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Why I Let My Hair Grow Out
     

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

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by Maryrose Wood
 

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Being sent to your room is one thing. But being sent to another country?

Morgan's boyfriend dumped her on the last day of school-it seemed the only thing to do was to hack off her hair and dye the stubble orange. Unfortunately, Morgan's parents freaked and decided a change of scenery would do her good. So they're sending her off on a bike tour of Ireland.

Overview

Being sent to your room is one thing. But being sent to another country?

Morgan's boyfriend dumped her on the last day of school-it seemed the only thing to do was to hack off her hair and dye the stubble orange. Unfortunately, Morgan's parents freaked and decided a change of scenery would do her good. So they're sending her off on a bike tour of Ireland.

But Morgan gets more than she bargained for on the Emerald Isle-including a strange journey into some crazy, once upon a time corner of the past. There, she meets fairies, weefolk, and a hunky warrior-dude named Fergus, and figures out that she's got some growing to do-and she doesn't just mean her hair.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440623639
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
345 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Maryrose Wood grew up in Long Island and moved to New York City at age seventeen. She currently lives with her two children there. This is her second novel, and she also writes for theatre and film. Her work as a lyricist and librettist has won her prestigious awards.

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Why I Let My Hair Grow Out 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Morgan's life sort of crashes and burns, and she cuts off all of her hair and dyes what remains orange, her parents freak out. For some reason, they decide that what she needs is to go on a biking tour of Ireland. Of course, Morgan thinks they're insane, but she has no choice in the matter, so it's off to the land of leprechauns and shamrocks for her!

Her trip turns out to be way more than Morgan bargained for when she hits her head and finds herself in some sort of fantasy world hundreds of years in the past. Yeah, you read that right. She's not just in the land where so many myths come from; she's living out those old fairy stories herself.

Both the fantasy parts of the story and the real, modern-day parts of Morgan's life are amazing! The fantasy felt a little weird to be stuck in at first, but that just shows how completely great the more contemporary part of the book was.

WHY I LET MY HAIR GROW OUT is definitely a page-turner. I loved Maryrose Wood's first book, SEX KITTENS AND HORN DAWGS FALL IN LOVE, and this one is even better (and very different).

I absolutely loved the characters; all of them are very interesting and three-dimensional. This is a funny, smart book that readers are sure to love!
AiryPen More than 1 year ago
This was a GREAT book! It was a world-wind tour of modern day Ireland and some of the more famous Celtic myths that reminded me of O.R. Melling's Chronicles of Faerie series. I finished it within hours of buying it. My only complaint is that the e-book version had a LOT of typos--words that should have been capitalized weren't and others that shouldn't have been were; but it is still worth a read (get a print version if you get too distracted by the typos)!
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I love this book sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much
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greeneyedgrl More than 1 year ago
if your looking for a funny, and pretty adventurouse book, you have looked in the right spot. i recommended this book to a couple of my friends, and they all loved it! it had a super cute guy in it too named collin, but i don't want to spoil it for you =)
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of the book Morgan was kind of a the word that ryhmes with witch, and I didn't really like her. But I kept on reading and I'm glad I did because it was a great book full of comedy, adventure, faeries,and romance. The readers got to "watch" Morgan grow up and see her start to understand things about life and herself that she hadn't before. She changed, and it was entertaining and even educational in the process, for the readers and for Morgan!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There's been a good amount of hype about these books, right? And for the most part it's justified. The thing that really sold the book for me was the spunky main character, Morgan. It's not often that you get to read about a strong girl who doesn't depend on anyone else and makes her own decisions. Usually, you read about girls who are dependant on other people, or are obsessed with guys, or something like that. And really, that sucks. But Morgan's the kind of character that you feel could be that close sister you never had. I think the other pretty great part about the book was the complete and utter wackiness of it. It had a nice light vibe which kept everything moving and just kind of carried you along. It was funny too! I found myself laughing out loud during many parts of the book, earning myself strange looks from the people around me. I think the only thing I wasn't completely satisfied with in the book was that the whole faery world aspect of it wasn't explained well enough for my taste. The ways in which she got into the alternate world were random and unconnected and that whole concept seemed kind of wierd and pointless. I think there was some sort of reason involving brainwaves that was told about but I kept wondering why does she even need to be a half goddess? It didn't lend much to the overall story, in my opinion and more details and solid facts would have been welcomed. I think the only good part about the faery world was how the Irish setting tied in. That was the one part I liked. Other than that small section of the book, Why I Let My Hair Grow Out was a very nice, light book, and I would recommend it as a fast way to pass time. Just don't get too hung up over the confusing faery world parts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book starts out like any normal teen romance book but ends up in a fantasy land where the main character, Morgan, becomes Morganne, the half goddess that must save the day. It was such an airy, magical story that couldn't have taken place anywhere but Ireland. With a beautiful setting and a fantastic protagonist you can't go wrong. This book truly surprised me in the way that I didn't know faeries and magical lands could be so entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and after reading it I recommended it to all of my friends. At least two of them have read it and I think one of them stole it from me. I'm itching to read it agian so I'll have to steal it back from her. =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is totally awesome... I was really sad when I read the last page. Its about a girl, Morgan,who goes to Ireland on a biking tour, she tries to impress a guy while being Morganne in a fantasy land. It all goes together to make a fabulous satisfying story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So I got this book thinking it was about a girl who goes on a bike tour after being dumped by her boyfriend and while that much is true I didnt know it was also about when she 'morgan' hits her head and goes in and out of a fairy world. Which while it is interesting and not to mention creative, its just not my kind of book. It just doesnt seem to fit either way. If you like teen drama it has some, but not alot. And if you like fantasy yeah its got that, but its no so fantastic. All in all its not a bad book at all. There are some funny bits and a cute ending, but its not the best book out there for sure.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When her demanding Svengali-like boyfriend Ralph dumps her just after school ends, Morgan Rawlinson is shocked as she had done everything he wanted of her and was not anticipating his dropping her like yesterday¿s garbage. Unable to cope she angrily takes it out on her family and friends. Finally her parents have had enough with their daughter¿s non-stop tantrum culminating with her chopping off much of her beautiful strawberry blond hair and dying the stubs in different degrees of orange. For their sanity and that of their youngest daughter, they ship Morgan the terrible to Ireland on a bike tour hoping the change will bring her back to norm teen angst.------------------ In Ireland, Emerald Cycle Bike Tour Company guide Colin picks up the ugly American at Shannon Airport in Dublin. She lands nasty and starts the tour with an angry chip on her shoulder. Though told to stay with the tour especially her biking partner Lucy, Morgan leaves on her own. She takes a nasty fall and is knocked out. When she awakens Fergus insists she is Morganne of the faery folk and takes her to his nearby village where the people have been cursed by the wee folk. As Morgan moves back and forth in time, she begins to help those cursed in the past and befriends those on the bike tour especially Colin.-------------- This young adult character study makes a strong case that to enjoy and live life, ¿to thine own self be true¿. The story line obviously contains two well written subplots one an interesting contemporary that stars Morgan striking out at others and `harming¿ herself once her handler tosses her out while the other is a fantasy that is fun to follow but seems figuratively out of place with the prime theme. Still teen readers will jam with the heroine her way back to being the real Morgan.---------------- Harriet Klausner