On the surface Grace Carpenter and Mandarin Ramey are nothing alike. Grace is a failed beauty queen; she has a stage mother focused on pageants, who has turned her attention to Grace's little sister. Grace is good in school and has never been kissed. In contrast, Mandarin has a foul mouth, a bad track record with female friends, and plenty of boyfriends. When Mandarin isn't faring well with her grades, she requests Grace's help, and in turn Grace assists her as part of a service project for school.
Grace is fascinated by Mandarin, who stands out in all the wrong ways in Washokey, Wyoming. Mandarin is exotic and wild, like a jungle animal. When Mandarin insists that they have something in common--their desire to leave their small town for the ocean and big cities--the two strike up a friendship and Grace becomes her follower. But Mandarin, in her self-destructiveness, might be leading her to the wrong path.
I love Hubbard's style. The prose is beautiful and the characters came across as so real that I'm still thinking about them. And the sense of teenage longing is intense. I could feel how passionately Grace and Mandarin wanted to experience life outside Washokey and the sadness they felt for their respective broken families. This debut novel struck a chord with me, and I look forward to reading more from the author.
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and I really wanted to like it, but I just really didn't2015年10月23日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I had high hopes for this book, and I really wanted to like it, but I just really didn't. I think Kirsten Hubbard writes beautiful prose, but this story felt much too mature for a 14-year-old girl to be telling it. The voice felt more like an adult reflecting back on her younger years. Mandarin's character was flawed and true, which I liked, and Grace's admiration of Mandarin was genuine, as many younger girls look up to the older rebellious ones. I think the voice and overly-descriptive paragraphs were what ruined this for me. Most people love this book, it seems, so I'm definitely in the minority.
What an amazing debut!2011年3月11日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I'm astonished that this is Kirsten's debut. I'm writing a YA novel myself, and when I read something as wonderful as "Like Mandarin," it makes me want to throw my hands in the air and give up! I wish I had as much raw talent with language and description as she does! I especially loved this story because it's unique to the genre--so many YA books are centralized on romance and girls swooning over guys--very few focus on intense friendships like this. It was a nice change. Two thumbs way up! I can't wait to read her next book!
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excellent book, impressive2012年1月18日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
very impressive first book from the author. keeps the reader engaged and looking forward to reading what will happen time and time again. excellent at capturing the world of the young adult, and highly recommended to all.