Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball

Pardon Me You re Stepping on My Eyeball Two alienated teenagers learn to cope with their personal problems by being honest with each other

Two alienated teenagers learn to cope with their personal problems by being honest with each other.

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Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball

  1. Paul Zindel was an American author, playwright and educator.In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play The play ran off Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971 It won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama It was also made into a 1972 movie by 20th Century Fox Charlotte Zolotow, then a vice president at Harper Row now Harper Collins contacted him to writing for her book label Zindel wrote 39 books, all of them aimed at children or young adults Many of these were set in his home town of Staten Island, New York They tended to be semi autobiographical, focusing on teenage misfits with abusive or neglectful parents Despite the often dark subject matter of his books, which deal with loneliness, loss, and the effects of abuse, they are also filled with humor Many of his novels have wacky titles, such as My Darling, My Hamburger, or Confessions of A Teenage Baboon.The Pigman, first published in 1968, is widely taught in American schools, and also made it on to the list of most frequently banned books in America in the 1990s, because of what some deem offensive language.

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  1. Ah, young adult literature My Paul Zindel phase coincided with my Nirvana s Nevermind phase so that the two will forever be linked in my mind In a way, the partnership is fitting The grunge movement had something of the 70 s and the books of Paul Zindel were imbued with the turmoil and alienation that would be a driving force in 90 s music Both capitalized on my burgeoning teen angst I must have been about 13 at the time.This was my favorite of Zindel s books Certain scenes were so vivid to me t [...]

  2. Another surprising bookstore find I m glad I m reading this at 30 and not at 15 I think I would have liked it then, but I would ve understood it in a different way, probably intuitively but less concretely The main characters, Louis Marsh Mellow and Edna Shinglebox, get to know each other during GTE at their high school on Staten Island GTE stands for group therapy experience and is led by Mr Meitzer, the school s obese counselor Both Marsh and Edna struggle to make friends and to be friends Ma [...]

  3. Forget keeping up appearances These kids burned down the glass house I m not sure if Paul Zindell intended Marsh and Edna s story as a cautionary tale or a romance, but I took it as a romance when I first read Pardon Me You re Stepping on My Eyeball back in high school And I don t think that was a good thing People who are real can appear crazy, because they re not sucking in, plucking, polishing, and posturing to fit into everyone s expectations I like being around real people But there are als [...]

  4. Edna Shinglebox and Louis Marsh Mellow are disaffected youth in the mid 1970s When they are enrolled in a group therapy class at school they come to know each other and maybe help with each other s emotional problems Everything in this book is bizarre, from Marsh s stories about his and his father s exploits with women to Edna s visit to a local psychic The descriptions are wacky and vivid and very representative of the time period and the youth scene Marsh and Edna are fully realized characters [...]

  5. I don t know what to say I m so confused by this book I mean, when it ends, some kind of catharsis has clearly occurred we have Marsh finally accepting that his dad is dead and Edna, uh, acknowledging that she wants romantic attention from Marsh for some ungodly reason despite how he s abused her, shamed her, treated her like crap, pressured her to drink, embarrassed her in public repeatedly on multiple occasions, manipulated her, lied to her on purpose, and almost killed her I mean, what I m b [...]

  6. This thing was probably brimming with life lessons ignore them if you notice them and you ve got a fun story that races its way through an absurd mental blockade and a young girl playing along all too readily it s dastardly that the assault she took barely registered in the story line I suppose those were different times I enjoyed everything else.The characters were all kinds of silly fun, especially the school psychologist.There s no way to get bored with a story featuring so many peculiar anci [...]

  7. One of my favourite YA books a surprisingly thorough and well felt examination of strength and honesty I remember being somewhat shocked when the protagonist learns to stand up for herself, overdoes it and is cruel, and then has to go back and fix things That s a pretty nuanced understanding of being honest Anyway, a funny, heartfelt book that I reread a lot in my teenage years.This was the first Zindel I read, and I later found many of his books are very similar in tone and theme This remains m [...]

  8. Nobody wrote about teen freak outcasts better than Paul Zindel and this is one of his best YA novels, alternately very funny and sad, with a tremendously appealing heroine in Edna Shinglebox you can t help rooting for Edna to make it through her often grotesque trials and tribulations with her wacked out parents, her extremely troubled sort of love interest, Marsh Mellow, and the typical teen traumas of high school, self loathing, etc I was genuinely moved by the ending, where both Edna and Mars [...]

  9. Read it as a teen read again as an adult Good both times If a teacher wants to have students experience character perspective, and reliability of narrator, this would be GREAT Teens if you have a friend who seems be different, read it Reminds me of Chris Crutcher books with out the athleticism.

  10. I really enjoyed reading this book It s so weird and it kept me guessing, and the ending was really sweet What I liked about it was that the characters were unhappy, just like most teenagers, but it wasn t so depressing that you felt unhappy to read it It also has a cute title.

  11. More freak meets freak goodness from Paul Zindel This one features a raccoon, effed parents, and a road trip, if I m remembering correctly RIP, Paul Zindel I wish I could somehow track you down and sing you a heartfelt rendition of To Sir With Love.

  12. In my vague recollection of this there are serious father issues in this book This for me was Paul Zindel s best book, maybe the one that packed the most emotional punch, although not my favorite one Memorable for firecrackers.Inspires the fatherissues shelf

  13. I read this as a sopho in high school As someone who was always a bit of a misfit, this book really felt like it was written for me It s full of strange, dysfunctional characters and it will always have a special place in my heart.

  14. Loved this book Many years since I read it, so much so would love to read it again Just an excellent concept, great coming of age tale and you can t knock that title Not for the xFactor generation.

  15. THe first book I read from Paul Zindel, leading me to devour all of his books This is tied as my favorite up there with My darling My hamburger Loved it I read it in high school, and some how taught me to love myself and all my quirkiness and that was over 25 years ago A must read for teens

  16. I loved the appellations used to describe the adults in this book Sure, I read it when I was a teenager, but I ll admit I ve re read it than oncce since I ve grown up.

  17. Loved it as a kid Checked it out because of title but didn t get it until I was older I still read it every few years or so It is so dated, but the characterization is great.

  18. Marsh and Edna are two misfits who learn about each other because of shared group therapy at school Both feeling unsupported at home by their woefully incapable parents, they explore their relationship with lies, mental illness, social interaction, trust, and each other But when Marsh seems to need from Edna than she s willing to give on an issue regarding his father, tension reigns between them Resolution may require drastic measures.Given the largely positive response this book has in reviews [...]

  19. Fascinating book by Zindel Shy, awkward, and elusive Edna is lonely Zany, wildly outrageous Marsh Mellow is caught up in a whirlwind of lies, betrayal, and his own kind of loneliness, something which only he can understandor can he When Edna and Marsh s lives collide, the unexpected doesn t seem as impossible as it did before.

  20. Paul Zindel was so under rated Not sure how his books will hold up now, but in their day, they were very popular Rating childhood reads strictly by my memory of how much I enjoyed them at first read Obviously that could be drastically different if I read them today Then again, some of them might just hold up pretty well.

  21. I cannot say enough good things about this book I absolutely loved it Paul Zindel has always been a favorite of mine, although I have not read him in years This is the story of two troubled teens Marsh and Edna They strike up an unusual and rather forced at first friendship relationship Marsh comes from a broken home, with a mother who is crazy and a father who is in a mental institution and writes him letters He has a pet raccoon which is so cool and makes up wild stories about mostly everythin [...]

  22. Paul Zindel s riveting yet bizarre book, Pardon Me, You re Stepping On My Eyeball is about these two high school students who are socially awkward end up becoming friends Edna Shinglebox and Marsh Mellow both end up in the same GTE class with other people because they both have problems but Edna doesn t think she needs to be in there Marsh ends up showing letters from his father who is in a nuthouse to Edna and will soon have a lobotomy Marsh begs Edna to help save him but she doesn t care The a [...]

  23. It s true You really can t go back.I fell in love with Paul Zindel in junior high I read all of his books Granted, this was not my favorite of them, but I loved everything I read of his I was feeling nostalgic and thought I d go back in time a bit and reread some of his stuff You know, it s been so long and I thought it would bring back fond memories and Yeah, no It didn t do that This book worked for me when I was 13 but it s not working for me now So onward The Pigman will always have a fond p [...]

  24. I first read this book when I was 12 This along with Slaughterhouse Five was the book that was responsible for turning me onto reading I remember getting completely lost in it and finishing it in one sitting My parents took me to see The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man In The Moon Marigolds, and I was hooked on this author It s too bad today s YA novels aren t written with such wit and sensitivity I re read this book in my mid 40 s and it still stood the test of time

  25. Too much meaningless detail, not enough plot I mean, who needs pages and pages about who s in attendance at a party and what they re wearing I like that the two main characters are so incredibly flawed and strange, but that s really the only thing about this book that s enjoyable I doubt I ll remember anything about this in a few weeks time.

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