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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Later, I would think of it as crossing over. From a known territory into an unknown. From a place where people know you to a place where people only think they know you."

Sometimes Franky Pierson has a hard time dealing with life. Like when her parents separate and her mother vanishes, Franky wants to believe that her mom has simply pulled a disappearing act. Yet deep within herself, a secret part of her she calls Freaky Green Eyes knows that something is terribly wrong. And only Freaky can open Franky's eyes to the truth.

Review:

"The daughter of a charismatic football star-turned-sportscaster narrates Oates's (Big Mouth & Ugly Girl) captivating novel, which bears some resemblance to the O.J. Simpson story. Fifteen-year-old Franky narrates and opens with a flashback to a party she attended just after her 14th birthday, 'when Freaky Green Eyes came into my heart.' This feisty alter-ego emerges when Franky is nearly raped, defends herself, and tells no one about the incident. The quick-thinking survival instincts that 'Freaky' embodies, become essential to the narrator's ability to make sense of her world, as her parents' marriage begins to collapse. Franky sides with her father, even though she suspects he is hurting her mother; she blames her mother for 'provoking' him, and acts like she doesn't miss her mother when she begins to spend more time away from the family to pursue her art in a small town an hour from their suburban Seattle home. Oates makes manifest the narrator's inner struggle between Franky and Freaky, and paints Franky's father as both magnetic and menacing. Even after her mother and a gay male friend go missing and her father is a key suspect, Franky initially makes a statement on his behalf. But Freaky wins out, making a 'Freaky-impulsive' decision that leads her to uncover the truth. The gray Northwest setting provides a fitting parallel to the heroine's life, where facts are often hard to see. Oates builds the mounting tension masterfully, crafting a fast-paced narrative that will haunt readers long after the final page. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780064473484
Author:
Oates, Joyce Carol
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Author:
by Joyce Carol Oates
Author:
Joyce Carol
Author:
Oates
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Social Situations - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Social Situations - Domestic Violence
Subject:
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Domestic Violence
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050215
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.18x5.02x.82 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:
12-18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The daughter of a charismatic football star-turned-sportscaster narrates Oates's (Big Mouth & Ugly Girl) captivating novel, which bears some resemblance to the O.J. Simpson story. Fifteen-year-old Franky narrates and opens with a flashback to a party she attended just after her 14th birthday, 'when Freaky Green Eyes came into my heart.' This feisty alter-ego emerges when Franky is nearly raped, defends herself, and tells no one about the incident. The quick-thinking survival instincts that 'Freaky' embodies, become essential to the narrator's ability to make sense of her world, as her parents' marriage begins to collapse. Franky sides with her father, even though she suspects he is hurting her mother; she blames her mother for 'provoking' him, and acts like she doesn't miss her mother when she begins to spend more time away from the family to pursue her art in a small town an hour from their suburban Seattle home. Oates makes manifest the narrator's inner struggle between Franky and Freaky, and paints Franky's father as both magnetic and menacing. Even after her mother and a gay male friend go missing and her father is a key suspect, Franky initially makes a statement on his behalf. But Freaky wins out, making a 'Freaky-impulsive' decision that leads her to uncover the truth. The gray Northwest setting provides a fitting parallel to the heroine's life, where facts are often hard to see. Oates builds the mounting tension masterfully, crafting a fast-paced narrative that will haunt readers long after the final page. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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