Incense and Peppermints

Incense and Peppermints

by Cathrina Constantine


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Peace demonstrations and sit-ins following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known as the Sixties. A musical revolution, flower power, hippies, and drugs are carrying-young and old-into a new decade. All the while Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of drugs and rock 'n' roll.When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she's only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she's instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in danger and excitement, Mary follows her new crush into a world where girls are never truly safe from predators lurking in the shadows, and where young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.

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ISBN-13: 9781544285184
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/09/2017
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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Incense and Peppermints 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KenL4 More than 1 year ago
Takes me back to the late 60's early 70's. Woodstock, sex and drugs of the time. Mary is at a party and get attacked. Michael saves her from a rape after a drug was put into her drink. Mary falls for bad boy Michael. Michael actually cannot get Mary out of his mind. The attraction between the two keeps growing. Family issues complicate their lives. This novel is a great read to take you back to the times of your youth
Gurlay Garcia More than 1 year ago
I give the book 4.5 /5 peppermints. To be honest, I am not really a fan of the '60s. The decade of rock and roll, marijuana, drugs, war, and other things. It's probably the reason why I haven't read a lot about this period or there weren't a lot of books that I've come across that interested me enough. Or maybe, I just don't care about it or have understood little about it. Well, this book is different. It somehow opened my mind about that period and to the fact that teenagers, no matter what decade they are from, in some ways are the same. And speaking of drugs, it wasn't just popular in that decade, somehow every generation has its own share and taste of it. The the name and type of poison may vary or may have changed and evolved from generation to generation but nevertheless, it's one of the common things that become part of a teenagers right of passage through life. Personally, I haven't try one. So, I can't totally relate to that part. As I have said, even if you were not born in the 60s, you will definitely end up liking this book. It mentions a lot of truths which are still applicable or are happening to teenagers today. As you read through the story, you'll feel like you're Mary, the main character. Caught up in a world of crushes, drugs, late nights, and all other adventures teenagers find themselves in. She even had her own share of abuse and what's worse, she didn't know who the guilty party was until some tragedy struck. Finding out the truth was very devastating yet it was also liberating for her. She ended up not hating the person but rather felt sorry for him because that person was going through a lot. Which actually speaks much about Mary's character and maturity. This is actually a really good story about the 60s with a lot of lessons. Like I said, I was so surprised that I was actually drawn into the story. All the doubts I had, had disappeared and it made reading it all the more fun. I guess, it has to do with the characters. The characters were very relatable and could as well be the same way teenagers behave nowadays or from the other books that I have read. Somehow I have an impression that I might not like the book because it's in the 60s and it's a very unfamiliar era to me and somehow things might get lost in translation or something. But that was never the case. Nothing was lost in translation or in the haze at all. For that, I think I owe it the author's ability to bridge that gap. That in spite of the decades of distance from the readers generation, she somehow had made it like the story is timeless. The events in the story and the characters could well be millennials and you'll see that'll exactly be going through the same things that happened int this story. That is a very great feat to accomplish. Congratz Miss Constantine! And with that, I give the book 4.5 /5 peppermints.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This tale lures into the free-spirit during the late 1960's, glancing over the war and protests, while hitting much closer to home as it sinks in. Mary, the good-girl and nerd of her family, is about to sixteen but is drawn into her brother's world thanks to his constant persistence and a little pill. Pulled into the circle of popularity, parties, beer and drugs, the freedom spirals out of her control. Finding herself in a bad situation, she's rescued by the hottest guy at school, but that introduces a whole new level of chaos. This is the first piece of fiction I've read about this era, and although I wasn't sure what to expect, I was immediately drawn in and enjoyed the ride. Mary Monroe is in an awkward place like many girls of that age are. Her desire to have fun and get away from family troubles (and her family has their share) is understandable. That she doesn't make the best decisions is believable and totally understandable. She has a lot to learn and tries her best to balance her conscious with her desire to have fun—not an easy task. The book hits hard on the partying end, letting Mary sink into the free life of that time with all of its joy and pain. While telling of Mary's experience through this period, this book also shows glimpses into the other characters' lives and lets them grab hold with their own tales. In some ways, it's a coming of age and the story of how Mary finds herself. There is romance, and while it does carry a bit of instant love, there's enough build up and uncertainties to make it sit. The hero is all a hero should be but not without his own demons, and fits the setting nicely. Summed up, it's a nice dive into this time period and opens up some questions not only from that time, but ones that also relate to today. It's an intriguing read, and the characters stay long after that last page is read. I received a complimentary copy and was so engaged in these pages that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Incense and Peppermints by Cathrina Constantine is set in the '60s and follows the journey of a young girl as she starts her confusing and painful journey into adulthood. Mary Monroe is just 16 years old; she is innocent and vulnerable, yet at the same time she is very confident and reserved. Friends with her brother’s girlfriend and her group, Mary finally breaks out of her shell, especially when she meets the enigmatic Michael Covington. He is a devastatingly handsome new student in their school and he simply sweeps her off her feet. With his bad boy charm reeling her in, Mary is swept into the world of drugs and alcoholism. However, reality comes crashing down when someone assaults her and Michael comes to her rescue, but Mary is not sure if he really did that. She is not sure if he was the one who actually assaulted her. But there is something about him that keeps pulling her towards him and she cannot stop him. Who was the person who attacked her? Can she really trust Michael? Or is this the end of their relationship, even if she loves him very much? This is a YA novel that is intense, romantic, and the perfect example of a coming of age story. I loved Mary! She is the perfect female lead that you would expect from such a novel. She has a lot of growing up to do and she knows it. Her development was spot on and so was Michael’s. Together they rocked the novel and brought it to life. It is gritty, real, relatable and perfect!
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Set in the final months of 1969, "Incense and Peppermints" follows the coming-of-age of Mary Monroe, a high school junior. When her older brother Stevie starts dating Candy (another junior), Mary is invited to join the popular crowd. What follows in a slow, but sure, descent into a world of skipping school, smoking cigarettes, smoking pot, taking drugs, drinking, lying to her parents, going to parties, kissing boys, attempted raped, going to a bar, breaking curfew, sneaking out at night, going to a fight club, riding a motorcycle, and even the death of a friend. Through it all, Mary must also deal with her conflicting feelings for the charismatic Michael, the unwanted attention of a number of boys, and her father's violence and drinking. It will take a tragedy to make her change her new-found wild ways. The book is full of fun historical references to the fashion, music, and events of the time. The gorgeous cover and colorful Paisley chapter headings set the tone. I'm not so sure about the title, though. It refers to a song title that is mentioned once (among numerous others), peppermints are also mentioned once, and incense is never mentioned. Unfortunately, I failed to connect with either Mary or Michael, or to feel any emotions for the characters, even during the violent scenes and the death of one of the characters. Following her assault, I found it hard to believe that Mary would be interested in Michael - or any other boy - and that she would constantly put herself in a vulnerable position by continuing to consume alcohol and smoke marijuana. Apart from the continuous references to the music and the Vietnam War, this felt like a contemporary - not historical - novel; the speech, attitudes, and behaviors could all be those of modern-day teenagers. The version I read contained numerous editing errors, including some inaccurate historical references, incorrect word usage, and incorrect punctuation (especially apostrophes), getting worse as the book progressed. This book is part coming-of-age, part romance, part family drama, and even part mystery/thriller. Interesting but, ultimately, disappointing. Warnings: drug use, coarse language, attempted rape, sexual references, underage drinking, domestic violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (27 April):