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Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good / Edition 1
     

Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good / Edition 1

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by Beverly Donofrio
 

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ISBN-10: 0140296298

ISBN-13: 2900140296296

Pub. Date: 08/15/2001

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

"Trouble began in 1963 . . . the age-old trouble." Unable to attend college, Beverly Ann Donofrio lost interest in everything but riding around in cars, drinking, smoking, and rebelling against authority. After her teenage marriage failed, Donofrio found herself at an elite New England university, books in one arm, child on the other. Then, furnished with ambition,

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"Trouble began in 1963 . . . the age-old trouble." Unable to attend college, Beverly Ann Donofrio lost interest in everything but riding around in cars, drinking, smoking, and rebelling against authority. After her teenage marriage failed, Donofrio found herself at an elite New England university, books in one arm, child on the other. Then, furnished with ambition, dreams, and five hundred dollars, she took herself and her son to New York City to begin a career and a life.

An outrageous and touching memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys is about becoming middle-class and the compromises made between being your own person and fitting into society. But mostly it's a story of a teenage mother who, as her son grows up, becomes an adult herself.

Author Biography: Beverly Ann Donofrio studied at Wesleyan University and received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University.

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ISBN-13:
2900140296296
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/15/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208

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Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie "Riding in Cars with Boys" a few years back, and shortly afterwards, I decided to read the book. It was very similar to the movie, though the book, however had much more information and detail. This memoir was truly inspiring, though Donofrio had a great sense of humor while writing it at the same time. Growing up in the sixties, Beverly was a free spirted adolescent who had big dreams, though were suddenly cut short when an unexpected pregnancy came along. Honestly, it really is not a depressing story. She brought humor and optimism to this book. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first wanted to read this book when I found out not about the story really but because of the fact that I myself have grown up in Wallingford, Conn. my entire life, and still currently live here, and was amazed to see such a person in a small town with such a story that is so very real, and honest was actually was written by someone who lived in my home town. The story was great, and even for those who haven't been to the wonderful town of Wallingford, or live here you can place yourself in her shoes and see what an interesting life she lived, in many ways you can relate to her actual life or thoughts of how she was feeling during this difficult time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book helped me a lot. Being 17 and haveing a nine month old and knowing at least one person went on with her dreams makes me relize I can do it to as long as I try. I would recommend this book to any teen parent/
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw the movie, which made me want to read the book. the book and the movie are completely different. they are both good, individually. though when i compared the movie to the book, the book was better. i don't think the director even read the book. drew's bev is a total ditzy moron whom i couldn't relate to. the book does have bad language and isn't a guide to life, but ms. donofrio writes well and i liked it because she faced her challenges.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to read this book after i watched the movie. To my surprise the book is actually more down to earth than the movie. I really enjoyed it and would recommend to anybody to read, especially to teenagers.
Nikkibelle More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this kind of reading. I liked the movie and since I did, I figured the book must be even better since they usually are! I recommend for all who enjoy this type of reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book ive ever read. I read it all in one weekend. It kept me laughing and wanting to keep on reading. I've almost read it 3 times. Beverly's way of always wanting to be different from her parents was great. I love the beatles, and it was so cool how Bev almost named her son Jude (from the song Hey Jude) The movie is very different from the book, and like always...The Book Was Better Than The Movie. I look forward to soon be reading 'Looking for Mary' (Beverly Ann Donofrio's other book) Beverly Ann Donofrio ( aka B.A.D.) is hilarious I LOVED THIS BOOK! ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book Riding In Cars With Boys, Beverly founf herself turning into something her parents dreaded everyday. Beverly's father was a police officer in a small town of Wallingford, Connecticut. Which that was the worst thing a girl could ever have. Her parents were very strict and that is probably what pushed her in the other direction she was going. Her parents don't allow her to date, but all she does is hang out with boys and do everything she's not suppose to do. One thing I liked about the book is that it shows how much a teenager goes through andhow hard life can sometimes be. There was one thing in this whole book that I didn't like and it was that the story made it seem like all teenage girls are uncapable of acting responsible and that is probably why most parents are so strict about what we do. I feel that most teenage girls are capable of being adults, so if thats what they want to do then let them take the consequences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I abosultly love this book. The story is amazing and you will not be able to put this book down. It is a great weekend read for anyone who is female, male, old or young. Although i would not suggest anyone under 15 read this book because of some of difficult topics it discusses even if they are humorous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I WAS VERY SHOCKED AT THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN MY LIFE AND BEVERLY DONOFRIO'S. I WAS HYPNOTIZED BY THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS STORY TO ANY YOUNG TEENAGE PARENT! IT MADE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON LIFE AND LEFT ME FEELING GREAT! I WISH I COULD THANK BEVERLY DONOFRIO FOR HER STORY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Much better than the movie. I saw the movie about three days ago, and went to go buy the book. I love the book! It is an amazing story. I love true stories, I think Drew Barrymore was perfect for the leading role as Beverly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would have been a great read if the publisher had published the whole nook book, I've gone to the store to have it resolved without resolution. It's awful to not be able to finish a book you have purchased because the publisher failed to do their job!!!!!
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EricaM0 More than 1 year ago
I found this book through the movie.  I thought the movie was great so when I found the book  I bought it immediately.  Though it has differences from the movie, I still enjoyed the book.  I liked what the book was about.  It's nice to read a book that doesn't always have a happy ending or an easy way out of problems.  Yes, in the end Beverly did find contentment and such but her  middle years when she was balancing a drug addict husband and a son who idolized his father were tough.  Though I don't particularly like how somethings played out for her, I thought this book was exceptional.  I'd recommend it to anyone who asks.  It's a very fast read, you would probably finish it within a  weekend.
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