The Only Girl in the Car: A Memoir

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
The Only Girl in the Car

Bookworm and dreamer, Kathy was a young girl with a tender heart, an adventurer’s spirit, and a child’s terrible confusion about her proper place in the world. As the oldest daughter in a family of six children, she seemed trapped in her role as Big Sister and Mommy’s Helper. Then, one day, teetering on the brink of adolescence, hormones surging, she heard someone call her “cheesecake,” and suddenly saw her path.

“Cheesecake, jailbait, sex kitten”--the very words seemed to be “doors opening” to a splendid new self. But from the moment she decides to lose her virginity and reels in her prey, a “full-grown man,” fourteen-year-old Kathy is headed for trouble. One cold, raw March night some months later, parked in a car with four boys on the outskirts of her small suburban town, she finds it.

Though she could never have foreseen the outcome of that night, the “boys in the car could just as well have been Gypsies foretelling my future,” she writes. Girls who break the rules in small towns like the one she lived in are expected to pay a very high price for their transgressions--and she did.

And yet...this young girl, as scrappy a protagonist as any in our literature, manages to transform her fate. The story of how she came to be in that car, and how she stepped out of it forever altered, to be sure, yet not forever damaged, is the theme of this extraordinary coming-of-age tale.
 

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Despite the graphic nature of some scenes in this book (let's face it - they see worse in movies), The Only Girl in the Car is essential reading for any teenage girl. In a world where sex is ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
15
Section 4
22
Section 5
27
Section 6
30
Section 7
36
Section 8
44
Section 16
114
Section 17
122
Section 18
132
Section 19
146
Section 20
156
Section 21
167
Section 22
175
Section 23
184

Section 9
53
Section 10
65
Section 11
75
Section 12
79
Section 13
90
Section 14
96
Section 15
108
Section 24
192
Section 25
200
Section 26
205
Section 27
212
Section 28
219
Section 29
227
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About the author (2010)

Kathy Dobie has written for Harper’s, The Village Voice, Vibe, Salon, and a number of other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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