Girl by Blake Nelson
A Novel

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Meet Andrea Marr, straight-A high school student, thrift-store addict, and princess of the downtown music scene. Andrea is about to experience her first love, first time, and first step outside the comfort zone of high school, with the help of indie rock band The Color Green.

"After I saw Todd Sparrow something deep inside me began to change. It was not a big change and I didn't shave my head and I didn't really think any differently about my life or Hillside or anything like that. But one glimpse of Todd and you immediately realized how limited you were and all the things you could do if you could just break out of your normal existence and stop worrying about what everyone thought."
 

About Blake Nelson

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Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, OR. He attended Wesleyan University and NYU. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details magazine. His first novel Girl, was serialized in Sassy magazine and was made into a film starring Selma Blaire and Summer Phoenix. Nelson has since published ten more novels, including Rockstar Superstar and The New Rules of High School, Prom Anonymous and Gender Blender. His science fiction novel They Came From Below was a Kliatt Editors Choice pick in 2008 and his 2006 novel Paranoid Park was made into a film by Gus Van Sant which won the Cannes Special Anniversary Prize Award in 2006, as well as Italy's Grinzane Literary award. His latest book Destroy All Cars has been praised as "Smart and Entertaining" by the New York Times, and was called "A wonderful novel" by the Los Angeles Times. His newest novel Recovery Road was released in March of 2011.
 
Published June 30, 2008 by Simon Pulse. 258 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The day after high school graduation finds Chris Ralston as gloomy and miserable as ever.

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Seeing the danger in trying to live apart after a virus kills off every adult and adolescent, Lisa organizes a growing crowd of the less-aggressive surviving children into an armed militia.

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A noted Native American artist interprets the early life of Buffalo Bird Woman, Waheenee-wea, one of the last of the Hidatsa to live according to old traditions.

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In the opening scene of this comics adaptation of the Nelson’s YA novel of the same name, the main character, Lisa Nelson, calls out to the owner of a home she has just broken into.

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Blending archival material with original prose and artwork, Nelson (Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story) crafts a first-person biography of Waheenee-wea (Buffalo Bird Woman), a member of the Hidatsa tribe that flourished near the Missouri River on the Great Plains.

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As it follows the highly sympathetic narrator named Andrea through her junior and senior years of high school in Portland, Ore., the novel speaks the language of most of this age group: ``And I had been so good in the last week at blocking Todd out of my mind but now it all came rushing back, how...

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Open Letters Monthly

But after chronicling Spears’ notorious exploits, Meltzer states “the need for feminism” in Spears’ life and declares that Spears is “more self-aware” than people “give her credit for.” Yet Meltzer criticizes the pop singer Pink for cutting down other girls rather than the system which creates v...

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Oprah.com

Hilary Thayer Hamann's debut novel—about a Long Island high school girl in the late 1970s—is, despite some pretentiousness, that kind of book. Remember ...

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ForeWord Reviews

All I know is he is on vacation.” Given the unconventional conflation of time periods moves between continents creative historical revision and a light dose of the supernatural in the way of spirit visitation Pravin makes readers responsible for sorting out structure and events in a way that wi...

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TVNZ

Completely absorbing (I practically devoured it in one weekend) The Girl Below successfully straddles several genres from family drama, mystery and even horror as we dip back into Suki’s murky past while she unravels in the present.

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