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A Novel

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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"The numbers are against Lemon: three mothers, one deadbeat dad, one cancer-ridden protege, two friends, one tree-hugging stepbrother and a 60 percent average. So she just can't be bothered trying to fit in. She doesn't care about fashion or television or the mall - she'd rather read Dickens, Tolstoy, the Brontes, and even Jane Austen, though she's a wimp. All around her, the adults are self-centred and the other kids are getting high, pummelling each other in parks and trying to outsex one another. High school is misery, a trial run for an unhappy adulthood of lies and fakery and unfairness, and nothing guidance counsellor Blecher says will convince Lemon otherwise. But making the choice to opt out of sex and violence and cancer and disappointment doesn't mean that these things don't find you. It will be up to Lemon to see if she can survive them with her ususal cavalier aplomb."--Back cover.
Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781552452202
Branch Call Number: STRUB
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 21 cm.


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libraryheather Jun 23, 2011

A stream-of conscious narrative of the isolated Lemon. She is brilliant and funny and her observations leave you laughing out loud at places. Readers will enjoy references to the GTA as well as to classic literature and history. It's a harsh look at the lives of teens and parts of the novel are quite disturbing; however, there is also redemption. The novel contains many interesting themes that would be of interest to book clubs.

debwalker Dec 12, 2010

Heather Mallick: "It's a Canadian novel, no, make that an un-Canadian novel, about an acidic-smart teenage girl called Lemon who has an impossible life. It's a modern Who Has Seen the Wind? Here's Lemon on Anna Karenina: “Talk about a woman pining for some guy. I like the atmosphere, though, all those samovars, sleighs and furs. Reading dead Russians always makes you glad you've got central heating. Anyway, it's pretty obvious judging from what old Vronsky does to Kitty that the putz has zip moral fibre.” She thinks in this river of jumbly, chunky thoughts. I love the prose, I love Lemon, I love Strube. Canadian life isn't Lemony enough. It's pasty. But since Lemon didn't win any literary prizes this year — the judges are crossing the River Styx at this very moment — it's going to sink."

Jan 07, 2010

I'm half-way through this book. It is very entertaining and thought-provoking so far. Limone is a neat teenager who sounds like a modern-day Holden Caufield

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