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Confessions of a Teen Sleuth: A Parody

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Publisher Comments:

"If you are reading this, then I am gone and this manuscript, per my instruction, has been delivered to the writer Chelsea Cain for publication as she sees fit..."

In this delicious and affectionate parody, narrated by literature's most beloved teen sleuth, a certain titian-haired girl detective speaks out to set the record straight. According to our heroine, she was not in fact a fictional character. And the famous series of books she starred in were not by a hard-working team of writers, but a nosy college roommate who shamelessly plagiarized her tales from real-life exploits — and, in the process, got a whole lot wrong.

Here are the daring escapes, brilliant hunches, and dependable stock characters, including interlopers from numerous other beloved series, that have delighted generations of fans. And here, also, are the details of teen-sleuth life that you never saw: the secret romances, reckless driving, minor drinking problems, political action, and domestic drama that have, up till now, remained hidden from these brave detectives' adoring public.

Review:

"Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody...affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery, sending up and yet saluting America's favorite girl detective." Melanie Rehak, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A stocking-stuffer tell-all....Fans of the teen detective genre will like the clever but tame co-mingling by Cain of series heroes from Drew up to Encyclopedia Brown (but no sign of Harriet the Spy)." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"This fast-paced, fun-to-read parody feels a lot like the original Nancy Drew books and even includes ten illustrations modeled after the series. It may entice old fans to revisit the original books. Recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

"If you are reading this, then I am gone and this manuscript, per my instruction, has been delivered to the writer Chelsea Cain for publication as she sees fit..."

America's favorite girl detective is back to set the record straight. According to our titian-haired heroine, she was not a fictional character, but an intrepid real-life sleuth who investigated some of the twentieth century's biggest mysteries. And the famous series she starred in was not cooked up by a team of writers, but plagiarized from her exploits by a nosy college roommate-who, not surprisingly, got a whole lot wrong.

Here are the daring escapes, brilliant hunches, and dependable stock characters, including interlopers from numerous other beloved series, that have delighted generations of fans. And here, also, are the details of teen-sleuth life that you never saw: the secret romances, reckless driving, minor drinking problems, political action, and domestic drama that have, up till now, remained hidden from these brave detectives' adoring public.

Synopsis:

In this delicious and affectionate parody of the beloved Nancy Drew series, Nancy Drew-Nickerson insists she was not a fictional character, and Carolyn Keene was not a hardworking team of writers. In fact, Carolyn was Nancy's college roommate, who shamelessly plagiarized the tales from Nancy's exploits and, in the process, got a whole lot wrong.

About the Author

Chelsea Cain is the author of The Hippie Handbook (2004) and the memoir Dharma Girl (1996). She edited the anthology Wild Child (2000), about children of the counterculture. She has written for a wide variety of publications and is currently a humor columnist for the Oregonian.

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FNORDinc, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
Confessions was a short but pleasant read. it is the memoirs of nancy drew, as an old woman, bitter.. feel free to judge this book by it’s cover. posed and partly clothed, nancy is innocent yet hot. she pauses after a seemingly auto-erotic moment.

this fairly sums up the book, though nancy would never admit to having feelings like this. in fact, there are times that she appears to be lacking the words to even describe such a situation.

she is naive beyond belief, and a bit of a skank.

anyone who was a fan of the nancy drew or hardy boys books should read this. nancy lives in a world where everything she does is tied into a mystery. her belief in conspiracy is so strong that she makes stuff up as she goes and finds issues where none exist.

oh yeah, and there are nazis..

- FNORDinc.com
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JCBunnell, June 7, 2007 (view all comments by JCBunnell)
There's much more than mere parody going on in this ingenious autobiography of girl detective Nancy Drew; Chelsea Cain's novel expands Nancy's horizons much as Laurie King's "Mary Russell" novels expand those of Sherlock Holmes. Yes, there's humor here -- but it's wry wit rather than slapstick comedy, and Cain knows her material as well as any Sherlockian. Longtime fans of Nancy and her fellow teen sleuths shouldn't miss this book -- and neither should those just meeting Nancy via the new feature film.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582345116
Author:
Chelsea Cain and Lia Miternique
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Illustrator:
Miternique, Lia
Author:
Cain, Chelsea
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Form - Parodies
Subject:
Drew, nancy (fictitious character)
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW line drawings
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in

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Product details 208 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582345116 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody...affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery, sending up and yet saluting America's favorite girl detective."
"Review" by , "A stocking-stuffer tell-all....Fans of the teen detective genre will like the clever but tame co-mingling by Cain of series heroes from Drew up to Encyclopedia Brown (but no sign of Harriet the Spy)."
"Review" by , "This fast-paced, fun-to-read parody feels a lot like the original Nancy Drew books and even includes ten illustrations modeled after the series. It may entice old fans to revisit the original books. Recommended."
"Synopsis" by ,
"If you are reading this, then I am gone and this manuscript, per my instruction, has been delivered to the writer Chelsea Cain for publication as she sees fit..."

America's favorite girl detective is back to set the record straight. According to our titian-haired heroine, she was not a fictional character, but an intrepid real-life sleuth who investigated some of the twentieth century's biggest mysteries. And the famous series she starred in was not cooked up by a team of writers, but plagiarized from her exploits by a nosy college roommate-who, not surprisingly, got a whole lot wrong.

Here are the daring escapes, brilliant hunches, and dependable stock characters, including interlopers from numerous other beloved series, that have delighted generations of fans. And here, also, are the details of teen-sleuth life that you never saw: the secret romances, reckless driving, minor drinking problems, political action, and domestic drama that have, up till now, remained hidden from these brave detectives' adoring public.

"Synopsis" by , In this delicious and affectionate parody of the beloved Nancy Drew series, Nancy Drew-Nickerson insists she was not a fictional character, and Carolyn Keene was not a hardworking team of writers. In fact, Carolyn was Nancy's college roommate, who shamelessly plagiarized the tales from Nancy's exploits and, in the process, got a whole lot wrong.
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