Serious Girls: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 1, 2003 - Fiction - 229 pages
19 Reviews
When her grandmother insists Maya be sent away to boarding school, the sixteen-year-old feels as if her life has turned a new page. Raised in the remote countryside by her emotionally distant hippie-ish mother, Maya finds herself isolated in the all-girl community. When Rea, another outsider, becomes her friend, the two girls tell each other their life stories, and speculate as to what growing up might mean. How do they become "people" with style and character as opposed to school girls?

Their desire to be adults takes them beyond the closed world of the school, into the local town and the city where they experiment--shopping in thrift stores; confronting their fears as they try on new identities; and wondering about sex. Both girls test the precarious line between an emerging sense of self and its total disintegration in the very different relationships from which they eventually escape, wiser and secure once again in their friendship and curiosity about life.
  

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Don't know if this was really worth it. It was a really fast read, but the scenarios these girls get into, Maya especially, seem pretty implausible. Oh & her name is actually Maya, although you wouldn't be able to tell if you hadn't read the book jacket. Read full review

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Painful to read. Main character is annoying. But helped me understand that kind of annoying people. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
37
Section 4
59
Section 5
87
Section 6
107
Section 7
129
Section 8
139
Section 10
161
Section 11
173
Section 12
191
Section 13
207
Section 14
215
Section 15
223
Section 16
231
Section 17
233

Section 9
149

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About the author (2003)

Maxine Swann 's short story "Flower Children" won the Cohen Award, The O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Short Stories (1998). Serious Girls is her first novel.

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