Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

by Maryrose Wood


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ISBN-13: 9780425213803
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Series: Morgan Rawlinson Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.98(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Maryrose Wood grew up on Long Island and moved to New York City at the age of 17. She currently lives in Manhattan with her two children. She is the author of the children’s book series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.

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Why I Let My Hair Grow Out 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Morgan's life sort of crashes and burns, and she cuts off all of her hair and dyes what remains orange, her parents freak out. For some reason, they decide that what she needs is to go on a biking tour of Ireland. Of course, Morgan thinks they're insane, but she has no choice in the matter, so it's off to the land of leprechauns and shamrocks for her!

Her trip turns out to be way more than Morgan bargained for when she hits her head and finds herself in some sort of fantasy world hundreds of years in the past. Yeah, you read that right. She's not just in the land where so many myths come from; she's living out those old fairy stories herself.

Both the fantasy parts of the story and the real, modern-day parts of Morgan's life are amazing! The fantasy felt a little weird to be stuck in at first, but that just shows how completely great the more contemporary part of the book was.

WHY I LET MY HAIR GROW OUT is definitely a page-turner. I loved Maryrose Wood's first book, SEX KITTENS AND HORN DAWGS FALL IN LOVE, and this one is even better (and very different).

I absolutely loved the characters; all of them are very interesting and three-dimensional. This is a funny, smart book that readers are sure to love!
LCoale1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is awesome. It mixes a facetious teenage girl with faeries and does it realistically. The characters are loveable and there's just enough quirkiness to make the book entertaining, but still be tasteful. I'd be open to reading more books by the same author.
SJKessel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wood, M. (2007). Why I Let My Hair Grow Out. New York: Berkley Jam.9780425213803218 pages.So, I'm going to begin with a random tangent. The author of this book's name is Maryrose Wood. Doesn't that just create pretty images of flowering trees in your mind? Blue skies and the sun above the tree...maybe a fluttering hummingbird pausing over one of the flowers to drink....I wonder if she liked growing up with her name. I don't think I'd be opposed to having such a pretty name. Not at all.Appetizer: Since her boyfriend broke up with her, Morgan's been feeling a little lost. Separated from her best friend and unhappy, Morgan lashes out at her parents and little sister, so much so that they decide to send her on a bike riding trip through Ireland.While Morgan is far from happy to be on the trip, she does manage to distract herself with the "tall, beefy, basically okay-looking" Colin who is one of the guides on the bike tour. But after her plan to attract his attention hits a kink, she goes it alone and off the map on her bike, which results in an accident that sends her back in time to "Long Ago," where she meets Irish warriors of legend and is welcomed as the half-goddess Morganne, the answer to a prophecy.I like that the story plays with the way femininity is presented with hair. When Morgan cuts her hair super-short, strangers compare her to Sinead O'Connor (except Morgan went with red and orange stripes). She presents a tough exterior, but also worries about being mistaken for a boy (which, speaking as a girl who's had super short hair cuts in the past, rang true). When Morgan is sent back through time and becomes Morganne, a goddess from Celtic mythology, her hair is once again magically long.With the jumping back and forth in time, the humor and modern language, Why I let My Hair Grow Out feels kind of like an absurd dream. It's interesting, but also a little scary to think about deeply because there may be no sense to be made of it all. (The won't be scary for most, but when you're considering using the book in your dissertation, it becomes scary.)Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is the first book in a trilogy, with How I Found the Perfect Dress and What I Wore to Save the World following it.Dinner Conversation:"The first thing I did was take scissors to my bangs. Snip, snip. Or maybe I should say, bang, bang. My heart was beating kind of hard.It looked okay. The hair formerly-known-as-bangs was sticking up and out, like the brim of a baseball cap that was tilted way back on my head. Too jaunty for my current state of mind, though. I picked up the scissors again" (p. 1)."Wait," I said. Time to turn up my attitude. "Wait. You want me, by myself, to go ride a bike across a foreign country with towns named, Dingle, just because I cut my hair? Isn't that a little extreme?" (p. 13)."He was holding a much smaller, handwritten sign of his own. It read:I come to fetch the bonnie Morgan.Hope your arse is ready for the trip!Your friends at The Emerald Cycle Bike Tour CompanyI guess he could tell by the dumbstruck and pissed-off look on my face that it was me standing in front of him, because he unslouched himself and actually tapped his finger to his forehead in a dorky little salute."The bonnie Morgan, I presume!" (p. 17)."The nightmare reality of putting my skinny arse on a bike seat for an entire week was starting to sink in, and it was not a good feeling. But anything had to be better than being stuck at home with my white-lipped, worrying parents and robot-girl Tammy, with the total lack of Raphael echoing through every square inch of my open-plan house, my no-name town, my ruined and empty life" (p. 18)."I was on the ground, but I wasn't sure how long I'd been lying there. I opened my eyes.The long gray muzzle of a horse was pushing gently against the side of my head. I felt its hot breath on my cheek."Fergus!" the horse cried. "Look who's come back!" (p. 57)."I'd have to bluff, but I wasn't worried. Wh
ginnypotter34 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Why I let My Hair Grow out is an alright story. It's good light reading and okay. However, if you are looking for a deep read look elsewhere. I don't think that that Maryrose Wood did a nice job portraying a teenager. However I didn't think that It was very well written.Chloe's Blurb's:"An interesting tale of discoveries and the beauty in your own mind!"
Cyanide_Cola on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I picked it up originally because the cover caught my eye. And it turned out to be a very fun read. The book is lighthearted and a good book if your looking for a light read that's just good fun. It was actually very easy to get into this book. I actually ended up pretty engrossed in this book and actually ended up staying up all night reading it. If your looking for just a random, fun, lighthearted read this is it.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Morgan's boyfriend just dumped her, school's out for the summer, her friends aren't talking to her anymore, and her little sister is turning the entire house into Disneyworld. Why should anyone care if she cuts off her long hair and dyes orange stripes into the stubbly remainder? And so she makes her little sister cry? Why should anyone else be happy when Morgan's life is so miserably empty.Morgan's parents' solution is a change of scenery -- a week long bike tour of Ireland. After a bumpy start, Morgan decides the cute guy tour guide might have potential, but a freak accident leaves her seeing fairies and wee folk, mistaken for a goddess, and attempting to save the past residents of Ireland from an evil curse.Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is a fast, fun read with a splash of Irish folklore thrown in. Think Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's The Godmother's Apprentice with less baggage and a bit less depth.
AiryPen More than 1 year ago
This was a GREAT book! It was a world-wind tour of modern day Ireland and some of the more famous Celtic myths that reminded me of O.R. Melling's Chronicles of Faerie series. I finished it within hours of buying it. My only complaint is that the e-book version had a LOT of typos--words that should have been capitalized weren't and others that shouldn't have been were; but it is still worth a read (get a print version if you get too distracted by the typos)!
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I love this book sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much
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greeneyedgrl More than 1 year ago
if your looking for a funny, and pretty adventurouse book, you have looked in the right spot. i recommended this book to a couple of my friends, and they all loved it! it had a super cute guy in it too named collin, but i don't want to spoil it for you =)
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of the book Morgan was kind of a the word that ryhmes with witch, and I didn't really like her. But I kept on reading and I'm glad I did because it was a great book full of comedy, adventure, faeries,and romance. The readers got to "watch" Morgan grow up and see her start to understand things about life and herself that she hadn't before. She changed, and it was entertaining and even educational in the process, for the readers and for Morgan!
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There's been a good amount of hype about these books, right? And for the most part it's justified. The thing that really sold the book for me was the spunky main character, Morgan. It's not often that you get to read about a strong girl who doesn't depend on anyone else and makes her own decisions. Usually, you read about girls who are dependant on other people, or are obsessed with guys, or something like that. And really, that sucks. But Morgan's the kind of character that you feel could be that close sister you never had. I think the other pretty great part about the book was the complete and utter wackiness of it. It had a nice light vibe which kept everything moving and just kind of carried you along. It was funny too! I found myself laughing out loud during many parts of the book, earning myself strange looks from the people around me. I think the only thing I wasn't completely satisfied with in the book was that the whole faery world aspect of it wasn't explained well enough for my taste. The ways in which she got into the alternate world were random and unconnected and that whole concept seemed kind of wierd and pointless. I think there was some sort of reason involving brainwaves that was told about but I kept wondering why does she even need to be a half goddess? It didn't lend much to the overall story, in my opinion and more details and solid facts would have been welcomed. I think the only good part about the faery world was how the Irish setting tied in. That was the one part I liked. Other than that small section of the book, Why I Let My Hair Grow Out was a very nice, light book, and I would recommend it as a fast way to pass time. Just don't get too hung up over the confusing faery world parts.