Like the Red Panda

Like the Red Panda

by Andrea Seigel
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Like the Red Panda by Andrea Seigel

Stella Parrish is seventeen, attractive, smart, deeply alienated, and unable to countenance life's absurdities. She is not nihilistic; she is prematurely exhausted. Since her parents OD'd on designer drugs when she was eleven, she has lived with well-meaning but inexperienced foster parents, while her grandfather, her only living relative, tries ever more ingenious ways of committing suicide in his retirement home. Here are the last two weeks of Stella's senior year in Orange County, California: the intensive AP final exams; the childish, celebratory trips; the totemic importance attached to graduation. Beneath Stella's mordantly funny take on her life is the decisiveness with which she disengages from it, planting clues and providing explanations for those who will try to understand the act she is about to commit. With perfect pitch, remarkable wit, and a spare, vivid prose, Stella turns her farewell to suburbia into a wry philosophical inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156030243
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/04/2004
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

ANDREA SEIGEL is the author of Like the Red Panda. Twenty-six years old, she's currently working on her MFA from Bennington College and lives in Los Angeles.

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Like the Red Panda 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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Like the Red Panda was just another suicide novel when I picked it up, but after I began it was obvious that this was the most surprising outlook upon the topic of suicide. You'd expect a person who commits suicide to be dramatically sad person who blows off school. Instead you get Stella; a smart girl whom her teachers adore and her peers ignore. She isn't picked on; actually the smart pretty girl tries to be friendly, but you can tell she doesn't want to be a part of this world. I enjoyed this good tear jerking book very much, and everything shocked me and every twist and turn thrilled me. I would suggest Like the Red Panda to anyone who is curious about the topic or enjoys tragic books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I will never forget this book, the despair of the heroine, (yes heroine) is palatable. You can feel what she feels and even come to understand what she is doing and why she is doing it, even while you hope she won't. A book that cannot be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stella's disillusioned two week stream of conciousness before she commits suicide resonates deeply with those in situations similar to hers. Girls driven by the pressure to succeed in high school will find some comfort in this novel, and those who enjoy a challenge will be shocked to discover the dratic turn of events the main character's life takes. Siegal creates a moving story with powerful language and an unsettlingly complex narrator. You'll be left wanting a full explanation, but that's the benefit of this novel. The author asks you to find the answers on your own, which hopefully will make you take a good, long look at your own values and goals and help you re-evaluate them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
stella presents an otherwise dull landscape as an amusing and disturbing background for the last two weeks of life. she is a perceptive and honest narrator who will be easy relate to if you have grown up in SoCal suburbia, been labeled one of the 'smart kids',or just been young and indifferent. her view on the life she has led is straightforward and unflinching. siegel has created a thought provoking tale that will certainly resonate with most readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I can't say that I can relate to the whole suicide aspect of it, but the thoughts that went through her head, she was so real and wrote down things that I have always thought. Siegal's words flowed wonderfully. The word 'Craptastic' can some up so many highschoolers' days. I loved it and have read it more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read this book I often felt as if Stella was a mirror image of myself, only in the female form. I was also voted most likely to succeed in my high school and yet was overwhelmed by a tremendous sense of alienation from the world around me. For me it wasn't until my freshman year at a top 10 university that the suicide attempts began. This novel epitomizes the tragedy in our society of how often the most intelligent people are left in utter disconnect philosophically from the usually joyous groudings of life. And so true to life this novel offers no grand solution to those suffering in such distress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one book you won't feel guilty for abandoning midway through--that is, if you've enough patience to even get that far. It is a painfully boring read that begs the question, 'should I stop now, or give it a few more pages?' WARNING: This novel has found its way to a bookstore near you. Walk on by...you'll never get those precious minutes back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more from this book. Not only did it have a depressing and boring story line but is was badly written. I keep reading hoping for the book to turn around and make a come back but that never happened? The end was poorly exicuted and could have been done in a much more effective way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this novel truly seems to grasp the sense of loneliness and isolation a lot of teens feel, it leaves you with no place to go for solace. If you're depressed or buying this for someone who is, please reconsider.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept expecting someone to realize how sad she was. She seemed very tough and smart but all that she went through...it is easy to understand why she was so depressed. I just kept wishing someone would have seen the real her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an AP highschool senior living in southern california (about 30 min. from Orange County) I found the events, characters, and overall observations made by Seigel to be histerically accurate. Every detail from the cloned houses to the made-man lake in the middle of a desert to stonner AP kids was totally relate-able. Spend time around my (or any) high school campus and planned middle-class community and you'll see/meet dozens of people who could be a stand-in for any one of the characters in this great novel. I'm sure readers in any part of the country can relate to this stroy, but anyone in Southern California (esp. Santa Clarita) will find this book surprisingly funny and real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, though it wasn't as good in the end. I liked the rest though. +
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great until I read the last few pages. The character was interesting and the book had my attention all the way to the end. I just think that the way the last chapter ends was pretty dim, and disappointing. Obviously you can guess how a book about suicide ends. I just think that the grandfather in the end ruined it for me. I just wasn't expecting it, and hated it. That's just my opinion, otherwise the book was a pretty good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books that i have ever read. i really love books about suicide and this is just another one to add to my list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
andrea seigel has an honest way of portraying the things that her character senses. though the book is somewhat easy to read, it is enticing, even addicting. the complex emotions, memories, thoughts that run through stella's mind each moment are vividly described, forcing the reader to understand her actions and her self. some people complain that there is not enough character development; others, that there is not enough substance in the plot or too many holes; and still others, that it is too depressing to bear. what i say is that the entire story is a process through which the reader can comprehend the protagonist, so there is the character development. other characters do not need to be developed as completely because the story is not centered around them. the plot did go out in many tangents that were somewhat unrelated to the 'main storyline,' however these tangents were necessary to develop stella's character (so the tangents did serve a purpose). as for holes in the plot, again i desagree. sometimes the reader needs to be left wondering. in addition to that, i felt that the reader was generally told what the reader needed to hear to keep up with the storyline. if something wasnt said, and wasnt made painfully obvious, then the reader probably wanst meant to assume it. as for finding the book depressing, i guess some can consider it so. as for me, i wasnt really upset about the outcome. stella was just being the proactive person that we as readers had known her to be. she was not happy. she was sick of the pretending the goes on not only in drama class. so she took matters into her own hands and changed it... or changed the state of herself rather. maybe i just found that i could relate. if you can appreciate this book, then i persuade you to buy it. it really is the greatest i have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was ok at the beginning but after that I started to drift off and couldn't wait to finish because I was losing interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was amazed at how thoroughly I enjoyed this book and how quickly it absorbed me. This character is complex and is refreshingly honest, the opposite of the character stereotypes we have been flooded with in recent film and literature. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing book. you already have an idea of what's going to happen but when the end finally came, i was completely surprised. i absolutely recommend it