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Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia
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Jenny Torres Sanchez
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Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

Jenny Torres Sanchez


Running Press

Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


272 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is an edgy novel for the young adult reader. Frenchie is in a mess. She’s finished school, but hasn’t managed to get in to the art college she wanted. Her best friend, who has always promised they would leave their dead-end Florida town to live somewhere cooler (in temperature and attitude) together, has changed his mind because he is in love with an up-and-coming singer. The only person she thinks understands her is a dead poet. And then there is the secret she’s been carrying around since the boy she has always had a crush on committed suicide… Sharp observations and a believable voice lift this above depressing issue-based YA fiction. I really enjoyed it! Lindy


Frenchie Garcia can't come to grips with the death of Andy Cooper. Her friends didn't know she had a crush him. And they don't know she was the last person with him before he committed suicide. But Frenchie's biggest concern is how she blindly helped him die that night. Frenchie's already insane obsession with death and Emily Dickinson won't help her understand the role she played during Andy's one night of adventure. But when she meets Colin, she may have found the perfect opportunity to recreate that night. While exploring the emotional depth of loss and transition to adulthood, Sanchez's sharp humor and clever observations bring forth a richly developed voice.

By:   Jenny Torres Sanchez
Imprint:   Running Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   331g
ISBN:   9780762446803
ISBN 10:   0762446803
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   May 2013
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<p>Jenny Torres Sanchez lives in Florida with her husband and children where she currently writes full time. Before her debut novel The Downside of Being Charlie she taught high school for several years, where she credits her eclectic students for inspiring her to write young adult novels.

Sanchez's expertly crafted narrative . . . [pulls] readers into Frenchie's anger and pain without straying into cliches of teen angst. . . . An exceptionally well-written journey to make sense of the senseless. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)<br><br> With well-paced revelations, Sanchez gradually strengthens Frenchie's resolve to heal and move forward . . . and the author wittingly ensures that the reader wants nothing less for her. -- Booklist <br><br> This is hands down my favorite read so far in 2013 in terms of cutting edge, contemporary fiction. --Teen Librarian's Toolbox<br><br> This book is what YA literature should be. --The Tattered Thread blog<br>

  • Commended for Tayshas Reading 2015
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