A Ticket to Ride

A Ticket to Ride Remember that girl The one who was impossibly cool who taught you how to blow smoke rings cut school sneak out of the house Remember how you turned yourself inside out trying to be just like her an

Remember that girl The one who was impossibly cool, who taught you how to blow smoke rings, cut school, sneak out of the house Remember how you turned yourself inside out trying to be just like her and then she broke your heart Set in the long, hot summer of 1973, Paula McLain s lyrical debut novel explores what happens when an insecure, motherless teenager falls underRemember that girl The one who was impossibly cool, who taught you how to blow smoke rings, cut school, sneak out of the house Remember how you turned yourself inside out trying to be just like her and then she broke your heart Set in the long, hot summer of 1973, Paula McLain s lyrical debut novel explores what happens when an insecure, motherless teenager falls under the dangerous spell of that girl her older cousin Fawn Fawn s worldly ways are mesmerizing to Jamie, who submits to a makeover both inside and out to win Fawn s approval But over the course of a summer wrecked with tragedy and loss, Jamie learns that Fawn will use anything and anyone to further her own motives When a local girl goes missing, Jamie realizes how dangerous Fawn truly is, and recognizes, too late, her own complicity in the disaster that unfolds around them.Paula McLain s poignant debut is a compelling family portrait that explores the darker sides of love and loyalty.

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  1. Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling novels, The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun She s also published two collections of poetry, Less of Her and Stumble, Gorgeous, the memoir Like Family Growing Up in Other People s Houses, and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996, and has since received fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the National Endowment for the Arts Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Real Simple, Town Country, The Guardian and Good Housekeeping She lives with her children in Cleveland, Ohio.

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  1. I love a coming of age story and one that takes place in the 70 s is even better This author is a great storyteller and even though the story was a little all over the place at first, it quickly became unputtdownable for me I just loved all the nostalgic stuff too Definitely darker than I was expecting.

  2. I m waffling between I liked it and It was Ok Paula McLain is a superb writer and poet, there is no doubt about that She wrote one of my favorite books from last year The Paris Wife and I m finding it very hard to believe A Ticket to Ride is also by the same author The tone and language in both books is COMPLETELY different I found A Ticket to Ride too florid and almost overwhelming in its beautiful poetic language for the first half of the novel that I was very close to putting it down for good [...]

  3. It was August For days it was August During the summer of 1973, Jamie and her cousin, Fawn, who has come to stay for the summer, spend their days sunbathing, listening to great music, and getting into trouble Jamie lives with her uncle, Raymond, and is excited to have someone to spend the long days with Fawn is older, very manipulative and quite self absorbed Jamie is only 14 and still not sure about who she is and what is important to her She is very impressionable, and wants so much to be acce [...]

  4. Jamie is a motherless girl who grows up with her distant uncle She s a good girl in every sense of the word, until her cousin Fawn shows up Jamie is eager to please her much experienced cousin that she will do anything to impress her As Jamie changes and from the nice person she once was, Fawn entices her to sneak out with her to Chicago.It is here that Jamie and Fawn go too far, getting involved in a rape, a faked kidnapping, and eventually one of their friends ends up missing This was a ple [...]

  5. When I first started reading this book I thought about abandoning it, which I do not do very often with books I thought it was another typical coming of age story but it ended up, in the end, very nearly taking my breath away I fell in love with the characters, Jamie, Claudia, Collin and even Fawn And Paula McLain wrote it beautifully, I felt everything Jamie was feeling and the imagery that she used was just wonderful In the end I was definitely shocked by this book, I loved it It will forever [...]

  6. I made myself finish the book but it was not a favorite I had loved The Paris Wife and was really looking forward to another great book by Paula McLain It was a disappointment.

  7. I completely loved Paula McLain s first novel A Ticket to Ride is very different from her two historical fiction novels, but is still so gripping, well plotted, and marked with the beautiful style and excellent characterization that I ve come to expect from this author A Ticket to Ride is a less sprawling, focused novel than McLain s other novels The setting, amount of characters, and length of time the plot covers are fewer and shorter than The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, which made for v [...]

  8. In the long hot summer of 1973, two young teenage girls push the boundaries, hoping to experience whatever it will take to make them cool, sexy, and happy.For Jamie, the exploration is about a motherless girl searching for approval and acceptance, which is why she is so willing to follow the lead of her cousin Fawn, who has ended up in Moline, Illinois because she is trouble personified Fawn s version of the events that brought her to Illinois casts her in the most positive light possible And to [...]

  9. I adored The Paris Wife the writing was beautiful and the story was riveting I read this book simply because of the author and maybe that was my first mistake The story sounded intriguing but admittedly the description has very little detail I was disappointed Almost every character is unlikeable and while we read about the past, it bears little importance on the current situation Fawn is a sociopath and we never really figure out why She plops in and messes up everything and then flits out of t [...]

  10. Take a Megan Abbott book, pop it in a time machine back to the 1970s, and A Ticket to Ride is what you d get I was hesitant about this one because this isn t a time period or subject that interests me at all, but I loved Paula McLain s other novels so much that I got desperate to get my hands on anything she d written This definitely feels like a first novel when compared to the outstanding The Paris Wife and the very respectable Circling the Sun It feels too personal but not relatable Still, yo [...]

  11. Family dramaI think that this is one of the most entertaining books to read and it has in my opinion one of the best writing styles I have ever come across I really made a conection with the main charecter Jamie and how she was quite but then she met Fawn when she moved in with them because she was too muc of a hand full for her own parents and the suspenseful moments as you gradualy watch Jamie become and attached to fawn eventhough she knows that she is bad and how she is ruining her self to [...]

  12. Nothing new hereI can hardly believe that this is the same author who wrote the brilliant The Paris Wife I couldn t even get past the first half of A Ticket to Ride as the flip style really put me off Haven t we all read this somewhere before shallow, precocious teens getting into trouble Readers of that age group might enjoy this book and identify with the characters but as an adult reader I expected much better of Paula McLain.

  13. Anyone who ever spent a summer listening to the radio, working on her tan, and learning about boys and life with that not so good for you friend that you just can t stay away from will be able to relive it vividly with McLain s prose This was the perfect beach read for me a few ticks higher on the literary scale than the chick lit that usually permeates the beach chair set.

  14. Beautiful prose, propelling story An evocative start It was August For years it was August And an equally profound near end line Was there anything sadder than starting your life Paula McLain is also a poet I can t wait to read her poems.

  15. loved her language is beautiful and the way she describes ordinary scenes made me want to keep reading well past bedtime highly recommend, in no small part because anyone can relate to feeling out of place and wanting to fit in with the cool kids.

  16. This book was engaging and had lots of tension I thought she nailed living as a teenager in the early 70s or late 60s in the summer I loved how she used songs from those years as her chapter titles It was very different from the Paris Wife or Circling the Sun.

  17. This was a quick read The book started off slow but ended quickly I never really felt connected with the charters I think I would have enjoyed it if I was a teenager.

  18. I loved this bookDidn t we all have a friend who tried to use her popularity to make friends feel stupid and influence our actions I hated being s teenager and this book reaffirmed my opinion how people can easily be influenced when young and wanted to be accepted by peers

  19. Jamie is a motherless girl searching for approval and acceptance, which is why she is so easily influenced by her cousin Fawn, and ultimately brought down a path of trouble and tragedy Fawn is beautiful, manipulative, and determined to have a good time When Fawn comes to live with Jamie and her Uncle Raymond for the summer, Jamie becomes enad with Fawn and her lifestyle, and lets Fawn completely transform not only how she looks but her behavior as well Fawn is a selfish, troubled girl, who sadly [...]

  20. This is a coming of age story about Jamie, a teenaged girl, whose troubled relative of the same age, Fawn, comes to stay with her and her guardian uncle during the summer of 1973 Not only does McLain expertly build tension as the girls get themselves deeper and deeper into trouble, she also renders such an authentic depiction of adolescent girls and their relationships with each other that I kept getting flashbacks of my own youthful relationships things that I haven t thought about in years I h [...]

  21. What a pleasant surprise this book was I wasn t really expecting much since I picked it up in my local Dollar Tree for only 1 I figured the editing would be awful and the plot boring, but I must say I was wrong This book was an interesting look into the twisted relationships between teenage girls While reading this, I found myself relating to Jamie as she did everything for Fawn just to have Fawn turn around and make fun of her to make others laugh Teenage girls are brutal and this book was a gr [...]

  22. It took a while for this book to get going The beginning chapters are very detailed with a poetic writing style It got to be a bit annoying It s not surprising that this novel is poetic like as she does have her MFA in poetry and has written poetry collections.I also found myself getting irritated with the main character and her inability to be herself and stand up for herself The book is about a young girl who is now living with her uncle after living with her grandparents as her mother was in [...]

  23. I felt like I d read this adult novel before, but maybe I just read too much It s 1973 in Moline, Illinois yay love the setting and Paula is bored She just moved from California to live with her Uncle Raymond and she has no idea where her mother and father are Then cousin Fawn moves in because she was involved in a sex scandal with a teacher whoooooo Fawn makes Paula her project haircut, makeup, new clothes Then the two teenagers start hitting the town at night They smoke, drink, meet boys, and [...]

  24. I didn t enjoy reading this book I guess I m reached an age where I just don t care about teenage angst I don t empathize with characters who don t know who they are and can t find themselves Lost little boys and girls trying to find their way in the world Frequently, I wanted to enter the story and slap the characters silly, especially , whiney Jamie What a blubbering mess of a human being Her mother Suzette, is another character who is so pathetic, so unbelievably docile and vulnerable in that [...]

  25. The blurb on this one sold me Jamie was a seriously naive young girl who was never wanted by her mother and grew up living with her grandparents until that s not an option any Whisked away from California to Moline, Illinois to live with her Uncle Everything is okay Lackluster, but, okay.Enter FawnThe wild child Jamie adores Fawn Idolizes her Wants to be like her Fawn steps into Jamie s life and things begin to go downhill from there Jamie is an impressionable girl who wants to do whatever she [...]

  26. For the first half, I found the story well written but not very interesting Especially as it switched back and forth between Jamie, the protagonist s perspective and that of her seemingly un involved detached uncle I enjoyed reading it nonetheless, but It still wasn t particularly exciting, and I kept wondering what it was building to, and hoping it would be something big It definitely was Half way through, the story picked up pace in a very surprising way Without giving away any spoilers, I ll [...]

  27. Having loved Paula McLain s other two books, I was eager to read this her first novel Set in 1973 and with era appropriate song titles for chapter headings it s the story of Jamie and her very troubled cousin Fawn, who has been shipped away for the summer I really enjoyed this book to a point But at some point midway through the story I got kind of tired of the bad decisions these 15 16 year old kids were making, which eventually culminate in Jamie s rape and the death of one of her best friends [...]

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