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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Mendelsohn Narrator: Emily Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An electrifying follow-up to her bestselling I Was Amelia Earhart, Jane Mendelsohn’s Innocence is a modern gothic coming-of-age story, a devastating X-ray of American culture, and a piercing exploration of a teenage girl growing up in New York City. Narrated with incisive wit by fourteen-year-old Becket, the novel traces her relationship with her widowed father, her encounters with the intimidating Beautiful Girls at school, her attraction to the mysterious and dangerous school nurse, her attachment to the raffish Tobey, and a series of devastating nightmares that threaten Becket’s life as she moves from girl to woman.

Mendelsohn has written an allegory about the precarious state of the American teenager in a culture that sucks the life force out of its young, who are nurtured by the movies and fantasy and narcissism rather than by values such as honesty and love. This is a world as startlingly original and hauntingly familiar as our dreams, where the line between fantasy and reality, between sanity and insanity, is razor-thin. Playful, frightening, profound, and gripping, Innocence is the rare thing—a page turner with the depth of poetry and the immediacy of cinema.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara Cosentino | 1/26/2014

    " Very odd. Quite well written, but very odd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tracy | 1/7/2014

    " Loved this dark fairy tale, a coming-of-age tale for the conflicted modern girl who has hard time believing what she sees right in front of her because it's not really of the normal world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Emily | 12/30/2013

    " Is there a possibility for negative stars? I got about halfway through this book, which isn't saying much because there is more blank space than written word in the hardcover edition. I did not like the style of writing and couldn't get used to it. For example, quotations were not used to let you know that someone was speaking, instead they were just mixed in with everything else. Plus I didn't like the main character. This read more like a B movie instead of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 12/22/2013

    " really weird book. but a super fast read. it kept me interested because i wasn't quite sure what was going on, and i kept thinking that if i read a little more it would clarify everything. it kind of did. but like i said very weird "

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