back to San Francisco with her family. In San Francisco however Cyd¿s old behavior and wild side are not acceptable. Cyd struggles to make things work at home with her controlling mother and her step dad, but when things get tough at her house she has the comfort of her new boyfriend, and old doll gingerbread. Gingerbread has been Cyd¿s best friend since her biological father gave her the doll as a child. After a lot of adjusting Cyd was getting comfortable with her life in San Francisco but began to go on another downward spiral after her boyfriend decided they should see other people. This caused Cyd¿s rebellious and wild side to come back, and after a long discussion between Cyd¿s parents, and a plane ride across the country Cyd was sent to New York City where her father lived. Cyd¿s parents thought she might benefit from getting away and spending some time getting to know her real father and half siblings. Surprisingly Cyd Charisse was not angry at her mother and father for deciding on this for she had been dreaming for this opportunity all her life. While in New York Cyd Charisse learns many things about her family and also discovers many things about herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    gingerbread

    it is a good book about true things it is a great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    OMG this book saved my life...litterally. I was jumping of the Empire State Building and this book broke my landing, thus saving me. No but really this book is truley amazing, you can get through it really fast and you are still left wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    Gingerbread is an ¿unforgettable¿ book. It¿s an enormously exceptional novel with numerous ups and downs leaving the audience with countless up coming ideas. Rachel Cohn did a marvelous job creating the perfect image of a sassy metallic spoiled combat boots- wearing 16-year-old that will be ¿as wild as she wants to be!¿ Gingerbread is not just your average teen book. It¿s filled with life-related situations, and drama that you personally encounter with in your life. The protagonist¿s voice in the book is what keeps you hooked on and wanting to keep the pages turning. Her character as a 'recovering hellion' changes dramatically throughout the whole hardback. Cyd Charisse is just like one of your friends. The unveiling of Cyd begins as an obstinate adolescent rebel. After being kicked out of a fancy boarding school, she moves back to San Francisco with her parents. There Cyd meets the only two people she can count on: her new surfer boyfriend, Shrimp, and an elderly woman she met while doing community service, Sugar Pie. Let¿s not forget her long time best friend Gingerbread. A rag doll her biological father bought her the first time he saw Cyd at an airport. Now she realizes that she faces a lot of problems Cyd Charisse tries to escalate a good relationship with her mother, but they just end up arguing ferociously with each other. All she longs for is to be reunited with her real father, Frank, even though she hasn¿t seen him in years. Her parents finally send her off to get reacquainted with her biological father, when they had enough of her roguish antics. When she arrived at New York City, she found out that her perfect step family was very different from what she expected, especially her step siblings. Danny has a gay partner and they own a cafe. Rhonda is rude, and initially hostile. The whole experience was astounding. Cyd fooled around with her dad¿s driver. In addition, she even ran into her ex boyfriend who was the one responsible for the abortion she concealed from her family. Recurring back to San Francisco again, sophisticated Cyd finally discovers the reality about her father, family, love and herself. It¿s an engaging fiction about a teenager coming to stipulations with her family and relationships. There are various memorable and affectionately drawn character's emotions which were engraved in a vibrant and pragmatic fashion. Rachel Cohn did a superior task establishing the characters in her best novel yet. Gingerbread will appeal more to complex young adults with a taste for romance, drama, sex, and drugs. I absolutely loved it! It was one of the most fascinating novels I ever read with amazing descriptions. You feel like you are one of the characters in the book every step of the way. Cohn did a mind-blowing job getting the one most important thing she wanted us to know across: The hardships of a rebel teen can be over come with effort and the surrounding of the people who love you the most.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    Luvvvv it!

    really fresh and a fun read. well written, hilarious. i want more!!!!!!! Cyd Charisse and her bf shrimp make a great couple while it lasts.... Sugar Pie is def. my fave character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    when i read this i was like wow this is the best thing ever. i could definely relate to this because i am basic the same what and it was cool to get it from a different persective than how it normally goes. I also like this book because it shows a side of teenagers that is labeled as not cool or to rebellious for people to read. Its cool that it was different

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    Reccomended

    This book was slow at first, but as I kept reading it got better and better. A great story for girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Read this and read it now!

    This book was responsible for catapulting me into getting more serious about becomming a writer. Its a beautiful book, with a variety of flawed characters all trying to survive in their flawed world. I cheered for Cyd even when she mentioned her not so good past, and continued towards a not so good future. The author did a magnificent job writing this story, making you like the characters you were supposed to like, making you hate the ones you were supposed to hate, and making you yearn for your very own Shrimp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Gotta read it!

    ¿Girl, you look like trouble.¿ That girl is Cyd Charisse, the protagonist of Rachel Cohn¿s book Gingerbread, the first novel of a two-book series. Sid is also the name of her stepfather. Cyd¿s biological father, or as she calls him ¿Frank-real-dad,¿ lives in New York with his two children. Cyd hardly remembers him now: she¿s only met him once when she was five, at the Dallas Fort-Worth airport. Frank bought her a dolly at the airport and Cyd named her Gingerbread. Now she is faced with many problems and her boyfriend, her friend Sugar Pie, and Gingerbread are all she¿s got. When Cyd¿s mom finally has enough of her mischievous antics, she sends Cyd to New York to spend three weeks with Frank-real-dad. While there, she finally discovers the truth about her father, her family, and love. The question is, does she like it? Rachel Cohn did an outstanding job creating the characters in this book. I felt that I was experiencing every scene as though I was right there with them. The characters were very realistic because the transitions that they made throughout the book were believable. I loved Gingerbread because while I was reading it, I felt like I knew Cyd and her family not as a reader, but as a friend. The characters emotions were written in an animated and realistic style. The result is a kinetic energy that keeps the pages turning. While I was reading Gingerbread I felt happy, sad, outraged, humbled, and even overjoyed at times. Any book that can make you feel all those things qualifies as a classic. Gingerbread is a great read for any teen girl looking for a unique teen read. I am very much looking forward to reading the second book of the series: Shrimp. Like a gingerbread man, I will run as fast as I can to buy the sequel.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    Very Entertaining Read!

    This book is classified as a teen book but I think that readers of all ages will enjoy it. I am a man well past his teen years and I thought it was a great book. Just because it is about a girl in high school it should not stop anyone from reading this book. Many times I have read books that were from a genre in which I don't match the targeted profile but have enjoyed them immensely. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    I LOVE THIS BOOK TONS XD

    Its so wonderfull TT TT
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    But i got confused on how she loves her dad so much when she never met him If i were in thatv situation id tell all of the dads side of the family "get away wierdo i dont know u stop trying to hug me how do u know my name stalker MOMMY A CREEPY GUY KEEP TRYING TO TELL ME HE IS MY DAD!!!!!!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Great book

    Awesome!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Cute

    Simple and quirky

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