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Down to the Bone
     

Down to the Bone

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by Mayra Lazara Dole
 

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ISBN-10: 1594933170

ISBN-13: 2901594933171

Pub. Date: 07/10/2012

Publisher: Bella Books

When Shai receives text messages from Marlena, the love of her life, and reads them during class, her dramatic mother finds out what her A-student daughter’s been doing behind her back and kicks her to the curb.

Soon Shai becomes involved with an unusual group of friends in exotic Miami. Can a discarded free-thinker turn the corner into a world as wild,

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When Shai receives text messages from Marlena, the love of her life, and reads them during class, her dramatic mother finds out what her A-student daughter’s been doing behind her back and kicks her to the curb.

Soon Shai becomes involved with an unusual group of friends in exotic Miami. Can a discarded free-thinker turn the corner into a world as wild, hilarious, and painful as her first love—and create a new kind of family?

Bella Books is proud to bring the expanded Author's Edition of this best-selling Young Adult classic to print.

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Sun-filled wonderland of friends, choices, broken hearts, honesty, family and love. - Alex Sanchez, Rainbow Boys

Originally published by Harper Teen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901594933171
Publisher:
Bella Books
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Pages:
264

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Down to the Bone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Nemaka More than 1 year ago
This book is passionate, funny, sad and authentic. Love the weaving of Cuban culture. A great read.
bookaddict3 More than 1 year ago
The new, expanded, updated, paperback edition of Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole is Exciting. Tender. Hilarious. Sad. Beautifully written. Very different from first edition. This one seems to be for a little older audience. Read it in one sitting!
LalovesSahar More than 1 year ago
So different from all the lesbian teen caucasion books. Im glad to see a difference sometimes!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
How mortified would you be if one of your teachers read one of your private notes or letters out loud in front of the class? Take that mortification times one hundred, and that's what happens to Laura Amores on the last day of class. Except this letter is from her girlfriend and describes in detail their forbidden love. By the end of the school day, previous friends have deserted her, the nuns at her school have expelled her, and her mother has kicked her out of the house. At least until she changes her ways and falls in love with a boy.

Thankfully, Laura (who has many nicknames throughout the story) has a good friend in Soli and her mother, Viva. They let Laura stay with them indefinitely.

The story only gets worse for Laura. The girl she is in love with leaves Miami for Cuba. To add pain to heartache, Marlena tells Laura over the phone that she realizes their love was wrong and sinful and she is going to marry the man her family wants her to wed...

Read the full review at www.teensreadtoo.com
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ParaLadyMoreGaGa More than 1 year ago
I loved this boook i couldnt put it down. It was hilarious an some what sad but then hilarious again. There were some parts that made me mad but then it turned out all for the good. I love this book an im sure you will to.
6zooy1 More than 1 year ago
Down to the Bone had so many hilarious laugh out loud parts that I could not wait to share it with my friends. I laughed & cried & fell off my chair. Was so enjoyable to learn about the distinct Cuban culture & diversity. I highly recommend it & cannot wait for her next book.
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This novel starts with an unlikely event: a kiss! Laura¿s life isn¿t like Snow White's, who¿s kissed by a prince and brought back to life. Instead, Laura¿s kiss turns her life upside down and inside out. In consequence, she is thrown out of Catholic school and kicked to the curb by her mother who'd rather have a daughter in skid row than a 'degenerate' homo. This makes Laura's life no fairy tale. Yet, the author, like a fairy godmother, skillfully adds the magic ingredients of love, hope and laughter (there's laugh-out-loud humor)into Laura's life. With vivid Miami Latina/o characters such as Soli (Laura's boy crazy best friend), Viva (Soli's Saint worshiping/ metaphysical/loving/accepting mom and adopted mother to Laura), Tazer (a B-O-I who falls for Laura), Fernando (a new love?) the Crew (her heterosexual coworkers), and MIAMI (who feels like a character itself), Laura¿s journey becomes your journey as you are pulled in by Dole¿s web to root for Laura. In the end, you'll feel you too are part of the family she's created. ¿Down to the Bone¿ Mayra Lazara Dole¿s new YA/Adult novel will captivate you and take you on an emotional ride from beginning to end that will make it hard for you put the book down.