Lady: My Life as a Bitch

Lady: My Life as a Bitch

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by Melvin Burgess
     
 

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If you gotta be a dog, be a bitch.

"My tail was going bananas as I rounded the corner and headed into Platt Fields park. The pavement was alive; my nose was an eye that sees into the past. I speeded up. Oh, I was in love with Terry, but to run and sniff and feel my ears catching sounds out of the air! But what do you know? Only a dog could

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If you gotta be a dog, be a bitch.

"My tail was going bananas as I rounded the corner and headed into Platt Fields park. The pavement was alive; my nose was an eye that sees into the past. I speeded up. Oh, I was in love with Terry, but to run and sniff and feel my ears catching sounds out of the air! But what do you know? Only a dog could understand what I mean."

Sandra Francy is seventeen and having way too much fun. Everyone wants to stop her but the problem is, she likes it. When she accidentally gets turned into a dog she's horrified at first, but soon she starts to wonder if being human is worth the effort. Her attempts to hang on to her humanity are bizarre and often hilarious-but her life as a dog leads her to pleasures she hardly knew existed.

Award-winning author Melvin Burgess brilliantly captures the realities of teenage life and hormone imbalance.

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Award-winning writer Melvin Burgess explores the rocky landscape of adolescence in Lady: My Life as a Bitch, a frank, offbeat, and often shocking tale of a teenager who gets turned into a dog.

Seventeen-year-old Sandra Francy is raging with hormones, self-righteous indignation, and teenage angst when her life is turned upside down by a bizarre incident. A drunken, homeless man she stumbles across turns her into a bitch -- not the smart-mouthed, horny, teenage kind of bitch she's been for some time now, but the four-legged, furry, canine kind. This transition leaves Sandra in shock at first, mourning the loss of her human lifestyle, her family, and her friends. But after befriending a couple of other humans who have also been turned into dogs, she soon lets go of the human world and revels in the wondrous new sights, sounds, and smells -- oh, those smells! -- of a dog's life.

After spending several weeks hanging in her canine existence, craving the taste of rabbit and cat and enjoying such sensual activities as sniffing, licking, and having sex whenever she pleases, Sandra's dog's-eye-view of her human life subtly reshapes her values. So when a chance encounter with her family causes the dregs of her humanity to surface once again, she finds herself questioning many of her previous behaviors and beliefs. She also finds herself facing a difficult decision. Should she return to her self-absorbed human lifestyle and once again experience the love of her family, or should she embrace the exciting and carefree life of the canine world, which means never seeing her family again?

Burgess pulls no punches in this brutally honest allegory, filling it with plenty of frank language, profanity, and promiscuity. Consequently, readership should be limited to teens 16 or older, who are also the readers most likely to relate to Sandra's emotionally labile, hormone-ridden, and somewhat schizophrenic existence. (Beth Amos)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466838215
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
934,544
File size:
226 KB
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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I ran into the park like a wild animal and raced across the grass. It was spring, everything was going. For an hour or so, I was in doggy heaven. I chased the ducks and the squirrels, I snuffed the scents of half a million dogs, I rolled and panted and laughed. It was the first time I had given myself so completely to scents — my nose just took over. Rabbits and squirrels and rats and mice — I followed them and lost them and found another one, went back and across and to and fro. I didn't catch a thing, but who cares? Just to run and sniff and be alive was all I cared about!

Meet the Author

Melvin Burgess has written several highly acclaimed books for young adults, including Smack, which won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Three of his other novels have been runners-up for the Carnegie Medal. Mr. Burgess lives in Manchester, England, with his wife and their children.


Melvin Burgess is the author of many novels for young adult and middle-grade readers. Among them are Nicholas Dane, Doing It (a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age), The Ghost Behind the Wall (Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year) and Smack (winner of Britain's Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for Fiction, as well as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults). In 2001, he wrote the novelization of the film, Billy Elliot. Mr. Burgess lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in England.

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