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

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Denied college, Beverly Donofrio lost interest in everything but riding around town in cars, drinking and smoking, and rebelling against authority. She got married and divorced and finally ended up in an elite New England university, books in one arm, child in the other. A book about the compromise between being your own person and fitting into society.

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Overview

Denied college, Beverly Donofrio lost interest in everything but riding around town in cars, drinking and smoking, and rebelling against authority. She got married and divorced and finally ended up in an elite New England university, books in one arm, child in the other. A book about the compromise between being your own person and fitting into society.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A self-described wild girl travels through the ``demolition derby'' of her 1960s lifestyle in this rough-hewn account. Born into a working-class Italian-American family in Wallingford, Conn., Donofrio rebelled early, defying her policeman father especially. Consorting with lowlifes, indulging in drugs, promiscuous and aimless, she became pregnant and entered an ill-starred, short-lived marriage. Later, a mother, she studied at Wesleyan University, where she soaked up another kind of culture and another type of liberation. In this humor-flecked, street-side view of her unconventional life, Donofrio, a New York City freelance journalist, writes about a mother and her son coming of age together. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Donofrio's poignant 1960s memoir features the silent majority of teenagers and young people who didn't protest or go to Vietnam or attend the Summer of Love, but who did what teens do no matter how turbulent the times: they have sex, rebel, hang out, drink, smoke, and just generally try to have as good a time as possible. That's what Donofrio did, at least until she got pregnant before graduating from high school, was married (briefly) and divorced, and ended up rearing a small son alone and on welfare. Today she has a master's degree, lives in New York City, has raised a son without visible scars, and is a writer. Donofrio's funny, heartwarming story will especially appeal to every similar child of the 1960s who, despite barriers and a lack of encouragement, safely made the passage to adulthood. Reminiscent in style and content (though covering different eras) of Betsy Israel's Grown-up Fast: A True Story of Teenage Life in Suburban America (Poseidon, 1988). Highly recommended.-- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Lib., Seaside, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140156294
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 169,445
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Donofrio lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began this book. The acclaimed author of Riding in Cars with Boys and Looking for Mary, she teaches for the MFA program at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2009

    Humorous, and Inspiring Book

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Truly True

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    It was the best book I've read

    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/

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    very good

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Good one!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

    I enjoy this book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    *My Favorite Book

    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! ****

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    too many boys not enough time

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Read this book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    HIT HOME HARD!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    Great Book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Disappointed with publisher

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Marry

    Walked in her kitchen

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    I found this book through the movie.  I thought the movie was gr

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Different from the movie

    I loved the movie but the book is vastly different. I felt the movie closed the story better. A quick and easy read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    She made very good...

    I absolutely loved this book. I also enjoyed the movie. Drew Barrymore did a great job!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2004

    Best Book Ever!

    this is thee best book ever! Really! I've lost count how many times I've read it. I even own the movie and watched the bts, and actually got to see what Beverly really looked like- sorta putting a name to the character. I have a good friend who got pregnant at 15. this helps a little, to sorta see/inderstand what teen mothers go through. And the way Beverly describes things and tells them... I love this book. I'm currently re-reading it for the..millionth time. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    Could not put it down!!

    I loved this book! I could not put it down, I read it in one day...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    good book

    gives you insight to the life of a girl who fixes herself to a normal girl dispite challanges.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003

    Great Movie/Book

    I havent read the book, but i heard it is great. I saw the movie, in fact i own it. It is so good. I have watched it so many times, I have actually memorized the lines of the actors. I heard that the movie makes more sense then the book, but I think that if you read the book BEFORE you saw the movie, you would probably think that the book made more sense.

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