Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende
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Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende

Maya’s Notebook is a startling novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende.
 
This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents. Maya grew up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandmother Nini, whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973 with a young son, and her grandfather Popo, a gentle African-American astronomer.
 
When Popo dies, Maya goes off the rails. Along with a circle of girlfriends known as "the vampires," she turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime—a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld, with Maya caught between warring forces: a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.
 
Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. In the care of her grandmother’s old friend, Manuel Arias, and surrounded by strange new acquaintances, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062105622
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 387
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Hometown:

San Rafael, California

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1942

Place of Birth:

Lima, Peru

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Maya's Notebook: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book last night and have read it nonstop. The story is told by Maya writing in her journal but to me it read more like a conversation with a friend telling you the story of herself and her family. I had read a review that did like the book but found Maya's drug and alcohol spiral a little far fetched so I was expecting doubt there as to the authenticity of a list girls story. My doubts on that account were unfounded as I found the quick downward spiral very believeable as I have been witness to such despair and redemption. Story is very well told and opened my mind to another view of the world and events I had not explored. Definitely a story of love, redemption and the way events shape a person's life, opens up thinking much deeper though than just Maya's story. The best stories don't just entertain they also bring questions and make us seek information to events we may have not previously understood or even known much about. I hope if you read this book you will also see deeper than just what happens to Maya in her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without going much into the story, I will say that I thourally enjoyed reading this book. I loved how Allende tells the story of Maya's journey through a series of flashbacks without loosing the essence of the novel. I was highly impressed with this novel and treasured reading the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written; very interesting. I literally couldn't stop reading until finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Ms. Allende and this book did not disappoint.  The plot is very unique and the chracter of Maya comes to life with Ms. Allende's beautiful writing style.  The book will not disappoint you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually read Mysteries. However, I saw the review for this book in the O Magazine and decided to read it. Glad I did. Enjoyed it very much. If you haven't read this book, you should add it to your reading list.
lester-- More than 1 year ago
I am half way through and can't seem to turn out the light at bedtime. I am really enjoying this nbook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story, characters and settings provide a great book that has just enough twists to make this an enjoyable read!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Maya's Notebook is a coming of age contemporary novel that follows Maya Vidal as she escapes into hiding from her home in America to a small island off of Chile to escape her past of crime, prostitution and drugs - as well as running from Interpol, the FBI, police and even a gang of assassins. Throughout the book, we learn of Maya's life: her family history, her mistakes, her past, her thoughts and dreams, and even a family secret so deep that it threatens to shatter Maya's life. This is another breathtaking novel from a bestselling author whose talent is evident from the first paragraph. This story deviates from her other books, as it's set in the current time instead of the past. Maya's character is a solid and very layered main character. We learn a lot about her throughout the story. I came to see her in many ways and was able to watch her character grow and come into her own. I loved reading about Maya's life and her family, all of which made her more realistic in my eyes, which is a great quality for a lead character. The book is written from Maya's point of view, in the form of journal entries. Although I normally don't like this format, I think the epistolary form worked well for the plot and the characters in the story. The pace of the book was well done and the journal entries made for easy reading. The plot flowed effortlessly and easily intertwined Maya's past with her present circumstances and her thoughts. The writing style was flawless and done with such vivid descriptions and lyrical prose that I was immediately captivated and brought into Maya's world within the first few sentences of the book. It was a wonderful mixture of beauty, sadness, and hope that I haven't seen in many books before. This is one novel that will reach your heart and stay with you long after you finish reading it. I highly recommend it to lovers of literary fiction and young adult coming of age novels. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book even though the plot twists were obvious to me long in advance. Interesting fictional story.
LyndaLB More than 1 year ago
I don't know if anyone can go that low and come out of it even with all the support she had. Fascinating characters and their development through their history and survival, without depending on trite physical descriptions. The island off Chili, was interesting. The ending was a flat out surprise. Didn't want to put it down.
LynLO More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, could picture the island. If you want a different book thats not all mushy love story read this.
Barbara_Anne More than 1 year ago
Maya is raised by her grandparents Ninni and her beloved PooPoo. He pilot father is rarely around and her mother is not involved at all. When her grandfather, PooPoo, dies, Maya loses her anchor and drifts into drugs and eventually a terrible life in the underworld in Las Vegas,heavily into drugs and alcohol and bound to a dealer, selling in the wegas Clubs. Nearly killed over infighting between the criminal factions, she is rescued by the "Widows for Jesus", detoxed and sent to the beautiful Chiloe, an Archapelago off the coast of Chile to live with Nini's long time friend, Manuel. She heals in the beauty of the island and the love of the inhabitants. There are many twists and surprises in this engaging story of love and healing.
Sheeld More than 1 year ago
Allende grabbed my attention immediately with the intimate details surrounding the life of Maya. I was intrigued by the maturity of Maya and yet her childlike needs so cleverly woven into her character, which still made her so believable and normal. While Maya's upbringing was much different from mine, I could easily picture the varying events in her life that produced a beautiful and caring person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and well written. Allende never disappoints for the discerning reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and well written. I like how the author goes from past to present. Definitely would recommend this book to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story that kept me turning pages in anticipation. The characters were believable and the story was well written. I'll read this one again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelkent character development, good pace, interesting plot and superb narration
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in the Bay Area made reading about that connection in the story very enjoyable. Made it all very realistic. Having lived thru the late 60s myself, I could really connect with Maya and the things she encountered. I'm also amazed that I made it thru and come out alive while several of my friends didn't. Maya is a very believable character, going thru the growing pains often necessary to reach adulthood with some level of enlightenment. Well written .. now I just want to know what happens in Maya's future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel by Isabel Allende. Maya is a very likeable character who details her issues with overcoming different types of abuse. It is also a reminder of the importance of family and role models. Lots of interesting geographical and historical information is also included. A different type of book, easy to read with good character development and a few surprises.
Barbaraketubah More than 1 year ago
Isabel Allende's writings are always interesting and take you places you'd never expect to go. Looking forward to her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't want it to end! Wish there could be a follow up book of the lives of these characters!
CathiMD More than 1 year ago
I loved this, hard to put down but then I am a huge fan of Isabel Allende.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story worth following to the end. Story unfolds slowly and comes to a great ebd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very readable story that takes us to an island off Chile's coast.  Allende's usual fascinating plot, just a hint of her fabulous magical realism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful story. I haven't enjoyed a book so much in a very long time. I cried, I laughed, I was almost late to work because I COULD NOT put it down. Looking forward to checking out her other books