Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

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"I have promised to be a model citizen daughter....I have confined my Shrimp time to making out with him in the Java the Hut supply closet and quick feels on the cold hard sand at the beach during our breaks, but enough is enough....Delia and I are planning a party at Wallace and Shrimp's house and I am spending the night whether Sid and Nancy notice or not. I will be as wild as I wanna be."

After being kicked out of a fancy New England boarding school, Cyd Charisse is back home in San Francisco with her parents, Sid and Nancy, in a household that drives her crazy. Lucky for Cyd, she's always had Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante.

After Cyd tests her parents' permissiveness, she is grounded in Alcatraz (as Cyd calls her room) and forbidden to see Shrimp, her surfer boyfriend. But when her incarceration proves too painful for the whole family, Cyd's parents decide to send her to New York to meet her biological father and his family, whom Cyd has always longed to know.

Summer in the city is not what Cyd Charisse expects -- and Cyd isn't what her newfound family expects, either.

With Gingerbread, debut author Rachel Cohn creates a spirited world of in-your-face characters who are going to stay with readers for a long time.

About Rachel Cohn

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Author Bio: Rachel Cohn is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, including Gingerbread, Shrimp and Cupcake and, with David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.
Published March 8, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 172 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cyd Charisse embodies the child/woman nature of adolescence as she tows her doll, Gingerbread, through life.

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"The 16-year-old 'recovering hellion' (as her stepfather refers to her), who narrates this debut novel, breathes a joie de vivre into this story of her bicoastal family," wrote PW in a starred review.

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Boy is a coming of age story for every ordinary teenage girl.

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When her nursing-home friend Sugar Pie, whom she meets while doing community service for a shoplifting incident, says Cyd is spoiled, Cyd reflects, "I like to think of myself as misunderstood."

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