The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary

by NoNieqa Ramos

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The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos

Macy's school officially classifies her as "disturbed," but Macy isn't interested in how others define her. She's got more pressing problems: her mom can't move off the couch, her dad's in prison, her brother's been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn't speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty that's both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can't tell her incarcerated father that her mom's cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macy's machete.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512439762
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 167,540
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

NoNieqa Ramos grew up in the Bronx, where she started her own publishing company and sold books for twenty-five cents until the nuns shut her down. A frequent foster parent, NoNieqa lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with her family.

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The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
librarydynamics More than 1 year ago
Picture me sitting with a slack jaw upon finishing this book as I try to grapple with everything that I've just read. I had a slow start getting in to Macy's story because she references events that haven't yet happened and I was a little confused, but thing start to come together quickly. Ramos does a masterful job of leading the reader slowly into the darkness of Macy's life. We start with problems at school and her mother's many guests and Macy's ever-present hunger. I get the picture quickly that things are not good and that Macy is a mess - although it's equally obvious that Macy is much smarter than her teachers give her credit for. You can also see that hope is not lost for her because she is inquisitive and cares deeply for her brother and Alma. But revelation by revelation we find out just how bad things are in Macy's world. One of the first scenes that showed (not told) me the state of her apartment was when Macy was cleaning it for the upcoming visit from CPS. She'd referred to the general state of the apartment but the detailed description of all the work she put into making it as presentable as possible clearly illuminated just how bad her living conditions were. We are slowly taken along as her already precarious world unravels and she is forced to deal with unfathomable situations without reprieve. Macy uses whatever skills and tools she has to try to save what she can in her life - Zach, George, herself (as an afterthought), and Alma in a horrible, Sophie's choice decision. I am blown away by this book and its impact on me. I read a lot and am usually just moving on to the next title without thinking a whole lot about what I just finished. So if I am still pondering a book days later, that's a winner. I am trying to find a way to justify including it in my middle school collection but I think it's just a little too mature to get away with it which is a shame because so many of my students would (very sadly) identify with Macy's life. And an equal number would have a window into a life different from their own but with a character with whom they can sympathize and maybe begin to have more empathy for others overall. I have to say that despite how bleak a picture Ramos has painted here, I did not leave the book feeling depressed. I was sad for Macy and the things she had to do and endure, but mostly I was in awe of such an amazing story, told so well. I think it might be one of the most important books I've read. Side note: Other reviewers have mentioned Macy's nonstandard English as a reason they did not finish or enjoy the book. But for those who are scared off by that, I will say that I have read many other books with way more slang and spelling differences than this one. It should not be a problem to figure out what Macy is saying since most of the language variances are simple things like using an "f" at the end of words that end with "th". So get over yourself and your insistence on a character using the Queen's English.
Window-Mirror More than 1 year ago
Any educator of inner city youth, particularly children with behavioral issues or emotional disturbances needs to read this book to understand , empathize, and better advocate on their behalf. Every inner city youth, particularly those who struggle, should read this book to see themselves as worthy, powerful, and capable of overcoming any obstacles. The language is authentic, apropos, and lyrical. The main character is explosive, riveting, and unforgettable. Reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Foreword, Publishers Weekly, and The Horn Book are excellent. To focus on the grammar and cursing is to COMPLETELY miss the point and is a complete MISREADING of the text. If we are to forward the movement to respect marginalized voices, we must occasionally exert ourselves to understand, just as we have exerted ourselves to understand complicated abstruse texts by white authors. Not every text is handed to us. Nor should it be.
WritingAmandy 8 months ago
Noni Ramos came to my school to talk with my scholars. She was absolutely incredible with them, with words, with stories. Her aura is just powerful. That said, I had already finished the book by the time I met her so I was already primed to love her. This book was impossible to put down. It's emotional, funny, and deeply felt. As an educator of middle school girls, I felt like I was reading some of their thoughts through Macy. I HIGHLY recommend this to kids and adults. Macy's entire story makes you want to be a better person...
Anonymous 8 months ago
NoNi Ramos’ debut novel introduces the unorthodox voice of Macy Cashmere. How does a teenager manage to take care of her self, she literally eats paper, has a brother with mental challenges, a best friend (inundated with duties beyond her own strength to resist), failing parents (jail, drugs, infidelity, abandonment), and just be a teen. Macy survives personal circumstances by drawing strength from her classification “disturbed.” This book is a page-turner, a page-burner. It is brutal, harsh, brilliant, and amazing. Macy is passionate and determined as she faces her intolerable reality. Somehow there is a tenderness within her as she wrangles life. She is unforgettable. Ramos writes a new archetype of salvation.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I saw this in the bookstore and the title of the spine caught my eye. Took the book and the cover made me curious. Looked it up in GR, and saw the amazing rating and reviews. And I was sold! Macy is one of those unreliable narrators. I'm not sure if it's because of the dictionary format, or because it was just her side. But nonetheless, I sunk into her words. Her tiny poems, and the way she is being so unapologetic is amazing. I have to admit, if I was her age, I cannot be friends with her. It's mostly because I do not know her life. I don't know the feeling of having a dad in jail, or a mother that has a new guy every month. This is why I like reading. It let's me experience other lives, and it frees me from being sheltered. Though this book is fiction, it doesn't mean that her life is fiction to real girls. Anyway, besides Macy, the other characters are interesting. Alma is wonderful, George's personality makes me HEART him too, Miss Black is amazing... Very well written and true. The story was quite dragging but it definitely shares thoughts about police brutality, sexual trafficking, poverty, and so on. This book covers serious stuff and the way Macy sees it she writes it. Did I also mention that it was hard for me to imagine a character like Macy? The shaved head, baggy clothes, nose piercing are easy. But I didn't know her skin color, the sound of her voice, or her race. Especially the race, it clued that she might be latino/hispanic, but that's Alma. It dawned on me that Macy can be anyone. She can be caucasian, african-american, asian or latino. Her story can be anyone's story... She was just there sharing it. Living in a tough situation is not defined by race. This is such a thought-provoking story dealing with a lot of serious issues. I'm glad I read it.
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Brianna Branch More than 1 year ago
Great story about a young girl trying to make it in a harsh world. Ramos' tale is riveting, raw, and important. Following Macy's journey will break you and put you together all over again. 5 star read for sure. Recommended for anyone going through or having gone through difficult times. This novel will teach you to appreciate what you've been blessed with. A must read!