Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio
Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good

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Denied college, Beverly Donofrio lost interest in everything but riding around town in cars, drinking and smoking, and rebelling against authority. She got married and divorced and finally ended up in an elite New England university, books in one arm, child in the other. A book about the compromise between being your own person and fitting into society.
 

About Beverly Donofrio

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BEVERLY DONOFRIO'S first memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys, has been translated into sixteen languages and made into a popular motion picture. Her second memoir, Looking for Mary, began as a documentary on NPR and was chosen as a Discover Book at Barnes & Noble. She lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began this book.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Penguin Books. 212 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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New York City free-lance journalist Donofrio (the Village Voice, etc.) writes with pluck and humor of her life as a bad gid--""As in the gift who got pregnant in high school."" Thanks to her innate wit and drive--and a scholarship to Wesleyan--her memoir has a happy ending as she makes a creative...

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Publishers Weekly

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Donofrio, a rebellious policeman's daughter, details her promiscuity and drug abuse, early pregnancy and brief marriage, and eventual success as a freelance journalist.

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Examiner

As her best friend makes a toast to Bev announcing her pregnancy too ~ Bev jumps up in tears because someone at the wedding party had the courage to set the adults right for behaving like children.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Riding in Cars With Boys, Drew Barrymore plays Beverly Donofrio, a 1960s teenager in a working-class Connecticut town whose unplanned pregnancy at the age of 15 becomes the defining event of her hard-knock life.

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People

Instead it alternates between 1965—when Bev is so busy whining about changing diapers and resenting motherhood that she fails to notice that her husband (Zahn), a sweet-natured screwup, has become a junkie—and 1986, when her son is grown and Bev has finished writing her memoir.

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CNN.com

Bev has just finished writing "Riding in Cars with Boys," her autobiography, and she and Jason are on a journey to find his long-lost father Ray, played by Steve Zahn.

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Rolling Stone

The rough edges of Donofrio's life are either ignored or smoothed away, replaced by broad laughs and easy sentiment — a gooey combo that ties up the loose ends that define a real life into a bogusly neat package.

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