The Girls from Corona del Mar Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard Yes we were jealous of her and yet we did not hate her

  • Title: The Girls from Corona del Mar
  • Author: Rufi Thorpe
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  • Page: 160
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  • Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard Yes, we were jealous of her, and yet we did not hate her She was never so much as teased by us, we roaming and bratty girls of Corona del Mar, thieves of corn nuts and orange soda, abusers of lip gloss and foul language An Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard Yes, we were jealous of her, and yet we did not hate her She was never so much as teased by us, we roaming and bratty girls of Corona del Mar, thieves of corn nuts and orange soda, abusers of lip gloss and foul language An astonishing debut about friendships made in youth, The Girls from Corona del Mar is a fiercely beautiful novel about how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or endure Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends hard hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend s life Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy things fall apart, and then fall further and there is nothing Mia can do to help And as good, brave, fair Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is, and what that question means about them both A staggeringly honest, deeply felt novel of family, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship, The Girls from Corona del Mar asks just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Wow. Such a powerful and profound novel. Don't let the glossy cover fool you - this book is brutal, heartbreaking, real, genuine, and filled with raw, brazen emotion. This is my first Rufi Thorpe novel and it certainly will NOT be my last. I can't even articulate how "The Girls From Corona del Mar" made me feel. But I definitely FELT something. The character felt real. They had real problems, and their lives were messy and complicated. This novel is about friendship. Growing up in Southern Calif [...]

    2. 2.5 Loved the beginning of the book, Mia and Lorrie Anne, their friendship, their different families, the comparisons between the two girls and how they saw each other. Even when they moved apart, they were always there for the other in times of need. So how did I end up rating this so low? The story tried to be too much, too over plotted, I believe. Everything under the sun was thrown at one of the girls and when her life falls apart she ends up in India with her vet legless boyfriend. Well I t [...]

    3. This was a deceptively emotional book. It had me early on with its sarcasm and bluntness, and then it became heartbreaking and real and thankfully not really about the trite “two girls and their friendship and their coming of age blah blah” thing. How to explain this book? Life is shitty would sum it up.But there’s also that one person in your life that can never manage to get it together - and those people with bad childhoods - and we’re judgmental - and we’re hypocrites - and we are [...]

    4. I feel like the marketing for this novel has been completely misguided. This is not really a novel about female friendship. At least not in the beach-read-friendly way the novel has been pushed. (Even the cover is misleading). Yes, there are females in it, and yes, there is a friendship - of sorts - but that's oversimplifying what turned out to be a far more complex novel that I was expecting. This novel addresses so many issues that it's a wonder it's as short as it is. Mainly, it centers aroun [...]

    5. While much of pop culture might have you believe otherwise, the most important relationship a young woman has is not always with her first love, or even, say, with her father. It is with her best friend, the one to whom she tells everything about her sexual encounters, the one who accompanies her to medical procedures, the one who sometimes forgives but never forgets. As Rufi Thorpe demonstrates so vividly in her debut The Girls from Corona del Mar, the one we grow up with is the one we love for [...]

    6. I really loved this story. I've been trying to read a lot of short, under 300 pages, books to catch up on my reading since my pet sitting business is very slow in January. I've read quite a few in the last few weeks. This is one of the best. Another one I could not put down. A story of two young girls and their on again, off again friendship through the years. Told by this two women. The author has a way to make you really care about these two people and what happens to them and a lot happens. T [...]

    7. I love stories about friendship because I think that as we get more connected with the internet and such, it weirdly becomes harder to maintain lasting relationships with people. I mean, there's the flurry at the beginning and you write three or four times a day, then by the end of the year it peters out and you're writing every day to someone else.Anyway, I loved this book for its exploration of a long-time friendship in all its complicated glory. As a student of chance, I was also drawn in by [...]

    8. A story of two friends, Mia and Lorrie Ann, whose lives go in very different directions, The Girls from Corona del Mar entertained but failed to wow me until the moment I became completely discombobulated. The novel is told from the point of view of Mia, who seems like a reliable narrator until the evidence subtly piles up to indicate she might not be, at which point the entire novel turned on its head for me. But I still can’t decide what the author’s intention was. Are we meant to see Mia [...]

    9. I picked up this book thinking it would be a light summer read, a sort of California coming of age chick lit. I was so very wrong.Mia and Lorrie Anne are best friends in high school. Mia has a dysfunctional family dynamic, an alcoholic mother and an absent father, while Lorrie Ann's family is a model of love and happiness, even if they rather unconventionally live in a one bedroom apartment where her brother sleeps in a tent on the balcony. Mia believes herself to be hard-hearted and cold while [...]

    10. Loved this book for 3/4 of it and then I wanted to throw it across the room. At first, it is a beautiful examination of female friendship and the "bad luck vultures" that seem to plague certain people's lives. And then the book starts with all this BS that there is nothing more important than a woman to be a mother. Really! What of those women who never have children (either by choice or by circumstances beyond their control). Are their lives not of value because they didn't have a child? She vi [...]

    11. This is a fascinating and incredibly readable novel. First, the narrative perspective is interesting, in that it's a story of two characters and told from one character's perspective. Second, it's a story that tackles big, moral issues around abortion and motherhood. These two aspects combine to give this novel the feeling of being very old, even though it was published in the last year. I felt it did a great job of both offering a perspective and an opinion on abortion while still telling a tre [...]

    12. This book started well and held my interest while building the friendship of two high school girls. I enjoyed the author's truthfulness from the protagonist when describing her younger self. About the mid-point I stopped appreciating the truthfulness and the dark omens. I was not in the mood to read a depressing book about bad decisions compounded by jealous and/or selfish behavior. I skipped ahead and read the last chapter. I'm glad I did and was confidant in my decision to stop.

    13. This is a story of friendship. It asks the million dollar questions of How well do you know your closest friend? Do you only see what's in front of you? Do they share every nuance of their life with you?I admired this book for the numerous ethical scenarios brought to the forefront. This book will lead to many discussions and leave you considering the questions asked, the situations presented. The topics addressed abortion, responsibilities of a mother, quality of life, illness, loyalty and choi [...]

    14. Fair or not, I think if I had read this novel when it was published and not after reading the 5 star Dear Fang With Love, I would have liked this better. But now I know what Rufi Thorpe is capable of writing so this doesn't quite measure up.I love that her young female characters are unapologetically brash and smart and profane and confused. They're incredibly complex, which makes for great reading.But they story telling is convoluted and the brashness borders on the needlessly offensive. I just [...]

    15. ** 1/2I liked this a lot until it got all bogged down in how amazing motherhood is and then I mostly felt like I am probably somehow a bad woman for not having children. And then I got over that and just felt irritated.

    16. Don't misunderstand my 3-star rating -- I would (and often do) recommend this book. It's ambitious and largely relatable, powerful and beautiful.This story of two women's lives and their evolving relationship with each other is a good wake-up call to so many social ills, and a surprisingly frank observation of self and interpersonal relationships.The first half of the book is especially compelling. The characters experience life in very common ways, and the story is told with heart. Ominous fore [...]

    17. It's really hard for me to rate and review this book because I really had such mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I absolutely loved some parts and thought they were beautiful and touching. And I absolutely fell in love with Mia's character. But on the other hand, Lorrie Ann's character grated on my nerves so intensely that it severely affected my enjoyment of this book. She literally made me want to throw the book across the room with the things she would do and say at times. All in all, [...]

    18. Probably one of the most impressive books I've read all year. The complexity in the writing was frankly, intimidating. A really great book.

    19. The Girls From Corona del MarbyRufi ThorpeMy " in a nutshell" summarySimply putis is the difficult storye rough and raw story of two friends who grew up together.My thoughts after reading this bookMy thoughts.h at times. Difficult to read at times. Not at all the pretty book about growing up in California that I thought it would be. LorLorrie AnnLolola and Mia. Always together, always sharing each other's secret. Mia always believed that Lor was the pretty onee special onee untouched oneuntil sh [...]

    20. She's your perfect best friend, you love her to death and think you're inseparable, but you'll never really know her. Maybe this is because you're too blinded to see her flaws or maybe because she doesn't want to reveal her flaws and disappoint you. You grow into adulthood and distance shatters your version of who she is. Were you ever really that close? Or were you both simply too young, superficial, and inexperienced to create a true lifelong friendship?I saw this at Barnes and Noble three day [...]

    21. Seriously not what I was expecting. Deeply powerful and intelligent. Touching on themes of female friendship, relationships, abortion, drug abuse, child disabilities. Throughout a running theme of a Sumerian goddess myth. A little slow to start but impossible to put down later.

    22. This book was truly terrible, and it's depressing that any critic has called it "good." I was initially interested in it because I grew up in the 90s and was in my 20s during the Iraq War--I had a lot of friends who lost spouses and family members to that war, or who fought in it themselves. In "The Girls from Corona Del Mar," I thought there might be a contemplation of the central tragedy of our time. Instead, I found that Thorpe seemed merely to exploit those events to write a "chick book" abo [...]

    23. Friendships between girls can be intense. And in the case of Mia and Lorrie Ann, there is no question that this is true. The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe, tells the story of Mia and Lor, as they grow from young girls to women, and the journey is filled with sun tans and lemon juice, giggling, and trips to the mall. But it's also filled with heartbreak and conflict, growing pains and despair.Mia and Lorrie Ann live in the California town of Corona del Mar. They are lifelong friends, w [...]

    24. California ~ land of sunshine and beautiful people. A place that is always depicted as a land of plenty, of success, of happiness. That's the California that is sold to the rest of the world, the image that is conjured up by millions as they think of year-long summers and beautiful beaches.Mia and Lorrie Ann live in Corona del Mar, California. It's the early nineties and house prices have fallen and the sun doesn't appear to shine quite so brightly as we would be led to believe. This is the real [...]

    25. This was a very difficult book to read because of the subject matter between the two friends, Mia and Lorrie Ann. The story starts when's they are teens and Mia idolizes Lorrie Ann because she believes she is perfect. She has the perfect life, the blonde good looks, and morals of an angel. Compared to Mia's life with an alcoholic mother, missing Dad, bad step-father, and always making rotten decisions how can she not think Lorrie Ann is perfect? However, the tides of luck turn and Lorrie Ann's l [...]

    26. This is a debut novel with an engaging hook. The story unfolds with a very retrospective flair, but Mia is the main narrator who describes her Southern California childhood in a frank tone that may surprise some readers (I guess here is where I have to freely admit that I expected something more Sweet Valley-like about their town - apparently this is a more Big Mesa type of community). At first Lorrie Ann and her golden family are untouched by the squalor surrounding them. But as the girls age, [...]

    27. Interesting book. I was very invested in the story of Lor and Mia's friendship at the start of the story. However, the further along I got in the book, the less I liked both characters. This book does have quite a lot of gritty, realistic situations and conversations that depict a true friendship. Tough, moral decisions are made and not always with the best outcome. Yet the type of things that would - in my experience with my own friends - usually bring two friends closer seemed to have the oppo [...]

    28. The first half of this novel is incredible. It's relatable and raw, a wonderfully honest portrayal of the intense nature of female friendship in childhood and high school. As the novel continues, however, something seems to be lost, and not just in regards to the descriptions of Lor's travels. Mia's narration becomes increasingly judgmental of Lorrie Ann as they get older, which is indeed something that happens sometimes in life. My issue with this is that the supposed emotional pay-off of Mia's [...]

    29. While I was reading this book I wanted to share 60% of the quotes with my friends. If you look at my tumblr I think I put three or five up there (and I've another highlighted I keep thinking about and might post) But. I find the abortion and motherhood talk problematic. I don't feel that all women who have abortions think about the babies. And I don't feel that motherhood so completely changes all women (but I do agree that "being a mother" culturally changes one into a candidate for sainthood - [...]

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