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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernessa T. Carter Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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32 Candles is the slightly twisted, utterly romantic, and deftly wry story of Davie Jones, who, if she doesn’t stand in her own way, just might get the man of her dreams.

Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art. Tormented endlessly in school with the nickname “Monkey Night” and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, James Farrell, Davie finds that it is bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywood—as a beautiful and successful lounge singer in a swanky nightclub.

Davie is finally a million miles from where she started—until she bumps into her former obsession, James Farrell. To Davie’s astonishment, James doesn’t recognize her, and she can’t bring herself to end the fantasy. She lets him fall as deeply in love with her as she once was with him. But is life ever that simple? Just as they’re about to ride off into the sunset, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davie’s dreams—and break her heart again.

With wholly original characters and a cinematic storyline, 32 Candles introduces Ernessa T. Carter, a new voice in fiction with smarts, attitude, and sassiness to spare.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ernessa T. Carter is a fresh new voice. In Davie Jones, she has created a wicked yet empathetic character. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

    Terry McMillan, New York Times author of Waiting to Exhale

  • “This summer’s juiciest beach read…Carter winds up this disarmingly moving tale with not one but many surprises, in which both Davie and you will win.”


  • “[Davie’s] need for sweet revenge adds a welcome dark edge.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A debut tragicomic romance…Potent and well rendered.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April | 2/19/2014

    " Iliked it wish it were a little deeper though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by rebekah | 2/5/2014

    " Hot pink background, big black afro, 80's reference in the the title? This book practically leaped off the shelf into my hot little hand. This is currently my new favorite book. Davidia Jones, poor, black and mute by choice wants her Molly Ringwald ending. And like most girls that grew up in the 80's and 90's actually believes that love can happen just like in the movies. Has all the potential to be a really crappy novel, but it was great! Funny, touching and surprising! Very cinematic, and if someone hasn't already optioned the rights, I want to write the screenplay! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yola | 2/4/2014

    " I loved every bit of this love story : ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cory | 1/18/2014

    " I didn't always think that main character was making good choices, but I always liked her. This story isn't entirely realistic, but I liked it nevertheless. "

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About the Author
Author Ernessa T. Carter

Ernessa T. Carter has worked as an ESL teacher in Japan, a music journalist in Pittsburgh, a payroll administrator in Burbank, and a radio writer for American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest in Hollywood. She’s also a retired LA Derby Doll, a graduate of Smith College and Carnegie Mellon University’s MFA program, and the author of 32 Candles.